Nature Immersion Summer Camps 2019

Jun 18 2019 (All day) - Jun 21 2019 (All day)
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Summer is almost here....
Give your child the gift of our unique nature immersion summer camps this year! Led by professional teachers on the land at TLC Farm and in the surrounding forest of Tryon Creek State Park, each day children participate in nature-based crafts and empowering activities such as gardening, food harvesting & preservation, herbal medicine making and more. There is time each day to visit the goats and chickens, explore the forest, hear stories and sing songs. 
Both weeks of camp are Tuesday through Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm, are open to 3-7 year olds, and cost $235. We provide a nutritious, organic snack each day and campers bring a lunch. To register, email Isobel@WillowCreekForestSchool.org
Nature Immersion Summer Camps at TLC Farm 
June 18th - 21st and July 16th-19th

Week One: Exploring the Elements
Tuesday- Friday, June 18th-21st, 9:30am-2:30pm
 Each day of camp will focus on a different element - Earth, Air,     Water and Fire. Children will have the opportunity to connect    with each of these elements through nature-based crafts, stories, and  songs. Each day also includes an organic snack, time visiting the chickens and goats, forest exploration time and free play.
   Week Two: Playing with Color, July 16th-19th
   Tuesday-Friday, July 16th-19th, 9:30am-2:30pm
 This week we focus on getting colorful! We will experiment with natural dyes, making rainbows and other nature-based color crafts accompanied by stories and songs. Each day also includes an organic snack, time visiting the chickens and goats, forest           exploration time and free play.

Work Parties, Skills Shares and Land Tending gatherings

You're invited to join in the work, learning and ceremony we share with this land, in a variety of community offerings.
Work Parties, Sundays 11-2 pm

Get your hands dirty and build community through shared work. All sorts of land projects will be engaged during these work parties! Contact ian@tryonfarm.org for more information.

  • Sunday February 17th
  • Sunday March 10th 
  • Sunday April 7th
  • Sunday May 12th
Skillshares, Sundays 11-2 pm

Share a skill, learn a skill!  These monthly events are open to all and are a space for community supported skill building.  Have you learned a new skill lately that you would like to share? These events are intended to be a casual and supportive space to share and learn skills with each other that foster resilience, empowerment, and community based sustainability.  Skills related (but limited) to food growing/processing, herbalism, ecological knowledge, gardening, arts and crafts,  ancestral skills, and social organizing are encouraged!

Please email ian(at) tryonfarm.org  to RSVP and/or if you would like to bring a skill to share. 


As host of the event, I will offer a skill share each month. Exactly what skill will depend on the weather and the seasonWe hope to see you at the next skillshare, dates below:

  • ·         Sun March 17th
  • ·         Sun April 14th
  • ·         Sun May 19th


Landwork: handprayers, a seasonal cycle of landscape-as-ceremony
fourth Saturday of each month, 1:30 pm to 5pm

  • ·         Sat February 24th
  • ·         Sat March 23th
  • ·         Sat April 27th
  • ·         Sat May 25th
  • ·         Sat June 22th
  • ·         Sat July 27th
  • ·         Sat August 24th
  • ·         Sat September 28th
  • ·         Sat October 26th

path workWe invite you to join us as we practice working with other earthdwellers to cultivate richness, beauty, and vitality at TLC Farm. We will do this by listening and acting on what we hear. Listening to birds and winds, listening as we move and change plants and soil, listening to our inner world as a participant in a particular web of life.

Each month, we will gather in gratitude for the beings around us and to recognize our unique gifts of relationship with them, followed by setting the day's focus and our regular practices. Small groups will find places around the land that will be consistent over the seasons to spend time paying attention to what has changed, physically and in other ways, and what is called for.

These groups will initiate or continue seasonally appropriate projects, in the context of the land’s overall plan, to make these places richer and more diverse for plants, animals, fungi, microbes – and humans. At the end of each session’s work, we will come back together to reflect on our experiences and share thoughts for how to bring these ways into our daily lives, where we live.

These gatherings are appropriate for participants of all ages, capacities, and experience levels. We invite people to come and build a connection with a particular place on the land by tending it over time, but one-time or short-term commitments will be accommodated by pairing you with someone else.

Specific activities may include the following, but are limited only by your inspiration: layering compost and compost tea; digging some roots and propagating others; making comfortable sit spots; singing new songs and old ones; tending pathways; acknowledging sacred space with altars; pruning trees and bushes; pressing prayers into seedballs and scattering them; making evanescent art with berries and feathers; growing “living rooms” made of plants and open areas; mulching; meditating; blessing.

Participants invited regardless of ability to pay. Donations welcomed. For more information, contact landwork@tryonfarm.org

Facilitators Vinnie and brush have been listening to the land both here at TLC Farm and in California for many years, and will offer their knowledge of the site and experience with specific practices to the group.

Become a Friend of the Farm this Spring!

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We're launching a spring campaign to grow our Friends of the Farm  - the committed, generous, creative people who sustain TLC Farm through monthly donations - with a goal of rasing $100 more per month. This could look like 10 people giving $10 per month, or 4 people giving $25, or all the other possible combinations!

TLC Farm is committed to keeping our land and programs econimically accessible, which means our programs are offered on a sliding scale and we work to make use of the land available to all groups, regardless of ability to pay. Our generous donors help make this approach possible. Become a Friend of the Farm today!

It makes a difference to become a Friend of the Farm!

Stability: Our program income and other fundraising is cyclical, ebbing and flowing throughout the year; regular contributions from Friends provide a reliable source of income each month to meet our financial obligations.

Joy: It feels great to give, and it feels great to receive – generosity makes everyone involved happier.

Leverage: Honestly, it looks good to foundations and major donors to have a solid base of regular financial supporters. Providing stability helps us obtain larger donations.

Demonstration of the Grassroots: As witnessed with the “Save the Farm” campaign, thousands of people each giving what they can really does add up to significant numbers. TLC Farm is an inspiring demonstration of the spirit of community, part of which is regular giving.

Help us meet our goal: become a Friend of the Farm and THANKS!

Willow Creek Forest School: now enrolling!


Willow Creek Forest School is TLC Farm's outdoor, place-based kindgarten for children 3-5 years old. Visit WillowCreekForestSchool.org for more information about enrolling in the 2018-2019 school year. 
Children enjoy a consistent daily rhythm in which they can allow their imaginations to blossom and be immersed in the magic of the forest, while learning to be good stewards to the land and each other. The flow of the day includes: crafts, homesteading skills, plant medicine-making, snack time provided by the school (including bread baked in the cob oven!), circle time, plenty of time in the forest and special festival days – all guided by songs and stories inspired by the changing seasons on the land. 
School runs for 9 months, Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30am-1:30pm, with an option to add aftercare each day until 3:00. Visit WillowCreekForestSchool.org for more information and to enroll. 
About Teacher Isobel: Isobel has been working with children in various settings for 12 years, and has been living on the land at TLC Farm for five years. For the past two years, she worked with Mother Earth School while dreaming about starting her own program. She loves sharing this magical land with children!
“Teacher Isobel is truly focused on your child(ren) in nature immersion. Isobel is a warm, generous teacher with a lot of stories, wild crafting, and nature immersion experience in Tryon. Your child deserves a nature immersion experience at least once in her/his life!” – Heather Saunders, parent

Feedback and participation welcome! Please send bug reports to web@tryonfarm.org

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