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 2020-2021 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 Hindi: Hindi has been working with children in various settings for 20 years, and has been living on the land at TLC Farm for two years. For the past two years, she worked with Montessori preschool programs while dreaming about starting her own program. She loves sharing this magical land with children!

Become a Friend of the Farm!

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We're in the midst of a 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!

Nature Immersion Summer Camps!

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Nature immersion Summer Camps 2020
July 20-24 Crafty Kids
July 27-31 Making Plant Medicine
Aug 3-7 Natural Science
Aug 10-14 Water, Water Everywhere
All weeks are for ages 3-7, 9:30am-2:30pm, $300 per week
If you have any questions, please Contact Us.
About our unique nature-immersion summer camps:
Lead by professional teachers on the land at TLC Farm and in the surrounding forest of Tryon Creek State Park, each week children participate in exciting nature-based crafts and empowering activities such as gardening, food harvesting & preservation, cooking, herbal medicine making, crafting, natural building and woodworking. There is also time each day to visit the goats and chickens, and explore the beautiful surrounding forest. We provide a nutritious, organic snack each day and campers bring a lunch. Please read our Camp Details Page for more information before you register.
To register, send us a message from our contact page.  Your child’s spot will be held once we receive your payment.
All weeks of camp are Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm, are open to 3-7 year olds, and cost $300.


Week 1: Crafty Kids

July 20th-24th
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
Sometimes the best materials to make art are right where you are! We will dig for clay to make pots to bake in our cob oven, gather ivy and other plants for weaving, press flowers for collages and more. Children will be empowered to create beautiful things from natural objects they gather themselves. Each day will include time for exploring the forest, playing games and singing songs in between creations.
Week 2: Plant Medicine
July 27th-31st
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
Medicine is all around us! This week we will harvest plants from the farm and forest to make natural remedies for scratches, belly aches and colds to take home. Children learn the healing power of plants through story, song and hands-on work in between visits to the forest to play and explore.
Week 3: Exploratory Scientists

August 3rd-7th
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
Does your child love to discover new things about the world? In this week long camp, we will look at the world through the eyes of scientists. We will investigate natural phenomenon, learn about the scientific method and conduct experiments all in a forest setting. Experiments will involve natural materials such as "can you make an elastic band from a plant?"
Week 4: Water, Water Everywhere
August 10th-14th
9:30am-2:30pm ages 3-7
Join us for a fun filled week with a focus on water. We will explore the water cycle, learn about our watershed, the effects of water on the land, get up close with how a stream works and have time for water play each day!

Monthly Land Tending Gathering, fourth Saturdays

You're invited to join in the work, learning and ceremony we share with this land

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

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:

  • ·         May 25th
  • ·         June 22th
  • ·         July 20th
  • ·         August 17th
  • ·         September 28th
  • ·         October 26th

path workWe invite you to join us as we practice working with other earth-dwellers 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.

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.

About Us: Brush and Vinnie locate ourselves as male presenting people of primarily European descent, with white skin privilege, who are committed to answering to the complex inherited stories of being descendants of settlers on stolen land. We have heard the message from indigenous teachers and personal friends (also teachers) that one key is to grow into deep kinship with the land and more-than-human world. We acknowledge that many of the practices and traditions that our ancestors used to tend to these bonds have been lost or fractured. So weappr oach this work from a place of humility as learners. We seek guidance from the land, and from our subconscious ancestral wisdom, and invite you to do the same. We are also inspired by indigenous relationships to place, as we learn from our sister community on this land and from other teachers and friends. We are committed to respecting these traditions by not appropriating them without legitimate permission. We respect these practices and people by not taking them out of the cultures they are embedded in. We do welcome traditional learnings that come through one’s direct lineages.

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

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