As our region’s last frost date inches closer, we begin choosing the vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers we’ll grow this season. Here at the Folk School, our gardening students will delve into traditional Appalachian cultivation methods, and learn ways to incorporate beneficial organic practices into their plans. Our skilled instructors will also share their beekeeping […]
I first met Tim Ryan on a misty morning in the Folk School Garden when I was a Work/Study in 2011. My immediate impression of him was that he was a very witty & interesting character with lots of fantastic stories. Tim is involved in the Folk School in so many different ways. He recently […]
I just finished teaching a weekend class on pollinators and gardening at the Folk School. My class was a great group of folks. We learned about seeding starting and growing native milkweeds for monarch eggs and caterpillars, planting flowers, native shrubs and trees for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, the challenges of neonicotinoids and herbicides. The […]
In 1981, my husband John Clarke and I traveled cross country from Oregon to Brasstown in our un-aircondtioned ’66 blue Dodge Dart we called “Grandma.” We were coming to the six month John C. Campbell Folk School Homesteading program. John had already been to the Folk School to learn woodcarving with Jack Hall in 1977 […]
As the mountain landscape becomes greener every day, many of us are planning and planting our home gardens. This spring and summer, we offer several classes to help you cultivate your crops and enjoy the fruits of your harvest in the kitchen.