The Folk School Garden

Join us for our Gardening Workshop Series featuring workshops that are tied to the Folk School garden and grounds. Learn how to start plants for your home garden, sustainably compost waste, control bugs and weeds, and have a successful fall vegetable garden. All workshops will be limited to six students, ages 18 and up.

August 27, 2020
9 a.m.12 p.m. (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)

Seeding, Transplants, and Plant Propagation

Teddy Pitsiokos

Learn how to start plants for your home garden! Cover the basics of starting seeds including how much to water, how much light your plants need, and how to create a mini greenhouse. Learn where to source the right seeds and potting mix. Explore plant propagation, taking cuttings from the Folk School gardens to start new growth. Take home a variety of plants!

Cost: $45

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Seed Starts in the Greenhouse

August 28, 2020
9 a.m.12 p.m. (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)

Composting: How to Transform Garden and Kitchen Waste

Teddy Pitsiokos

Learn how to sustainably compost organic waste from your garden and kitchen and create a great soil amendment. Explore a variety of techniques that are easy to manage and do not attract pests. Discover how compost is used in the Folk School gardens. Understand what can and cannot be composted and how to safely incorporate finished composts. Leave with the knowledge to build and manage a composting system that is right for your home.

Cost: $45

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

A Handful of Rich Soil.
Photo Courtesy of the Artist.

August 29, 2020 (Arrive by 8:30 a.m.)
9 a.m.12 p.m.

Organic Pest and Weed Management

Teddy Pitsiokos

Do you love to garden but can’t seem to control the bugs and weeds? Learn how to organically manage both! Using the Folk School gardens as an example, gain the knowledge to identify pest problems early and take the appropriate actions to keep them at bay. Explore different tools and tricks for managing the weeds that never seem to stop. Practice using simple and affordable tools, including a hand-hoe you will take home to help keep your garden weed-free.

Cost: $45

Additional materials fee: $10

This workshop is currently full. Reserve a spot on the waitlist by calling 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Gardening Tools.
Photo Courtesy of the Artist.

September 26 – 27, 2020 (2-day class)
9 a.m.12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-4 p.m. both days (Arrive by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday)

Fall Gardening in Appalachia

Teddy Pitsiokos

Explore the processes involved in growing a successful fall vegetable garden in our beautiful mountains. We’ll start by identifying our goals and projecting yields, then learn how to start seeds, transplant seedlings, use irrigation, cultivate, and harvest in the Folk School gardens. Discover how to plan for a successful spring while enjoying an abundant fall. We’ll also discuss overwintering vegetables and season extension techniques. Using the gardens as your classroom, come away equipped with valuable organic gardening skills for the Southeast.

Cost: $180

To register call 828-837-2775, M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Tending the Rows in the Folk School Garden

About Teddy Pitsiokos

Teddy Pitsiokos has been growing and caring for organic vegetables for the past nine years. After graduating from University of the South in 2011, he worked on a variety of small farms in North Carolina and Virginia, practicing timeless agricultural methods alongside innovative farming techniques. Since becoming the Folk School gardener in 2019, he has worked to enhance the productivity of the gardens and expanded the gardens to include craft and natural dye plants.

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Registration Information

 
Join us for our first workshop series featuring workshops that are tied to the Folk School garden and grounds. All workshops will be limited to six students, ages 18 and up.

Register by calling 828-837-2775, MF, 8 a.m.5 p.m.

Visit our FAQ Page to learn more about Summer and Fall 2020 Workshops.

FAQ

Virtual Demonstrations

 
If you can't be here in person for our summer and fall workshops, we invite you to join us online! These hour-long virtual demonstrations will give you a chance to learn from a live presentation by our talented instructors, followed by a 10–20 minute Q&A. Please Note: these are not follow-along lessons, although we do encourage you to make while you watch! These programs will cost $10 to attend via Zoom.

John C. Campbell Folk School
About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.