Organic Gardening Intensive register online
June 3-7, 2015

You really can grow most of the food your family needs.

With this 5 day intensive, we'll garden every morning and you'll get the hands-on experience and gain the confidence to get started on your own.

Every afternoon we'll visit other permaculture homesteads and gardens, including Amish country.

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  • Begin each day in the garden at 5 AM and beat the heat.

  • At 9 AM we'll break for showers and breakfast.

  • Every afternoon we'll visit other gardeners,
    including CSA's and the local Amish community.

  • Plus we'll take time to relax in the swimming hole and hike in the creeks

June is peak garden time. We'll be planting and tending:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Sweet Corn, Field Corn
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • White Potatoes
  • Strawberries, Blackberries
  • Raspberries, Blueberries
  • Winter Squash
  • Black beans, Pinto beans
  • Field Peas
  • and more
garden hoops

I'll have suits so we can take turns going into the bee hives.


You'll also learn how to preserve food, including:

  • Freezing food to maintain freshness and flavor
  • Using the dehydrator
  • Canning
Dehydrating Zucchini

More veggies in the garden:

  • Onions, Garlic
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Okra
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash, Zucchini
  • Carrots, Beets
  • Swiss Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkin
Freezing Peas

Only $400 for all 5 days
including all meals.

Don't have a week to give?
Come for just the weekend at my standard weekend rate, just $250 including camping and meals!

Please contact me to plan our week together!

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Square Foot Gardening

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For more information contact
Douglas Stevenson

931-964-2590 / 931-626-4035 cell


Workshops and Activities
Farm School
Green Buildings and Homes Tour
Our 14th year!

community dinner
Life in Community

Gardening and Growing Food
Meditation & Yoga
The Spiritual Path

Health and Diet

Experience the Land April 12-14
swan trust

Community & Sustainability Conference May 22-24FIC..

Organic Gardening Intensive
June 3-7 Five Days of hands-on gardening as well as garden tours on and off-The Farm to visit the nearby Amish community, permaculture homesteads, and more...more
Summer Retreat July 15-19
Swimming, hiking, kid activities, workshops and GREAT FOOD! Fun for the entire family. Includes camp sites. Click here for a list of accommodations
Midwifery Workshops
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The Farm's Green Home Gallery
Organic Gardening Intensive Review  
To follow through on the descriptive word "intensive," at last year's event we had to cover a wide array of tasks and crops, techniques and hands-on experience. I think you'll see from the list below we did just that. I especially enjoyed visiting the many different permaculture homesteads in our area, each impressive in its own way. I'll never forget the tour of the Amish farm, with the barefoot matriarch leading us through vast rows of tomatoes, corn, cukes and more. Let me know if you would be interested in attending a fall session or one next spring.
Planted blue corn
Planted winter squash
Planted sweet corn

Started sweet corn in pots
Weeded & mulched strawberries
Mulched black beans
Mulched watermelon
Harvested white potatoes
Harvested onions
Created 75' wood chip path
Started blueberry wine
Permaculture Homestead tour

More Mulching
Inspected bee hives
Extracted 3.5 gallons of honey

Morning garden session
Visited Amish vegetable auction
Toured Amish farm
Made biochar stove
Reviewed advanced stove design Produced biochar
Started aerated compost tea

Planted watermelon
Planted Okra
Made/installed tomato cages
Permaculture Homestead tour
Applied aerated compost tea
Made compost pile
Permaculture Homestead tour
Morning garden session
Foliar feeding of plants
Picked raspberries
Planted summer squash
Japanese Beetle eradication
Permaculture Homestead tour
Visit to Stillhouse Falls
Morning garden session
Farm Gardens tour
Racked blueberry wine
Visited Farm swimming hole
Camp fire and drum cicle
Brunch, meditation and good-byes


"The organic gardening weekend was a beautiful experience. Even with it raining nearly every day, we found tons to keep us busy, from harvesting honey to touring permaculture farms in the area. I was so happy i got to visit The Farm and see life in an intentional community as well."
Amy, from Chicago

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Summertown, TN 38483
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