Getting to Zero Wast


The amounts of waste generated by Americans each year is staggering. In this workshop we will
be talking about the many opportunities and challenges of moving to a zero waste life instead.
We’ll start by focusing on getting as close as possible to being a truly zero waste home, but
we’ll also look into influencing workplaces, neighborhoods, public events, home construction,
and local governments to make the changes needed to stop the enormous levels of waste, and
related resource depletion, we currently see all around us. Like many good ideas for protecting
the environment, the move to being less wasteful can seem like doing without or working
harder than you do now, but the real outcome is more contentment and confidence that we
can create the future we want to believe is possible.

Laurie Cone worked as an environmental chemist, then taught high school, and now lives in an
intentional community in central North Carolina. She’s enjoying homesteading with her 83-year
old mom, and trying to live like we have just one planet. Her community-building and soil-
building activist life also includes camping, dancing, singing harmony, baking, traveling by train,
and good conversation.

Managing Your Woodlot & Wood Resources

Producing firewood from a woodlot can be an excellent forest management opportunity. Properly done firewood cutting can produce immediate income while increasing the long-term value of a woodlot. However, cutting the wrong trees for firewood is as senseless as burning the furniture those trees could have produced. This class will help you understand how firewood cutting could fit into your management plan and improve your woodlot.

Green Wood Working

‘Green’ refers to the working of wet or unseasoned wood that has recently been felled or harvested. Freshly cut wood contains a lot of water which will eventually evaporate, causing shrinkage. This shrinkage can be of benefit in some green woodworking joints which rely on it to produce a tight fit. 

Basic Fire Making & Outside Cooking

Learn the essential skills needed to start a fire, cook your food, and nourish yourself! Whether you are camping, dealing with an emergency survival situation, coping with a power outage, or researching colonial food preparation, this class will give you the step by step guidance to master rustic cooking techniques. These include the following:

…. Selecting a safe site for your fire

…. Finding and preparing your fuel

…. Starting and safely maintaining your fire

…. Preparing a meal using simple and foraged ingredients

…. Serving a sumptuous wood -fired feast to our Folk School Colleagues. This includes hot beverages.

Cooking over an open fire imparts flavors that cannot be achieved with conventional cooking. Join us on  this adventure!

Learn to grow vegetables economically and enjoyably for year-round nourishment. Taught by Alice Loyd.

  • Grow plants from seed and purchased plants
  • Improve soil quality
  • Plan for water conservation
  • Protect from disease and pests
  • Design space to benefit from sun and shade
  • Nurture your personal health and happiness

Come in work clothes with notebook and garden gloves.

Archery Class Description

The archery class includes  a blended curriculum that covers the basics of archery such as form, release and holding the bow. Once the basics are mastered, intermediate archery covers instinctive split vision aiming, and archery form elements as taught by Howard Hill. Advanced archery covers blind nocking, use of quivers, ranging distances without range finders, animal habits, archery hunting, shooting from elevation, and bow/arrow tuning.

The Archery workshop  will cover,

1. Traditional bows, types and history, archery as exercise and meditation

2. Arrow selection

3. Eye dominance and archery

4. Proper shooting form and release technique

5. Aiming the traditional bow

6. Shooting instinctively and instinctive split split vision

7. Ending with the perfect practice session is calming and stress-relieving.  Releasing an arrow, watching it fly, and hearing it strike a target can relieve stress. You’re learning to focus while building strength and confidence – all while doing a fun exercise 

Wild Edible & Medicinal Spring Plant Walk With Kim

Join “Planty Kim” Calhoun as we meet the edible and medicinal plants and trees growing wild in the woods and gardens at Living Well Community. We’ll cover identification, preparations, safe and sustainable harvesting guidelines as well as enjoy a wild woods tea and other foraged treats. Go home inspired to weave these nourishing plants into your daily lives. “Planty Kim” brings a deep knowledge of local flora and a wonderful combination of fun and reverence to these hands-on rambles. Once you’ve made acquaintance of these plant friends you’ll be amazed to find them in your own back yard and everywhere you go! 


Basics of Freshwater Fishing:

Designed for those with little to no fishing experience, this course will cover the essentials of becoming an efficient angler! Everything from equipment and lures to basic fish biology and patterns, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary for a successful start to a new hobby to share with family and friends.

Advanced Freshwater Fishing:

This course is designed for those already proficient with fishing, looking to take their skills to the next level and focus on the more advanced methods and equipment used in targeting specific types of fish. More attention will be given to technique and fishing the elements.

Outbuildings and Simple Structures

     This workshop will cover the basic skills and techniques for building simple structures and outbuildings.   We will cover temporary and emergency structures, pole buildings, frame construction, post and beam,  roofing, siding, flooring,  animal pens, sheds, cabins, permitting issues,  use of recycled and offcuts of lumber, metal buildings, fasteners, and much more. No building experience needed to take this workshop.  Participants at all skill levels welcome.       

Appalachian Bark Berry Baskets



Example of Bark Berry Basket

When they see these baskets people always ask “How did you make that?”  The traditional Appalachian Bark Berry Basket is a beautiful and functional  craft item that is made from tulip tree bark when the sap is flowing in the spring.  In this hands-on class, you will make your own bark basket to take home and use.  We’ll go through the process of harvesting the bark and lacing up the basket. There is the option to decorate it further if time allows.  

For this class you will need a sharp, non-serrated knife.  An awl is very useful, if you have one.  Class will take 2-5 hours.