Gardening in Harmony with Nature

Using peasant technology to make growing vegetables easy and fun

June 8 with optional work party June 9

Earthaven Ecovillage
Near Asheville, NC

My family’s gardening starts with a lush cover crop that protects the soil surface and feeds the web of life that exists in the soil. Using the example of Imani Garden, you will learn the techniques of establishing and managing both cover crops and weeds in the garden. Use of trellising to increase yields will be on display. 

Learn how using the natural behaviors of pigs, chickens, and other farm animals helps care for and maintain our garden. Beneath the soil surface, we feed the soil microbes so that they can in turn nourish our growing vegetables. From the surrounding forest, many critters also enjoy our gardens, sometimes more than we enjoy their presence. These interrelationships create a beautiful ecosystem in the garden that requires much awareness to keep in balance. The workshop discussions will help to unwind the complexities in the web of life and so you understand where we can be most effective as natural gardeners.

Relying on the resources on the land, we produce our own fertilizer solutions and pest control potions. You will see how we make and use these seemingly magical preparations. Drawing from the traditions of Korean natural farming, biodynamics, and permaculture, we have devised a system that requires minimal outside purchases, and produces exceptional vegetables. This will be hands-on, and you will come home with recipes to make your own.

Making vegetable trellises
Planting tomatoes


Saturday, June 8

  • 10 am – noon: Optional Earthaven Ecovillage tour
  • Noon – 1 pm: Lunch — bring your own
  • 1 – 4 pm: Presentation, garden tour, and instruction

Sunday, June 9

  • 10 am – noon: Optional garden work party

During the Sunday work party, we will apply the knowledge gained on Saturday, as we complete seasonal tasks in the natural garden. This may include transplanting peppers and cabbages, making and applying Korean natural farming fertilizers, digging new potatoes, and training tomatoes.

The sweetness of the fertile soil will be alive in your hands, along with the sound of birdsong from the forest and the excitement of pigs and chickens. Time spent immersed in the garden will help to plant the seeds from Saturday’s session so you can use these practices in your own garden.

Village Terraces garden

Sliding Scale Tuition

Because some people have more financial means than others, we have created a sliding scale fee system to accommodate a range of economic realities. The high-end of the scale reflects the value we believe the program holds, and the low-end offers a more accessible entry point.

By choosing a higher price point, you are helping make the program more accessible to others for whom the low-end may be cost-prohibitive. Please consider your needs and resources to determine what might be a stretch, but not a strain.


Earthaven tour and program: $55 – 85 sliding scale

Program only: $35 – $55 sliding scale

Camping is extra. No food is provided.



No food is provided for the program. Please bring food that you will need.

Cancellation & Refunds

If you cancel your registration, you may:

  • Donate your tuition to support our continued work
  • Request a refund per our policy:
    • 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of the program
    • 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the start of the program

If SOIL cancels this program for any reason whatsoever, you would receive a 100% refund.

Contact us at [email protected] with registration questions.


Several accommodation options are available at Earthaven Ecovillage and in the surrounding area. No indoor lodging is available at Earthaven for this program.

Cost per person: 1 or 2 nights $50
Cost per person: 3 nights $75

Campground Cabin Shared Lodging
Cost per person: 1 or 2 nights $70
Cost per person: 3 nights $85

Off-Site Options
Various options in Bat Cave, Black Mountain, and Asheville.

Sleeping bags and pads are available for rental for $15/set. Cleaning supplies to clean mats are available before and/or after use. SOIL launders the sleeping bags once a year. FYI: There are a couple of loaner tests that live in the campground, no guarantee on condition. First come, first served on tents.

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This program takes place at Earthaven Ecovillage. This permaculture-based community offers a unique living classroom where participants will engage with the natural world, eco-infrastructure, and the intimate experience of rural community living.

What to Expect at Earthaven


Adam Klaus

Adam Klaus


Adam is passionate about the remarkable world of peasant agriculture, which he has been following for the past 20+ years, traveling the earth and farming in different ecosystems. Along the way, Adam founded a grass-fed organic dairy in Western Colorado, planted several diversified subtropical fruit orchards in Southern California, and has been fortunate to study with teachers from Korea, Germany, Hawaii, and across the Americas. Adam is currently farming cooperatively Earthaven and is excited to share his passion for the natural world by teaching agricultural courses.


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