We’re a diverse homestead, farm, and community arts and organizing center nestled in the Clear Creek Valley near Berea, KY. We’re fortunate to live surrounded by over two hundred acres of deciduous forests, hollers, spring-fed streams, and open bottom-land, where the foothills of the Appalachians rise above the bluegrass. We’re an intergenerational community of about a dozen, ranging in age from 1 year to 70, striving to learn how to live in place with longterm integrity.
We garden extensively, utilizing a variety of (organic) methodologies including permaculture. We preserve a tremendous amount of food using techniques including fermentation, dehydration, freezing, canning, salt-curing, cheese-making, etc, and eat from the bounty of the land through the year–although given that this is only our second summer of really serious staple-food gardening, we do supplement our diets from beyond these hills as well. We hope for visitors and WWOOFers who are excited about becoming part of a place by eating from the land and drinking from the pure spring water that flows from the hills and our tap! Our community also includes enthusiastic foragers, and there are opportunities to connect with the edible and medicinal plants of these incredibly biodiverse Appalachian Foothills.
In addition to our work around community food resiliency, we also host numerous public events in our hundred-year-old schoolhouse-turned-venue. This space is home to concerts, theatrical performances, art shows, potlucks, workshops, spoken word nights, and a weekly “Creative Wednesday” session where one of our part-time resident artists holds space for art-making, and shares his passion for fiber arts (including weaving on the two looms the schoolhouse holds) with interested folks. We also host weekly Sunday morning gatherings that often include yoga taught by a former resident, music jams, tasty food, plenty of coffee (and homegrown tea!) and good conversation.
We also offer occasional ticketed Farm to Fork meals where all ingredients–from our gardens, the woods and wilds, and friends’ farms–come with a story we share with our guests to bring people closer to the sources of their food, deepening understandings and connection to land and the people who work with the land and the elements.
We’re also fortunate in that our small community on the land of the Clear Creek Schoolhouse is part of a larger community in the Clear Creek Valley, abundant with natural builders (such as our good friends at http://www.theyearofmud.com/), permaculturists (such as Salamander Springs Farm https://www.localharvest.org/salamander-springs-farm-permaculture-organics-M5606), social change artists (https://www.clearcreekcreative.net/) and more. And Berea itself, the nearest town about 10 miles away, is known as the arts and crafts capital of Kentucky and is home to Berea College, the first gender and race inclusive college in the South. We’re also within striking distance of the Red River Gorge, Cumberland Falls, and the Daniel Boone National Forest, and spectacular hiking destinations such as Anglin Falls and the Berea Pinnacles are within miles. For those seeking occasional urban experiences, we’re about an hour from Lexington, and two-ish from Louisville and Cincinatti. Berea is about 20 minutes away by car (or a little over an hour by bike.)
Please reach out to us with any questions—we’d love to hear from you.