Group Design of Service Focus: The Farmacy Garden in Christiansburg, VA

To earn a permaculture design certificate with We Are All Farmers, a participant must complete two designs: one in his/her local community and one as a part of a team with other WAAF PDC participants.

We Are All Farmers is proud to announce its fall 2015 Virginia Permaculture Design Certificate course will focus its team designs in a design of service for The Farmacy Garden in Christiansburg–a community garden for local folks. More about that here:




Farmacy Garden

Announcing a Fall 2015 Blacksburg, VA PDC!

After several requests, we decided to go ahead and give it a try.

We have planned a permaculture design certificate course for Blacksburg, VA Oct – Dec. 2015.

Details below:

We Are All Farmers is happy to announce it has added a Fall 2015 PDC course! Contact or call (704) 978-9404 for more details.

Earn your Hands-On Permaculture Design Certificate weekends this fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Blacksburg, VA!


Many more details on the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Course below… See our Facebook page for many more photos of our past PDCS!!

We believe in the permaculture design certificate course (PDC) as a live, hands-on practice to do in community. More on that here.

More on why take a live hands-on PDC here and how a We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Course is different here.

We adhere to main guidelines of the permaculture design certificate course requirements as stated by Permaculture Institute USA. Read more in this article:


Edward Marshall, Certified PDC Instructor

Join Permaculture instructor Edward Marshall and non-profit innovator Crystal Cook and SEVEN other instructors for a diverse and inspiring PDC focused on defining, acquiring, and implementing hands-on skills for

“care of people, care of the earth, and share of surplus to both.”

We Are All Farmers fall 2015 course is in a rural setting in Blacksburg, VA. Contact us for the exact address.

Camping for the course available ten minutes away. Contact us for details.

PDC Certificate Classes are held Saturdays and Sundays in the fall of 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Oct. 3 – 4, 2015
  • Oct. 17 – 18, 2015
  • Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015
  • Nov. 14 – 15, 2015
  • Dec. 5-6, 2015

If you plan to stay at a hotel, book it NOW for the first weekend as it coincides with a home game weekend at Virginia Tech.

1st Day’s morning of each weekend session will be theoretical, followed by lunch and afternoon practicum. We focus the design site on a community in need, fulfilling the permaculture ethic of “care of people.” Each group will also produce a Permaculture Design and Project, re-envisioning a site through application of permaculture principles. You have a chance to make a permanent permaculture difference!

 We will be using Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual‘s 14 chapters as our core and guide.

  • Chapter 1, Introduction
  • Chapter 2, Concepts and Themes in Design
  • Chapter 3, Methods of Design
  • Chapter 4, Pattern Understanding
  • Chapter 5, Climatic Factors
  • Chapter 6, Trees and their Energy Transactions
  • Chapter 7, Water
  • Chapter 8, Soils
  • Chapter 9, Earth working and Earth Resources
  • Chapter 10, The Humid Tropics
  • Chapter 11, Dry land Strategies
  • Chapter 12, Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Chapter 13, Aquaculture
  • Chapter 14, The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

Overview: Our standard complete permaculture design certificate course maintains a deep focus on community and creating resilience & regeneration through permaculture and adheres to the main standards of PDC teaching listed here at >>>>>. It also includes:

  • designing & renovating a farm, home site, or urban site
  • commercial integrated animal systems with silvopasture
  • 9 instructors with expertise in: organic agriculture, natural building, herbalism, primitive skills, entrepreneurship, water systems, mushrooms, homestead animal slaughter, community creation, rotational grazing & more!
  • constant consultation and access to We Are All Farmers core staff during and after the course including knowledge, farm, on site library
  • fermentation for food and for pasture (such as biofertilizer) and simple herbal cures
  • pay for each weekend as you go
  • learn mapping and preliminary surveying skills with a surveyor with 20 years of experience
  • the central importance of practicing and engaging community to sustaining permaculture

More about the design requirements to earn the PDC with We Are All Farmers:

One team design: This will be a design to hone your skills of working with others, to learn together in community, to share skills and knowledge, and to gain feedback.

One independent design: The independent design is a design-of-service to a community space of your choice (can be a church, school, non-profit, etc.). You can choose to engage during the PDC with the primary folks who are responsible for that site or wait until after you have a practice design to show, or not at all (though we heavily encourage you to engage). The goal of this design is to give you a chance to do independent practice of the designers tools and the methods and principles of permaculture and to engage potentially with a site in your region that may be able to bring a small design to fruition.

At the end of the course you will present the team design and your individual design. As our course is spread over five weekends, we look to students to do independent work and team work outside of those weekends to ensure adequate practice and study. The weekends are also invaluable for receiving feedback on your understanding and grasp of the tools and skills .

copyright 2008, Karl Schmidt

Forest Garden Design Certificate

Larry Korn: translator of Masanobu Fukuoka. More at:

PDC Certificate with Andrew Phillips, live PDC student of Geoff Lawton. More at:

Crystal Cook PDC Certificate Tuition and Registration:

A special Blacksburg-only price: $650 if paid up front or $140 per weekend (save $50 if paying in one sum). $140 required upon registering. Pay as you go!!


We also accept payments by credit card or bank account through PayPal. PayPal payment to Installment payments on all courses also accepted below.

We also accept checks or cash on site or checks or money orders by mail to We Are All Farmers P.O. Box 11282, Blacksburg, VA 24062.

For more information call (704) 978-9404

Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Your tuition covers: 80 hours of coursework, speakers, special events, light breakfast (please bring your own lunch and dinner; many opportunities locally in Blacksburg for dinner Sat. night or bring your own), design certification, instructors, space, the closing ceremony, and certificate. Please bring a brown bag lunch both days as there is nowhere very close to buy food.

Refund Policy: Other than submitting your deposit prior to the start of  the first weekend, because we otherwise allow you to pay as you go, we cannot offer refunds once the course has begun. This ensures our ability to afford to offer the course, pay teachers, provide meals, etc. We do, however, allow you to return during a later course to make up lost hours and work with a new design team, if necessary, to earn your certificate.

waafpi_charlestonwv55 Edward Marshall with pigsEdward Marshall facilitates the course and teaches:

  • Chapter 1, Introduction
  • Chapter 2, Concepts and Themes in Design
  • Chapter 5, Climatic Factors
  • Chapter 6, Trees and their Energy Transactions
  • Chapter 11, Dry land Strategies
  • Animals in permaculture systems
  • Grass-based systems
  • and is available during the course for ongoing consultation…..

More about Edward Marshall and Crystal Cook Marshall…..With thousands of hours of on-farm experience actually running a farm, Edward Marshall was one of a few commercial organic farmers in the Iredell Co./Forsyth Co., NC in the 1990s to the early 2000s. After a hiatus in Hollywood, he returned to the Appalachian-Piedmont region in 2011 to found We Are All Farmers. He currently is learning the organic grass-based dairy business and brings a wealth of grass and pasture-based animal experience to the course.

Marshall uses animals in systems and for land reclamation and rehabilitation as part of a Management intensive Grazing practice. He has participated in a wide range of alternative agriculture trainings including in person trainings with Joel Salatin, Will Allen, and Larry Korn.

Folks work together at fermentation. From the PDC we took live, someone went on to start a fermented food business.

Folks work together at fermentation.

Crystal Cook Marshall is the child of parents that grew up providing most of their own food. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Virginia Tech, focused on solving issues of single sector economies and on the factors it takes for a community to survive and thrive. A long-time educator and non-profit executive, Cook is also a writer and has published in the US and abroad. She is very excited to be working on bringing farming and food responsibility in some way to everyone and to be a founding member of the We Are All Farmers. She and Edward both earned their permaculture design certificates from the Hancock Permaculture Center in Hancock, NY.

Cook Marshall is the main point of contact for the course and teaches fermentation and non-profit business strategies as part of a series on Ch. 14, Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation.

Additional Instructor Overview:

Dave finds the contourDave Edelstein co-leads a swale workshop in Upstate NY

Chapter 8, Soils and Chapter 10, The Humid Tropics: Dave Edelstein. Dave Edelstein currently works as the Environmental Coordinator for Fundacion IOI in the Galapagos, working with the people in the Parque Nacional and as an organic gardening/farming advisor to the community.

He has an MS in soil physics from the University of Massachusetts. While earning his degree, he worked as a volunteer with the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service) in Hadley, MA. After graduating, he joined the Peace Corps, working with farmers on soil and water conservation projects in Costa Rica, where he learned simple land-leveling and contouring techniques. Since then, Dave has worked for the EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service, and spent thirteen years as a high school science teacher. Most recently, Dave earned a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Hancock Permaculture Center, where he lectured on soil science and conservation. he has been working again in Latin America since 2012 in social change and agricultural issues. Follow his blog here:

Christina DiamondChapter 7, Water: Christina Diamond. Christina Diamond has studied permaculture live with Geoff Lawton and Andrew Leslie Phillips. She obtained a certification in Water Harvesting from the Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ. She studied horticulture and environmental science at the State University of New York at Cobleskill and holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Nyack College. Christina has worked as an energy auditor and is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. She also plays in an all-girl experimental electronic hip hop noise band. Christina has worked as an agricultural and environmental consultant for eight years in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she lives with her partner, Clara, and their two adorable children.

brianvermicultureAquaculture, Ch. 13, Brian Koser has experience building and running small scale aquaponics systems, as well as raising pastured poultry. Having relocated from a
small farm in Arkansas to Washington DC in 2011, Brian is now learning
how to implement vertically integrated food systems in very limited
spaces (porches, window boxes, medians etc). Prior to moving, he was a
special education teacher of grades K- 12 for seven years in both
rural and urban school settings. Currently, he manages operations for
the National Database for Autism Research (, which
facilitates secondary analysis of all federally funded autism research

Marcus Miller Surveying and Map-Making as part of Chapter 3, Methods of Design + Chapter 9, Earthworks: Marcus Miller has land surveyed in Iredell Co., NC and surrounding counties since 1983 and obtained his professional license in 1991. Believing that the outdoors is where it’s at, he travels as often as possible to the both the mountains and coast of NC for camping, hiking, and backpacking. He hopes to soon complete the final legs of the entire Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A soapstone sculptor for nigh on ten years now, Marcus enjoys both giving and selling his work. After composting for 24 years, his original pile is still with him at his third domicile. He is happy to share his knowledge of surveying as it applies to and eager to learn more about permaculture.

Eric Jackson Chapter 4, (Pattern Understanding) + Seed Saving and the Slow Food Movement. Eric Jackson has urban pioneered with the League of Cooperation, a loose group of unsung heroes, who many-handedly transformed an old meat packing factory into a thriving microtown in a once-forgotten corner of downtown Winston-Salem. He studied Horticulture Technology at Forsyth Technical Community College and transformed a junked-out old parking lot/coal pit into a greenspace/micro-farm that was later turned back into a parking lot. He lived on and farmed 7 acres of his grandparent’s old dairy farm for two years regenerating old pasture/a chemical-sprayed soybean field into a healthy and diverse pasture and sold eggs, chicken, and salad mix at a farmers market. He works professionally as an heirloom vegetable gardener at Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC, where he focuses on stewarding a pre-1850 vegetable seed collection. He followed the autodidact parth to learning Permaculture for many years and most recently graduated in Fall 2012 from the the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Class.

Lindsey GoodPerma-preneurship: how to make a living in farming>>> Lindsey Good is a local food enthusiast with a keen interest in local aggregation and distribution within the OH-WV-KY region. Lindsey’s agronomical tool box is filled with all of the essential tools needed to provide local communities with fresh food with an eye toward economic security for the grower. Since January 2015 Lindsey has been working with Unlimited Future Incorporated as their Local Food Distribution Coordinator in Huntington, WV. Her focus is developing lasting relationships within the tri-state’s local food involvement,  strengthening food security, and developing a corridor for local products to travel.

Check out her neat series to promote local meat by getting an all local WV hotdog created!

Permaculture stole her heart a few years ago and she finished her PDC with We Are All Farmers in 2013. She has also worked on organic farms in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina with specialties in organic vegetables, micro-greens, wine making, pastured pork production, and hospitality.


antoninaherbalOn Herbs and Herbal Preparation (as part of Ch. 14, Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation): Clinical Holistic Herbalist Antonina Whaples is the owner of Kindred Spirits Boutique and Director of Tree of Life Wellness Center in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. She has received certifications through the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism and the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and apprenticed with Kaitlyne O’Brannnon of World Spirit Health. Her passion is teaching community herbalism, with an emphasis in healing emotional trauma and integrating herbal medicine into everyday life. Antonina received her PDC through We Are All Farmers in 2012 and has since begun to integrate permaculture principles into her clinical practice, herb gardens, bee apiary, and business practices. She can be contacted for clinical intake at 336-769-6510 or

christina_zChapter 10, The Humid Tropics & Some Dry Land Strategies (the dry tropics) + Ch. 14, part of our series on Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation: Permaculture Pedagogy and Teaching, Christina Zawerucha.

Christina Zawerucha is currently a permaculture instructor and facilitator on site in Ethiopia with GreenPath. She is a teacher, farmer, and social entrepreneur who specializes in developing sustainability literacy programs in an international context. Focused on working with immigrant populations and English Language Learners, Christina has developed participatory curricula with public, non-profit, and higher education institutions in Ethiopia, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, Ecuador, Ukraine, and Virginia. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the documentary film “I Learn America,” and Al Jazeera America. Christina recently also facilitated workshops at Crow Forest Farm in Blacksburg, VA.

Follow her perma-preneur and other adventures at:

The original We Are All Farmers space in North Carolina….

About ten minutes as the crow flies from North Carolina wine country, the We Are All Farmers‘ learning center is located in Union Grove, NC…. The red pin below marks the access road. It is ten miles from Interstate Highway 77.

Satellite view of We Are Farmers as a place

Satellite view of  We Are All Farmers

Main Building, We Are All Farmers

Main Building, We Are All Farmers: a space to teach, learn, meet, chat, think, plan, do, farm, produce, “farmate”

The main structure for community

The main structure for community–




Amazing independent and group designs from this spring’s WAAF PDC graduates!

This spring we piloted a new set of requirements for the WAAF PDC–an independent design of service for the participant’s community and one in a team with other WAAF students. We were thrilled at the level of skill and observation and demonstration of learning. Enjoy this gallery of their work below!

We Are All Farmers Shifts Gears: Grass-Based Dairying & Design


It had been a while in the making, but We Are All Farmers shifted major gears in early 2015. This year, We Are All Farmers will shift away from being non-profit.

After much reflection on the part of We Are All Farmers‘ co-principal Edward Marshall, he decided that his main interest lies in larger scale regenerative soil practices such as cattle grazing, which can help turn around the desperately depleted soil here in the US Southeast. Also, the numbers work for grass-based dairying, affording a full-time farming existence that few other farm enterprises provide. Edward wants to farm full-time.

The We Are All Farmers‘ website and Facebook page will continue to feature news relevant to regenerative land and community practices as well as much information, reflection, and insight as Edward becomes versed in grass-based dairying.


Moreover, Edward will, however, continue to provide permaculture-based land assessments and design through We Are All Farmers and through Charlotte-Based Full Wheel Farmers.

Furthermore, We Are All Farmers co-principal Crystal Cook Marshall has decided to step up her work in community resilience and revitalization with work focused in Appalachia. Once Edward is trained up in grass-based dairying, in addition to other work, she will assist him with that enterprise.

We Are All Farmers will document Edward and Crystal on this journey.

Last but not least, a few other factors from the last couple of years contributed to Edward’s and Crystal’s pursuing these latest paths.

Permaculture, A Designer's Manual

Permaculture, A Designer’s Manual

Edward and Crystal remain committed to Chapter 14 of Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, that community is what makes the techniques of permaculture possible. They seek to steward community in their new endeavors.

They remain enthusiastic about the regenerative land practices of permaculture and permaculture as a systems design approach for soil, farming, community, etc. and hope to put them to work on a grass-based dairy and to continue this work at their current site in North Carolina.

As their own perspectives and knowledge about the potential for support of small-scale farming in North Carolina matured, Edward and Crystal drifted far from what some term “purple” permaculture or even prepper permaculture and more toward “brown” permaculture (or permaculture focused on farming and food production to some scale).

These factors and others contributed to their shift, especially Edward’s of focusing on larger scale production and on an agricultural sector that is not overpromising a living and underdelivering, as Edward and Crystal see happening with some sectors of ag and smaller or newer farmers.

Image from, copyright 2008, Karl Schmidt

Image from, copyright 2008, Karl Schmidt


One of the key principles of permaculture is protracted observation.

Edward and Crystal put much consideration and observation into this shift for We Are All Farmers.

They believe that We Are All Farmers still holds. We are all responsible for finding ways to steward land and people health and healing our communities and soil.

Edward looks forward to continuing the mission of We Are All Farmers by learning how to be an even better land steward, learning about cows, ways to scale up soil regeneration, and regenerative means to farm. Crystal looks forward to examining and creating more ways to bring communities together to increase their resilience and joining Edward in a grass-based dairy once they are ready to take that step.

They may or may not continue teaching permaculture design certificate courses. If you are interested in theirs, contact them at  Edward will remain available, when time permits, to speak about permaculture to community and other groups.




Edward Marshall of We Are All Farmers designed this!

Charlotte’s first edible walkway is planted


The historic Wilmore neighborhood made history on Saturday as the first neighborhood in Charlotte to plant an edible walkway at the intersection of Mint Street and Kingston Avenue. In a most excellent display of community, Wilmore residents, church members of Calvary United Methodist (the church that owns the property where the walkway is planted) and sustainably minded Charlotteans gathered together on a chilly Saturday morning to plant fruit and nut trees that will one day bear fruit for all of its residents to eat.

The idea stemmed from an observation made by Wilmore resident Kris Steele, who witnessed children walking up the street to get “food”, only to see them coming back from the convenience store with processed food items laden with salt, sugar and fat. Steele, who is also co-founder of Crown Town Compost, had a vision for something better and dreamed up the idea of an edible walkway. In Steele’s mind, an edible walkway would provide a sustainable source of fresh food, accessible to all.

“Imagine being able to just grab a piece of fruit from a tree,” says Steele.

To make the idea a reality, Steele vied for resources from the community, which included a $2,500 beautification grant from Keep Charlotte Beautiful, a division of the City of Charlotte, and another $500 grant from nonprofit organization, Sustain Charlotte. Individual donors chipped in and several local businesses volunteered time, labor and materials to bring the walkway to fruition. Earth Farms donated compost and castings, Heartwood Tree Company donated labor and equipment and Full Wheel Farmers designed the walkway and has agreed to maintain the trees as they develop.

Volunteers planted apple, pear, fig, hazelnut and a variety of berry trees. Skip Johnson,59, a member at Calvary United Methodist Church for 35 years, has watched the neighborhood change considerably over the years. He believes the creation of an edible walkway is positive for everyone.

“Look at all these young people,” says Johnson. “If the neighborhood is helping our church property, I want to help the neighborhood.

Nick Sisley, 34, a Wilmore resident since 2006, came to help out with his 3-year-old daughter Josie. Alongside them, folks from the contributing organizations loaned their time and talents to the project.

In a few years, residents will be able to reap the benefits of this project, an idea that started as a vision and became reality. Andrew Bowen, community research specialist at the City of Charlotte, believes Steele will continue to do good for Charlotte.

“He’s got huge visions for the entire city,” says Bowen. Judging by the recent launch of Crown Town Compost and the creation of Charlotte’s first edible walkway, we’d say Bowen is on to something.

See the full article here:

Pole Barn Workshop with Barron Brown was awesome!

Barron Brown led a group through how to build a pole barn. The weekend was awesome and here are a few photos!


Free Food@Crop Mob, Work Exchanges Available, Classes + More!

Crop Mob: Set Up a Hoop house for Fodder System: Saturday, September 20 at 10:00am

Our pigs need winter fodder and we will tear down a shed and set up a hoop house in its place. Light breakfast (muffins, whole wheat baguette), full lunch (venison chili, cornbread, salad, sour cream chocolate cake) provided, and after mob all you can drink ginger beer!Please RSVP to so we know how many folks to expect and how much food to make!



(1) full work exchange still available for the We Are All Farmers Spring 2015 Permaculture Design Certificate Course. The course starts at the end of January 2015!
Contact for an application!


Two Upcoming Workshops with Barron Brown

1. Pole Barn Construction/21st Century Timber Framing Start to Finish
Nov. 15 & 16, 2014 with expert Barron Brown. Limited to 10 participants.

Hands-on learn to construct a two-story pole barn in two days, start to finish: $230!

Free camping on site. Breakfast & lunch provided both days. $100 to reserve your spot, $130 due the day of the workshop. Cash, check, money order, or PayPal. We Are All Farmers, 283 Coolbrook Road, Union Grove, NC 28689, phone: 704 592 2557,

We’ll explore how to utilize small trees for framing buildings.

Barron teaches timber framing, post and beam construction, log cabin construction widely at conferences and gatherings. He currently works as a sculptor, welder and builder, as well as teaches carving, blacksmithing, and building. He lives on a homestead with his family in Yancy County, NC.


2. Hog Slaughter Workshop with Barron Brown, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; depending on interest, potentially a repeat workshop on Sunday, Dec. 7. You do not need to purchase a hog to participate. This is a rare chance to bring a hog from pasture to process. Tools, teaching, lunch, facilities provided.
Contact for more details.


Open Seeds Network Seed Celebration & Convergence at We Are All Farmers POSTPONED!

Due to family issues, we needed to postpone this weekend of events. We hope to host it soon after the Old Salem Seed Swap in 2015!

Come to the next Appalachian and Piedmont New and Young Farmers Coalition Meeting! Meet with new and aspiring farmers from the region!

Come to the next meeting! The next meeting is Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at Krankie’s in downtown Winston Salem, 211 East Third st.
WS-NC / 27101 / RSVP to We hope to see you there!!

The next We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Course starts Jan. 31, 2015!

Learn more and sign up more at>>>>>


Weekend 1, Jan. 31 & Feb.1
Weekend 2, Feb. 28 & March 1
Weekend 3, April 11 & 12
Weekend 4, May 2 & 3
Weekend 5, May 16 & 17

Pole Barn Workshop–see a video of a pole barn in action!

Hey! We have a pole barn workshop coming up in November limited to 10 people! Reserve your slot now! Here is our instructor Barron Brown in action! Hang on to the end to see a magnificent barn going up!

Lots of new recent items!

Now accepting applications for the (1) available full work exchange for the We Are All Farmers Spring 2015 Permaculture Design Certificate Course.

Contact for an application!

We Are All Farmers Spring 2013 Certificate graduates! Hurrah!

We Are All Farmers Certificate graduates! Hurrah!

Two Upcoming Workshops with Barron Brown

1. Pole Barn Construction/21st Century Timber Framing Start to Finish Nov. 15 & 16, 2014. Limited to 10 participants.

Hands-on learn to construct a two-story pole barn in two days, start to finish: $230

Free camping on site. Breakfast & lunch provided both days.

$100 to reserve your spot, $130 due the day of the workshop.

Cash, check, money order, or PayPal.

We Are All Farmers, 283 Coolbrook Road, Union Grove, NC 28689, phone: 704 592 2557,

More details to follow.

We’ll explore how to utilize small trees for framing buildings.

Barron Brown

Barron Brown

2. Hog Slaughter Workshop with Barron Brown, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; depending on interest, potentially a repeat workshop on Sunday, Dec. 7.
Learn the basics of hog slaughter. Contact for more details.

More about Barron Brown

Barron Brown. He is an expert on homestead animal slaughter, most recently demonstrating and teaching the slaughter of a domestic buffalo. He also teaches timber framing, post and beam construction, log cabin construction widely at conferences and gatherings. He currently works as a sculptor, welder and builder, as well as teaches carving, blacksmithing, and building. He lives on a homestead with his family in Yancy County, NC.

RSVP to the Open Seeds Network Seed Celebration & Convergence, Sept. 27 & 28, 2014 at We Are All Farmers!

RSVP by following this link:

Tent camping available for free on site. Potluck lunch on Saturday.

The goal of the OPEN SEEDS NETWORK CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION is to create a network of like-minded seed stewards in our region, to plan for continued seed stewardship and convergence, and to celebrate the seed!
The OPEN SEEDS NETWORK SEED CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION is free or donation only, however if you plan to attend or participate in any of the events, you must RSVP to
If you plan to attend and tent camp, you must RSVP to
Tent camping on site limited to first 10 tents. Additional tent camping available for a fee in Union Grove.
Meals not provided. Camping available for full weekend participants.

Weekend Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

 9 a.m. – 1 pm.

Food Forest Design & Hands-on Black Walnut Guild Practicum with Edward Marshall of We Are All Farmers

Learn the basics of Food Forest design. Work together on the Black Walnut Guild. Discuss the basics of trees from seed.


Please bring a dish to share.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Become part of the Open Seeds Regional Living Seed Bank:

Why and How to Save Seeds People-to People

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Seed Saving Basics & Knowledge Share
Along with an overview of DIY seed saving basics participants also share knowledge of seed saving
5 p.m.- 6 p.m. Know your Wild Seeds.
7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own and eat your seeds! Roast seeds on an open fire to share!

Sunday Morning, Sept. 28, 2014
8 a.m. – 9 a.m Shared Granola breakfast: Eat your seeds! Bring edible seeds to share for making our own granola!

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Seed stories and Moderated Seed Swap. Eric Jackson will also share lessons learned from his participation in the Red Semillas Libres (Seed Freedom) Conference in May 2014 in Brazil
Participants tell the stories of the seeds they brought to swap.
Seeds are distributed to morning participants and also noted in a large chart for swapping again in 2015.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Regional Stewarding of the Seed Ceremony.
In an effort to regionalize and create deep knowledge of a seed, one kind of seed will be distributed to weekend participants to grow and steward over the next year. At 2015’s Seed Convergence and Celebration, participants will meet to tell the story of this seed and to redistribute the seed.

2014’s Featured Regional Seed to Steward: the Menominee Squash.
The Emkwana/Menominee Squash, a regionally adapted version of this old landrace squash from the northern mid-west of the US.


Farmers and producers!!

Take our survey to let us know

what kind of value-added facility

we need for our region!!

The goal of the survey is to find out needs, discover potential allies and partners, and to find a working group to work together on feasibility and potential next steps.

In conversation at the new group Appalachian and Piedmont New and Young Farmers along with subsequent meetings with local CSAs, chefs, farmers, and extension agents, the folks at We Are All Farmers and our commercial operation Pockerchicory Farms have decided to pursue gathering wider information and support for a multi-use value-added production or kitchen facility located in the Appalachian or Piedmont regions of North Carolina, with special attention to trained, staffed value-added meat, dairy, and plant production components.

The data collected in this survey will be used as a starting or continuation point for refining a description of a value-added facility to incubate and boost the potential of our regions’ farmers, chefs, and retail stores.

Please spread the word and fill it out online:

Come to the next Appalachian and Piedmont New and Young Farmers Coalition Meeting!

Come to the fourth meeting! The next meeting is Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. at Krankie’s in downtown Winston Salem, 211 East Third st.
WS-NC / 27101 / RSVP to We hope to see you there!!


We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute Permaculture Design Course Dates Spring 2015

Learn more and sign up more at>>>>>
Weekend 1, Jan. 31 & Feb.1
Weekend 2, Feb. 28 & March 1
Weekend 3, April 11 & 12
Weekend 4, May 2 & 3
Weekend 5, May 16 & 17