Welcome to Herb Mountain Farm Learning Community. We are a 138-acre Botanical Sanctuary in the Appalachian Mountains, with residential homes and a lodging/event venue calling in folks who want to come join us in honoring the natural world. Located in the oldest mountains on earth, this Farm was established in 1970, originally as an organic vegetable and flower farm, by Hart Squire and his family, in Weaverville, North Carolina. Hart, with the help of many hands over the decades, brought in literally tons of organic matter and plant diversity to rebuild the abused landscape. He also built many structures for his family that are now used today as both temporary and permanent homes and event space. We have several resident homes on the property along with an outdoor bathhouse, a community lodge and an herbal distribution warehouse. There are small ponds, orchards, dozens of gardens, a mile long nature trail loop and a hike to an escarpment. We aim to inspire respectful planetary stewardship!
Some of us have been nurturing the land all of our lives, some of us are rekindling that connection and some of us are just learning how to know the land, make allies with the plants and trees and creatures around us. Wherever we are on that spectrum, we can learn from one another and share in the wisdom of the natural world- we are a part of it!
Things are degrading rapidly on this dear planet. Because there are still seeds of nature left, there is hope. Herb Mountain Farm is a lot like Dr. Seuss’s Lorax- We speak for the trees!
In everything we do at here at this Farm, the well being of the next seven generations is taken into account. It is our goal, our greatest hope, our prayer, that we can bring people here to share in the love of plants and all of nature to cultivate relationship and understanding- We protect what we love and we can only love what we know. If we can love the land, we treat it with respect and care and bring health to our surroundings.
We hope that whether you come here for a class or a retreat or a hike, that you leave feeling supported to take the knowledge and inspiration of how to live intimately with the land around you, no matter how big or small, and share that love with the next person you meet.
We value preservation and conservation- helping restore the woods back to their abundant plant and animal life is key to our mission. We are a member of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network, introducing and stewarding numerous plants back into the ecology of the landscape. We have put 105 acres of the property into conservation easement so that it will never be developed. We don’t harvest from the woods but rather use the abundance of the weeds in the cultivated areas around us for food and healing. Perhaps one day the woods will be thick enough again with the edibles and medicinals that we feel comfortable taking from it. Until then, we see the forest as a place to be preserved and observed and appreciated.
We do not use any pressure treated wood, synthetic chemicals, artificial detergents and cleaners, GMO seeds, pesticides, or herbicides on the property to help the ecology around us. The soil, air, and water don’t do well with those things, and neither do humans, ultimately. We value thinking about how our choices affect others- both human and non-human.
We value and celebrate all genders, races, and cultures. Diversity is the spice of life!
Hart and Mary Morgaine, founders of Herb Mountain Farm Learning and Lodging Center, hold the vision to not only have a place where plant diversity is off the charts, but where we inspire more and more people to harmonious and compassionate living with our Earth Mother and all of her Creation- looking beyond our short-term human desires, into the thick web of life that holds us all.
Size of project site
People on site
15 - 50
May to October
December to March
- shared rooms
- private room
- over 80% locally sourced
- communal kitchen access
- communally cooked meals
- fast: streaming video
- plant medicine1-2 times per week
- yoga1-2 times per week
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