Ever Wilder Farm
Foraging, friction fire, outdoor sewing camp for kids, woodland medicinals and more...
Ever Wilder Farm
We will sit amongst the plants and learn about some of our most at-risk medicincal herbs including ginseng, goldenseal, ramps, black cohosh and more...
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We are offering two 4 DAY TEEN CAMPS this year!
AGE: 13+ DROP OFF – 4 DAYS – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Limited to 5 participants per camp (Camps need at least 50% registration to take place)
$165 for the full camp
Have you ever wanted to design your own outdoor gear like tents, backpacks and tarps?
Sew camp was created for teens (13+) who have an entrepreneurial spirit and would like to design their own outdoor products. No experience needed. Bring your creative ideas!
During this 4 day camp, we will learn about different fabrics and materials used in outdoor gear, including snaps, grommets and binding tapes. Participants will receive instruction and have access to both domestic and industrial sewing machines and equipment. As a group we will go to the drawing board to create a concept for a new outdoor product. Next, the materials will be selected and the pattern pieces cut out. The prototype will be sewn and then taken to the forest to be tested out. If it functions as it should we will set up for a new product photo shoot!
Not long ago, sewing was a common skill and almost every household had a sewing machine. They were used to repair things, and also for creating needed items such as clothing, curtains and quilts. Sewing is an empowering skill to learn and we are eager to share the knowledge!
We are offering this teen camp to 5 participants ages 13 and older. Participants are to bring a pencil and sketch pad, water and a wholesome snack each day. This workshop takes place primarily in the Ever Wilder basement sew shop. Camp dates: August 22nd-25th
Intro to Construction:
Framing and Deck Building
This 4 day camp is designed for teens (13+) who want to learn the basics of timber framing and residential construction. No prior experience required. We will take our time and learn how to make good wood choices for projects and the math/geometry associated with construction projects. Students will also learn how to properly read a tape measure.
We start on the chalkboard and design our raised platform/deck. Teens help layout a proper square and dig footings. After posts go in the ground, we notch and install headers. By the end of camp we should all be standing on our new deck overlooking the garden! Skills and techniques learned can be applied to and give a good foundation for shed or barn building, animals coops, decks, or tiny-houses. We will build our deck out of round logs, rough cut and reclaimed wood. Hand tools as well as some power tools will be covered and utilized during the camp.
In previous generations, communities often came together for the event of home and barn building as well as construction of public spaces. Back then many people were skilled enough in carpentry to be able to take care of all their own needs and also help out others. Lets bring this knowledge and community spirit back!
This camp is limited to 5 participants and takes place primarily outdoors. Participants are to bring gloves, safety glasses and wear work clothes (including closed toed shoes) to class each day, as well as bring plenty of water and wholesome snacks.
Be aware that weather can cause certain difficulties for a building project. Watch for emails as this event approaches. Camp dates: March 21st-24th
YOUTH DAY CLASSES
Most classes have a limit of 10 participants. Purchase tickets buy clicking the “book now” button and selecting the class you are attending.
Wild Outing – Come join us for an unstructured playdate! Kids can explore the lower field and natural playground along the creek. This is a great way to connect with nature in a non-formal way with other nature lovers! 2 HRS – 1ST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH $5 per child w/ parent attendance free. All ages welcome!
Youth Wilderness Survival Course – A in-depth, hands-on approach to wilderness survival and primitive living in the southeast. 12 classes – meets 1x a month – 3 hour. Click Here for more information. Geared for ages 10 and up.
1st Aid Basics – Learn the basics of ‘at home’ or ‘in the field’ 1st aid. We will get hands-on experience bandaging different wounds and practice decision making through scenario exercises as we focus on backcountry first aid. We will discuss what makes up an effective 1st aid kit and how you can assemble your own. This is not a certified course and we recommend taking a separate CPR class and using this as a starting point for someone pursuing WFA courses through a certified program. $25 per family (Recommended age 5+) – 3 hour – March 26th – 12:00-3:00 PM
Homestead Days – Get your kids familiar with the basics of raising animals, gardening (beyond organic), and other country life skills! We bring the kids behind the fences to help take care of chickens, pigs, plants and much more. Learn aspects of construction, water systems, animal health, seed starting, land tending, plant identification, etc. 2.5 hours – Last Monday of every month – $15 per child w/parent attendance free. Recommended age 8+
ADULT DAY CLASS
Most classes have a limit of 12 participants. Purchase tickets buy clicking the “book now” button and selecting the class you are attending. 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM w/ lunch break on the property unless otherwise stated.
Foraging Workshop: Wild Edibles of Appalachia – Come learn some of the edible plants of Appalachia. We will spend the day learning habitat and how to properly identify important food plants and trees. Time will be taken to carefully speak on how we harvest, consume, propagate, and tend these wonderful wild plants. We will spend some time harvesting and taste testing. Wonder into the world of plant chemistry and discuss reasons why we should or should not consume certain wild foods. The class topics change seasonally based on current available harvest and is being offered 2x this year. $55 per class. Dates are April 23rd and October 8th.
Herbal Workshop: Medicinal Plants of Appalachia– Come learn the medicinal plants of Appalachia. We will spend the day learning habitat and how to properly identify important medicine plants, along with their historical and modern herbal uses. Then we will harvest materials from a few and make an herbal preparation. We will cover uses, recipes, ethical harvesting and propagation for a number of plants in our region. The class topics change seasonally based on current available harvest and is being offered 2x this year. $55 per class. Dates are May 7th and September 24th.
Friction Fire: Hand Drill – Humans have evolved with fire for quite some time and we are now dependent on it for our modern civilization. Certain plants are also dependent on fire for their survival. Let’s take things back several thousand years and re-learn how to create fire from entirely natural materials. We will also discuss and practice ways to keep a fire going, bank a fire, travel with fire and much more.
We will start out with a brief overview and history of fire making, and then we will walk around the property to learn about and identify helpful plants for the fire making process. Afterwards we will craft our own hand drill kits from natural materials gathered locally. Finally, we will practice the art of hand drill and you will take home your very own fire kit! Never be stuck trying to start a fire again, learn the in’s and out’s of a proper pyre for starting a one match fire. Some knife carving is required. Materials for your kit are hand gathered in north Georgia. $55 per fire kit + $10 per additional guests. Can be booked on Saturdays while supplies last. Class is 2-3 hours.
Tulip Bark Baskets – A SPRING TIME TRADITION: Come cut, peel, and sew up your own Appalachian berry pickin’ basket! The Tulip bark basket has been utilized in this area for many years. They were typically crafted on the spot for a quick container and later discarded, so not many have withstood the test of time. It is a simple, fun activity and reminds us of an older time. The bark only peels from the tree in the spring / early summer and materials are very limited! We are offering this for select Sundays and Tuesdays in June. $55 per basket maker + $10 per additional guests. Class is 2-3 hours.
Woodland Medicinals: Caring for our forest – In this class get to know some of our most at-risk medicinal herbs growing in southern Appalachia.
An at-risk plant is characterized by a slow growing nature, a high demand in herbal industries, needing a specialized habitat, and many other factors.
This class will focus on herbs such as ginseng, golden seal, ramps, black cohosh, bloodroot and more. Topics include other Non-Timber Forest Products, propagation, site selection and ways of managing land that keep our mature forest ecosystem in-tact. $55 per ticket. Class date is September 3rd.