We offer a variety of primitive skills, plant and wilderness survival classes in Ellijay, Ga.
Our goal is to help people re-connect to the land through hands on learning and craft.
Useful Plants Walk
Walk with me on my 7 acre mountain cove property as we follow the stream, crossing field and forest full of diversity and rich in woodland medicinals to discover all the wonderful uses of the plants around us. This is a slow walk and we will stop frequently to observe our surroundings. We’ll learn about native uses, Appalachian folklore, and how plants can still help us in our modern world. Leave with valuable knowledge on what it takes to survive in Southern Appalachia and a new perspective of the plants around you. Come discover the natural world!
- 90 Minute
- Adults $18, Children $10 (16 and under), Kids 3 and under free.
- Up to 12 guests
Come immerse yourself in the rich bounty of southern Appalachia. We will follow the stream to the herbal garden spending time on our way to stop and meet some of the wonderful medicinal plants that nature provides in abundance all around us. Time will be taken to carefully speak on how these plants can be used and how to prepare them. Based on some of your own feedback, we will select a few plants to respectfully harvest and process – ultimately you will leave with a hand full of herbs/preparations that are special and specific to you, made from scratch, and from plants that you harvested.
- 2.5 hours long
- $65 per person
- Up to 8 guests
- Recommended 10+
Create a Friction Fire – Hand Drill
Come learn the ancient art of friction fire using the hand drill method! 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. Some knife carving is required. Materials for your kit are hand gathered in north Georgia. The main price is for each person taking a home a fire kit and tinder bundle. Family members may register for the experience as an ‘additional guest’ but will not be supplied fire making materials
- 2.5 hours.
- Fire makers: $55 Additional guests: $10
- Up to 12 guests
- Recommended ages 10+
FREE Plant Walk
Join us for a couple hours of fun in the woods learning about all the wonderful plants around us. Learn historical uses, edible plants, modern medicinal uses and more!
- 3rd Sunday of every month
- 1.5 hrs
- Up to 12 guests
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! Email for family or large pricing.
- 10:00 AM or 12:00 PM
- Check calendar for days
- 2.5 hrs
- Basket makers $55 Additional guests $10
- Up to 10 guests
Farm & Garden Tour
Stroll around our homestead as we share tips we’ve found while moving towards a more sustainable life. We will focus on resilient food crops, perennial agriculture, permaculture and wild tending practices.
Ever wilder is currently home to a couple AGH pigs and several flocks of chickens. On almost 7 aces we have the option discuss small scale herb growing, waste resource use, homestead water systems and more.
- 1 Hour.
- Adults $15, Children $5 (16 and under), 3 & under free
- Up to 12 guests
Visit the 2022 class schedule for more offerings! http://everwilderfarm.com/2022-class-schedule/
What people are saying about events at Ever Wilder Farm:
“Caleb was expertly knowledgeable and you can tell his expertise comes from a passion for being a good steward of the land. We joined the Useful Plant Hike with our two small daughters in the Fall. Caleb was extremely personable and patient as our little ones were a bit ornery for part of the hike. He helped explain and made the land come alive for them. They especially loved seeing the chickens and learning how to make rope from hickory bark. We never felt rushed and were able to see so much of the magical wooded Ever Wilder Farm. Caleb had many “just one more thing”s to show us — it felt like a bonus hike! Extremely great value and knowledge, we can’t wait to return during another season to learn more. Thank you Caleb!“
BOOK THIS EXPERIENCE! Caleb is an awesome guide and you can tell that he has a real passion for learning and teaching. I can’t wait to go back in another season and bring more of my friends. I can’t recommend him more
“My 4 friends and I did the hike with Caleb. It was amazing — informative, fun, a treasure hunt. A great way to spend an afternoon in the woods. Can’t recommend it enough.”
Beth from Atlanta
Just wow. This experience was amazing! Caleb has a wealth of knowledge that is astounding. He’s a great teacher and well prepared to supplement the experience with tastes, feels, sights and sounds in areas that are of interest to you. If you want something to take your nature hikes to the next level, I assure you Caleb can offer new information that will heighten your next experience with nature. My partner and I booked this experience in the middle of winter and were astounded with all the things we could learn about every plant or tree we saw. We can not wait to come back!
We had great time! It was a wonderful way to spend Sunday afternoon with the family! Everyone enjoyed the walk! It was very interesting to learn how many secrets even winter forest holds. Everyone was entertained – small kids, big kids and adults. In addition, this experience will definitely enrich our future hikes – from now on we will be on a lookout for the beneficial pants Caleb introduced us to 🙂 Caleb is very nice, personable and knowledgeable – we left with a decision to come back in spring to learn, see and taste more 🙂 It was fun! Thank you Caleb!
“Caleb was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about the land. The land itself was beautiful, with a small creek flowing through and very diverse local plants and wildlife. Caleb was great about giving the history of uses of certain plants. It was an overall great experience and we hope to be back to visit the land during the different seasons”
Briana from Florida