2020 Spring Jamboree

April 17-30th will be our annual spring gathering! There will be gardening, permaculturing, music, earthskills, wildcrafting, bonfires, wholesome food, kids activities, camping, nature walks, and more! Donations always appreciated of food, toilet paper, trash bags, dish washing, cleaning up, tools, anything from our wish list and monetary donations as well! All activities, workshops, camping and food will be free! All peaceful beings are welcome to come experience hands on intentional community living!

If youโ€™d like to play on our tower stage or facilitate a workshop/activity/discussion let us know!

2019 update

After 4 years we’re back on the web!
Posting live from The Garden! Seriously. We built an office (which got damaged and demolished in a big storm, then rebuilt) and now we can interact on the world wide web without first foraging for wifi. Heres what it looks like.
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Let’s not forget the days of the McOffice though..

A lot has happened since 2015. Too much to recount here, so we’ll stick to a 2019 update in a nutshell. The gardens expanded to include a medicinal herb spiral, and gardens outside of the buses on bus row. The battle against the invasive honeysuckle wades on. The annual get shit done party in the spring, as you would imagine, got shit done. Our chicken population grew like crazy with clutches as large as 12 hatched here. Then we had cats, opposums, weasels, hawks, and maybe more hunting our chickens so the chicken population decreased like crazy. We bought a farm truck. We sold food at the farmers markets and from the farmstand. We donated food to the local food bank. We harvested from the abundance of wild edibles on the land. We picnicked at the creek, played music round bonfires, and created art. We practiced non-violent communication and held classes in the schoolhouse. We had a fall gathering where land was cleared for a new community cabin. We experienced heat waves and droughts and a tornado warning that turned into a straight wind which took down the office. We ate strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, peaches, pears, apples, persimmons, passion fruit, asparagus, sunchokes, all from the land. We cultivated, ate, and shared a shit ton of shitake mushrooms. We joined Instagram. A baby was born here. We were a base of operations for the nonprofit The Peoples Projects to meet at, organize, and work fundraising events from. What a great year it’s been so far!

As winter approaches we’re gearing up for longer nights, colder weather, and more downtime.

2015 Update

The farm is continually progressing! There are chickens, guineas, ducks, rabbits and a pig currently residing on the farm, in addition to the humans. The garden has been much expanded and is producing more squash than we know what to do with! Produce such as beans, squash, cucumbers, jalepenos, herbs and soon to be tomatoes have been brought to markets in the area, along with handmade items such as jams and pickles, made from blackberries and cucumbers grown on the land.

Milkweed in bloom, attracting the many types of butterflies here
Milkweed in bloom, attracting the many types of butterflies here

Resident pig
Resident pig

Tomatoes have been staked and are starting to color up, if only the chickens stay away long enough to let them!
Tomatoes have been staked and are starting to color up, if only the chickens stay away long enough to let them!

Dissected zucchini blossom
Dissected zucchini blossom

The kids are getting a lesson on flower parts
The kids are getting a lesson on flower parts

The sunflowers are getting tall
The sunflowers are getting tall

A rooster chilling in front of non-gmo corn and sunflowers. Second chicken coop in background
A rooster chilling in front of non-gmo corn and sunflowers. Second chicken coop in background

Planting for a fall crop has begun, winter squash, pumpkins and beans newly planted. Playground in background
Planting for a fall crop has begun, winter squash, pumpkins and beans newly planted. Playground in background

A cleared section of the blackberry patch maze
A cleared section of the blackberry patch maze

Many chickens of all colors!
Many chickens of all colors!

Guineas seeking shade in the asparagus patch
Guineas seeking shade in the asparagus patch

The ducks like the chicken coop too!
The ducks like the chicken coop too!

The schoolhouse dome received an update, walls have begun being constructed out of bottle bricks and an adobe-like mixture.
The schoolhouse dome received an update, walls have begun being constructed out of bottle bricks and an adobe-like mixture.

The pump house is the farthest structure, with a new shade structure built off the side where we can wash produce from the garden. The structure in the foreground is a rabbit coop currently.
The pump house is the farthest structure, with a new shade structure built off the side where we can wash produce from the garden. The structure in the foreground is a rabbit coop currently.

Front of the farmstand where potted plants, produce and handmade items are displayed
Front of the farmstand where potted plants, produce and handmade items are displayed

Mid-July Update!

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We’ve been pickling and making jams!

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Updating our cold storage from two buried barrels to an actual walk-in root cellar!

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With this new chicken coop we are building, we will soon be able to eat eggs everyday!

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Dave has been cultivating oyster mushrooms!

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We built a twenty foot table! Badass!

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July Update!

It is now July and everything is still going amazingly well. There are less people here now than there has been since April but we are kicking ass. The kitchen is well stocked and has been pumping out top notch meals, morale is high and we are getting things done. In the last couple weeks we have built a farm stand at the front of the land in order to fund more garden stuff and provide people with a place where they can sell there art, crafts and goods. We are working on a big pumpkin patch along with a lot of other fall crops and have been picking black berries for jam, wine, and pancakes. Some of us saw a building being torn down and stopped to ask about the scrap building materials, not only did we end up getting a ton of blocks and other stuff but the contractor told us he would let us know whenever he has free stuff we can have โ€ฆ…so thatโ€™s cool.

SU&GI early summer 885

SU&GI early summer 818

SU&GI early summer 882

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Tshirts for our future

Tshirts for our future

Finally, you can own your very own SUGI shirt!!! For a limited time you can help further along our sustainable power station and cloth yourself at the same time. These are the first shirts of their kind and are only available for a very limited time (21 days starting now).

Fo’ real, we need money and you need a new shirt. Please share these shirts with your friends. If you don’t have friends, Feel Free to send some to the land; we’d like to wear one too! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s Growing!!!

It's Growing!!!

This photo is a little old now. Things are starting to come up in the garden. The Strawberries are getting ripe. Things are happening as they should. Most of the folks on the land are heading to the Cumberland Gap Rainbow Gathering. Some of us need a vacation ๐Ÿ™‚ We hope to see much of our family in the Woods!!