Forest Garden Learning Center

The Forest Garden Learning Center is a very special space in time and place where people can explore concepts and learn skills that are useful in building a sustainable culture. For more information, email or call Melissa at 828-669-2822.



This multipurpose, agriculturally based enterprise provides produce, plant starts, classes, and a setting rentable to teachers of classes with a compatible educational bent.

Bridge to Greenhouse




Plans for the near future include development of a plant starts collective, building a classroom, and enhancement of the buildings that already exist there.

Apple Tree


The forest garden itself is an example of that style of gardening which mimics nature while emphasizing production of food, fiber, fuel, and other useful products. Currently, many such plants already exist in the forest garden: edible and medicinal herbaceous plants, mushrooms, and fruit- and nut-bearing trees are found throughout the garden as well as in the riparian sections that border the creek.

Pond and Bridge
However, this 2.5 acre site is still in the early stages of development. Therefore, we are doubly celebrating our newly established Stewardship Program, which is a collaborative effort designed to maintain and further develop the gardens.
Work Party VolunteersThe Stewardship Program provides learning opportunities for people interested in getting hands-on experience in forest gardening while contributing to the actual stewardship of one or more “guilds,” or complementary plant groups, within the garden. Participants enjoy learning and collaborating with other gardeners, participating in free workshops, and harvesting the fruits of their labors for their own use. This program is free and you do not have to be a member of Earthaven to participate.


Visitors to Earthaven are invited to take the self-guided plant tour in the front gardens by the greenhouse. Teachers interested in using the grounds for their own classes are invited to contact the Learning Center. Also, please make sure to sign up for our newsletter to hear about events, plant-starts sales, classes, and more.

For more information, email or call Melissa at 828-669-2822.