Pickards Mountain Eco Institute


“Healing the Human-Earth Relationship through Earth Literacy and Local Economy.”

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Or Mail your check to:Pickards Mountain c/o The Abundance Foundation
220 Lorax Lane Box #5
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Pickards Mountain Eco Institute is a 68-acre Educational Farm in central North Carolina dedicated to finding ways of living more harmoniously with the planet.

Our work is rooted in the belief that the fate of future generations will depend on their connections with the land. When the fossil fuels are gone, they will have to find ways to supply their food and energy in renewable and sustainable ways. By teaching the children to respect natural cycles and utilize renewable resources, we offer them keys to survival in a cooperative local and global community.  For the latest video describing their work, click here.

Workshops and Events @ Pickards Mountain
Everything from nature walks to yoga to kim chi making to film showings to storytelling to potlucks…click here for the entire calendar!

Pickards Mountain Eco Institute is creating a Community Kitchen where groups can learn how to prepare the garden’s bounty, preserve the abundance of the seasons, and share meals together!

2013 Workshop Schedule (more being added all the time!)

Click here to register or for more information!

Preschool Programs offer authentic farm experiences. Children feed goats and pigs, find warm eggs in the chicken coop, and taste fresh garden produce.

Elementary Programs tour the farm, harvest produce, play with the goats, feed the pigs, hold chickens, explore the water cycle and the origins of our food.

Pickards Mountain Eco Institute Solar Panels and pollinatorsMiddle School Programs explore the idea of sustainability in agriculture and energy production while touring the farm, living village, and renewable energy system.

High School Programs explore the idea of sustainability and human responsibility while touring the farm, living village, renewable energy system, and biodiesel refinery. The environmental crisis is placed in an historical context, and students are empowered with the knowledge that their choices shape the future.

Happy Camper at Pickards Mountain Eco Institute

A story from Pickards Mountain: I just have to share with you this story about a little boy named Andrew who visited the farm last week on a field trip with his class.

He was 8 years old, and completely intrigued by the photovoltaic array. He had lots of questions about where the energy went in and where it came out. Then he sat for a long moment just gazing at the sky. I could see the wheels turning in his head. When he finally spoke, he said with a grin “Plants get energy from the sun… so a solar panel works like a PLANT!”

I love watching these realizations happen… this renewable technology makes so much sense. It provides a whole new level of hope to a generation who knows they are being handed a major planetary crisis.

With gratitude,
Megan Toben

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