Support Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, & Soapmaking

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General Studio Support

Support our Campus, nestled within the breathtaking Folk School’s 270-acre landscape. Your contribution nurtures a vibrant community of artists and learners passionate about gardening, homesteading, dyeing, nature studies, and writing. Picture students immersed in joyful exploration, tending lush gardens and engaging with honeybees. Our garden serves as a living classroom, providing fresh produce for classes and dining. Discover the enchanting Cory Brown Memorial Dye Garden, where vibrant hues are unlocked through dyeing classes. Field trips to nearby forests and parks foster a deep connection to nature. The Folk School is just thirty miles from the Appalachian Trail, offering unparalleled opportunities for adventure. Your support empowers students, fosters creativity, and shapes a brighter future.

Celebrate the beauty of our Campus and the transformative power of education. Your contribution leaves a lasting impact on aspiring artists, gardeners, writers, and nature enthusiasts. Join us in nurturing creativity, cultivating knowledge, and inspiring generations to come. Together, we empower students to embrace their passions, connect with nature, and shape a brighter future.

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Week or Weekend Scholarships

Our scholarship program helps those who would otherwise be unable to attend have joyous and enlivening learning experiences. Examples of recipients might be young people without deeper financial resources, people burdened by the weight of medical debt, or those challenged by a significant life event who need respite. Imagine helping a passionate, burgeoning creative who’s poised to become a professional artist.

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Support Gardening & Homesteading

A destination unto itself, The Folk School’s garden produces a diverse array of crops and supports the programming of many classes and studios with broom corn, basket willow, and more. Vegetables and flowers are harvested for use in our cooking classes and dining hall, and the Cory Brown Memorial Dye Garden is filled with dye plants that create every color in the rainbow. This is an excellent classroom for gardening and nature studies classes, as well as a wonderful place to unwind after a long day.

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Resident Artist in Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, Soap Making, Storytelling

Karen Hurtubise

Karen and her husband have a small farm and grow diverse crops including native plants, berries, tomatoes, mushrooms, turmeric, and ginger. They began a large organic vegetable, flower, and herb garden over 30 years ago in Hayesville, NC, and won a Southeast Regional Rodale Organic Gardening Garden-of-the-Year contest. Karen is a passionate advocate of healthy agriculture, local food, and forest farming. She has been teaching at the Folk School since 1994.

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Cooking, Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, Soap Making, Storytelling Coordinator

Susannah Thompson

Susannah found the Folk School while looking for contra dance in western NC. Shortly after moving to the area, she earned her striped tights and wooden clogs as a member of Dame’s Rocket, one of the Brasstown Morris Dance teams. She has also been a teacher for over 20 years.

In forests and on camera, in school libraries, and in the kitchen, she enjoys creating new adventures for students of all ages. She started teaching at the Folk School in 2017 and is best known for her British Baking class. When she’s not in the cooking studio or on the dance floor, you can find her searching for salamanders, paddling local lakes, or assisting with wildlife monitoring projects.

Locate & Contact

Please contact Development for more information.

John C. Campbell Folk School

Development Office

Barbie White, Development Manager

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724) x39

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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