The Farmstead Promise:
Asheville Farmstead School exists to foster experiences that unearth the connections between people, food, and nature. We aim to create a village of lifelong learners who possess the skills of sustainability and appreciate the intrinsic value of the Earth. 

We envision a community where…
each time a child touches nature, nature also touches the child in a way that sparks curiosity and cultivates respect and each time an adult teaches a child, the child also teaches their adult about patience, connection and wonder.

Candler Cove Farm:
Asheville Farmstead is honored to be stewards of a 25-acre tract of land in Candler, NC. When you drive up to the farm, you will look out over the permaculture-inspired garden and playing fields. Behind the fields sits our stone-built schoolhouse, complete with reading room, science lab, garden kitchen and a great room with a fireplace. Beyond the house lies the forested cove, with a creek, a spring, and a logging road that leads all the way to the ridge line. As we grow together, this place will benefit from the imagination of creative minds and the dedication of little hands. We will mark trails, build forts and treehouses, turn over rocks, stack logs, change water patterns, pull up old plants, and install new ones, all while learning about the earth and each other.

The Founder:
Lauren Brown, M Ed, is the founder and lead educator. Lauren runs the Sprouts program for pre-K students, coordinates Friday events and is our resident Wilderness First Responder. Lauren is gifted at talking with kids in a language that they understand, with clear, direct instruction and boundless joy.
She enjoys spontaneous adventures and opportunities to get dirty. Lauren has a passion for travel; she has been to over 17 countries and aims to visit every National Park in the USA.
The Journey to Asheville Farmstead:
Asheville Farmstead School came into existence while the founder was taking a Non-Profit Management class at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Along with two other graduate students, Lauren wrote a business plan for a farm school, originally called "Sprout." When Lauren decided to move to Asheville, "Sprout" became "Asheville Farmstead" and five years of planning became reality.