The Sprouts program at Asheville Farmstead is a preschool program for potty trained to six year olds, where potty trained two year olds will also be considered. The program strives to engage the whole child. Each day the children will be exposed to free-play with peers, while moving around the school grounds; Fortville, Dirt Slides, the Garden, the Forest, and our School Yard. Our days are child-led, however songs, stories, craft opportunities, and Nature Notes are all experiences the children are offered. At Sprouts, children are encouraged to use their imagination, engage with the natural world, and experience life outside.  We are very proud to run Sprouts the Cedarsong Way!


8:30-9:00 Welcome to Sprouts

, greet friends, free-play

9:00-9:30 Circle

Theme of the week, weather, calendar, song, story

9:30-10:10 Garden Exploration/Field Time

Watering, Planting, Tasting, Caring for the plants and animals

10:10-10:30 Bathroom, Hand Wash, Snack

Garden-based snacks are made by the children every day

10:30-11:15 Forest Fun and Science

Games, hiking, listening to birds, nature art, experiments

11:15-11:45 Art Projects, Dance, Drama

A time inside or outside to explore the theme of the week in a creative way

11:45-12:20 Lunch

12:20-12:30 See you later

Free play, sign out, saying good bye till next time to friends


Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-12:30pm



M-F = $6,300.00 a year or $700.00 a month

MWF = $3,780.00 a year or $420.00 a month

T Th = $2,520.00 a year or $280.00 a month


Ages: Potty trained - 6 years old


Snack:  Families provide a morning snack for their Sprout.

Lunch:  Families pack and send Sprouts with a lunch from home. 

8:30-9:00 Welcome to Sprouts

, greet friends, free-play

9:00-10:00 Free-play time in Nature

10:00-10:30 Snack Time, Hand Wash, Bathroom Break

10:30-11:30 Free-play in Nature

11:30-11:45 Nature Notes

11:45-12:20 Lunch

12:20-12:30 See you later

Free play, sign out, saying good bye till next time to friends

Free-play in Nature

There are four main spaces that we allow the students to decide where they want to free-play.  Those locations are:

-The School Yard


-Dirt Slides

-Hiking in our forest

Students also have the ability to engage with Rainbow Ridge Gardens spaces that are in the School Yard and Fortville.  This engagement has more direction from staff and is less free-play.a


Sprouts children participate in activities every day that develop their physical control, fine and gross motor skills, interpersonal skills, self-concept, imagination, and community awareness. The program is designed to mix in a variety of target skills through a wide range of activities that appeal to different learning styles. By constantly providing a menu of options for engaging our Sprouts, everyone finds something that they excel at and something at which they can strive to do better. The educators note these areas and create plans to build upon successes and turn struggles into areas of potential growth.


Gross Motor Skills: Running games, hiking, brain dancing, digging, fort building

Fine Motor Skills: Drawing, tracing, measuring, planting, cooking

Social Emotional Awareness: Group/partner activities, animal care, practicing listening, kindness and respect, sharing

Literacy and Language: Stories, imaginative play, rhyming, singing

Reasoning and Science: Experiment, exploration, solving mysteries, gardening, species ID, reflection

Creative Thinking: Nature art, drama, free-play, imagination stations.


The Sprouts program runs for the full academic year.  A yearly commitment is needed to enroll for this program.  We have rolling enrollment until we are full.  You can pay the year in full or be billed monthly. We maintain a 1 staff to every 6 students, and we are full at 18 students.  



At Asheville Farmstead, we believe that teachers come in many forms. We value the social experience where children learn from spending time with each other in safe and engaging places. We acknowledge that we as teachers can learn from the children in our care, and their parents and guardians. Often times this is how we can understand the bigger picture regarding a child’s strengths, fears or behaviors. And as a nature-based school, we emphasize the role that the Earth has to play in teaching us all about life, science, history, respect, humility and awe. By creating an intentional community of children in a beautiful forest setting, we aim to make learning simple, useful and joyful.


As educators, we have been influenced by a variety of educational philosophies from Montessori and Waldorf to Project-Based-Learning and the Cedarsong Way. We strive to pull aspects from as many proven techniques as we can and are a Cedarsong Way Accredited School. The Cedarsong Way is a specific method of teaching forest schools that is distinguished by:

-use of an outdoor classroom

-unstructured flow learning

-child-inspired emergent curriculum (Nature Notes)

-inquiry-based teaching style

The Cedarsong Way is a compassion based nature pedagogy that promotes kindness, respect, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, social connection, teamwork, cooperation and self-empowerment.  “The Cedarsong Way stimulate children’s inherent love for and feelings of stewardship towards nature; it provides children with an understanding of the self-soothing aspect of nature; and, through the unstructured flow learning, it encourages children’s natural love of science resulting in a deeper understanding and superior retention of natural science principles”.  

Asheville Farmstead School's

 Executive Director and Lead Teacher

Lauren Brown has her M. Ed. in Science Education, keeps her Wilderness First Responder certification current, is certified in the Cedarsong way of Forest Kindergarten teaching as well as a certificate in Environment, Education, and Community.  She has been passionately pursuing the Farmstead dream full time since May 2016!

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218 Morgan Cove Rd.
Candler, NC 28715

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