Community and interdependence are at the heart of a sustainable lifestyle, and The Homestead Atlanta is no different. We seek to connect members of the community with meaningful experiences offered by local organizations and artisans. Our partners are dedicated to helping you learn the skills needed to live a more handmade life and foster the connections upon which regenerative community is built. Plus, they're pretty cool folks, if we do say so ourselves. Get to know them now!
OUR ATLANTA PARTNERS
The Herbalista Health Network recognizes healthcare as a fundamental human right and works to protect health access through clinical services and educational opportunities. We strive for a community based model of healthCARE that is based on solidarity and not charity.
Our web of programming is built to spread the knowledge, keep costs down, and give us all opportunities to share the love we have for our neighbors and planet. Discover the amazing web of services and educational opportunities provided by the Herbalista Health Network here.
Goat n Hammer is a small group of artisans sharing studio space at The Goat Farm, but they quickly become like family. Led by Mark Hopper with the help of Jessica Collins, this growing group of metalsmiths provides a safe, fun, rigorous environment to expand your knowledge and hone your skill in blacksmithing.
Mark has worked and taught in Europe, Africa and America and continues to do both from his Westside studio. He focuses on the process and function of the craft, the responsibility of the individual, and the lessons of the great craftsmen of the past.
Garden*Hood is an independent retail garden center located in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood. Founded by plant people for plant people, Garden*Hood is a nursery where horticultural expertise, exceptional plants and a friendly, knowledgeable staff come together to foster community, inspire creativity and nurture the gardener in all of us.
Homestead Atlanta members receive 10% off all purchases at Garden*Hood by showing your Discount Card! Don't have one? Contact us today.
Fabricate Studios is an educational classroom space dedicated to the fiber arts in West Midtown Atlanta. From sewing and quilting to embroidery, knitting and more, Fabricate offers skills-based instruction for children and adults. Regardless of your current skill level, their beginner, intermediate and advanced classes build on one another to help you reach your goals.
Lyn has been canning and preserving for more than 40 years in her home in Atlanta. More than six years ago, when she learned that canning & preserving classes had disappeared across Atlanta, she pioneered Preservong Now and taught classes across the Atlanta area and Nashville.
Lyn has completed coursework and been awarded a Certificate of Master Preserver from Cornell University Extension Service based in Ithaca, New York. She has also completed additional coursework in food science at the University of Georgia and has received certification from both UGA and the Georgia State Department of Agriculture.
Located in the heart of Castleberry Hill, MASS is an inclusive educational facility and laboratory, supporting research and development across a broad range of fields. They foster creativity and multidisciplinary collaboration by providing open access to unique tools and resources.
MASS is an acronym which implies the shared innovative spirit among those with Musical, Artistic, Scientific, and Social pursuits. At MASS, they wish to see new ideas thrive, and to kindle the fire of creative genius within each of us. Their goal is to help weave individuals into an ever-growing network of students, educators, and creators.
Faruq Hunter has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, at SXSW, Re:Publica, Georgia Tech’s Impact Series and over 50 additional venues throughout 24 Countries on the topics of innovation, sustainability, collaboration and technology.
Mr. Hunter is the co-founder of the Freedom Nation and Freedom Villages. Freedom Village-Georgia is a 205 Acre Maker's town built exclusively for makers, innovators, artists and creatives by makers, innovators, artists and creatives. 1 hour from the 3rd largest airport in the US and the busiest airport in the world, Freedom Village is set in a county that has created the legal leeway that makers need to live a lifestyle of experimentation, growth and freedom. The entire town will produce its own food, electricity, water and natural gas on an internally developed distributed energy production Smart Grid and with 25 acres of Organic farms and ranches.
Atlanta native, Nate Nardi always found himself drawn to creative expression through making. He discovered his passion for glassblowing in 2001 and realized that glass art was the discipline in which he wanted to specialize. Decatur Glassblowing is an extension of this passion and dedication.
Nardi graduated from Jacksonville University in 2004 with a BFA in glass art, receiving an Excellence in Art award from the Dean. In 2009, he graduated with a MFA from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He has also completed many workshops at different craft schools around the country, like the Pilchuck School of Glass.
Colleen started making handmade soap in 1999, sparked by a love of nature and essential oils, an urge to create beautiful and practical gifts, and a desire to use and promote cruelty-free products without harsh chemicals found in commercial body products. With a desire to make original formulations, she started studying chemistry, aromatherapy, herbs, properties of oils, and FDA requirements. Colleen now makes natural soap and bath & body products under the Green Girl Basics LLC name.
Farm Chastain is a thriving part of the Chastain Park Conservancy. Started almost four years ago with the vision of becoming an Urban Teaching Garden, Farm Chastain is 100% organic with a number of raised beds, a large greenhouse, our resident goat Chuck and two roosters, beehives and two composting areas. Educational classes reach everyone in the community from school children and scout groups to individuals and garden clubs. Our FREE workshops are offered by the North Fulton Master Gardeners through generous support of various organizations. All ages, organizations, groups and clubs are welcome to come meet the resident animals, learn more about gardening, have fun and dig in!
Shades of Green is a sustainable landscape design and installation firm based in Atlanta, GA. They design and build productive and vibrant landscapes that provide organic food, thriving habitats, herbal medicine, natural beauty, healthy and chemical-free soils, and water sovereignty. They aim to strengthen all of our connection to the living world and inextricably weave ourselves into a thriving and viable ecology, one living landscape at a time. They believe in creating systems that promote food and water independence. They educate communities, clients, and schools, and develop programming to create interactive experiences in the garden. They provide ongoing support for projects, teaching clients how to read, understand, and interact with their dynamic living system.
Wildwood is a young learners enrichment co-op program inspired by the traditional Waldkindergärtens (or forest kindergartens) of Europe, environmental education, wilderness skills, homesteading and farm schools, and play-based early childhood education. They strive to foster environmental awareness and a love of nature through child-led and place-based learning topics, to guide the children in fostering independence and leadership, being kind to one another both big and small, building fine and gross motor skills, and growing their outdoor skill sets.
OUR RABUN COUNTY PARTNERS
In 1966, high school English students from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School decided to produce a magazine, honing their writing skills on stories gathered from their families and neighbors, and producing articles about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia. They called it “Foxfire” after the glowing fungus that clings to rotted wood in the local hills.
In 1974, Foxfire used book royalties to purchase land and create an Appalachian heritage center in partnership with the community. The result is a museum, a hands-on classroom, a venue for events, a repository for artifacts, and a remarkable 106-acre physical glimpse of a rich and engaging past. Between the magazine, books, and museum, Foxfire has turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, teaching readers, writers, visitors, and students how our pioneer past helps define who we are and what we can become. And now, 50 years later, Foxfire continues to welcome people from across the globe into the fascinating world of Appalachian pioneer folk.
BotanoLogos and has introduced herbalism to thousands of people in the Southeast. The school’s curriculum, in both the foundations of herbalism and clinical program as well as in shorter courses, offers a unique approach to herbal studies. Grounded in the belief that the best herbs are the ones that grow nearby, and that the best way to learn about them is to see them growing in the wild, our programs encourage students to use all of their senses to truly experience herbs as they learn about their uses.
Their curriculum celebrates regionally abundant herbs that can be sustainably sourced from the wild or from local growers. In the clinical application of herbs, they teach an Earth-centered understanding of the forces that result in physical, psychological and spiritual strengths and weaknesses. BotanoLogos students quickly grasp concepts that allow them to create a truly holistic and personally meaningful herbal practice. In the past eight years, the teaching staff has expanded to include two graduates of the BotanoLogos certification program: Lorna Mauney-Brodek and Carrie Radcliffe. Patricia Kyritsi Howell is the Program Director and primary instructor for the school, and various herbalists are invited to teach special programs throughout the year.
Beyond providing fresh and nutritious food to the needy, the FoodBank of Northeast Georgia wants to empower people to make healthy choices and learn new skills. Our Teaching Kitchen programs empower people to make healthy choices and learn new abilities while reconnecting people with lost skills such as growing your own food and cooking from scratch. Our community programs include hands-on cooking classes and chef demonstrations. Proceeds from these classes support the FoodBank’s efforts to increase access to nutrition education and end hunger in Northeast Georgia. In addition to learning wonderful skills, your attendance in their community classes helps to provide an opportunity for someone less fortunate to attend their non-profit programs.
Timpson Creek Farm and Education Center strives to grow Certified Organic produce utilizing ecological techniques that protect the surrounding environment. They endeavor to share practices and insights into Sustainable Agriculture with individuals of all age groups and experience levels; encouraging participants to engage with the natural world that governs the farm and preparing them for future ecological stewardship.
Wander North Georgia began as an online chronicle of the North Georgia Mountains and the communities that call them home. It wasn't long before Wander opened a brick and mortar in beautiful downtown Clayton. The store not only offers great gear but also provides a place to foster community and relationships with people who are as passionate as they are about the people and places that make North Georgia so special to so many of us. So come visit the store. Take a workshop. Play a game of bocce ball. Have a cup of coffee. Let us share some recommendations on the best places to hike, shop and eat. And let us inspire each other to leave this place a little better than we found it.