Tours and Workshops

Public Tours:

Saturday, July 22 ~ 10 am – 12 pm
Saturday, August 5 ~ 10 am – 12 pm
Tuesday, August 15 ~ 6 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday, August 29 ~ 6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, September 7 ~ 6 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday, September 19 ~ 6 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 14 ~ 10 am – 12 pm
Thursday, October 19 ~ 1 pm – 3 pm

$15 – 20 per person sliding scale, give what you can ~ no one turned down for lack of funds

email: to register or to schedule a private tour

Volunteer Days:

starting in April through October, we will be having volunteer days on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

email: if you are interested to get on our email list to receive notices of our volunteer times and dates.


 Homemade Probiotics – Fermenting Veggies with Gina Rieg

Saturday, August 26th, 1-3pm

Sliding Scale $35-40

This class takes fermented foods a step further – how to make your own! In this class, see how to make fermented vegetables. HOW do we make and easily incorporate these super probiotic-rich foods in our meals? It’s easier than you may think! Boost your gut health and fermenting confidence! This class briefly explains the who, what and why but focuses on LIVE demonstrations showing you step-by-step EXACTLY HOW to prepare homemade fermented vegetables. You will even have a role in one of the preparations!


Gina Rieg is the founder and owner of Simplified Wellness for You. As a Certified Health Coach, a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) Program and a Certified GAPS
Practitioner, Gina guides and empowers her clients and students towards their best health by focusing on an ancestral food lifestyle. Gina’s passion stems from her prior health obstacles with digestive disease. She personally experienced the life-changing benefits of transitioning to an ancestral food lifestyle, enabling her to overcome chronic digestive disease.

Gina supports her clients and students by tackling various health concerns, especially digestive issues but also low energy and cravings, among others. By empowering and educating others, Gina connects the dots between food lifestyle and health. She simplifies conflicting and confusing nutrition information, focusing on the ancestral food lifestyle foundations that lead to sustainable and thriving optimal health.

Gina received her Health Coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with SUNY College. Gina is also a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Furthermore, Gina is a Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP), certified by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Wearing another hat, Gina serves as a local Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park.

A former athlete, Gina continues to train with CrossFit and functional movement. Another passion and essential is walking the talk – preparing delicious ancestral homemade meals. She enjoys her workout training, spending time outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Plant Family Patterns Walk with special guest Marc Williams

Saturday, September 2nd, 2 – 4 pm

Plant Family Patterns can greatly aid in demystifying the “green wall” of species around us. Approximately 300,000 species of flowering plants are known to global science. These species have been grouped into around 15,000 genera and close to 500 flowering plant families. About 200 flowering plant families grow in the temperate world where it annually frosts and or freezes. You will know something significant about the majority of plants that you see in the temperate world if you learn the top 30 families around you. It is often possible to guess whether a plant is edible, medicinal, or poisonous simply by the family it occupies. However, some exceptions are important to know as well. We will engage in a walk and talk around the legendary Green Farmacy garden of Jim Duke where we will delve into the major plant families of the Southern USA. Students will reinforce plant identification skills by observing family patterns such as leaf, flower and fruit types. Uses including edibility, medicinality, craft, wildlife promotion and landscape beauty as well as potential invasiveness will be discussed. Participants will gain a more holistic understanding of the major plants comprising the Southern US flora and their potential ecological and ethnobotanical applications.
Fee: $15-25 Sliding Scale

SuperNatural Sodas, Magical Meads, Local Liqueurs with Special Guest Ethnobotanist Marc Williams

Sunday, September 3rd, 1 -4:30 pm

Come join us at the legendary Green Farmacy garden of extraordinary ethnobotanist Jim Duke for a class on the ancient art of brewing beverages. We will sample various drinks while also crafting a mead and reviewing step by step directions for making your own special sodas and liqueurs. This class will empower each student to reclaim the wonder of uniquely created items to please any palate! A plant walk and foraging tour will also be part of the educational offerings. Please help spread the word to people in the area!

Fee: $25-40 sliding scale

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Foraging & First Aid with Abby Artemisia*

Saturday, September 16th, 2 – 4 pm

sliding scale $20-25/person, 2-4:00

Let’s take a meander through the amazing gardens and beyond, learning which plants you can grow in your garden or wild harvest for everyday ailments and health support. We’ll discuss the basic tips and tricks of plant identification, safe and ethical foraging practices, tools, preservation, and formula making. Bring your notebook, camera, field guides, and dress for the weather.

Abby Artemisia*  Founder of the WANDER (Wild Artemisia Nature Discovery, Empowerment, and Reconnection) School, Botanist, Herbalist, & Professional Forager, Abby Artemisia, lives on the edge of Pisgah National Forest in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. She learned about plants playing in the woods, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a bachelor’s degree in Botany, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine in her Wild Apprenticeship Program and throughout the country. Abby’s mission is to inspire reconnection with nature to empower a healthier world with many stewards.

email to register and directions


Tea and Tonics for the Times Workshop with Jared Gulliford and Andrea Miller
Saturday, October 7 ~ 1 pm – 3 pm

$20 fee: email to register and for directions