My wife and I are road tripping from eastern Kansas to Savannah in early July. We're planning to visit The Farm, Asheville Institute, and Earthaven Ecovillage... we're not very familiar with most of the territory we'll be passing through and are open to suggestions of places to visit. We just visited Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage a few months ago and are not ready for another trip to northern MO, but southern MO is a possibility along with TN, GA, SC, and NC. Where would you recommend we visit? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Oh you'll have fun! There isn't a huge amount of Permie tourism, especially in the south (We taught the first PDC there in '09) but check out Koinonia Farm, in Americus Georgia. Koinoniapartners.org It's Christian Community (but very laid back-not preachy). It's a quaint place with set in the fields and orchards of rural Georgia, with nearly 70 years! of history (Martin Luther King has been there) and over the last 4 years, some new very cool folks have come in and REALLY changed this huge farm-they have done a lot with permaculture there. Once you sit down to lunch with the whole community you really become part of the extended family, and now adays it's double worth it to see all their doing with permaculture! Tell them Bob and Isabel said HEY!
Their sister site "Jubilee Partners" might take visitors there too...They're in more north GA, not far off I-85 east of Athens. If you stay in Atlanta, check out Oakhurst Community Gardens, Lake Claire Land Trust, East Lake Village,...
Be sure to call ALL those places in advance-remember, they are communities, so there's a lot going on and they need a little notice for sure.
Hostel in the Forest is a place near Savannah (in Brunswick.) I'm sure you can find them on the web too.
Plan on spending more than a few days in Asheville/Black Mountain if you can. That's permie mecca Pierson Gardens is small community garden tucked away, but Janell Kapoor of the Ashevillage Inst. should know tons about who/what/where. Tell her we said Hi too!
If you have more questions, I'll try to help. We lived in GA for a long time and were permaculture homesteaders/teachers there-till we came back to my home out in Calif.
We also have a farm for sale in GA if you know anybody 40 fenced acre permie site! $120k!
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PS, I know you know what BUGS are, being from Missouri (my dad was from Bourbon, mom from St. Louis) so be sure to bring some natural bug repellent. Chiggers and gnats can be pretty bad in So. GA!