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The Mountain's Farm Festival

September 10, 2022, 12:00-5:00pm 

Ticket price $20/adult, $10/under 18; scholarship application below.

Food avlaible 12 - 4pm


Join in this farm fundraiser with The Mountain to partake in celebrating our farm and natural environment.

Farm Fest is for all ages, and the outdoor community event includes tours of the MRLC’s Many Hands Peace Farm with poultry, a shiitake patch, hoop house, food forest, garden, apiary, and mountain meadow. The farm fully utilizes organic and regenerative agriculture practices. Learning stations include opportunities to gather additional information about each area of the farm.  

In addition to these explorations, also offered is live music featuring Nitrograss, entertainment, field games, face painting, mushroom and plant walks, an apple cider press, giant bubbles, friction fire and orienteering workshops, along with live animals. Farm-fresh food and beverages will be for sale during the event.

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12:00 -3:00.    Face Painting available

12:00-4:00       Farm-Fresh Food

12:00 -1:00.     Farm Tour

12:30-2:30       Nitrograss plays

1:00-2:00        Orienteering Workshop

2:00-3:00        Farm Tour

2:00-3:30        Guided Hike up the Mountain

2:30-3:00        Announcements

3:00-4:00       Beekeping Workshop

3:00-4:00       Wild Plant and Mushroom Walk

3:00-5:00       Balsam Hot Club plays

3:30-4:30        Friction Fire Workshop

3:30-5:00       Guided Hike up the Mountain

4:00-5:00       Farm Tour


Living our Mountain Core Values

The UU Principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” is an integral part of Mountain experiences and opportunities.  As an ecologically-conscious retreat and learning center located on 4,200 foot high granite cliffs on the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer a unique opportunity to learn about and enjoy the ecology and geology of the area.  Perched on the Eastern edge of the Highlands Plateau, this temperate rainforest includes an Old Growth Oak Forest, one of the oldest in the U.S. 


Our four ecosystems with the highest floral and fauna diversity in North America have nurtured multiple cultures including the Cherokee Nation. Acknowledging the privilege of being part of this special environment, there is a responsibility as stewards of The Mountain.  Embracing the multitude of learning opportunities, we are enthusiastically offering a variety of events and practices for adults and youth to learn about the significance of our earth’s interdependent web.   

We are engaged in collaborating with other local organizations to provide events; networking with community leaders to share information and resources; providing workshops about farming, foraging and our relationship with food.  


Participants in Mountain programs as well as residents in our wider community are encouraged to engage in these learning opportunities.  Our farm or foraging tours, farm dinners, mushroom workshops, Farm Camp, the Fall Farm Festival, enjoying sunrise and sunset over the mountains, appreciating the stars and meteor showers in these dark skies, are examples of how we support learning about and respecting the interdependent web.

Entertainment Featuring Live Music From
Nitrograss 12:30 - 2:30pm 
& Balsam Hot Club 3-5pm

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Financial Assistance

We are delighted to host this Farm Festival with grant support from Mountain Findings.

In line with our mission and vision, we look forward to our wider community participating in this fun and engaging outdoor celebration and learning opportunity.


We don't want the cost ($20 for adults and $10 for children) to be prohibitive to anyone.

If you seek financial aid, please fill out the form below to apply.  


This is an event for community connection and celebration with an educational emphasis. Please contribute what you can, in support of growing the work of our Farm.  

We look forward to having you join us for this event.

See you on

The Mountain

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