In the heart of Kentucky's coalfields, Pine Mountain Settlement School is reigniting a vision so old it is new again. Visit, support, and advocate for the beautiful people, children, cultures, and wildlands of the Kentucky Mountains.
The most beautiful place on earth is serving Eastern Kentucky with world-class Environmental Education programming, people- and place-driven Community Development, sustainable and traditional Agricultural stewardship, and strong Appalachian Cultures and Heritage. Serving the people of the Kentucky Mountains since 1913, our mission is to enrich lives and connect people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.
Are you interested in earning extra income from your garden? Come and learn about local market opportunities and what you can be doing to prepare for a prosperous growing season.
Learn how to plan and plant a successful garden. Topics covered will include garden design, crop rotation, soil testing, seed and plant selection, along with planting dates for specific crops.
Learn about Appalachian heirloom seeds from expert seed saver Bill Best. Be sure to bring your own heirloom seeds to barter and trade. Even if you don't have seeds to swap come join us.
Learn how to best manage your garden to help ensure that you produce high quality fruits and vegetables this year. Topics will include dealing with weeds, pests, and disease in your garden.
Pine Mountain Settlement School is hosting the Breakdown Adventure Race. This 18 hour adventure race involves biking, trekking, and paddling across the beautiful and wild Pine Mountain.
Are you considering raising goats? Join us to learn helpful hints and pointers from an expert goat farmer. Topics will include breed selection (i.e. dairy, meat, fiber) and marketing options for specific goat products.
Learn about starting or expanding your honey bee operation and also everything you need to know about selling honey and other value added products to the public.
Every spring, naturalists, photographers, and nature-lovers flock to Pine Mountain to immerse themselves in one of the region's most prolific wildflower habitats.
Come learn best practices for harvesting, washing, and packaging your produce for sale to the public.
Whether you are looking for an out-of-school experience like no other or want to see some of the rarest wildflowers in the world, Pine Mountain Settlement School is your destination. We offer outstanding overnight programs for schools, unique adult and family workshops, and an array of community farm workshops.
A hidden gem in your own backyard: Pine Mountain Settlement School is a beautiful 3 to 5 hour drive from Lexington, Louisville, Knoxville, Atlanta, and Cincinnati. Find an event to attend, bring your family or organization for a retreat, or encourage your local school to visit.