Patterson Courses – Something from “The Kitchen”

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Deneice GuestSafe and Easy Home Canning
June 13 – 9:00 AM
Instructor: DeNeice Guest
Class will be $35

Safe and Easy Home Canning – Learn the basics of home canning with DeNeice Guest, co-author of the new book Drink the Harvest, as she introduces the time honored tradition of preserving food from the garden. Discover how safe, easy, and economical it is to preserve food and beverages by canning. Nothing makes a family more secure than having a well-stocked pantry, and canning ensures that no one runs short even during paralyzing blizzards, power outages, or other disruptions. And this proven method helps cut energy use and curb global pollution: why drive to a grocery store when you already have your favorite foods as close as your cupboard! Canning the surplus cuts waste when you have an extra large harvest, and provides a way to combine and preserve your best crops in imaginative ways. The workshop covers equipment, sanitation practices, and step-by-step techniques. (minimum of 10 students)

Make your own Garden Wine and Mead!
June 13 – 1:00 AM
Instructor: DeNeice Guest
Classes will be $35

Make your own Garden Wine and Mead – Learn the basics of making garden wine and mead with DeNeice Guest, co-author of the new book Drink the Harvest, as she introduces the little known world of herb wines and honey meads. Tap into the little known world of homemade garden wines, which combine health benefits with delicious flavor. Celebrate fruit and herbs in a pure yet long-lasting form, and learn which herbs are best to use as wines, how to harvest and handle them, and how to begin the wine making process. Here’s an inexpensive way to boost your herb garden’s potential. (minimum of 10 students)

Cheese Making
June 20 – 9:00 AM
Instructor: Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Cheese Making class – Dawn Matthews will present the process to make Mozzarella and Chevre cheeses in a fun and informative class. Learn the steps to making Mozzarella in 30 minutes with only three ingredients. Class attendees will have the opportunity to sample this cheese while still hot and gooey! This cheese can also be made with regular cow’s milk out of the store. Chevre cheese is a standard farmers milk cheese. It tastes like buttermilk that has been made into cream cheese. This process takes approximately 24 hours but is so easy you will wonder why you have never made it before. During the class we will shorten the processing time so you see each step demonstrated in front of you. There will also be a website and information given so you can purchase items needed to prepare these cheeses at home. (minimum of 10 students)

Summer Homesteading Classes offered at Patterson

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Dawn matthews thankful goat

Dawn Matthews, founder and owner of The Thankful Goat, lives on a micro-farm near Lenoir.  Featured in Mother Earth News, Dawn’s business started with a mistake.  They had just gotten their first goat Athena, when she ate some laurel leaves that are toxic to goats.  An inoculation made her milk undrinkable, so Dawn turned the undrinkable milk into soap!  She homeschools, manages her micro-farm, makes cheeses, soaps, and bath products, and found time to write a book about her experience!

Cheese Making
June 20 – 9:00 AM
Instructor: Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Cheese making class  – Mozzarella and Chevre cheese will be presented in a fun and informative class.  Learn the steps to making Mozzarella in 30 minutes with only three ingredients.  Class attendees will have the opportunity to sample this cheese while still hot and gooey!  This cheese can also be made with regular cow’s milk out of the store.  Chevre is a standard farmers milk cheese.  It tastes like buttermilk that’s been made into cream cheese.  This process takes approximately 24 hours but is so easy you will wonder why you’ve never made it before.  During the class we will shorten the processing time so you see each step demonstrated in front of you.  There will also be a website and information given so you can purchase items needed to prepare these cheeses at home.   (minimum of 10 students per class)

Soap Making
June 20 – 1:00 PM
Instructor:  Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Soap making – We will talk about the history of soap spanning back over 8,000 years.  A batch of soap will be made as a demonstration and each person attending will be given a bar to take home.  Soap making precautions will be addressed and questions answered concerning additives you can use to make a batch with your own flare!   (minimum of 10 students per class)

Drop Spindle Class
June 20 – 3:00 PM
Instructor:  Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Drop Spindle Spinning – Drop spindles have been around in every country for thousands of years.  This age old process uses sheep, goat, llama, alpaca, cotton, flax, and other natural fibers and turns it into yarn for weaving, crocheting, and knitting.  We will demonstrate the processes used to make yarn out of roving.  The class will include roving, and spindles will be available for purchase for $14.00.   (minimum of 10 students per class)

PSF Announces Summer Programs

The School For Regenerative Culture at Patterson announces “summer offerings”!!  Headlining our new offerings for this summer will be a week long Rice Diet Retreat at Patterson the week of 07/20-07/25, led by best-selling author and Nutrition Director at the Rice Diet Program, Kitty Rosati. Our ‘Healing at the Roots’ educational offerings will seek new depths, explore new terrain and expand our understanding of conscious

Other offerings and short courses include:

06/06            –    Bread and Jam class in kitchen

06/13            –    Safe and Easy Canning/Making Wine and Mead

06/20            –    Soap and cheese making drop spindle classes

07/18            –    Growing Our Way Home Again: Applied Permaculture Design

07/19            –     Land is Ecosystem: Permaculture Design and Practice

07/20-07/25  –     Healthy Heart Seminar

08/15            –     Pollinator Class

For more details about each class (pricing and time), please click on our Courses links.


REUNION 2015 – Registration

The Morgan School at Patterson Preserve
July 31 – August 2

Don’t Miss Early Bird Rate – Postmarked by June 1 !!

NAME _______________________________________________

YEARS ATTENDED_________________________ GRAD. YEAR ________

ADDRESS ________________________________ PHONE _____________________

CITY/STATE/ZIP ___________________________ PHONE _____________________

EMAIL ___________________________________ FACEBOOK _________________

PLEASE CIRCLE THE PLAN(S) YOU WANT – Full Plan includes all meals and events


.                    Early Bird         Early Bird            After June 1         After June 1
.                    Full Weekend   Full Weekend     Full Weekend       Full Weekend
.                    (with room)       (no room)           (with room)           (no room)

YOU                  $75                   $50                    $100                      $75

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All rooms will be in Wiese Dorm. Please BYO linens, pillows and towels (fan).
Availability for Weise is first come, first served.
Prices are for full weekend, no Saturday only prices.

Please send payment and registration to:
Patterson School Foundation, PO Box 500, Patterson, NC 28661-0500

Remember, Early Bird Rates must be postmarked by June 1, 2015!


Patterson Equestrian Center Horse PULL

Horse pull picturePatterson School Equestrian Center
Address:    2039 Hwy 268, Lenoir, NC  28645
Date:          April 4, 2015
Time:         2:00 start  –  Gates open at 12:00
To register horses to participate, please arrive before 1:00
Current Coggins required.

First place for light and heavy weight is: $250
Second place:          $200
Third place:              $175
Fourth place:           $125
Fifth place:               $100

For your comfort, bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Food Vendor available onsite.
Hotdogs, Hamburgers, BBQ, Chips, Drinks, Desserts

For more information, contact:
IRA GREENE   at   828-266-1208        or      282-493-3210

Save the Monarch!

monarch_800Since the 1990s, the number of Monarch butterflies has decreased an incredible 90% due in part to the widespread spraying of toxic herbicides, made by Monsanto and other agro-chemical manufacturers, which destroys their main breeding habitat.  Monarch butterflies exclusively lay their eggs on milkweed, and their caterpillars rely on the plant as their only food source.

I just took action to stand with progressive champion Rep. Chellie Pingree to demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.

Please consider signing this petition too!

Sign the petition here:

PSF Celebrates Community Involvement and Generosity in 2014!

Patterson School Foundation Celebrates the Community’s Generosity in 2014!


Patterson School Foundation gives thanks as they celebrate their many successful milestones achieved in 2014. The highlights include surpassing their Hickory Hall Campaign’s initial goal for $50,000 to renovate Hickory Hall (their kitchen and dining room), the Patterson Equestrian Center’s Open House last month, and the establishment of the Patterson Riding Club! There is, indeed, much to rejoice in their year’s accomplishments.

The Hickory Hall Campaign was birthed from a matching $15,000 challenge, which was challenged again at a Patterson School alumni luncheon. All of the board members contributed, and the enthusiasm for Patterson School Foundation’s renewal has become contagious. As Hickory Hall’s two newly rebuilt roofs tout their healthy status, the excitement for the kitchen’s resurrection continues to grow.

The attached photos capture some of the highlights of their recent Christmas party, which were filled with kudos and much gratitude to the many generous volunteers who have facilitated Patterson School Foundation’s recent regeneration.

Chef_Keith_CCC-TIOur new friend Chef Keith Andreasen, Director of CCC-TI’s Culinary Arts Program, enjoyed the Patterson School Foundation Christmas celebration. Having him compliment our organic whole wheat pasta with sauce was noteworthy and much appreciated! From physically healthy food choices to emotionally and spiritually uplifting music — a good time was had by all!



Dr. Brady Adkins, pastor of the New Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Granite Falls, and the exceptionally talented New Grace Trio, set the Christmas tone for a joy-filled celebration and season.



Evelyn Garvey, Director of the Patterson Riding Club, was also toasted for her successful co-ordination of fellow volunteers who have worked many hours in the last 6 months of resurrecting the Patterson Equestrian Center. Evelyn Garvey, Giddy on Up 4-H leader in Caldwell County, supervised her team who won a ‘First Place’ for their recent County Fair 4-H project “Growing with Caldwell County”, which showcased their prized efforts at resurrecting the Patterson Equestrian Center.

Andy_Carlton_&_Joanie_Guglielmi croppedThe Patterson School Foundation board, and their many friends and volunteers, were able to meet their upcoming Patterson Equestrian Center Barn Manager, Andy Carlton. Andy will be residing on Patterson’s campus, and will begin boarding horses, and training horses and riders on Jan 1, 2015. Hiring Andy to take our newly re-opened Patterson Equestrian Center to the next level will be an exciting step into the New Year, enhancing our community’s access to over 1,000 beautiful acres in the historic Happy Valley!

Hands-on Science

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LENOIR, N.C.—Stacked to the roof with aquatic robots, DUI goggles and pig lungs, the curriculum room at Patterson Science Center is where “science” happens.It’s here that director Amy Bradley and her staff invent the lessons that have brought 25,000 students to the center since it opened in 2012 and made it a stunning success.

“I think it’s hands-on science,” Bradley said. “And we incorporate engineering into everything we do, so I really think it engaged the students in learning and they took an interest and they look forward to coming here.”

The center was the vision of Superintendent Steve Stone, who wanted to enhance STEAM education — the ‘A’ stands for ‘agriculture’ in this case — in Caldwell County schools.

“The industries in Caldwell County are changing,” Stone said. “They tell us we need more kids in robotics, more kids in tech.”

The PSC campus, nestled in the foothills of Yadkin Valley, once housed a boarding school. But it closed in 2009, after years of dwindling interest.

“We’re sitting on 1,400 acres of pristine land, so the school board wanted to create a unique opportunity for our kids, something that’s uniquely ours,” Stone said.

He hired Bradley, a former Hibriten High School science teacher with three master’s degrees and a knack for writing grants, to lead the center.

Bradley envisioned it as a place where students could learn about science, nature and technology in a hands-on environment, and where creativity and science were integrated, rather than at odds.

“We wanted it to be more than just a field trip,” Bradley said.

But she also wanted to make sure lessons were aligned with state and federal science standards.

So, first she wrote curriculum.

Then, she wrote grants.

Now, with the center now halfway through its third year, Bradley has written 33 lesson modules for grades K-12, raised almost a million dollars in grants and runs a top-notch STEM learning center that is drawing students from every neighboring district.

With a full-time staff of three — plus volunteers — the center runs class visits, community outreach events and summer camps throughout the year.

Students have learned how to build water bottle rockets, program robots to escape a labyrinth, conduct forensic investigations, and even get a certification in organic farming and sustainability. They stargaze at night with lecturers from UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and attend classes on 3D printing, receiving free Raspberry Pi microcomputers.

The ability to see science hands-on is what amazed Early College junior Hannah Smart, who attended the Science Expo on Dec. 10.

“We’re creating a Rube Goldberg machine, so our goal is to safely transfer an egg by whatever means into this cup,” Smart said, showing off an egg perched perilously above her head, and pointing to the sling they had built for it on the floor (made out of pipe cleaners).

“I love doing this, working with all of my classmates,” Smart said.

Bradley estimates 95 percent of the center is funded through grants and private donations. Among these are a $37,000 grant awarded by Google and a $500,000 federal Math-Science Partnership grant.

“We want the students to like science and have fun and want to be scientists when they grow up, so I don’t want them to be hindered by the cost,” Bradley said.

And the hard work Bradley and her team put into the center is beginning to pay off.

Last year, they concentrated on fifth- and eighth-graders, bringing 14 classrooms to the center 5-6 times throughout the school year.

By the end of the year, their test scores increased by 20 to 40 points.

“We are proud. We’re really excited,” Bradley said. “That gave us a boost in the clientele.”

Bradley hopes to add more programming for high school students. And she and Stone are looking at taking over the old dormitory building on the campus, which will give them the ability to plan overnight trips and professional development events.

Until then, she’s happy knowing she’s working her “dream job.”

“The most rewarding part is that you see kids smile every day and have that ‘aha’ moment,” Bradley said. “Then, you encounter them in the grocery store or Walmart and they come up to you and hug you and say, ‘I can’t wait to come back to Patterson Science Center!’”