Student Garden at Patterson School

A summer-long class in gardening for students ages ten to thirteen / grades 4 – 6, will be offered at the Patterson School campus in Happy Valley for up to twelve students every Wednesday morning during summer vacation from 9 to 11am, June 14 through August 23, 2017.

Instructor will be Ian Driscoll, Farm Manager with the Patterson School Foundation. Ian is a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC and has assumed management of the 1400-acre farm at the historic Patterson School, working with the Patterson School Foundation.

Students will raise favorite summer vegetables, herbs and flowers. They will also practice companion planting to discourage insect pests. Gardening will be done in a number of raised beds on campus.

Participants will prepare the soil, plant, weed, water and harvest their crops. Additionally, they will visit the beautiful nearby gardens of Cheryl and Emerson Dickey, on the Buffalo Cove Road. Fee for the summer-long class (eleven sessions) is $35 and includes all materials.

Ian Driscoll at Gard Hall

 For more information and to register for class, please contact Ian Driscoll at and / or Liza Plaster at

Lenoir Voice Article on Ian Driscoll and Patterson Incubator Farm Program

Michael M. Barrick has written a lovely article about Ian Driscoll, our new farm manager, and the Incubator Farm Program. See the excerpt below and click through to read the full article with pictures on the Lenoir Voice website.

HAPPY VALLEY, N.C. – With the grays and browns of winter having surrendered to the rainbow of colors that heralds the arrival of Spring, a new farming program is being launched at the historic Patterson School in this historic Upper Yadkin River Valley community.

The Patterson School Foundation has started a new Incubator Farmer Program, having taken the first, vital step – hiring a full time farm manager. In addition to helping oversee the incubator program, Ian Driscoll, a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C. will manage the 1,400 acre property. Read more.