Patterson School Issues Call for Student Gardeners

Historic Happy Valley campus offers organic gardening classes

HAPPY VALLEY, N.C. — A summer-long class in organic gardening for students ages 10 to 13 / grades 4 – 6 is being offered at the Patterson School campus in Happy Valley for up to 12 students every Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning June 14 and running through  August 23, 2017.

The instructor is Farm Manager Ian Driscoll with the Patterson School Foundation. Driscoll is a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C. and has assumed management of the 1,400 acre farm at the historic Patterson School.

Ian with turnips

Patterson School Farm Manager Ian Driscoll with turnips in hand

Students will raise  familiar summer vegetable crops – corn, green beans, lettuce, tomato, carrots, potatoes, squash, cucumber, flowers and herbs. They will also practice companion planting to discourage insect pests. Gardening will be done organically in three raised beds on campus, and a flower garden will be planted, as well.

Participants will prepare the soil, plant the seeds, weed, water and harvest their crops. Additionally, they will visit the beautiful nearby  gardens of Cheryl and Emerson Dickey. The fee for the summer-long class is $35 and includes all materials.

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

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