Introduction to Permaculture at the Bauernhof Kitsteiner
17 June 2017 (Saturday)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Limited to 30 participants.

John Kitsteiner will be teaching a 1-day course at their family farm, the Bauernhof Kitsteiner. This course is designed for the person who knows little to nothing about Permaculture. The first half of the course will be lecture based, and the second half of the course will be a guided tour of the Bauernhof where Permaculture design is being put into practice.

Our family farm is designed for both peace and productivity .


  • $45 Per person
  • Registration closes on 14 June 2017



Topics Covered in this Course:

  • What is Permaculture?
  • History of Permaculture
  • Permaculture Prime Directive
  • Permaculture Ethics
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Practical Permaculture Application
  • Real-World Permaculture Implementation

Who Should Take this Course:

  • Anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture!
  • Everyone who values health, wildlife, and the environment and wants to incorporate these values into productive systems in their suburban yard, rural homestead, or small farm.

John Kitsteiner

Who is John Kitsteiner?
John Kitsteiner is the creator of the Temperate Climate Permaculture website where he has written over 500 articles on many aspects of Permaculture and Homesteading. He has written articles for Geoff Lawton’s site ( and has had featured interviews on Permaculture Voices and the Permaculture Podcast. John has lived on three continents but has finally settled down in East Tennessee. He and his family live on a 100-acre farm and homestead raising hair sheep, heritage pigs, broiler and layer chickens, geese, ducks, and dogs.

The Bauernhof!

The rolling hills of the Bauernhof!

Course Location:

Bauernhof Kitsteiner
Bulls Gap, Tennessee, USA

The course will be held at the Bauernhof Kitsteiner. This is the farm and homestead of John Kitsteiner and his family, and they have been living there for almost 2 years. The 100-acre (40 hectare) farm is located in the rolling hills of the Ridge-and-Valley Province of eastern Tennessee, along the western edge of the Appalachians bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains. This farm is situated in what used to be the Oak-Chestnut Forest of eastern North America, but after the loss of the American Chestnut, these areas have shifted into an Oak-Hickory-Pine forest system. The farm is also situated within the Appalachian Mixed Mesophytic Forests ecoregion. According the the World Wildlife Fund (WWF):

This relatively small ecoregion contains a remarkable convergence of forest habitats, thus supporting a tremendous diversity of species, especially rich in reptiles, amphibians, and birds. It is a single mountain range, one of the oldest on Earth, encompassing almost every forest type that occurs in the eastern half of North America, from mixed deciduous forests in the lowlands to spruce-fir forests, similar to boreal forests 1,000 miles to the north.

The Appalachian mountain range has remained geologically stable since the Paleozoic Era – more than 245 million years ago. More than 158 tree species can be found here, ranking this ecoregion among the highest in North America for plant diversity.

Unfortunately, the land and forests at the Bauernhof have been degraded by overgrazing and poor management for many years. About half the property is in regrowth forest, and the other half is rolling hills. However, by working with nature, instead of against it, there are already signs of regeneration in the water, soil, and pastures.

Our free-range layer flock


  • $45 Per person
  • Registration closes on 14 June 2017


Refund Policy:

  • 50% refund if request is made before 1 June 2017
  • No refunds if cancellation on or after 14 June 2017

Participant Restrictions:
Due to space limitations, we have to cap the course at 30 participants. If this is a course you are planning on attending, please don’t put off registration!

Included in the Course:

  • All course material.
  • Coffee and snacks all day long.
  • Lunch. This will be custom made sandwich from a local Amish store, Yoder’s Country Market.

Planting our Autumn Garden

What to Bring:

  • A good attitude, an open mind, and a willingness to learn!
  • Any writing material you desire (notepads, pens, highlighters, etc.)
  • The lecture portion of the course will be held indoors (with air conditioning), but we are located in East Tennessee where temperatures in mid June can be hot and humid. So dress comfortably!
  • We will be getting out into the field a bit, so bring appropriate footwear.

What NOT to Bring:

  • Anything illegal!
  • A bad attitude!

A view of our farm in Bulls Gap, TN

Course Policies:

  • Video or audio recording will not be allowed for this course.
  • Photos are encouraged!
Our farm is located within an easy day's drive of a large portion of the eastern U.S.

Our farm is located within an easy day’s drive of a large portion of the eastern U.S.

Local Lodging:

There are many primitive camping locations on the farm.

Camping at the Farm:

  • We will have primitive camping available. No specific campsites, just camping on the hills/pastures/forests of the farm.
  • Plenty of water available.
  • There will be 2-3 bathrooms available. Only one shower available, so it will be first come, first serve.
  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you plan on camping.