Lodestar is Back in 2021!

Introducing the Homesteading Apprenticeship Program (HAP)

Apply to live at a residential small farm, off-grid community and experience all aspects of homesteading skills over the course of four high desert seasons in the White Mountains of Arizona.

For details about the  Homesteading Apprenticeship Program (HAP) email homesteadersprogram@lodestargardens.com or call Barbara at (928) 587- 1660

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Lodestar Gardens Learning Center is an off-grid, demonstration site, small-scale farm operation and school located in the Concho-Vernon area operated by Clark and Barbara Hockabout since 2000, growing food for our communities since 2004.

Contact Information: (928) 587-1405 | carpediem@lodestargardens.com | Facebook:  Lodestar Gardens Learning Center

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for members of our communities in our area of central Apache and Navajo Counties. Our focus is to facilitate opportunities that will strengthen the health and communication within and between our local communities.

How we achieve our mission: We provide chemical-free produce to our communities in our markets year round. We conduct and host workshops on increasing capacity for greater self-reliance in health and food production and for this, we gratefully draw on the wealth of local wisdom that abounds within our surrounding communities. We publish an email newsletter, the contents of which support our mission. We share our progress in monthly articles in the MAVERICK magazine. We offer free tours of our farm and gladly share our experience in developing an operation based on permaculture principles and biodynamic practices over the past 19 years. We offer free consultations for anyone who is looking to create a food village in their immediate area.

Here’s our family & current focus:



White Mountain Community Garden

Concho Area Garden Club

Gardening Classes @ Northland Pioneer College

Solar & Alternative Energy
NE Arizona Energy Services Co.
Larry Bell – (928) 521-0888

Rainwater Catchment
Continuous Rain Gutter Systems Co.

Health Food Stores/Herbs/Essences
Sunshine Herbs

Health Treatments

Harold Itokazu, DDS, L Ac, ICP – Arizona Acupuncture & Neurofeedback Center https://www.hiacupuncture.com/

Stressaway Accupressure

Dr. Cherylee Lisonbee – chiropractic physician & Neurotherapist – (928) 739-4658
Cell and text messages (928) 242-4389

Dr. Trevor Sexton, Licensed Naturopathic Physician

Jo Costion – builder/consultant
(928) 243-3025
Soil Secrets representative

Kent Brewer – Jubilee Gardener’s Supply
(928) 242-2215 or (928) 739-4125

Open Spaces Yoga Center

The Maverick Magazine

White Mountain Independent

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