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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.
Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for members of our communities in northern 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 host events twice a month in the summer which offer fun and enrichment for our daily lives. We publish a weekly email newsletter, the contents of which support our mission. We share our progress in monthly articles in the MAVERICK magazine. We support efforts to network local material and human resources. We offer free tours of our farm and gladly share our experience in developing a permaculture-based operation over the past 16 years. We offer free consultations for anyone who is looking to create a food village in their immediate area. (We are excited to be interacting with three new food hamlets in our White Mt. region.)