The FOLC Farm

The FOLC Farm is a homestead and learning center members can come together to take classes, learn skills, share knowledge, have discussions and enjoy being in a peaceful setting where connecting with the land and others is possible. Membership is a one-time $5 fee. Members receive a card that allows them to register for and attend classes.


We offer courses with a broad range of content that falls under the umbrella of outdoor education, sustainable environmental practices, skills building, self-sufficiency, connecting with land, space and others (check the courses offered tab). In addition to courses for adults and kids, there are free community events to come together, relax and enjoy each other's company. 

The FOLC Farm is ideally located among beautiful forests, prairies, state, city and county parks while still convenient to city amenities. You can visit Payne's Prairie, Boulware SpringsGainesville-Hawthorne Bike Trail, Sweetwater Preserve Trails, Siembre Farm and more all within walking distance of The FOLC Farm. Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Biven's Arm Nature Park, Newnans Lake, Prairie Creek Preserve, Downtown Gainesville, Depot Park, University of Florida and Shands Hospital are just a short drive or bike ride away.

Welcome! I look forward to meeting you.


Catherine Jean

Catherine is a Florida native who loves hiking, camping, paddling, cycling and SCUBA diving around the sunshine state, the U.S. and internationally. She is a licensed urban and Wilderness EMT, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, First Responder and AHA CPR instructor, and has lead outdoor trips for adults and children. As a mother of two and having worked as a teacher for many years, Catherine has extensive experience running and instructing courses for people of all ages. She has trained and is a practitioner in environmentally friendly home building projects and loves teaching (and continually learning!) outdoor, wilderness and homesteading skills. She and her family live in Gainesville, FL running their homestead and learning center, The FOLC Farm.

We have wonderful instructors with different expertise teaching throughout the year.
Instructor bios will be posted with individual course offerings. 

Course Reviews


The course exceeded my expectations. Catherine is an amazing instructor- great explanations- wonderful teaching style. Very gracious host. 

~Kelly B.