Our Team



 Anne Nicholson

Program Developer & House Mother 

Anne leads the children in Creative Expression (movement, dance, storytelling, art, etc.). She is also the House Mom, which means being here early in the morning and giving out a lot of love and band-aids every day! Anne has a BA in visual art and cultural anthropology and coursework towards an MBA in nonprofit management. Her passion is helping each child recognize their individual gifts and inspire their unique imagination for the future of the earth and humanity.













Spence Dickinson  

Program Director, Business Manager, Mentor,  Founder

Spence has been working with kids since 1976,  33 years on this farm.  He is a Vietnam Vet, in and out of the school of Education at UNC, has been riding horses since he was 10.  His Uncle Joe Dickinson mentored him through high school at his camp, Camp Natchez Trace, in Franklin, TN where Spence was challenged to be the most improved camper. Spence was inspired by his uncle’s contribution to children and to his community.