Charlotte Observer Article: She’s used a special tool for decades to lift her students: It’s a farm.

Airy Knoll Elizabeth Ross

Elizabeth Ross at Airy Knoll Photo courtesy of Alice Kerrigan, The Charlotte Observer

The sound of the brass meditation singing bowl is the signal for 18 students and five staffers to gather for meditation at the morning’s writing circle at Airy Knoll Farm Art Class.

Elizabeth Ross is the creative behind the eight-day program, and she’s no newcomer: She’s been bringing students to her family farm for 20 years for an intensive study in literature, writing and art.

Ross was the first art instructor at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). Now retired, she’s an adjunct visual arts instructor and plans to continue the summer program on the 520-acre property, in western Virginia.

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