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Farmview Schoolhouse: Learn a New Skill in Upcoming Workshops


Did your grandma ever tell you that for every foggy morning in August, there would be a winter snowfall? Maybe it’s just myth, but the weather bugs in this area reported three fogs last month. No need to worry, though, because it’s not quite fall— and you have plenty of time to stockpile supplies for winter!

We also hope you take the time to check out the exciting new classes at Farmview Schoolhouse! Much like Grandma, we’re thinking a little ahead to the colder months, when we choose more reflective, quiet pursuits to while away the dark days of winter. For that reason, our September and October classes provide the opportunity to hone a new skill and an experience in artisan work and craftsmanship.

new skillWe invite you to join Farmview Butcher Glen Wellman on September 20 to learn how to make fresh pork sausage, including getting those lovely, perfect links. The class will meet in the meat cutting area, so you’ll need to dress for extreme cold, but you’ll leave with enough sausage to make for dinner and freeze for later.

new skillOn Monday, September 25, Jeannette Hart and her daughter Gay Rodriguez begin their three-part series, Introduction to Quilting. The mother/daughter team will guide you through the entire process of machine piecing and quilting a small project. The class meets on three consecutive Mondays, and students will need to bring their own machines, but the skills learned in this series will provide the perfect foundation for a creative quilting project through the winter. We know Grandma would approve!

new skillIf you can’t find your way around a sewing machine or thread a needle, there’s still hands-on, creative fun to be had with herbalist and artist, Mandi Yates-Ellwood, who is teaching two classes this fall. On Tuesday, September 26, she will lead you through the process of making a healing, herbal salve for your home medicine cabinet. You’ll gain knowledge on common, backyard herbs and their uses, and then you’ll make your own jar of salve using this new skill and get directions for making more at home. Make sure to hold onto those dried herbs from your summer gardens!

new skillMandi will also teach an introduction to needle-felting on Tuesday, October 24. You’ll learn to work with the wool using special felting needles and create sculpture from it. It sounds hard, but it isn’t! And Mandi will be guiding you through this new skill every step of the way. By the end of the session, you’ll have a beautiful, needle-felted pumpkin suitable for any fall home décor— and the skills to make more!

new skillIf your dreams lean more towards growing than making, you’ll be waiting for the first of the seed catalogs to arrive in the early winter. With the first page turn, you’ll be imagining the possibilities of a spring garden and summer vegetables. But if you simply cannot stand the thought of wrestling with the tiller or bending over to plant seeds, you won’t want to miss out on Linda Rudolph’s October 11 class on straw-bale gardening. Linda is an avid gardener who has taught herself the ins and outs of growing vegetables in these easy to create ‘raised bed’ gardens. In this class, you’ll learn all you need to know to for spring, and you can concentrate on thumbing your way slowly through the seed catalogs with a cup of hot tea at your side while the wind howls outside.

new skillSpeaking of hot tea, Andi Biron of Biron Tea will be teaching an herbal tea blending class on Thursday, October 19. In this workshop, she’ll share information on how to blend herbs for optimum flavor and health, and you’ll leave with your own unique blend to take home to savor and enjoy with this new skill. Andi is an award-winning tea-blender, so she’ll provide tips and ideas for you to explore after the class on your own. It’s a perfect experience for herbal tea lovers or budding herbalists.

new skillAnd, finally, if you’re creating your best winter home, you’ll want the freshness and beauty of a handcrafted lavender wreath to remind you of summer days. On Saturday, October 21, Gail Zorn of Daybreak Farm will bring armfuls of fresh, dried lavender that she harvested last June and she’ll walk you through all the steps to make your own beautiful lavender wreath. Perfect for your own space or for a gift, the wreath will last for years and bring calming beauty wherever it hangs.

Regardless of morning fog or winter snow predictions, all of us at Farmview Schoolhouse look forward to welcoming you to a class that calls you home.

Come learn, grow and flourish. We’ll meet you in the classroom!