We run our classes on-demand,
meaning that if you can dream it, we will make it happen!
Whether you're interested in bee-keeping, soap-making, backyard chickens, candle-making, raising rabbits, canning, pickling, natural dyes, or any other homesteading or artistic endeavor, Trading Post Farm will find a knowledgeable neighbor to teach a hands-on class.
Current Community-Driven Classes
Raising Backyard Chickens
Previous Classes and Events (If you see a class you like, let us know and we'll run it again!)
Creative Writing Summer Camp
Run through Writopia Lab, a non-profit that teaches creative writing to kids 6-18 in age-based workshops, this half-day camp is a great way to find inspiration this summer. *sliding Scale Fees
August 3rd-7th, 9-12noon, ages 9-12
August 10th-14th, 1-4pm, Teens
*WE ARE RUNNING THESE WORKSHOPS THIS SUMMER (2015). PLEASE EMAIL [email protected] TO COORDINATE A 3-HOUR MORNING OR AFTERNOON WORKSHOP FOR YOUR CHILD OR TEEN.
Enjoy a sensory-based art experience! In this class, you will learn how to create your own pigments from handpicked flowers and local herbs, as well as make paintings from your personal experience with nature. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and up. All materials are provided. Please wear old clothes as some natural paints may stain. Class led by Marney Schorr.
Art and Environment Camp
Drawing: Geometry of Art and Nature
How are patterns of nature translated into human structures? We will explore and draw our surroundings in traditional and non-traditional techniques and scale. Students coming both weeks are encouraged to follow changes of a chosen subject or a place and to create a series.
Sculpture and Structure: Find, Gather, Build
We gather material from the site and together build structures that introduce art into the landscape. We might build a shelter, a curtain of weaved willow branches, or graphics from pine cones….As a group, we will brainstorm concepts and work as a team to realize our ideas. Works are ephemeral and captured in digital photography.
Collage: Nature, Architecture, Design
We collect elements from the site to create our own collage. Working in teams or individually, we explore how to combine, fasten, and create works of art. Final photography is part of our design.
Sculpture and Place: Explore, Map, Gather, Build
We spend the first half of the class exploring and mapping the Farm. After walking and gathering natural elements we spend the second half building site-specific piece/s. We photographically record our projects before we return the elements back to nature.
Informed by our surroundings, we use papier-mâché and other papermaking techniques to make two and three-dimensional works. We will install and photograph our works in our outdoor gallery.
Tie-Dye for Kids using Natural Dyes
Turn an old tee-shirt new again while learning about natural plant dyes that are non-toxic and beautiful.
Calling all moms, dads, brothers and sisters...tell us your story! In this guided workshop, each member of the family tells his or her own version of a shared experience.
Creative Writing Retreat for Adults
The Unknown: Foraging the Subconscious through multidisciplinary arts (Adults)
Explore your creative potential through exercises in painting, sculpting, writing, sound, voice, acting, movement and more. Taught by Andres San Millan
Turn your garbage into black gold. We'll touch on worm bins, 18-day composting, "humanure" and the compost toilet, and using the high temperatures of your compost pile to heat your water or your home!
Let your children unearth their joy for nature as they get their hands dirty in our garden. Kids of all ages learn how to prepare garden beds, plant seeds, and harvest food in this two-hour community dig. Garden treats and ice-cold lemonade will be offered to our littlest farmers.
Why and how we build them
Learn how to cheaply landscape your home in this crash-course on how to nurture cuttings from the plants you love.
Art as Meditation for Children
Discover the joy of finding a special sitting spot; a place on the land that feels right to you and you alone. There you will perfect your powers of observation by noting what you see, hear, smell, and feel. Those observations will become the colors and shapes we use to create large, abstract paintings. Class led by Kerry Pharmer.
Family Mini Murals
Inspired and guided by Jane Wattenberg's book Henny Penny, we will discuss animals, choices, leadership and our responsibility to the environment. We will use everyday materials found in our communities to turn our ideas into art-making. Workshop participants may show and sell their mini murals to benefit the farming community. Please bring any spare pennies you have collected. Class led by Marney Schorr.
Rent our space for your corporate or educational retreat. Great for inspired meetings, gatherings, or group bonding experiences. Email us for more information.
Rent our studio space for $25 an hour for personal projects.