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Skill Swap

  • Earthwork Farm 4399 North 7 Mile Road Lake City, MI, 49651 United States (map)

This June 1 the Skill Swap returns. Crosshatch, along with Earthwork Musicand Human Nature School, present a full day of hands-on workshops and so much more.

Choose from 20+ classes in the categories of Earth, Art, Tinkering, the Real Home Ec. Learn songwriting, crafting hard cider, how to make beeswax wraps and chainsaw basics. Human Nature School joins us again to offer a track focusing on buckskins, nature walks and fire making. Discussion circles are new this year with topics such as knitting and non-violent communication. All workshops are taught by the community for the community. 

Come for this full day of workshops and stick around for an on-farm, locally procured dinner featuring chef Loghan Call of Planted Cuisine. End the evening with a full concert in the barn. A contra dance hour is followed by music from (we can barely contain ourselves!) Samuel Nalangira and the evening’s headliner, Mady Kouyate.

Tickets are on sale now. Join us for this start-of-the-summer event where you meet new friends, connect with old ones, eat great food, build skills and dance in the moonlight at Earthwork Farm.

SKILL SWAP 2019 SESSIONS (To be announced)
(all sessions are subject to change)

10:00 - 11:30am
[ART] Songwriting for Social Change with Seth Bernard
[EARTH]: Tea Foraging with TBA
[REAL HOME EC]: Natural Beeswax Food Wraps with Libby Hiser
[TINKERING] Functional Knots with Bill Williston
[HNS]: Buckskins Part 1
: Knitting Circle

[ART]: Contra Skills Workshop with Keith Kintigh
[EARTH]: Wayfinding and Orienteering with Jason Stephens
[REAL HOME EC]: Visible Mending with Tina Bury

[TINKERING]: Chainsaw Basics with Ken Myles
[HNS]: Buckskins Part 2
[CIRCLES]: Non-Violent Communication with Mindy Taylor

1:30 to 2:30pm - Lunch (Lunch at the farm is available. Just add a lunch ticket onto your registration.)

[ART]: Therapeutic Art Journaling
[EARTH]: Successful Cider Making
[REAL HOME EC]: Knife Skills in the Kitchen with Loghan Call
[TINKERING]: Leather Work with Bruce Ling
[HNS]: Plant & Tree Walk
: Kaleidoscope Conversations

Peace Poetry with Allison Peters
[EARTH]:  Basic Garden Irrigation with Marty Heller
[REAL HOME EC]: DIY Home Bitters and Elixirs
[TINKERING]: Making Biochar with Paul May and Tim Overdier
[HNS]: Fire by Friction
: Tea Ceremony

*All sessions are subject to change

Early bird pricing is available until April 4th.
Early Bird, Skill Swap only (9 am to 6 pm) - $50
Early Bird, All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $75

Regular pricing is available from April 5th to May 26th.
Regular, Skill Swap only (9 am to 6 pm) - $75
Regular, All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $100


Youth (12 -17 years old), Skill Swap Only - $30
Youth, (12-17 years old), All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $40

Online Registration will close on May 27th.

Limited numbers of on-site tickets will be available.
On-site Skill Swap only (9 am to 6 pm) - $100
On-site, All Access Skill Swap (includes on-farm dinner, concerts and camping) - $130

Optional Add Ons:
Add on Friday night camping - $25.00 
Add on Saturday lunch box - $12.00
Add on dinner to Skill Swap only ticket (concerts or camping NOT included) - $16.00

Earlier Event: May 4
Field School - Spring
Later Event: July 28
Field School - Summer