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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 Music and Human Nature School, presents a full day of hands-on workshops, a farm-to-table dinner, barn dance and evening concerts.

Choose from over twenty classes, including songwriting, making hard cider, DIY beeswax food wraps, functional knot tying, chainsaw operation, garden irrigation, peace poetry, orienteering and tanning deerskin. Plus, new this year: circle sessions for knitting, and for learning about non-violent communication, eco-psychology and tea ceremony.

After the day of workshops, stick around for an on-farm, locally procured dinner featuring chef Loghan Call of Planted Cuisine. End the evening a contra dance hour, followed by music in the barn from Ugandan folk musician Samuel Nalangira and the evening’s headliner, Senegalese kora player Mady Kouyate.

Tickets are on sale now. Join us for this start-of-the-summer event where you learn, connect with good people, eat great food and experience exceptional music at Earthwork Farm.


*sessions are subject to change without notice

10:00 to 11:30 am
Songwriting for Social Change with Seth Bernard
Tea Foraging with Araya
Natural Beeswax Food Wraps with Libby Hiser
Functional Knots with Bill Williston
Buckskins I with Human Nature School
Knitting Circle with Ann Stebelton

12:00 to 1:30 pm
Contra Skills Workshop with Keith Kintigh
Wayfinding and Orienteering with Jason Stephens
Visible Mending with Tina Bury
[TINKERING] Chainsaw Basics with Ken Myles
Buckskins Part II with Human Nature School
Non-Violent Communication with Mindy Taylor

1:30 to 2:30 pm: Lunch (bring a brown bag lunch, or purchase a box lunch add-on for $12)

2:30 to 4:00 pm
Therapeutic Art Journaling with Susan Giftos Kegerreis
Successful Cider Making with Keith Kintigh
Eating the Layer Hen with Susan Odom
Knife Skills in the Kitchen with Loghan Call
Plant and Tree Walk with Human Nature School
Ecopsychology Discussion with Laura Rodriguez

4:30 to 6:00 pm
Peace Poetry with Allison Peters
Basic Garden Irrigation with Marty Heller
DIY Home Bitters and Elixirs with Angie Jackson
Making Biochar with Paul May and Tim Overdier
Fire by Friction with Human Nature School
Tea Ceremony with Roo Hines

*sessions are subject to change without notice

6 pm: Vegetarian Phở Bar from Planted Cuisine
7 pm: Barn Contra Dance
8:30 pm: Samuel Nalangira
9:30 pm: Mady Kouyate

Skill Swap sessions only (9 am to 6 pm): $75
Skill Swap plus on-farm dinner, concerts and camping: $100

YOUTH PRICING (12 to 17 years old)

Skill Swap sessions only (9 am to 6 pm): $30
Skill Swap plus on-farm dinner, concerts and camping: $40

Online Registration will close on May 27th.

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

Add on Friday night camping (per person): $25.00 
Add on Saturday lunch box: $12.00
Add on Saturday on-farm dinner (for Skill Swap sessions only; concerts or camping NOT included): $16.00

Support for the Skill Swap provided by these generous sponsors:

Later Event: July 21
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