Celebrate the transition into spring with an organic grapevine weaving workshop for Saturday, March 13, 2021 (rescheduled from March 6th due to weather). We warmly welcome Evan Strouse, founder of Products of the Environment, to teach a small group of us to weave organic muscadine grapevines into wreaths and baskets.
Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 1:30P – 4:00PM | $25
1:30PM begin to gather, 2:00PM workshop starts
Reserve your space: $25 per person. Venmo @deepspringfarm (confirm 8127)
or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org as a friend. It won’t be the same without you.
Cancellation Policy: Event proceeds rain or shine, within reason. We will social distance around the covered waterfront platform. Full refund if weather is prohibitively cold and wet. Decision made for inclement weather morning of event.
Retreat yourself to the farm to practice a skill with loving community. Evan is positively passionate about sharing skills with natural materials. Engage your senses to watch, listen, and craft a decorative wreath and a useful basket (Easter!). No experience necessary. To begin, Evan and Michael will tour us by the trellised grapevines for a quick how to on pruning grapevines. We then circle back to the platform where freshly pruned grapevines await. Evan will teach basic principles of grapevine weaving with the wreath, then advance to basket crafting. Weave one wreath and one basket, or two wreaths, your choice. All materials provided. Bring your own scissors or pruners to trim vines as you weave. While we weave, storyteller Evan will weave in practices we can do to create harmony in our ecosystem.
Midway through class, please enjoy farmstead hospitality with a serving of baked goods, such as blueberry meyer lemon snack cake (all organic, not gluten free), and stay hydrated with a glass of hot or cold beverage, such as roselle iced tea.
Pack your go bag with a pair of scissors or pruners to cut vines to length as you weave. Platform and ground mats provided for sitting and crafting. Feel free to bring a travel chair, facial covering, gloves, outside yoga mat, hand towel, and any other comfort measures you need. Bring any snacks and drinks you like. Arrive early to have a picnic. Pack in, pack out, leave no trace. Refill drinking water at kitchen sink next to bathrooms. Hand sanitizer provided. Handwashing and toilets available southside of barn.
U cut organic greens are available: arugula, kale. Bring your own bags and use your own scissors, pruners.
Note about rescheduling: It became apparent from weather forecast that Saturday March 6th could be wet, windy and cold. We have your comfort in mind and are looking forward to the following week of beautiful days at Deep Spring Farm.
Visit the farm year round for your own day use. The farm retreat is available for personal/solo getaways and private rental as waterfront venue. We wish to partner with instructors for day workshops and retreats year round. Subscribe to website updates to receive emails about future offerings.
Photo Policy: Please share photos of the experience with us. We appreciate being able to take photos of guests enjoying the retreat, and share photos online through DSF website or with you directly by request. Naturally, we are careful to publish flattering photos only. Tell us if you wish to opt out photos when onsite.
This on farm workshop brings much needed income and much loved community to the farm. Most of the workshop fee is going to the farm and some to Evan. If you wish to provide additional support, we are gratefully receptive. Thank you so much Evan for the service of offering this workshop. Check out the photos of amazing functional artwork Evan crafted with grapevines. In Evan’s words:
I have spent much of my 31 years exploring and developing a deep connection and
appreciation for the natural world. I am fascinated with plants, the roles they serve, and
the many uses and benefits they provide. I had the opportunity to travel the world while
serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. This opened my eyes to see the many different ways
humans interact with the environment, and more specifically the ways that humans have
learned to work with nature mutualistically. I spent many years living in Hawai’i working
to protect critically endangered Hawaiian tree snails and other invertebrates facing
extinction. Learning the traditional ways that the native people managed these small
island resources for centuries was invaluable. Being a native Floridian, I was yearning
to return here to help manage the land that I grew up enjoying. So after earning my
Bachelors in Environmental Studies at the University of Hawai’i, I moved to Gainesville
and began working at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. My primary objective there
was to remove numerous types of invasive plant species from the 22,000 acre preserve.
While working under the lead biologist, I got extensive training and experience in land
management including prescribed burning, surveying, and tree planting. This job
allowed me to become very familiar with the plants and wildlife that inhabit this area of
Florida. I now spend my time assisting local landowners with ways to manage their land
promoting native biodiversity. I also make and sell products that I sustainably source
from the environment at local farmers markets. I love to spend my time at the nearby
springs diving or paddling in what I think to be the most beautiful places on Earth.
A Hawaiian saying and way of life:
Malama ‘Aina – To care for the land, a deep maternal and spiritual love.