Category: Workshops

Late Summer & Fall Workshops: Garden and Nature Series

We're excited to announce our first workshop series featuring topics connected to the Folk School garden and nature. Join us for one of our outdoor or open-air venue workshops in Gardening, Cooking, Nature Studies, Dyeing, Basketry, Photography, and Broom Making. All workshops are limited to 6 students, ages 18 and up. Registration opens Monday, August 17 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

August 27

Gardening
Seeding, Transplants, and Plant Propagation
Instructor: Teddy Pitsiokos
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

August 28

Gardening
Composting: How to Transform Garden and Kitchen Waste
Instructor: Teddy Pitsiokos
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

August 29

Gardening
Organic Pest and Weed Management
Instructor: Teddy Pitsiokos
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

September 4

Cooking, Gardening & Homesteading
Vegetable Alchemy: Making Simple Ferments
Instructor: Nanette Davidson
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nature Studies
Appalachian Plants at Home
Instructor: Karen Hurtubise
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

September 5

Cooking, Gardening & Homesteading
Using Culinary Herbs and Edible Flowers
Instructor: Nanette Davidson
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

September 6

Cooking, Gardening & Homesteading
Cooking with Fire
Instructor: Nanette Davidson
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nature Studies
Fall Mushroom Foraging
Instructor: Michael Weese

Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

September 26-27 (2-day class)

Gardening
Fall Gardening in Appalachia
Instructor: Teddy Pitsiokos
9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-4 p.m. each day

October 1

Dyeing
Feel the Blue: Hands-on Indigo Dyeing
Instructors: Sally Blankenship & Cathy Mulvey
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nature Studies
A Morning with the Trees
Instructor: Carol Parks
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nature Studies
Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation
Instructor: Leif Olson
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

October 2

Basketry
Willow Hearts and Flowers
Instructor: Marlow Gates
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m

Dyeing
Marigold, Madder, and Walnuts: Colors in a Hurry
Instructor: Martha Owen
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nature Studies
Fall Birding
Instructor: Liz Domingue
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

October 3

Broom Making
Appalachian Broom Making
Instructor: Marlow Gates
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Dyeing
Marigold, Madder, and Walnuts: Extracting Natural Color
Instructor: Martha Owen
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Photography, Nature Studies
Photographing the Wilds of the Campbell GardensInstructor: Liz Domingue
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration Information

Join us for our first workshop series featuring workshops that are tied to the Folk School garden and grounds. All workshops will be limited to six students, ages 18 and up. Registration opens Monday, August 17 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register by calling 828-837-2775, MF, 8 a.m.5 p.m. If a workshop is currently full, you may reserve a spot on the waitlist.

Workshop FAQ

Summer and Fall Workshops: FAQ

Please visit our “Frequently Asked Questions page” to learn more about how to register for workshops, cost, and health and safety information. You can also learn about our virtual demonstrations, available to everyone.

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Workshop Virtual Programming

Late Summer and Fall Workshops: Virtual Demonstrations

If you can’t be here in person for our summer and fall workshops, we invite you to join us online! These hour-long virtual demonstrations will give you a chance to learn from a live presentation by our talented instructors, followed by a 10–20 minute Q & A.

Please Note: these are not follow-along lessons, although we do encourage you to make while you watch! These programs will cost $10 to attend via Zoom.

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