Feywood Grove Folk School is a community learning space located at Feywood Grove Farm designed to create an engaging and inclusive space to host skill sharing workshops focused on homesteading topics, community capacity building, and artisanal skills.  Having the folk school on the grounds of Feywood Grove Farm allows us to offer many hands-on learning opportunities in our gardens, with our farm animals, and throughout the forest and wild spaces that are protected by Feywood Grove.  If you are interested in offering a class in our space, collaborating on an event, or building community capacity with us, please contact us!

Covid -19 update:  Due to the current health regulations, we are limiting capacity for our in-person workshops to ensure social distancing.  Masks will be mandatory at all indoor workshops or outdoor workshops where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.  

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Growing Community Resilience Series

Feywood Grove Folk School has partnered with the Culture Exchange to bring you a series of workshops designed to strengthen community resilience in changing economic times through hands-on skill sharing and engaging talks with local knowledge holders surrounding food and craft.  The cost of these workshops has been supplemented by the Culture Exchange so that we can bring them to you at a pricepoint that makes them available to the entire community.

November

2020

Vegan Cooking Class with Chef Susan MacDonald

This workshop will be hosted at the Cape Breton Farmer's Market and will include a hands-on demonstration of a full vegan meal highlighting seasonally available ingredients.  Participants will get to take home a portion of the lovely vegan meal at the end of the workshop.

Limited Capacity - Please register early

Free

donations accepted

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December 5  3pm

2020

Holiday Wreath Making with Jill Cloud

Join us in a wreath making workshop where you will be guided to harvest greens and design a holiday wreath using natural & local materials to create your own wreath you can take home!  

Free

donations accepted

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2021

Virtual: Transitioning from Hobby to Market

Join us for a discussion on the many products you can create and grow and how to transition those items from a hobby to a market product.

Free

Virtual

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February 7

2pm

2021

Frame Loom Tapestry Weaving 

taught by Elizabeth Burtt

 In this workshop we will learn basic weaving techniques to produce small tapestries on a simple frame loom. Students will be provided with a pre-warped loom and a variety of yarns to complete their tapestry, and instruction on techniques for creating, finishing and displaying their finished items.


Elizabeth studied textile and clay at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and has been an active textile and clay artist, and instructor since 1991.  Her work is ever evolving, inspired by the natural environment and materials.  


*Workshop will be held at the Cape Breton Farmer's Market

Free

donations accepted

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February 20

 3pm

2021

Virtual: Planning your Garden with Demmarest Haney

Join host Demmarest Haney for a garden planning session where you will learn about garden site placement, garden mapping, sourcing & selecting best seeds and transplants for our maritime weather, and when to get things started for a successful garden.  There will be a Q & A at the end where you can ask your site specific questions.

Free

Virtual

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March 20

11am-1pm &

2-4pm

2021

COMBO CLASS:  Forest Gardening with Ruth Lapp & Orchard Care with Joe Parish

The first session of the day will be a presentation by Ruth Lapp about food forest gardening, where she will focus on the benefits and challenges of this permaculture approach and how best to apply it in Cape Breton.

Our second session of the day will be a hands-on demonstration by Joe Parish in the Feywood Grove Farm orchard where he will discuss pruning, grafting, and other orchard care for our climate.

ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED - PLEASE REGISTER EARLY

Refreshments will be served between workshops

Free

donations accepted

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March 13

3 pm

2021

Whimsical garden pottery sculpting

Join Potters Elizabeth Burtt and Demmarest Haney for a hands-on pottery sculpting session focused on making whimsical creations to decorate your garden space (or home).  We will demonstrate gnomes, mushroom people, and other whimsical creatures while giving participants the opportunity to sculpt their own creations.  Attendance is limited - Please register Early. 

free

donations accepted

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Feywood Grove Folk School

2021 Workshops

Our Folkschool welcomes you to join us for these hands-on skill sharing opportunities at our farm.  

March 27

2pm

2021

Garden Series: Seed Starting

Join us to learn how to grow a productive garden from seeds.  We will discuss seed selection, planting pots & trays, soil mediums, seed germination, lighting, heat requirements, watering techniques, and other tips to get your garden started successfully.  

$20*

sliding scale available

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May 1

2pm

2021

Goat Care - the basics

Meet our small herd of goats and learn how to feed, house, milk, and care for them!  

$20

sliding scale available

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May 15

2pm

2021

Incubate your own chicks!

Learn how to incubate eggs and care for chicks.

$20

sliding scale available

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May 29

2pm

2021

Garden Series: Raised Bed Building

Join us for this hands-on workshop to learn the best ways to build raised beds, select fertile organic soils, prepare for planting, and site placement.

$20*

sliding scale available

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June 5

2pm

2021

Garden Series: Get in the Garden!

We will explore site selection for specific plants, planting out transplants, direct sowing of seeds, and how to prepare for pests.  

$20*

sliding scale available

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June 12

2 pm

2021

Basic Chicken Care

Meet our flock of heritage breed chickens and learn how to care for your own flock including breed selection, feeding, watering, housing, fencing, and basic health needs.

$20

sliding scale available

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July 10

2pm

2021

Garden Series: Beyond the Veggie Patch

You have your veggie patch planted, but now what?  Join us for a garden tour and discussion of ways you can incorporate permaculture methods of food and medicine production into your landscape.  We will discuss wild harvesting, cultivated berry bushes, fruit trees, herb gardens, and outdoor mushroom production.

$20*

sliding scale available

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August 27 - 29

2021

Womxn's Rewilding Weekend

Join us for a weekend of sisterhood re-connecting with the land!  All who self identify as women are welcome.  Spirituality will be explored, all paths of belief (or non-belief) are welcome - please respect everyone's individual path.


Friday evening:  Potluck & Bonfire (bring your music makers)

Saturday: Hike & Wildcrafting workshop, Harvest & group lunch preparation, Sacred Sculpture (handbuilt pottery), Supper, Evening Bonfire & Story sharing

Sunday: Herbal Medicine Making, Stone Bracelet Making, Closing Ceremony

Primitive Camping (outhouse, outdoor shower, cooking fires), Friday potluck and Saturday lunch & supper, all workshops and materials included!

$200

sliding scale or labour exchange available

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September 11

2pm

2021

Herbal Remedies

Join us for a tour of the herb gardens and a hands-on workshop making herbal remedies.  We will explore balms, teas, tinctures, and simple syrups.

$20

sliding scale available

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October 16

2pm

2021

Garden Series: Seed Saving Workshop

Join us for a tour of our gardens and learn the best methods for saving seed for next year, including plant selection, drying techniques, and how to preserve for the best germination.

$20*

sliding scale available

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November 6

2pm

2021

Garden Series: Preserving the Harvest

This is a hands on workshop about food preserving through processes of drying, canning, fermenting, and freezing.

$20*

sliding scale available

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*If you register for the entire garden series, you can take all 6 classes for $100!


We want to make sure our workshops are available to everyone, so please talk to us about sliding scale options if price is a barrier