Urban Homesteading Workshops
(faux)H is a series of six hands-on workshops held at the Wyckoff farmhouse Museum, exploring traditional farm based skills: natural dying, alternative home economics, and preservation. Employing dye plants and crops grown on the Wyckoff farm, situated in the middle Brooklyn, (faux)H will be a collaborative experiment in the lost art of learning-by-doing. Join artist, Lisa Sikorski on a journey of learning about the slow process of making by hand and from the earth. Workshops are suitable for participants ages 13 and up.
- Natural Dyeing Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 12-3 p.m.
Did you know your garden is already growing a wealth of materials that you can use to beautify other things? Come learn how to take the otherwise inedible plants in your garden and dye various fibers. We will use plant materials grown specifically for dyeing as well as less commonly used dye plants. This workshop will be an exploration of the potential and uses of natural materials.
- Alternative Home Economics Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 12-3 p.m.
Welcome to the world of DIY medicine cabinets and household cleaners where it is never too late remove toxins from your home environment. We will cover basic methods for creating different tonics that have a variety of uses around the house for both cleaning and promoting good health through the winter. Bring a 12 oz. jar to get started with your own right away!
- Preserving the Harvest Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 12-3 p.m.
You worked hard all spring and summer, tilling, sowing, weeding and pruning. Now is the time to reap what you sow before it goes to seed. We will cover basic ways to preserve what you’ve grown in the garden for the long winter ahead: drying, canning, freezing, pickling. Additionally, we will extend the uses of your bounty by looking at alternative ways to use your herbs and spices in the kitchen and around the house.
How to sign up: Participants may sign up for one or all workshops. For more information about the program or to register email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshops are FREE, but advanced registration is required. Please fill out the sign-up form below.