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Farm & Home Series: Indigo Dyeing, Ecoprinting & Garden Special Canning Workshop at Wing & A Prayer Farm

  • Wing and a Prayer Farm 983 Myers Road Shaftsbury United States (map)

Farmers Tammy & Char will lead the workshops at this weekend event in July on the farm. There’ll be 3 sessions to choose from, or choose all three for a wonderful weekend of learning and creating in the country. Tammy will teach Indigo Dyeing on Saturday from 9 - noon and Ecoprinting & Bundle Dyeing using forage from the Dye Garden from 2 - 5:00. Tammy & Char will teach Canning in the farm kitchen on Sunday morning from 9 - noon.

Saturday, July 13, 9 - noon: During the Indigo Dyeing Workshop, we’ll harvest from the Indigo in our Dye Garden to teach you how to make an Indigo vat for fresh and fermented color extraction. A range of blues and greens can be created by adjusting ingredients and modifiers and techniques from this singular plant. We’ll take time to tour the Dye Garden on the farm and no prior knowledge of Natural Dyeing is necessary. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience and interest. We will dye protein and cellulose fibers and you will go home with a project’s worth of Wing & A Prayer Farm wool & fabric samples.

Saturday, July 13, 2 - 5:00: The Ecoprinting/Bundle Dyeing Workshop will focus on extracting color and print through hapazome(pounding) and bundle dyeing. We’ll use forage and found materials and experiment with different methods of transfer color and design naturally onto swatches and samples of silk and cotton fabrics.

Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m. - Noon: In the farm kitchen, Tammy & Char will demo and guide you in canning Garden Special. This fresh garden combination takes the best of summer and makes any recipe taste fresh no matter what time of year you use it. Learn about the necessary tools & materials and preparation of ingredients with basic instruction in ‘putting up the garden’ through safe food preservation with hot-water bath canning. This 3-hour workshop will include a tour of the gardens at Wing & A Prayer Farm and you’ll go home with a quart of made-from-scratch Garden Special.

As always, connections to kindness & sustainability in the natural world will be the foundation of our farms’ offerings, reinforcing how we can connect art and health in our everyday living, taking care to avoid insulting our earth.

Saturday’s break from noon to 2:00 allows for participants to bring a picnic lunch and relax at the farm, or to skip out to local markets and eateries if desired. A Farm Tour will be included during this window for interested visitors.

Classes are each $75 and include materials.

Contact Tammy & Char at for registration information and questions.