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Sustainable Gardening potted plants

May 9     11 am to 3 pm

Whether you’re a rank beginner or a veteran with a green thumb,  you’ll love this workshop! Using time-tested knowledge and techniques mastered by the Shakers, our instructors demonstrate a variety of practical skills for successful, chemical-free vegetable, herb and flower gardening. Topics include composting and soil improvement, weed and pest control, heirloom seed-saving, and harvesting and storing produce.  All tools and materials provided. BONUS Students take home starter plants and ready-to-use compost from the Shaker farm. Instructors are Georgia Berberi, lead gardener at Hancock Shaker Village, and farm director Bill Mangiardi.  $75 for non-members; $68 for members.  All levels welcome.

Wood-Turning Basicsoval-box-basics
May 30-31    10 am to 5 pm both days
Day 1
Learn wood-working, tool-sharpening, and wood qualities for traditional spindle turning. Day 2 Make one of the following projects: a three-legged stool, candlesticks, spinning tops, or a project of your choice!  All materials and tools are provided. Before the weekend is over, students will also get to tour Hancock Shaker Village with the instructor, master craftsman Jack Steffek, a 26-year veteran of woodworking and construction instruction, and an Educator at HSV. Beginner level. Class limited to five students.  $120 for non-members; $105 for members.

Backyard Poultry Workshop
June 6   1 to 5 pm
You’ll learn all you need to know to start and maintain your own backyard poultry flock, from where to buy hatchlings and hens to cleaning the coop! Instructor is farmer and “Chicken Lady” Laura Field. All levels welcome.   $50 for non-members; $45 for members.


Oval Box Basics
June 13 – 14
    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm     Sunday, noon to 4 pm
Choose the one-day or two-day course! Make your own #2 or #3-sized traditional Shaker oval box!  Day 1  Learn to carve swallow tails, prepare wood for bending, bend the box, and fit wood onto drying forms.  Class registration includes a tour of Hancock Shaker Village’s oval box collection.  Day 2  Measure, cut tops and bottoms, fit side bands, tack into place. For students unable to attend on Sunday, the instructor will complete your box and ship it to you! All materials included.  Instructor is Rick Ryer, oval box-maker at Hancock Shaker Village. Class limited to 8 students. Beginners welcome. $170 for non-members; $155 for members.

 Beeswax Candlemaking September 12     Choose one of two sessions: 10 am to noon,  or 1:30 to 3:30 pmUsing home-grown bee’s wax, you will roll your own candle and take it home in a custom box. Learn lots of wax techniques and bee lore. Materials and equipment provided by instructor. Perfect for kids ages 12 and up. Children 8 to 12 must attend with an adult.  Class limited to 12 students.  Instructor is Joe Moncecchi, “The Bee Guy.”  $45 for non-members; $40 for members.

Traditional Timber Framing
September 23 – 27   9 am to 5 pm each day
Learn the craft of timber-frame construction using 18th- and 19th-century tools and techniques. Complete the parts, and assemble the frame of a small building. Demonstrations and discussions supplement hands-on learning. Register directly with instructors Jack Sobon (413-684-3223) or Dave Carlon (413-684-3612).  $620 for non-members; $558 for members. Class limited to 16 students.