Mark your calendars now for Sustainability Weekend May 31 – June 2, presented by the Arkansas Craft School in partnership with Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT. Activities for the weekend include classes in craft, foodways, and sustainable agriculture, artisan lunches prepared by local cooks, a farm-to-table candlelight dinner, and concert by the band Finnegans Wake. All activities will take place at Tomahawk Creek Farm in beautiful rural Stone County, 10 miles southeast of Mountain View. Participants must pre-register, and may choose from various components to create a fun and enlightening weekend.

Artisan lunches will be prepared all three days by some of the county’s favorite cooks – R.C. Schroeder, Kayt Matheson Fosler, and Patricia Stewart, who have dreamed up some delicious noon meals. In addition, Patricia Stewart will be preparing the Saturday night meal, a complete farm-to-table dinner. Cost for lunch is $12.00 each day, and will be served from 12:00 – 1:00; the Saturday night dinner is $25.00, and will be served from 5:00 – 6:30. You do not need to be enrolled in classes to share a meal with us, but you will need to purchase meals at least three days in advance, to allow our cooks to purchase supplies. A reminder: meals are not included in the cost of a workshop.


Friday’s lunch menu, prepared by RC and Jane Schroeder will consist of Ultra Supreme Pizza (Veggie Choices Available), Heavenly Tossed Salad with Homemade Dressing, and Blackberry Cobbler with Ice Cream. On Saturday, Kayt Matheson Fosler will be preparing Herb-Crusted, Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Chicken Breast, Mixed Wild Greens, New Potatoes in Parsley Lemon Butter Sauce, a Marinated Veggie Salad, an Herb Biscuit, and a Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookie. Sunday lunch, prepared by Patricia Stewart includes a Grilled Marinated Pork Tenderloin on Herb Buttered Bun, Fresh Cucumber Salad, Garden Spinach Squares, and Crème Filled Lemon Cake. Lunches are $12.00 each, and include iced tea, plain or sweet, and coffee, regular or decaffeinated.


Saturday night’s Candlelight Farm-to-Table Dinner features Trish’s Pasture Raised & Fed Beef Cube Steak in French Onion Sauce, Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes, Fresh Seasoned Green Beans, Corn Bread Salad (Home Grown & Ground Corn Meal), Squash Casserole, Fresh Cabbage Slaw, Home Baked Bread, and Fresh-Picked Pumpkin Cupcakes with Home-made Cream Cheese Frosting. All items on the dinner menu are naturally grown, naturally raised, and lovingly prepared by Patricia Stewart from Star Gap Farm in Mountain View, AR. The $25.00 dinner includes a wine tasting along with choices of ice tea and coffee; and immediately precedes the Finnegans Wake concert.


Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, for more information on craft or foodways classes, meals, and the concert during the weekend, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. Find out more about the sustainable agriculture classes by visiting Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT’s website, Students may also sign up for classes, or purchase meals or concert tickets by calling Terri Van Orman at (870) 269-8397. The Arkansas Craft School, located in Mountain View, Arkansas is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy. The Craft School partners with Ozarka College which offers Continuing Education credits for all of its courses. Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts.