Mark your calendars now for Sustainability Weekend May 31 – June 2, presented by the Arkansas Craft School. Activities for the weekend include classes in craft, foodways, and sustainable agriculture, artisan lunches prepared by Kayt Matheson Fossler, and a farm-to-table candlelight dinner prepared by Patricia Stewart. 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.

Craft workshops include Dyeing with Plants, a one-day class in dyeing cloth and yarn taught by Dana Shaeffer, and Ultimate Organic Skincare, taught by Amy Hazel, and from which students will come away with natural lipbalms, creams, and other skincare essentials. The foodways workshop, taught by Gin Brown, will be Sourdough Bread Making and Baking, focusing on the art of sourdough, and baking the finished product in our new earth oven, built during last year’s event by oven-building students. For sustainable agricultural practices, Ed Levi will present Sustainable Beekeeping for a Sustainable World, a three-day workshop on successfully working with bees. Class prices range from $75.00 for a one-day workshop to $200.00 for a 3-day workshop, depending on the course.

Artisan lunches will be prepared all three days by Kayt Matheson Fossler, one of the county’s favorite cooks. And Patricia Stewart will again be preparing the Saturday night meal, a complete farm-to-table dinner. Cost for lunch is $12.00 each day; the Saturday night dinner is $25.00. 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.

Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website for more information on classes and meals during the weekend, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. Students may also sign up for classes, or purchase meals by calling the Craft School 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 and Pulaski Technical College which offer 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.