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TARWEED SEEDS

Tarweed folks are gearing up for a weekend of bounty with our summer classes taking place this weekend across town. From fiber arts to medicinal plants to working with fire and weaving baskets, we've got a full lineup of classes--all with a focus of tending to the land, ourselves, and each other. Read below to see a full list of this weekend's classes and their availability.





Our guest writer this week is Rose Holdorf. Rose is a founding member of Tarweed Folk School and on our steering committee. An educator, woodworker, and basket weaver, Rose's love for the folk school and craft education comes from a joy of strengthening our connections between each other and the environment. Adapted from her speech in March at the 2024 Sustainability Coalition Town Hall, Rose shares how craft, practical arts, and folk school learning can embody a practice of sustainability.



This week, we would love to introduce Kiko Denzer as a guest writer. Kiko is in our steering committee as well as a wonderful teacher who teaches classes like hand broom making, scything and an upcoming mud ovens in a day class!

 

Ideally, I’d sell wooden spoons and bowls directly, person to person, and the value of a wooden spoon would be common knowledge. Buyers could handle things, see some of the process, chat, sign up for a class, build relationships — and burn less fossil fuel…. In the meantime, however, most folks start by looking for a price. How do I determine what’s right and fair? If the transaction is just about the money, the answer will be different than if we think about the transaction as an exchange of gifts. Gifts have to maintain joy, fairness, and friendship. That kind of exchange takes time and conversation…more than most folks will give to a market transaction. And the current economic paradigm sure doesn’t support it. But I hope this story might help to clarify the challenge of pricing craft work, which is not just “making a living” but returning the gifts that life and planet have given to all of us… 



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