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Natural Awakenings Ann Arbor Michigan

Apprenticeship Studio Creating Permanent Roots

Nov 27, 2017 11:25PM
The Michigan Folk School has a new campus and is holding an online fundraiser through December 15. With a goal of $40,000, the contributions will be matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. One of their goals is to have a person certified in natural building code and skills to help others get started on their own projects.

Jason Gold says, “The nonprofit Michigan Folk School, in Ann Arbor, builds community by providing classes that teach people traditional crafts like bread baking, woodworking, blacksmithing and medicinal wildcrafting. After six years of teaching classes in churches, libraries, colleges, farms, houses and backyards, we are taking a big step forward by partnering with Washtenaw County Parks to build a home campus at Staebler Farm.”

The campus will begin with a woodworking studio and a blacksmithing studio. Growth will allow more advanced classes, more types of classes, studio time and free community courses. There are plans for community garden space and a multipurpose building with a teaching kitchen.


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