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Mini Festival: Sunday March 10 3-8pm Seedswap, Eco-challenge Potluck, Hour Share Member Event, Conscious Cafe, and Open Mic.

In Cooperation with:

Hour Exchange Ypsilanti & Conscious Cafe

Eco-Challenge Potluck and Seedswap +

Hour Exchange Member Event, Conscious Cafe and Open Mic

When: Sunday March 10th 3:00-8:00pm

Where:  Ypsilanti Senior Center 1015 N Congress St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Join us for unifying visions of community, as we promote intercooperation among organizations. Together we will share ideas and what we are up to, swap some seeds, and have a presentation on seed saving. Bring a dish to pass for our Eco-challenge potluck as we look at ways that we can be a little more ecologically responsible in simple ways.

3-4pm Arrival, visiting organization tables, networking.

4pm-5 Eco Challenge Potluck- Organization and individual introductions.

5-6- Seed swap

6-8- Open Mic- bring a poem, a song, a comedy skit. 

(timing may change, check back for updates)


**This is a family-friendly event – kid’s activity available**

**Volunteers needed for the event** Learn how on our volunteer page!

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Ann Arbor Reskilling

The Ann Arbor-Ypsi ReSkilling Festival and monthly events aim to help people learn skills for resilient, low-energy living. The concept of reskilling is about preparing for our low-energy future by acquiring new skills related to what we eat, wear, use and live in. Reskilling means providing for ourselves and our communities by growing, preserving, creating, building, and teaching.

Hour Exchange Ypsilanti

The Hour Exchange empowers individuals, organizations and businesses to help each other meet their needs cash free in one-to-one exchanges and group projects You can help your neighbors while earning time credits that you can then use to receive the services you’d like in turn, from any member of the bank.. Join hOur Exchange Ypsilanti

Conscious Cafe Ann Arbor

A very friendly place to co-create and organize solutions to society’s unsustainable institutions. Forming integrated groups that offer regenerative ‘choices’ as old models become too painful and obsolete. Happens Wednesdays at Sunward Cohousing in Ann Arbor.  Find Conscious Cafe on Facebook.

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Nature and Nurture Farm Harvest Festival

Join friends of Reskilling at the 2017 Nature and Nurture Farm Harvest Festival!

When: Saturday, Aug 19th, 4:00pm-12am and beyond

Where: 7100 Marshall Rd, Dexter, MI 48130

Mike Levine and Erica Kempter are past presenters for Reskilling and, now, are eager to share their farm with you! Their personal invitation follows:

You are cordially invited to our beautiful certified organic heirloom seed farm for an evening full of tasty fun with heirloom food tastings, farm tours, potluck, live music, and community!


4:30-6:00pm Kids Activities: Face painting, frisbee, cornhole, croquet, and other outdoor fun!

4:305:30, & 6:30 Guided farm tours

5:00 Tasting of heirloom tomatoes and other yummy stuff

6:00 Potluck dinner

7:00 Live Music – Seth Torkelson-Regan

9:00 Live Music – Dave Levy (of Dead Again, the People Movers, Deep Space Six, & Covert) and Friends

10:00 Bonfire

10:30pm More Live Music TBA

Suggested Donation of $10 is appreciated and will go to supporting the cool things we are doing here at Nature and Nurture Farm.
Children, Students, Seniors, Farmers and other financially challenged get in free, but donations are always welcome.
Volunteering in lieu of donation is also an option, there will be sign up sheets at the event!

Like and Share our Facebook Event page Nature & Nurture Farm Harvest Festival

We hope you can join us!

Erica, Mike, and the team at Nature and Nurture Farm

Nature and Nurture, LLC – our gardening service  – our seed catalog
734-929-0802 office


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EcoJustice and Activism Conference

This was an old event we participated in back in 2016, which is expecially relevant now with regard to The Commons in Ann Arbor. There will be some discussion of The Commons at our event tomorrow. Join us for a potluck, a seed swap, and open mic.



Join us on March 17-19, 2016 at the EcoJustice and Activism Conference

Reclaiming the Commons: Diverse Ways of Being and Knowing

College of Education Porter Building – EMU, 798 W Circle Dr, Ypsilanti, MI


confThe EcoJustice and Activism Conference is organized to engage activists, educators, students, and scholars in deep and meaningful discussion around what we can do together to address and organize actions aimed at alleviating and/or eliminating current social and environmental injustices occurring in our local, national, and international communities. This year’s theme, Reclaiming the Commons: Diverse Ways of Being and Knowing aims to engage discussions about the importance of the vastly diverse commons practices, their relations and their histories across the planet.

For the schedule and registration:

Hosted by: EMU Social Foundations of Education Masters Program, EcoJustice Concentration

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July 15 – Bike Tour of Urban Agriculture in Detroit

A group of Reskillers will be going on a Bike Tour of Urban Agriculture in Detroit. To sign up for the tour which costs $25 (or $35 includes a bike), go to



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July 10th event photos

July 10

At July’s skill-share Ginny Rogers taught chain maille making, and Mary Cinch of Cinch Sewing taught basic machine sewing. Beautiful projects were completed in a short time, thanks to the careful preparation and instruction provided by our teachers. Thanks Ginny and Mary for volunteering your time, we really appreciate it!

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This year, we’ll be opening up the auditorium to local vendors.  As this is the ReSkilling Festival, each vendor will be prepared to teach you one-on-one how they do what they do, from sample steps to a full walkthrough of the process.  A portion of vendor profits will go toward supporting the Festival, so a purchase from them will not only help support local artisans, but it’ll also help keep the Festival going in the future.  Please don’t forget to bring some cash with you on Sunday!  Below is a list of the vendors we’ll have at the Festival:

  • A2DIY – Sarah Collins
  • All Natural, Gourmet & Homemade  Dog Goodies – Paula TenBrink
  • Bead Jewelry – Ashley Cook
  • Bottle Art – Orian Zakai
  • Dog Coats, Cat Toys and Knit Goods – Marla Swartz
  • Handpainted Handbags – Melissa Phythian
  • Handspun Yarn and Finished Goods – Marge Mills
  • Homemade Baguettes – Suzanne Murray,
  • Indoor Growing Equipment – Andrew Billing, Growing Hope
  • Isha Craft – Jennifer Young
  • Mushroom Growing Kits – Chris Wright
  • Raw Catfood – Christina Guldi
  • Used Books (with a focus on topics relevant to this festival) – ReadersForum

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Freecycle LQThis Festival we will once again offer a Freecycling table.  If you have clothing, books, tools, anything you no longer use, bring it to the Festival so it can find a good home with another ReSkiller.  If you find your items still on the table at the end of the day, please feel free to take them home again.

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