Ann Arbor – Ypsi ReSkilling: Eco-Challenge Potluck & Earth Plastering Basics

That’s right, we changed our name! We feel this new name reflects our view that community knows no borders.

Come learn more about how we plan to move forward in our community, enjoy good food and company, and participate in a natural building skill share workshop!

October 19th, 2017, 5:30pm-8:30pm
1979 Mckinley, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(parking available on street or in the drive)

Families welcome!

* Please bring a dish to pass (don’t forget your serving spoon) and your own plate, eating utensils, and napkin.

** If you can, bring: Your dish’s recipe (we plan to compile a communal recipe book) & a musical instrument for a bonfire after the event.

Earth Plastering and Cob Basics

Get your hands dirty and help transform a community space by learning basic earth plastering using clay and straw. This two-hour workshop will be the start to transforming a garage into an eco-friendly community work and play space. Learn correct ratios of sand-clay for plastering, how to sift clay, and how to apply over an existing structure.

About the teacher: Jacob Gnath was an intern of Deanne Bednar at the Stawbale Studio in Oxford, MI.  He has 3 months of hands on experience working with natural building. He also loves to play music and wants to teach guitar.

(The event is being put on in cooperation with and featuring Ypsilanti Everything is Free Faire.)

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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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How to Make a Basic Pant that Fits!

6 – 8:30pm, Saturday, November 12th  2016

Northside Community Center 

809 Taylor St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

6pm ~ Potluck ~ Bring a dish to pass (seasonal and local foods highly encouraged!) & washable plate/cup/fork.  The potluck is open to everyone, even those not attending the workshop!

7pm ~ Skill Share ~

In this workshop, Kari Lewis, B.A. in Fashion Design, will help you create a pattern for a basic pair of pants from scratch!basicpant You will also be advised on the best materials to make your pants from and receive a step-by-step tutorial on how to construct, hem and put the finishing touches on your pants at home!

Supplies to bring with you: pencil, measuring tape, a see-through sewing ruler ($4 at Joann Fabrics), and two rectangular disposable tablecloths in white or off-white (something the pencil will show up on).

Space is limited for the workshop, please pre-register so we can ensure everyone has enough room to work. 

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Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

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Learn to make kimchi

6 – 8:30pm, Saturday, September 24th  2016

Northside Community Center 

809 Taylor St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

6pm ~ Skill Share ~ Have you ever wanted to make your own kimchi! You can! Join Connie Chang who will show you how to make instant kimchi and traditional kimchi. What is kimchi? It is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of with spiced cabbage and vegetables. Fermenting vegetables is a great way to preserve extra vegetables from your garden. Plus, fermented foods contain probiotics that to keep your gut healthy! You will get a chance to taste test instant kimchi and take some home to let it finish fermenting.

7pm ~ Potluck ~ Bring a dish to pass (seasonal ingredients if possible!) & washable plate/cup/fork, and try the kimchi you just made!


Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!


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Tour a local seed farm!

2 – 4pm, Sunday, September 18th  2016

2707 Tessmer, Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Curious about seed saving?

Interested in a tour of a local vegetable farm?

Excited to discuss techniques for growing food organically while building soil?

Join Eric Kampe, co-owner of Ann Arbor Seed Company, on a tour of a local seed farm. seedfarmWalk the farm and talk with Eric about farming for saving seeds! See seed saving in action with a live demonstration of seed saving techniques and equipment based on what activities are appropriate on the day of the tour. Dress for the outside and uneven footing.

Space is limited for this skillshare, please RSVP by September 16 at:

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!


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Backyard Foraging – August SkillShare

7 – 8 pm, Thursday, August 11th 2016

@ Linda’s home garden  

1202 Edgewood Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103


There’s a wealth of nutritiousness and deliciousness growing wild in your backyard.  We call them weeds, but they are a vastly underappreciated food source.  Visit reskilling member Linda Wan’s backyard and get introduced to some of her favorite edible weeds.foraged salad with labels

They’re probably growing right in your very own yard, too! At the end of the session, Linda will let you sample a few of her own homemade weed delicacies!


Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs


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Making your yard safe for bees

Friday, July 15th 2016

Northside Community Center,
809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

6:30pm POTLUCK: If you can make it to the potluck, please bring a washable plate/cup/fork

7:30 SKILLSHARE:  Bee Safe Neighborhood Certification

Want to help bees?  Help Ann Arbor achieve “Bee City USA” status!  Learn how with beekeeper Eileen Dickinson, Bee Safe Neighborhood Coordinator with Living Systems Institute.  We will discuss:

  1. How to have a great looking yard without chemicals that hurt bees.
  2. Which plants bees love best.
  3. How you can help your neighborhood become certified as a “Bee Safe Neighborhood.”

If you’ve already created a bee-friendly yard, come and share how you’ve done it, and/or how you’ve helped your neighbors to be OK with your “more sustainable” yard!


Sponsored in collaboration with the annual River Hop weekend of events:  July 15th-17th.

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover costs

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