Past Homesteading 101 Workshop

Grow Along at Mather with Ania Janis - 4 classes Spring 2022

Create your own CUTTING GARDEN with help from local gardening enthusiast, Ania Janis. This four-session program provided all the tips, instructions, plans and supplies you need to create your own cutting garden at home. Session 1: Wed., Feb. 16, 7 - 8:30 pm:
Intro and Cutting Garden Basics: Sweet Peas, Session 2: Wed., Feb. 23, 7 - 8:30 pm:
Pinching & Watering: Snapdragons, Stock, Session 3: Wed., March 9, 7 - 8:30 pm:
Succession Planting, Hardening Off: Zinnias, Cosmos & Phlox, Session 4: Wed., April 6, 7 - 8:30 pm:
Direct Sowing, Planting Out: Poppies & Sunflowers

All supplies included.

Colonial Breadmaking with Leah Jones - March 10, 2022

Leah Jones, pastry chef at Grace Farms and owner of Black Market Bread, led us in a colonial breadmaking workshop which involved baking AND tasting! First, Leah gave us a little history on bread and some information which helped us understand the "gluten free" craze a little better. Then we tasted various breads, baked by Leah, and drank wines chosen to pair with each bread. Finally, we made our own bread!

Valentine's Flower Arranging - February 10, 2022

25 women created gorgeous Valentines arrangement while enjoying rosé prosecco, bon bons by Carolyn's Absolutely Fabulous Events, and time with friends old and new.

Image courtesy of Mary Wade, Leap Year Images

Holiday Greenery - December 1, 2021

Participants created their holiday wreath, garland or centerpiece using live greenery and other decorative elements.

Mather flower arranging guru Maeve McGovern demonstrated greenery techniques and helped participants create their original creations while enjoying a cocktail and time with friends.

Embroidery with Heather Ross - July 28, 2021

Author and Textile Designer Heather Ross brought her love of all things hand-made and resourceful living to MH. Heather is passionate about teaching new uses for the creative arts and skills that even the earliest residents of Mather Homestead relied upon.

During HAND EMBROIDERY FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN, Heather will helped workshoppers develop their own personalized embroidery design, and demonstrated simple ways to complete a very special project to take home.

Heather Ross is an American illustrator, textile designer, and author. Much of her work explores themes of resourceful and creative living, the natural world, and handmade, drawing often on both her rural upbringing and an early career as a naturalist. She is known for her highly collectible textile designs and books written for the handmade and craft markets, and as the originator and host of a popular series of weekend craft retreats held around the country. Her critically acclaimed memoir, How To Catch a Frog, is based on her childhood and early success as an entrepreneur and designer. She has also illustrated numerous children’s books, including the award winning Fergus and Zeke series and the “Crafty Chloe” books, the latter a winner of the Kirkus Star, and is both author and illustrator BOYS, an Illustrated Field Guide. She is represented by Steven Malk of Writers House, and lives in New York City and the Catskill Mountains with her husband, daughter and dog.

Flowers and Fun - April 1, 2021

MH flower arranging guru led guests through the creation of unique and beautiful spring centerpieces.

Beekeeping with Peet - ongoing

Buzzzzzz.... Peet is on the property periodically checking on his bees! We'll let you know when he comes by so he can tell you all about it!