Workshops

Edible Container Gardening 05.20.18

$10 Donation

Not sure you have enough space for a garden? You don’t need a yard to grow your own food! Be creative with container gardening and you can grow greens, herbs, blueberries, and even eggplant or hot peppers. Container gardening is great for beginners, apartment dwellers and anyone with challenging soil.

May 20  ::  1-3 pm :: Chris Hoffer from Tilth Alliance

Call the store to register - 206-463-3655

Bio :: Chris Hoffer manages community education programs for Tilth Alliance, which has been teaching people how to grow food organically for decades. In addition to growing veggies organically, Chris has a passion for teaching about perennial food systems like fruit trees and berries, turning food scraps into vermicompost, and ecosystem restoration.

Co-sponsored by: Tilth Alliance

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Safe & Healthy Edible Gardening 04.08.18

$10 Donation

Want to grow your own food but have questions about fertilizers, pesticides, what’s in your soil and what’s safe to use for making raised beds? In this workshop we’ll explore how to choose safe building materials for garden beds, how to determine how healthy your soil is and when it is important to test for toxins, and discuss how to best use fertilizers and manage pests in your garden. You’ll leave with the knowledge and resources to grow safe and healthy food for your entire family!

April 8  ::  1-3 pm :: Chris Hoffer from Tilth Alliance

Call the store to register - 206-463-3655

Bio :: Chris Hoffer manages community education programs for Tilth Alliance, which has been teaching people how to grow food organically for decades. In addition to growing veggies organically, Chris has a passion for teaching about perennial food systems like fruit trees and berries, turning food scraps into vermicompost, and ecosystem restoration.

Co-sponsored by: Tilth Alliance

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Holistic Orchard Spray 03.25.18

$10 Donation, take home a sample spray

"For decades experts have insisted that organic orcharding is an impossibility. Michael Phillips has led the effort to show that the truly sustainable, organic orchard is something we all can have. His example has been an inspiration. His tireless research has provided a road map to creating our own holistic orchards."--John Bunker, apple historian and author, Not Far from the Tree

Country Store is co-sponsoring a workshop the holistic orchard spray. Come learn, in this hands-on workshop, exactly how to create the holistic mix Michael Phillips recommends, and Vashon fruit grower Dr. Ethan Russo uses with great success on his own orchard.  more info here

March 25  ::  1-3 pm :: Diane Emerson, of Garden Green

Call the store to register - 206-463-3655

Bio :: Diane Emerson, of Garden Green, www.gardengreen.webs.com

Diane, long time organic gardener, has been impressed with the success of Dr. Ethan Russo’s use of the holistic orchard spray, and is encouraging more islanders to use it. She has purchased the ingredients, made up the spray, and will share how other beginners can do the same.

Sponsored by: the Vashon-Maury Island Groundwater Protection Committee,  King County, and The Country Store.

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Drop Spindle Spinning 3/24/18

$15 + $3 materials

Learn to spin your own wool into yarn!   In this workshop you will learn about drafting, storing, and spinning wool. You'll select between top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle, all of which you'll discover much more about.  Once you are finished spinning your wool we'll go over techniques for balling yarn.  Participants will take home a drop spindle, fiber, and the skills to keep spinning!  Extra spindles and fiber will be available to purchase. 

March 24::  1-3pm :: Tatum Hartness and daughter Josey Hartness :: ages 6 & up

Call the store to reserve a space  206-463-3655 

Tatum HartnessI am fiber fanatic which is a nice way to say I’m obsessed with most things fiber! I love spinning on drop spindles and wheels, knitting and crocheting! As a mom, I found that I needed something I could do but also be able to put down at a moment's notice. Fiber arts, specifically drop spinning, is my way of decompressing from life's hectic moments.  My nine year old daughter and I started down this fiber path together.  It was so much fun learning with her and watching her confidence grow.  Our creative journey has since exploded into a full lifestyle from thrifting mysterious yarns and spindles to seeking out bold colors with sparkles and beads from around the world.  We look forward to sharing our passion with you!

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Fruit Tree Pruning 03.17.18

$10 donation

Join us for a morning of pruning tips, tricks and educational fruit tree chatter.  Dr. Bob and Vor will demo pruning 30 year old blueberry bushes and asian pear trees.  

March 17::  10-12pm :: Dr. Bob Norton, founder of the Vashon Island Fruit Club & Vor Hostetler.

Call the store to reserve a space  206-463-3655 

Dr. Bob Norton, the founder of the Vashon Island Fruit Club, received his BA degree in ornamental horticulture from Rutgers University and his Masters in pomology (the study of fruit and nut trees). He completed his academic studies with a Ph.D. in plant physiology at Michigan State University.  After teaching in Utah, Dr. Norton supervised the W.S.U. Research Station at Mount Vernon for 30 years shifting its research trials to fruit trees rather than the former seeds and vegetables. Following retirement from the W.S.U. Research Station, Bob, and his wife Carol, moved to Vashon.  He continues to share his knowledge among fruit clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Vor Hostetler, holds three AA degrees in horticultural studies, landscape design and build, and landscape maintenance.  He began work in horticulture on Vashon in 2004, has led espalier pruning events at both the high school and middle school, is a member of the Garden Club and on the board at Sunrise Ridge. Vor has also served on the Vashon Island Fruit Club board and led many pruning events.  He does everything he can to promote horticulture on Vashon. 

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Community Seed Swap  02.25.18

A free community event cosponsored by Maven Mercantile and Kingfisher Coffee - please rsvp!

Seed exchange - local growers sharing stories and tips on seed saving, building your planting calendar, spring sowing and growing.  Bring seeds to exchange and used envelopes/containers or just come and learn more about seed saving.  Join us in an afternoon of gardening camaraderie!  Children are welcome - color pictures of plants.  This event will be followed by our soup swap!

February 25 ::  11-1pm :: soup provided by Maven Mercantile & coffee by Kingfisher Coffee

Call the store to reserve your space!  206-463-3655 

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Soup Swap 02.25.18

A free community event cosponsored by Maven Mercantile and Kingfisher Coffee - please rsvp!

Join the Soup Swap by bringing 4, 1 quart containers of soup. Soups will be swapped in a round-robin manner & in the end you will go home with 4 different delicious soups! Prizes available for the first soup to be chosen & most unique ingredient used. 
Quart-sized containers with blank labels will be available at Maven Mercantile & The Country Store during the month of February for $.50 each.

February 25 ::  1-3pm :: soup provided by Maven Mercantile & coffee from Kingfisher Coffee

Call the store to RSVP!  206-463-3655 

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Magic, The Gathering

Cost: $20 per player.  Each player will receive a booster pack, pizza & beverage 

Vashon's own Magic the Gathering Tournament brought to you by Kingfisher Specialty Coffee & The Country Store & Farm.  Join us for a casual 60 card deck, 3 round tournament.  Each 45 minute round is best 2 out of 3.  Booster pack prizes will be given to the winners. 

 

February 19 (President's Day) :: 12:00 - 3:00 pm :: All ages welcome

Call the store to reserve a space  206-463-3655 

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Coffee Cupping (tasting) 2.11.18, 2.18.18

Cost: $22 (take home a bag of fresh roasted coffee)

Join us for an aromatic and tasty exploration into the world of coffee.  Local roaster, Kent Holloway from Kingfisher Specialty Coffee, Vashon Island, will share the world of coffee by leading you through the process of cupping different blends and varietals of coffees and discussing the roasting process.  All participants will take home a bag of Kingfisher Specialty Coffee.  A nice way to wake up to the new year!  

This course is generously being offered two weekends in a row! Sign up for either date!

February 11 :: 1:00 - 3:00 pm ::  Kent Halloway of Kingfisher Coffee 

February 18 :: 1:00 - 3:00 pm ::  Kent Halloway of Kingfisher Coffee 

Call the store to reserve a space  206-463-3655 

Bio : Kent Holloway started his first retail specialty coffee company in 1989 – Austin Chase Coffee. At that time, most people thought he was crazy! Starbucks had only 17 retail stores and almost no one knew what espresso or specialty coffee was. Over a period of six years he built a chain of stores consisting of company owned and licensed stores. Austin Chase Coffee grew to become a regional and International name. After selling Austin Chase Coffee in 1996, he worked as a consultant and traveled the world for two years to study and share his experience in the specialty coffee industry.  The scope of his work included assistance in market research, store design and layout, staff training and the location analysis of new specialty coffee stores. Over a period of years, he was a key contributing author to the industry’s leading magazine at that time, “Specialty Coffee Retailer”.

As an entrepreneur he initiated an industry evaluation with the SCAA to determine the ideal business formula which used sales and cost of goods sold data from espresso bars, and cafes from across the country to help create an industry accepted formula for the percentages that are critical to sustainable financial, specialty coffee retail success. The question was very simple, “how do we make money in this industry?” These articles, based on experience and research, led to a book and many years of leading a Specialty Coffee Industry seminar on “The Business Basics of Specialty Coffee Retail.” Over two thousand start up specialty coffee retailer “hopefuls” attended these three-day seminars over the years. In addition, he developed and implemented the first Barista Certification program in America and was the first to present a specialty coffee espresso barista certification program and training to China.

Mr. Holloway is passionate about excellent Arabica coffees, their thoughtful source/origin and careful preparation/roast. Kingfisher Specialty Coffee is a venture/adventure that expresses the finest of these experiences.

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Valentine Crafting 2.10.18

Cost: $5 (take home up to 3 different valentine crafts)

Celebrate a true country store valentine's day with us!  We'll be making valentine treats for the birds and our best friends.  We'll dig into our treasure trove of quilting fabric to hand sew heart sachets with secret messages and have some old fashion fun with doilies and construction paper!

February 10 :: 1:00 - 3:00 pm :: ages 5 - adult ::  Kristen Church & Lindsay Foster

Call the store to reserve a space  206-463-3655 

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Learn basic embroidery  12.17.17

Cost: $35 plus $5 material fee

Learn basic embroidery skills along with several different embroidery stitches and come home with a snowy winter tree scene in a classic wooden hoop to hang on your wall.  This is a perfect holiday bonding class to do with friends, children, and family!
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Bring: scissors/snips, thimble (optional)

 

December 17 :: 10:00am-1:00pm  :: ages 8 - adult :: light refreshments :: Erin Weisbart 

 

Call to reserve a space 206-463-3655 or stop in the store! 

Bio: Erin is an obsessed sewist, tattooed knitter, cat herder, and mad scientist. She looks at every day as another chance to play Dress Up. She designs and publishes sewing patterns and loves to teach sewing and other textile arts.   See more of her work at seamstresserin.com

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Carve a Soapstone Talisman 12.29.17

Cost: $15 materials included

Soapstone is a beautiful natural stone that is easy to shape and comes alive with color as it is polished.  This workshop provides students with their choice of three pre-cut animal shapes and the tools to shape the stone into a 3-dimensional sculpture.  This workshop is ideal for families!  

December 29 :: 1:00pm-3:00 pm  :: ages 7-adult :: light refreshments :: Cyra Hobson 

Call to reserve a space 206-463-3655 or stop in the store! 

Bio: Cyra Jane Hobson, is a fine artist and professional stone carver. Based out of the Beall Greenhouse studios, she teaches this workshop in elementary schools around Puget Sound. 

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HERBAL WREATH/SWAG WORKSHOP 12.3.17

December 3rd at The Country Store & Farm from 11:00am - 1:00pm

Join Jan Staehli for a fun and creative afternoon bending, smelling and twining herbs.  You'll learn to make an herbal swag and wreath using organic herbs - rosemary, sage, bay and more!  The process is not only aromatic and cathartic, but the resultant creation will add warmth and character to your home.  Feel free to bring any of your own herbs or decoration to include in your swag for an added personal touch.  

Fee - $15 includes all materials and light refreshments.  

Space is limited to 20 people.  

Call with a credit card number to reserve a space 206-463-3655 or stop in the store!  

Jan Staehli comes from a long line of Portland gardeners.  From the time she first planted a celery butt under her bedroom window at age 6 she was hooked.  She attended Oregon State University and became a Master Gardener in 1984.  She attended PSU and worked on Urban Planning issues related to land acquisition and best remediation to public spaces.  She has been lucky to work with several fine nurseries and has done design & consultant work for 22 years.  She has taught classes and workshops throughout her adult life.  She helped found the NW Association of Landscape Designers, to bring standard to the profession.