Returning & Reskilling Series at Delano Homestead

See below for dates, specific program themes, and to register.

Intentional or not, we are always forming and evolving our relationship with the land. As our world moves increasingly toward technological advancement and convenience driven invention, historical knowledge connected to living with landscape and place is lost. Communities and individuals no longer carry the skills to explore and navigate the wilderness or work with the natural places where we live to meet our daily needs and creative inspirations. This series aims to return land-based living skills to our community and reskilling a new generation to live with the land.

Fee: $7/Member, $10/Non-member, includes KNC admission. Members receive 30% off programs!
Registration Deadline: Required by 4 p.m. the day before the program
Audience: Adults

DeLano Homestead kitchen

Maple Sugar FestivalThe March 9 Returning and Reskilling program will take place all day at Maple Sugar Festival!

Come visit the Blacksmith’s Shop outside the DeLano Homestead to see demonstrations from Morgan Pell and Gabriel Paavola as they share their skills at the forge. Step inside the historic homestead to learn spinning and weaving from members of the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo. These programs are included with the purchase of tickets to Maple Sugar Festival. Read more and get tickets here >

woodworking hand tools

Woodworking with Hand Tools with Dan Truesdale
Saturday, February 24, 10-11:30 am 

Power tools have dominated the craft of woodworking for the past 60 to 80 years, but people have been building and crafting wood by hand for thousands of years. We will talk about the history of these tools, dive into the philosophy of the modern hand tool woodworker, then get some hands-on experience using a wide range of hand tools. Feel free to bring a few of your own hand tools to learn more about their uses and how to care for them.  

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Soil Blocking at DeLano Farms with Kirsten Clemente
Saturday, April 27, 10-11:30 am 

Soil-blocking is an ingenious seed-starting method that allows the grower to produce vigorous seedlings with roots that quickly reestablish growth upon transplanting. Soil-blocking further eliminates the expense, waste, and storage issues associated with plastic pots.

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DeLano Homestead

Blending Teas and Herbs with Chaz Rawls from Rooted Luv Farm
Saturday, May 25, 4-5:30 pm 

Led by Chaz Rawls, Rooted Luv is an urban farm in Kalamazoo that produces fresh, sustainable produce and exquisite tea blends. It goes beyond being just a business, serving as a place of healing, empowerment, and education. Join Chaz in this workshop to explore the history and benefits of the Cedar tree (Tree of Life). Engage with the healing properties of the Cedar through hands-on experience in crafting Cedar tea and a Cedar salve.  

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