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Saturday March 9th

9:00am-12:00pm

Spring Shearing Session

Come meet the sheep on shearing day! We will be shearing 13 sheep on March 9th and offering 5 of these raw fleeces to YOU before we send the rest to the mill. Pre-registration of $30 saves your spot for fleece selection. Final cost of $15 per pound will be totaled after shearing and weighing your chosen fleece. Come touch, compare, and help the crew skirt your fleece before taking it home with you. Space is limited so priority is given to registrants and one guest. The ewes we will be shearing are border leicester, registered cotswold or crosses of the two breeds. They are considered wool breeds or dual purpose crossbreds.

*If you are interested in scouring your fleece register for the class on Sunday March 10th.

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Sunday March 10th

10:00am-12:00pm

Fleece Scouring Class

Apprehensive about processing your own raw fleece? Always wanted to learn? After we go over the basics of sorting and skirting wool on shearing day, fiber artist Lindsey Schwenn will be offering an additional opportunity to learn more about processing long wool at home. Leave your fleece to soak overnight and return March 10th for a hands on demonstration and workshop to give you the confidence to carefully clean your own wool without the use of harsh chemicals. $25 for the 2-hour workshop, all materials provided. *Bring a pillowcase or two in which to transport and store clean wool.

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Saturday March 16th

9:00am-1:00pm

Garden as Home-Space: Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening

 Gwenyn Hill Farm invites seasoned, unripe and aspiring gardeners for a three hour interactive ecological gardening course. Taught by Kerem Sengun, a current GHF Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprentice, this foundational course will begin to answer the question of how to build a home for us as well as other creatures in our gardens. He will first introduce you to the principles of ecological garden design and practice how to assess your garden site with these principles in mind. Students will dive into some practical considerations on soil health, finding plant allies, cultivating biodiversity and wildlife habitats. This class will have some hands on greenhouse activity so dress for the weather.

Lunch can be purchased at checkout from Brick House Mercantile or bring your own. Brick House offers beautiful, seasonal farm to table artisan spring grain bowls sure to inspire your palate.

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Gwenyn Hill Farm Hills

Saturday April 13th

10:00am-2:00pm

Welcome to the World of Mushrooms with Tavis Lynch

Tavis Lynch will help us explore the fungal diversity of Wisconsin’s four major forest types. We will take a journey around the state and see mushrooms in a broad variety of environments. Wisconsin boasts some of the highest mushroom diversity in America. From delicious edibles to toxic killers, we have it all. We will discuss how to forage wild mushrooms safely and with confidence. Tavis will teach us all we need to know about mushroom identification. We will also cover basic tree identification which is crucial knowledge for a successful mushroom hunter. Some of our wild species can even be harvested and cultivated at home! We will look at basic practices for home cultivation to add new flavors to our family dinner table.

Tavis has been studying wild mushrooms for nearly 40 years. He has dedicated his life to fungi and spends over 300 days per year in the woods photographing and chasing all our states mushroom treasures. He is the author of “Mushroom Cultivation” (Quarto), “ The Beginner’s Guide to Mushrooms” (Quarto) and will be releasing “The Russula of the Eastern United States” (FungiPress) and “The Mushrooms of Wisconsin” (FungiPress) very soon.

Lunch can be purchased at checkout from Brick House Mercantile or bring your own. Brick House offers beautiful, seasonal farm to table artisan spring grain bowls sure to inspire your palate.

 

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Sunday Oct 6th

Gwenyn Hill Farm Annual Open House “Dirt First”

Come and explore the farm! Take a wagon ride, listen to an inspiring talk, pick a bouquet, talk to the farmers, enjoy some fresh garden food, press some cider, listen to music as your eyes are met with the beauty of our bucolic surroundings. This is your chance to celebrate the harvest as a community and take in all that Gwenyn Hill Farm has to offer. Mark your calendars and look for updates here on our event page.


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Past Events


Quentin Stedman

Saturday Feb 17th

10:00am-2:00pm

Introduction to the Keeping of Bees

Quentin Stedman, Gwenyn Hill Farm beekeeper, will introduce you to the marvelous and often mysterious honeybee. You will learn about what you need to consider before dipping your toes in or taking the plunge into being the keeper of bees. We will discuss the pros and cons to help you understand if this is something you want to pursue. We will learn about the hive, what it consists of and what makes it buzz.

Students will get an overview of keeping bees and an idea of what to expect. Quentin will share his understanding of the hive and lifecycles of these magnificent creatures. Future beekeepers will see what it takes to keep bees, costs involved, materials needed, hive types, and choosing a perfect location. Most importantly, all will celebrate the benefits of keeping bees and the impact of pollinators.

Lunch can be purchased at checkout from Brick House Mercantile or bring your own. Brick House offers beautiful, seasonal farm to table artisan winter grain bowls sure to inspire your palate.

 

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Sunday Feb 11th

9:00am-4:00pm

Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving

$65.00 per person/additional supply cost on day of $15.00 loom rental and students will choose Gwenyn Hill Farm hand-dyed wool $20.00-$30.00 for scarf weaving.

*Additional cost for lunch Brick House grain bowl $12.00

Experience level needed:  No weaving experience needed

Workshop Description:  Students will use a Schacht Cricket Loom to learn the basics of the rigid heddle viewing: how to set up your loom, the parts of the loom, put on a warp and weave a scarf using Gwenyn Hill Farm wool yarn.

Lunch can be purchased at checkout from Brick House Mercantile or bring your own. Brick House offers beautiful, seasonal farm to table artisan winter grain bowls sure to inspire your palate.

Nancy Wilson – Fiber Artist Bio

Nancy is a landscape architect who has a passion for fiber arts. She learned to weave and hand spin yarn 37 years ago in Stillwater, Oklahoma and her love of the fiber arts continued to grow as a member of the Black Sheep Handspinning Guild in Ithaca, New York.  Nancy is currently a member of the Wisconsin Handweavers Guild and other fiber organizations. In 2014 she started the Common Threads Fiber Group, which meets at the Waukesha Public Library once a month.

Nancy realized her dream of having a studio in 2016 and started Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio located in the Springs Gallery and Studio Building in Waukesha. She welcomes all interested in fiber to stop by her studio during the open hours to see what she is doing.

Nancy lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin with her husband and their menagerie of pets, including a Golden Retriever (Emmitt), Irish Setter (Rosemary) and 2 cats (Trudy and Tucker). In addition to handspinning yarn, knitting and weaving, Nancy is also a quilter and enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with family.

Nancy is inspired by color and texture, especially those found in nature.

   

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SATURDAY FEB 10TH

11:00AM-2:00PM

Winter Barn Sale

Join Gwenyn Hill Farm for our third annual winter barn sale! Visit our beautiful Williams Barn (N130W294 Bryn Drive Waukesha, WI 53188) to find great deals on bulk honey, potatoes, beets, carrots, and grains. All produce and grains offered at this event are certified organic.

We will have a countertop mill available for mill-your-own flour and cornmeal with wheat berries, rye berries, and flint corn grown right here on the farm.

We will also offer a small selection of vegetable seeds at no cost-just in time for your spring and summer garden planning!

We will have boxes available for bulk vegetable purchases, but please bring your own jar or other container for Quentin’s honey from the farm (sold by weight).

Our Farmstead will also be open and fully stocked with greens, eggs, grass-fed meat and more. And just in time for Valentine’s Day we will also feature organic and biodynamic wines, bakery, jams and shrubs from Brick House Mercantile.

We will also highlight another loved local artisan baker Crumb and Sponge. Her beautiful breads will include sourdough, focaccia, and babka.

Enjoy the beauty of the snow-covered farm and stock up on hearty produce to tide you over through the last days of winter!

December 14th

4:00pm-7:30pm

Makers’ Market and Holiday Share Pick-Up

Enjoy the chance to shop for the Holidays at the Williams Barn during our Holiday Share pick-up. We have extended our hours and included some of our favorite vendors.

Q’s Bees Raw Honey – Honey, honeycomb, beeswax candles, and more. Bring your jars!

Brick House Mercantile – Organic wines, bakery, jams and shrubs

Dawn and Michael Imes – Pottery and hand dyed yarn

Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio

Wildflour Cottage Bakery – Home baked sourdough organic breads

Soap of the Earth – Goat milk soap

Ginger Worx Art – Hand forged custom cutlery

Monday, Oct. 16

1:30pm

The Gwenyn Hill Experience with Waukesha Public Library

Join us to learn about organic dairy and vegetable farming, beekeeping, and livestock management. Enjoy samples of Bloody Mary mix, honey, French onion dip, and deviled eggs from the Farmstand at Gwenyn Hill and Brickhouse Mercantile. Lastly, visit the farm store, view the orchards, and see the Gwenyn Hill chickens and grazing dairy cows. Registration is required.

Sunday, October 1

11:00am – 2:00pm

Oaktoberfest 2023

Join the Gwenyn Hill Farm team and local partners for a celebration of Oaks!

LIVE MUSIC
Bluegrass with the Brew City Drifters

LOCAL FOOD & DRINK
Martissimo’s Food Stand (featuring Gwenyn Hill vegetables!), Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider, Mama D’s Coffee, The Hive Session Mead, and Monarchs and Mushrooms Kombucha

FARM ACTIVITIES
Wagon Tours, Farm Animals, Kids Crafts, Beekeeping/Honey Extraction, Wool Fiber, and Plein-Air Demos

NATURALIST SPEAKERS
Tall Pines Conservancy, Waukesha County Land Conservancy, Ben Goss Bird Group, Wanakia Raptor Presentation, Rainfall Simulator, Prairie Hill Waldorf School Pollinator Project, and Skip Twardosz Potawatomi Descendant and Storyteller

Limited tickets and parking available, so please share a ride.

Dogs are not allowed at this event, so please leave your furry friend at home.

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