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Farm Arts Collective Launches at Willow Wisp Organic Farm

Damascus, PA—Founder Tannis Kowalchuk is pleased to announce a new community organization called Farm Arts Collective at Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Damascus, PA.

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Farm Arts Collective will host programs, workshops, performances and events that engage community members in creative and educational practices in the areas of farming, art, food and ecology.

“Farm Arts Collective,” explains Tannis, “gives us a place to bring together self taught experts, professionals and those interested in learning in a collaborative way. The intersection of sustainable living practices center around farming, food and ecology—and for me art is a necessary part of the mix.”

To start Farm Arts, Tannis assembled a team with skills that cover the basics—from organic farming, to science, to community engagement, to business administration and fundraising. A compelling number of activities are planned to engage the community in each of the four interrelated areas of Farming, Art, Food and Ecology.

Farming

Monthly “Farm Days” will focus on skill sharing, engaging professional farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, and beginners in the ethics and methodology of organic farming.

Art and Performance

Farm Arts Collective performances will combine art, science, ecology, and history to address pressing contemporary ideas and issues. New performances in 2019 include a site specific Shakespeare on the Farm, as well as Stone Soup Cooking Class, a traveling family friendly introduction to cooking.

“I’m eager to welcome new members to our Farm Arts Collective Ensemble, not only those interested in joining the performance team, but also our production team in the designing and building of props, costumes, sets and overall technical support. It’s a great opportunity for residents to share their skills in front of and behind the curtain,” Tannis stated. “You can drop in for a session or two, or come weekly, and try your hand at something new.”

Thursday training sessions will be held at The Narrowsburg Union starting January 17  from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.

Food

From seasonal meals after performances, to workshops in cooking, fermenting, and preserving, unique seasonal food experiences will be ever-present within Farm Arts Collective.

Ecology

Living in harmony with our land and water is a vital component of any sustainable initiative. Farm Arts Collective workshops will explore the relationships between plants, animals and people. Whether it be seed saving, or renewable energy sources, or trout fishing on the Delaware, the relationships between plants, animals, people and their environment will be explored.

Get Involved

Thursday evening trainings are free and open to the public starting January 17 at 5:30pm at The Narrowsburg Union, 4 Erie Avenue, Narrowsburg, NY. Training will focus on performance skills building as well as production skills.

Attend “Farm Days” or another educational workshop.

Share a skill. Farm Arts is building its programming schedule for the year and is looking for individuals with sustainable living skills to share.

Partnerships and Sponsors

Farm Arts Collective is interested in partnering with community groups and organizations to offer an integrated and comprehensive set of programming options.

Community Sponsors currently include the Narrowsburg Union in Narrowsburg, NY, Willow Wisp Organic Farm, and W Design.

Willow Wisp Organic Farm is a solar-powered organic vegetable farm in Damascus, PA that produces vegetables and cut flowers serving northeast PA, the Catskills, and New York City.

The Narrowsburg Union is a 30,000 square foot mixed use building located in the heart of Narrowsburg, New York. The Union offers flexible spaces designed with an eye to meet the needs of Creatives, Makers and Professionals and a suite of on-site business services to power your business when you need it.


For more information or to get involved, contact Farm Arts Collective at info@farmartscollective.org, follow Farm Arts Collective on Facebook, and Instagram or call  570-798-9530.