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Puppetry Camp 2016!

June 18, 2016


puppetry camp flier 2016Puppetry Camp Summer 2016

Fridays from 10:30AM-2:30PM, from July 1st – August 5th

A six-session camp culminating in a folklore puppet show using hand and rod puppets.  In addition to the ongoing project of creating the hand and rod puppets, designing the set, and rehearsing for the show, each week children will explore a different style of puppetry by watching a short performance using the day’s style of puppetry and then creating their own puppets.  Each class will end with children using their new puppets to put on a brief performance.  Children will learn techniques for natural dying, painting, needle felting, sewing, and Celluclay modeling as well as storytelling and performance as they explore shadow puppets, finger puppets, marionettes, hand puppets, pop stick puppets, and hand and rod puppets.

Children ages 6-12 who are interested in creating their own puppets using a variety of materials and techniques and working together as a group to perform stories with the puppets.

Janis Craft and Michelle Steinglass will be leading Puppetry Camp.  They have both studied and ta
ught various styles of puppetry and are excited to combine their experience to offer this camp.  See bio’s below.

At the Little Ivy School House space on Little Pine Road in Marshall, about 7 mins from Downtown Marshall.

Tuition is $60-$120, sliding scale (with half that amount open to work/trade options), plus a materials fee of $14.  Children will also be asked to bring a kit with their own basic supplies such as scissors, paintbrushes, sketchbook, colored pencils, etc. and an optional t-shirt for tie dying on natural dye day.

**Materials fee and Tuition or Trade Agreement due on the first day of class**

Extra details:
·      Children will finish camp with 6 types of puppets and knowledge of puppetry and performance. ·      Friday, July 29th we will attend the Hobey Ford puppet show at the Mars Hill Library at 10:30AM.  Parents may work out carpools that day with the teachers and each other from the library to our class space at Little Ivy.
·      If any parent would like to learn about natural dying, we will need at least one volunteer to help on our dying day, July 8th
·      If space allows, younger siblings are welcome to participate provided the parent is willing to stay.

Registration and Questions:

To register for the class or to ask questions, please email or call 828-649-0130 by June 24th to reserve your child’s place.

Teacher Bio’s:

Michelle Steinglass has been sharing her love of art with children and adults of all ages for over 20 years.  She began teaching art classes at a studio in 1996 and went on to earn her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  With a focus on fiber arts and ceramics, Michelle has continued in her own artwork while teaching with Art Organizations and Schools through out the years.   She is pleased to bring her love of art to students in Madison County.

Janis Craft is a teaching artist who has been leading classes in public schools and private programs
in theatre, creative writing, literacy, puppetry, and yoga in the Asheville area, Chicago and Seattle for the past 15 years. With a BFA in Playwriting from the Theatre School of DePaul University in Chicago, Janis’ plays have been presented in theatres, schools, and festivals in the US, Canada, and France.  She is passionate about sharing her love of theatre and all forms of storytelling with students of all ages.puppetry camp flier 2016


Potato Kale Soup

May 28, 2013

Spring is in full swing and Greens are in abundance here.  Ardfield Farm Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Rainbow Chard and Spinach have been featured at the local farmers markets and on our table.  Kale Salad, Collard Green Wrapped Bean Burritos, TKT (Tempeh Bacon-Kale-Tomato) Sandwiches, Palak Panner, and lots more.  Hardly a meal goes by without greens on the plate in some form.


Today I want to share my recipe for one of my all time favorite ways to eat Kale, Potato Kale Soup.  With the weather growing warmer you may be thinking soup is not the answer.  In India, however, folks drink hot tea to cool down in the heat, so give it a try.

Potato Kale Soup


4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter or Non Dairy Butter -salt free or adjust salt to taste

1 Medium Yellow Onion– chopped finely

11 Small Red or White Potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces

3 Dried Bay leaves

– 1 Tablespoon of Celtic Sea Salt or other Sea Salt

2 Liters of Water

5 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme, removed from the stem

3 Sprigs of Fresh Oregano– removed from the stems and ruffly chopped

1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro– chopped (you may substitute fresh Basil)

3 Fresh Sage Leaves– chopped finely

6 Cloves of Fresh Garlic– chopped finely

2-3 Bunches of Red Russian or Lacinato Kale (between 1/2 and 3/4 pounds)- chopped into bite sized pieces

1/4-1/2 Teaspoon of Miso Paste/ Cup of Soup- to taste


1.  Melt the Butter over medium heat in a large pot and add the chopped Onions.  Saute the onions on medium heat until soft.

2  Add the chopped Potatoes, Water, Bay Leaves, and Salt and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are beginning to soften. (about 15-30 minuets depending on the size of your potatoes.)  It’s nice to have a chopping fairy to help with the potatoes in the kitchen!


3.  Add the Garlic, Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, and Sage to the pot and continue to simmer for another 10 minuets.


4.  Add the Kale to the pot and stir gently until the leaves are submerged.  Continue to simmer for another 10 minuets or until the kale is soft, but not turning darker green.


5.  Turn off the heat and serve into bowls or cups.  Place a 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon of Miso Paste, per cup of soup, into each bowl and stir until the miso is dissolved.  Enjoy!


Variations on Potato Kale Soup:  Add White Beans when adding the Kale or add fresh Broccoli, stems and all!  

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

~with love~

PS-  Use the following link for a printer friendly version:  Potato Kale Soup Recipe

Ardfield Farm Green Leafy Veggies in North Asheville

January 5, 2013

Stop by the Winter Indoor Tailgate Market at the Neighborhood YMCA at Woodfin on Saturdays.

Location: The Lofts, building 51
Time: 10:00 – 12:30


We will have Baby Spinach and Mixed Greens and a variety of prepared foods.  Looking for a special gift for a child…  place an order for a Waldorf Doll at the Market too.


Gardens, Granola, & Goats

October 5, 2012
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Fall has arrived in Madison County.  Each morning we have been waking up to foggy mountains, many colored leaves, and growing green plants in the garden.

Our Heirloom greens are enjoying the cooler season and a few varieties will be ready for harvest next week.

We are letting each plant get further established before harvesting begins.  Look for Baby Spinach and Baby Heirloom Lettuce Mix at the Island Market in downtown Marshall a week from Sunday.

New things are evolving in the kitchen as well.  I have created a new Granola flavor inspired by the season.  Nearly Raw Pumpkin, Coconut, Ginger Granola will be available at our usual weekly Farmers Markets and the French Broad Food Co-op in Asheville.

In other news, we visited the Madison County Fair last night for Althea’s first Goat Show.

She showed Lindy, a Nubian from Appleberry Cove Farm, who will be coming to live with us in November along with her friend Lony.

Althea was very proud to bring home a ribbon and a pin after walking Lindy before the Judge.

As you can see things are changing around here as the weather grows cooler and the sunlight hours get shorter.  We hope you are enjoying the changes of the season too.

~With Love~

A Taste of the Fruits of the Season: Heirloom Tomatoes & Blackberries

July 10, 2012

Our Heirloom Tomatoes are ready for harvesting and we have several varieties available to share with you this year.  Meet our Heirlooms in the photo below: (from left to right) Cherokee Purple, Pruden’s Purple, Moskvich, Valencia, and Yellow Pear.

The beautiful Cherokee Purples with their dark green shoulders and dusky pink exteriors, boast full sweet flavor with a smoky, almost chipotle essence.  Pruden’s Purple ripens to a dark pink and has a wonderful sweet flavor.  The Moskvich tomatoes have deep red, smooth skins and are what you would think of as conventional store bought tomatoes, but with a richer taste.

Then there are the strikingly orange Valencias with their meaty interiors.  Last but not least, Yellow Pears with their mild flavor and low acidity.  A great salad tomato or eat them for a quick snack as Althea does.  She can often be found slowly making her way through the yellow pear vines, feasting on the lemon yellow fruits!

Last Sunday at the Marshall Island Market all of our Heirloom varieties were flying off the table!  I didn’t get a chance to take a picture until nearly half of them were sold.

Finally a big welcome to Blackberry season!  We have been picking them here and there on our morning walks for a couple of weeks now.

They have been super tart and delicious in Blackberry Rhubarb Pie.  (Rhubarb from Doubletree Farm)  Now that they have had a chance to mature, they are sweeter and ready to for snacking.

Place your order for pick up at the Weaverville Tailgate Market and the Mars Hill Market or stop by the Marshall Island Market to taste the new fruits of the season.

With Love~

Waldorf Inspired Summer Arts Classes with Joyful Noise!

June 29, 2012

Here is some information on one of my other projects for the summer…  Art Classes for little ones!  Check out the poster and class descriptions below and let me know if you have any questions!


Parent and Child Art Exploration (Ages 1-3)
Wondering how to introduce art to your toddler while learning more yourself? Join us for Parent and Child Art Exploration. Inspired by the Waldorf philosophy of early childhood education, I believe that the young child learns best through imitation. Each class will follow a rhythm of circle time with songs and stories to introduce the days medium, further exploration of the medium during which the parent will create a piece of art in tandem with their child, simple clean up activities to help the child gain a sense of completion of the artwork, followed by a closing circle. We will learn simple songs to guide children through the activities of each class. You can expect to learn techniques in clay, fiber arts, natural dying, and painting through out the session while fostering a love of art in your little one.

Weaverville Classes will meet Wednesdays, starting July 11 through August 15, from 10 AM- 11AM, at the First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville. Tuition: $75 plus $15 materials fee.

Downtown Marshall Classes will meet Thursdays, starting July 12 through August 16, from 10 AM- 11AM, (location TBD). Tuition: $75 plus $15 materials fee

Art Exploration (Ages 4-7)
Art Exploration is a wonderful introduction to various mediums and art techniques for the young child. Inspired by the Waldorf Philosophy of early childhood education, each class will follow a rhythm of circle time with songs and stories to introduce the days medium, further exploration of the medium during which the students will create a piece of art, simple clean up activities to help the child gain a sense of completion of the artwork,
followed by a closing circle. Simple songs will be learned to guide children through the activities of each class. You can expect your child to learn techniques in clay, fiber arts, natural dying, and painting through out the session while fostering a love of art. Parents
are welcome to attend with their child.

Weaverville Classes will meet Wednesdays, starting July 11 through August 15, from 11:30 AM- 12:30PM, at the First Presbyterian Church in Weaverville. Tuition: $90 plus $15 materials fee

Downtown Marshall Classes will meet Thursdays, starting July 12 through August 16, from 11:30 AM- 12:30PM, (location TBD). Tuition: $90 plus $15 materials fee

Click to access jn_summer_art_dance_poster.pdf

New Potatoes, Raw Chocolates & Herb Facts

June 21, 2012

Today’s post covers a lot of ground!  New potatoes are ready for harvest and available by order or at the Marshall Island Farmer’s Market on Sundays.

We would also like to introduce our newest item, Raw Chocolate Almond Butter Cups, available at the Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market, Weaverville Tailgate Market, and the Marshall Island Market!  These decadent little treats are sweetened with local Raw Honey and a touch of Grade B Maple Syrup and Coconut Palm Crystals.  Packed with super foods, Virgin Coconut Oil, Raw Cacao Powder, and Crispy Almonds, the cups give you a boost of energy and treat for your taste buds.  We planned to offer a photo with this post, but they sold out at the market yesterday!

Finally, a friend of mine shared a beautiful chart showing the benefits of various herbs.  Several of our prepared foods feature items on the chart!  If you haven’t tasted our Gluten free Tabouli or Thai Almond Butter Sauce see the chart for another reason to check out our tasty items.  And, if you already know how delicious they are, feel good about the health benefits you have been providing your body!

Don’t Wait to See What Fresh Produce is Available at the Farmer’s Market… Plan your Meals in advance by joining our new Yahoo Group & Orders Database!

May 11, 2012

Introducing a new way to order produce for pick up at 3 Farmer’s Markets each week. Join our Yahoo Group and create and a standing order or place an order as you wish.  Don’t wait till market day to see what produce is available.  Plan your meals ahead of time by joining the Ardfield Farm Yahoo Group and visit our Available Produce Page to order what’s fresh.

Visit the the new page on our site, Yahoo Orders Database, under the Looking for Year Round Produce tab and the CSA tab for information on how to join the yahoo group and start picking up fresh produce at a market near you!

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

March 2, 2012

Ardfield Farm is now listed in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide!

Look for us in the print version this spring as well.

Snow & Low Tunnels

December 13, 2011

Last Wednesday night we had our first inch of snow for the year.  Although it didn’t last very long it was beautiful.

As you can see Aaron has built low tunnels to protect the Greens and Roots from the cold, frost, and snow.  We purchased a really neat tool that allows you to bend 1/2″ EMT (electrical conduit) into 4′ hoops.  After bending the hoops, Aaron dug holes to insert the ends of the hoops into.  Next he packed the earth around the ends of the hoops in the holes and the tunnels were ready for covering.  Right now we are using a layer of UV resistant plastic, held down by rocks, bricks, and logs to keep everything cozy.

The morning after the snow, I went out to check on our Greens and Roots.  A nice wave of warmth and humidity exited each tunnel as I opened the ends, and fogged up my camera lens.

After my lens cleared up I was able to get a shot of the salad greens in the tunnel.  You can see the Arugula in the foreground, followed by the Rouge de Hiver (an Heirloom purple lettuce variety), Lola Rosa Darky (another Heirloom purple lettuce), and Mesclun Mix.

Next I visited the Beets.  We have two Heirloom varieties… Detroit Dark Red and Golden Detroit.  The Golden Beets are out of site in the photo below.

The Beets were so beautiful with water droplets shining on the leaves in the sunlight, their roots slowly growing below the earth.

Come join the Radish variety taste test and pick up a bag of Greens this week.  We are entering the final 2 weeks of the Weaverville Holiday Tailgate Market at the Community Center on Wednesdays, 2-5PM.  We will also be vending tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14, at the Marshall Community Center on Blannahassett Island in the French Broad River from 11-1PM as part of our Homeschool Co-op’s Holiday Swap.

I will also have hand painted ceramic ornaments, Lavender Cardamom Lip Balm, Star Baby Dolls, and will be taking orders for 16″ Waldorf Dolls made to order for the holidays at both events tomorrow.  See my blog for more details on handmade items:

Also keep an eye out for Ardfield Farm Produce this winter at the Madison County Extension Office Winter Market, starting in January.  More details to come.

Hope to see you there!