Far away shot of white barn at University Farm

University Farm to offer courses in November

University farm will offer upcoming courses in November to teach the community the techniques of traditional batik and oyster mushroom production.

Batik on silk workshop

Create art with the inspiring, unique and exciting technique of traditional batik. Learn from Peggy Wertheim, an artist and educator with more than 40 years of experience, who will guide you with individuated instruction to learn wax application and overdye technique.

Participants will create one or two silk scarves or pieces of silk fabric for quilting or a silk batik to frame. A wealth of designs, reference books and a handout packet will be provided. No experience necessary.

This course will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Green Barn classrooms at Squire Valleevue Farm (37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley).

This course costs $80 plus a $20 materials fee payable to the artist at the workshop.

Oyster mushroom production

Farm Food Program staff member Matt Burtonshaw, who manages the daily operations of the farm’s oyster mushroom production, will cover:

  • The economics;
  • Growing requirements
  • Equipment needed;
  • Sterilization;
  • Potential problems; and
  • Packaging and harvesting.

Participants will be taught how to make a miniature mushroom bag to take home.

The three-hour course will be offered Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $60. Each class will be limited to 12 students. Participants must be at least 18 years old to register for the course.

For additional information or to register for either course, contact the farm office at 216.368.0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu.