The Second Annual Skill Swap

Presented by ISLAND and Wagbo Peace Center

Generously supported by Friends of Bay View, Neahtawanta Research & Education Center, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Green Island and Krios Consulting

Saturday, May 10th at Wagbo Peace Center in East Jordan. Map Here

We've got 15 skills that build self-reliance, taught by your friends and neighbors, along with a fresh local and wild foods lunch and a post-workshop contra dance!


Session I (9:30 to 10:55)

Baking Bread: Yeasted & Sourdough Mike Hayes & Heidi Lang

Seed Starting & Transplanting Mike Everts

Irrigation for Water Saving Marty Heller

Handmade Paper Making Jen Lewis

Timber Stand Improvement Russell Williams

Session II (11:05 to 12:30)

Chicken Processing Pepper Bromelmeier

Seed Saving Rich Hannan

Earth Floor Construction Konrad Knaupf & Brad Kik

Handmade Soap Sharon Jones

Cook for a Crowd (& make lunch!) Marty Heller & Amanda Kik

Session III (1:30 to 2:55)

Friction Fire Starting Matt Miller

Cultured Foods Nirinjan Singh

All About Herbs Alana Haley

Pruning Fruit Trees Pepper Bromelmeier

Earthwise Cleaning Products Jen Lewis


Pre-register and save! Cost is $25/person before May 10th; $30 on the day of the event. Kids 14 and under free (just call or email us to tell us their coming). $5/person for lunch (kids too).

Online (credit card or PayPal)

Option 1: Pre-registration + local foods lunch:

$30 per person

Option 2: Pre-registration, bring your own lunch:

$25 per person

Phone Registration

Call ISLAND at 231 480-4515 to register by phone.

Mail In Registration

Print out a form here


Krios Consulting Friends of Bay View Neahtawanta Center Oryana Natural Foods Market Green Island
photo:roasting coffee in an iron skillet

Jody Treter of Higher Grounds showing how to roast your own coffee at home.

photo:looking at worm castings

Randy Smith showing off nutrient rich worm castings.

photo: brewing cider

Dan Young showing how to brew up tasty hard cider.

photo: bike repair handout

Handouts walk you through the process and give you something to refer to at home.

photo: a flat of wheatgrass

Paul Murray walking folks through the process of growing and juicing wheatgrass.

photo: tasty homemade cheese

Homemade cheese fresh out of a homemade cheese press!

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