Crafting the Land is our much loved annual event, where the students and staff of Freeman College welcome people of all ages from the local community to our 9-acre market garden site in Stannington, in order to celebrate the joys of biodynamic agriculture and heritage crafts in action.

This year Crafting the Land will be part of nationwide celebrations for the John Ruskin bi-centenary, as the culmination of our month long exhibition in Butcher Works Gallery in central Sheffield, entitled; ‘Nature, Craft, Ecology’. The day will involve; talks on Ruskin & Ecology, free experiential sessions in greenwood work and blacksmith forging, copper trowel making workshops, pick your own fresh produce and flowers, wild weaving, stone-baked food, games, face painting, performances from the local choir, a showcase of our new zero energy Ridan Composter and more!

Free event and activities. All welcome

Public talks 11am Organic & Biodynamic Growing in the Community & Companion of Ruskin's Guild of St George, Chris Baines, talks about the Rivelin Valley Artists: a unique part of Ruskin's Legacy

Garden Tours 12 & 2pm by Pieter van Vliet, Freeman College's Biodynamic Gardener

Try your hand at Copper Forging, Willow Weaving & Green woodworking

Blacksmithing demonstration, Capella Choir, fresh cakes & refreshments, Wood Fired Pizza, pick your own fresh organic vegetables

For more information contact Carole Baugh at [email protected] or 0114 252 5972

Supported by Ruskin Mill Trust, The Cutlers Company Charitable Trust, Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Guild of St George.