Support the Michigan Folk School: Support Community, Hands-on Learning and Wisdom!
The Michigan Folk School is, of course, about learning. But it’s much more than that too — it’s about building a sense of community, of rewinding the clock to a simpler time, and of carrying on the tradition of passing knowledge from one set of hands to another.
If that is something you value and support, please make a donation today.
Ways to Give:
Make a one-time or recurring donation:
Send a check: The Michigan Folk School 6685 Vreeland Rd. Superior Township, MI 48198
Phase I: An Early Success! In Phase I, we raised close to $100,000 and formed a partnership with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation. As they develop a new park at Staebler Farm, we are creating a new home on county parkland. Phase I is nearing completion with the renovation of the blacksmithing and woodworking studio.
Before we move on to the next phase, we are seeking additional funds to outfit the blacksmith studio.
Phase II: Laying the Foundation Phase II focuses on more general development of the new campus. The funds raised will enable the Michigan Folk School to develop a multipurpose building — soon to be the heart of the new campus space. At 3,000 square feet, the building will consist of flexible classroom spaces, an administrative space and a teaching kitchen. The new building will allow the Michigan Folk School to offer a robust set of programs that address community interests and priorities reflecting the full spectrum of our local food system and artisan community.
We envision programing to include organic food production; animal husbandry; folk arts from blacksmithing, leather-making and ceramics to timber-framing, bushcraft and glass blowing; sustainable living; gardening and soil and water conservation; cooking and nutrition; community engagement; and stewardship.
Our Mission: The Michigan Folk School is committed to creating a community engaged in authentic, hands-on experiences through the teaching and sharing of traditional folk arts, crafts, music, and skills in an inspiring natural setting and to promote the preservation of forest and farmland.