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Filmmaking on Your Cell Phone: Online Class

 

These days, creating a lasting memory can be as easy as pulling a cell phone out of your pocket. Using the video recording function on your cell phones, it has never been easier to make great home movies right in your own backyard. And, by learning a few simple filmmaking tricks like choosing camera angles and frame sizing, and how to utilize natural light, you can learn how to make the most of those captured memories.

This 90-minute class will not only offer hands-on instruction on how to create your own outdoor, cell phone videos, but will also discuss how concepts like agriculture and nature have been used to bring more depth and character dimension to film and television.

Instructor, Maggie Techner-Werning, was raised on a small acreage in Iowa. After having spent almost 10 years working in the film industry in Los Angeles, she is excited to share with you her personal bag of movie-making tricks.

This online class is sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

Form and Free Verse with Mary Swander: Online Class

Poetry often connotes rhyme and meter that solidifies itself in classic forms like the couplet, the sonnet, and the villanelle. In this class we’ll explore the challenges of some of these forms and read examples of poets who have mastered their intricacies. Then we’ll explore the work of poets who broke away from forms and began to write in free verse. Readers often ask: How then do poets bring shape and tension to their poetry? Without form, what makes their poetry poetry?

We’ll write some free verse of our own, paying attention to the line in a form that Robert Frost once characterized as “playing tennis without a net.” We’ll write toward the center of the meaning of the poem, incorporating rhythms and sounds more subtle than those usually found in formal poetry. No experience necessary. Just bring a curiosity about how poetry works, and a desire to get inside the skin of this magical genre.

This online class is sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

Harvest & Preservation I – Canning: Online Class

Would you like to learn canning skills? Here’s your chance to learn, ask questions, and grow your confidence.

This hands-on class is the first of a three-part series and will take the overwhelm out of canning.  We will cover all the essential skills of canning and with these basic skills you can take any canning recipe and feel confident about doing it at home.  We will also talk about how to adapt canning to your schedule and your family’s tastes.  

Part II of the Harvest & Preservation class will focus on pickling and fermentation.  Part III will cover drying, freezing and root cellar storage.

This online class will be taught by Anna Geyer. It is sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

 

Harvest & Preservation II – Pickling & Fermentation: Online Class

This hands-on class is the second of a three-part series and will cover the essentials of pickling and fermentation.These basic skills will prepare you to feel confident about pickling and fermenting at home.You will learn how to adapt these concepts to whatever produce is in the garden and how to create your own new variations.

Want to take the whole series? Harvest & Preservation Part I will focus on canning. Part III will cover drying, freezing and root cellar storage.

This online class will be taught by Hillary Schofield. It is sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

Food Forest Design: Online Class

Learn how to increase the beauty, diversity, health, and of course, food production of any piece of land.

What is a food forest? It is a garden design based on the natural systems of a forest. These food producing “forests” are made of many species of plants in mutually supportive relationships. Food forests can be small enough to fit in an urban backyard or can cover many acres.

Beyond the function of providing edibles, they can also serve to provide natural beauty in your landscape, ecological diversity, habitat for birds and pollinators, and a lot more. In this class we will learn how to design a food forest tailored to the limits and possibilities of your unique space that will produce food all season long!

Taught by Anna Geyer, farmer, gardener and founder of Land Alliance Folk School.

The class is sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

Harvest & Preservation III – Freezing, Drying & Root Cellaring: Online Class

This hands-on class is the third of a three-part series and will cover the essentials of freezing, drying and root cellaring.We will demonstrate best practices and identify the pros and cons of each.You will learn how to adapt the practices to your own needs and interests.

Want to take the whole series? Part I of the Harvest & Preservation class will focus on canning. Part II will cover pickling and fermentation.

This online class will be taught by Mary Swander. It is sponsored by Land Alliance Folk School and by AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote a healthy food system through the arts. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

 

Swander Woman Productions

August 2019 – July 2020 touring schedule. No touring currently due to safety guidelines related to covid 19. For a presentation for your virtual event, contact touringSWP@gmail.com.

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