The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

Make Your Own Shoes Workshop *SOLD OUT*

March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Farm Shoes Handmade
8 Wendell Rd
Shutesbury, MA

$65 + materials fee* NOFA/Mass Members / $78 + materials fee* General Public

*$50 material fee due at the workshop

Come learn how to make your own shoes from raw materials in a bright, sunny, solar- powered home & farm! Each participant will learn to make a pair of beautiful leather "barefoot" or "minimalist" sneakers, from start (tracing our feet) to finish (wearing them home). Choose your color (or color combination), personalize your shoes, meet new people and unplug in a creative and relaxed environment.

This method of making what the instructor, Sarah, calls ‘Farm Shoes’ uses all hand tools-- and anyone can do it with a little strength (for punching holes) and patience (sewing).

This class is limited to a small number of people due to the size of the shoe-making space. There will be two dedicated instructors there throughout the day to guide the participants through the process and give personalized help with points of confusion or difficulty.

Participants will leave with a custom pair of their own handmade leather low-top sneakers, suggestions for sourcing tools and materials, and the skills to make their next pair of shoes. (And maybe some new friends!)

Lunch will be potluck-style at the farm. There is plenty of kitchen space to reheat your dish. Please bring something nourishing to share.

Everyone is welcome! Shoes can be made for any size of foot, but participants under the age of 13 must register with a parent. The course is capped at 13 participants, so register soon!

About the Instructors

Sarah Shields: Owner, Birch Moon Herbals & Farm Shoes Handmade. Sarah is an artist, herbalist and mother. She has been a shoemaker and shoemaking teacher for nearly 10 years and has been studying herbal medicine for over 20 years. Her organic body care business sells products locally in stores. Sarah loves making new patterns for practical shoes, clothes and bags, as well as farming, cooking, drawing and graphic design. 

Maggie Ranan: Maggie grew up in the Pioneer Valley and has been working leather with Sarah for several years, having learned the craft from Sarah. Maggie has taken her skillset a step further and is now a professional hide tanner. She turns deer skin into velvety soft suede, using only the brains of the animals, and she enjoys making buckskin clothing from the skins she tans.

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