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Heritage Events

Permaculture Workshop - July 19 & 20, 2014

Matthews Farm Museum is pleased to issue an invitation to all area residents who would like to learn more about a permaculture approach to farming and gardening. We are so fortunate to have been selected by the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute as a recipient of their free, 1 1/2 day Permaculture Blast workshop. The Workshop will be held at the Matthews Farm Museum, located at 356 White Pine Road in Galax, VA.

We Are All Farmers is a registered North Carolina non-profit organization committed to increasing food and energy responsibility and resilience in the Appalachian and Piedmont regions of the U.S. They give 3, free workshops each year to non-profits, community gardens, religious groups, schools, colleges and those involved in food, water, or energy use for the community to experience hands-on permaculture.

What the heck is Permaculture? In a nutshell, Permaculture combines the best of natual landscaping and edible landscaping. It strives for a site that sustains itself, the environment, and the gardener. The ultimate purpose of permaculture is to continue to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, including food, shelter, fuel, and entertainment.

As you can imagine, to meet those lofty and admirable goals requires a "long view" perspective: it is a process. It takes time, patience, and a few basic skills.

We'll learn an array of those skills in hands-on activities during the workshop. We'll also get to know one another during the pot luck meal we'll share on the first day. Every skill learned can be applied anywhere, whether you live in the city or country, on multiple acres or a city lot.

To join the fun, please call 276-773-3080 or email See you at the farm!

Heritage Day: October 18, 2014

 A variety of demonstrators set up around the grounds, showing our visitors how their skills were used on the farm - many sell the items they are making. Visitors are invited to try their hand at several of the activities. Gardens are on display and Master Gardeners provide educational programming and materials for visitors to take home. Music is incorporated into the experience by live, local musicians. Food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shaded Pavilion are also provided.


Arts Council Quilt ShowSeptember 6, 2014 

The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten.  Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are part of the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities.  Music and food and other entertainment are available at this event as well.

Civil War Living History: Nov. 1 & 2, 2014 -This event will demonstrate life in a Civil War encampment, including period costumes and living quarters, parades, weapons demonstrations, drills, skirmishes, music and cooking. Visitors are welcome to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing military drills and demonstrations and engaging in conversations with the re-enactors.