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Make and Take Class - February 2017 - Needle Felted Hearts

            Come learn how to create needle felted hearts in time for Valentines Day!                   

  • Make and take home 2 hearts
  • Use for gifts, scent with essential oils, hang from rear view mirrors and more
  • No experience necessary
  • All materials supplied
  • $20 Includes foam pad and needle to take home
  • Ages 10 and up - Great for mom and daughters or sons
  • February 4,  1 pm to 2:30 pm or finished
  • Pre-registration required at brenda@curlyfrogfarm.com with your name, phone number and email

 

 

 

Make and Take Class - March 2017 - Willow Sphere 

 

-   Come learn all about willow and make a beautiful woven willow sphere to take home!

- We will talk about growing and managing a willow bed, preparing, weaving and preserving your willow sphere.

- No previous experience required.  You should have good manual dexterity in both hands.

- Please come in warm clothing as we will be working outside weather permitting.

- March 24, 2017     1 pm to 4 pm or finished

- $45.00 all materials supplied for a 20 inch sphere.  Please bring your own secateurs.

-Pre-registration required at brenda@curlyfrogfarm.com with your name, contact number and email.

- Battery operated LED twinkle lights available for purchase.

 

Speaker Presentation on January 26, 2017

Lower Mainland Vancouver Horticulture Improvement Association together with the Pacific Agriculture Show Presents; "On The Road to Commercialization with Speciality Trees" Brenda Dureault, Curly Frog Farm, Kelowna, BC The challenges and opportunities of black walnut and pawpaw orchard management on a diverse income small lot farm.

Woven Willow Workshop 2016

 

Come learn how to work with willow and take home a beautiful woven willow sphere for your garden or home. You will learn how to prepare, weave and preserve your willow sphere, and all about growing and managing a willow bed. No previous experience is required; however you should have good manual dexterity in both hands.

All materials are supplied. Please bring your own secateurs (hand pruners).

Class Date - April 2, Please register at the Lake Country Activity Guide link below;

Link   select page 6                             

 

 

Knit Wire Jewelry Class

In this workshop you will create an elegant, hand-knit-wire cuff bracelet. You will learn tips and techniques for transforming fine gauge wire and beads into an easy to knit beautiful bracelet. Basic knitting skills are required such as cast on, knit and cast off. All materials and use of tools will be supplied for class, all you need to bring is your creativity. You will have several different semi-precious gemstone colours and meanings to personalize your bracelet for yourself or for someone special.

Class date May 7, Please register at Lake Country Activity Guide link below

Link  select page 3    

 

Needle Felting

A beginners class to learn basic needle felting techniques. As you learn the technique of felting you will make 4 dryer balls and 1 other project of your choice. All materials supplied.
 
Class Date - June 4  Please register at the Lake Country Activity Guide link below;
 

Link  select page 4 

 

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas artisan experience

Come look for "Jewel Garden" to see my willow and jewelry for sale at this event!

 
 9 am to 9pm  SundayNovember  08, 2015

A Summers Day in a Wetland with SOKS and Curly Frog Farm

Science Opportunities for Kids Society is offering half day camps at Curly Frog Farm.  One day a week, SOKS and Brenda Dureault will provide an engaging and fun hands on experience for children ages 6 to 8 years old from 9:30 am to 12:30. 

This is a magical blend of a working farm, a creative art event and an exploration of a dynamic working wetland environment and its critters. Activities will include games, a walk about through the wetland, a craft and a trip through the mysterious door.

Cost:    $25 per child

Dates:  July 8 ,15, 22,  August 5, 12, 19  Space is limited

email:  sokstaff1@soks.ca

phone: 250-763-4477   cell:     250-878-5472

 

 

Woven Willow Sphere Workshop

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Come learn how to work with willow and take home a beautiful woven willow sphere for your garden or home.

- You will learn the techniques, preparations and finishing of items made from willow.

- We will talk about growing and managing a willow bed.

- No previous experience required.  You should have good manual dexterity in both hands.

- Please come in warm clothing as we will be working outside weather permitting.

- Coffee and tea available.

- March 7, 2015  10:00am to 12:30 pm, or March 14 at For Your Eyes Only Gift    Gallery, Armstrong, BC.

- $40.00 all materials supplied for a 20 inch sphere.  Please bring your own secateurs.

- Reply to brenda@curlyfrogfarm.com with your name and contact number/email.

- Battery operated LED twinkle lights available for purchase.

- Space is limited.  Another class date can be scheduled.

 

Knit wire jewelry class

Kelowna Art Gallery

Knitting Metal Jewelry
Instructor: Brenda Dureault
Saturday, Nov 22, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday Nov 23, 1 to 4 pm
In this workshop you will create an elegant, hand-knit-wire cuff bracelet! Choose from several different semi-precious gemstone colours and meanings to personalize your bracelet for yourself or for someone special! No prior knitting experience required.

Bo.ttega Christmas Market 2014

I am excited to be a part of Bottega’s 2014 Annual Christmas Market again this year on November 28 & 29th. The concept of this Christmas market is fashioned after markets in Germany with activities planned inside and outside.  Over the two days, the festive market will feature some of the Okanagan’s Finest artists & crafters . There will be festive live music, kids activities, specialty treats, food, drink + much more, all set in the heart of beautiful South East Kelowna at Bo.ttega Farm Inn.
Come and enjoy the spirit of the season!

Minimum donation $2 | children are free

Artisan Christmas Show and Sale at Curly Frog Farm!

Artisan Christmas Show and Sale
A unique holiday shopping experience; meet and mingle with the artisans.

The Artisans are the hostesses, and you are our guests! Come out to enjoy the atmosphere, share in our inspiration, and find that special one-of-a-kind and unique gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Join us in the private and cozy farm-house residence
for cookies ... seasonal herbal teas ... hot apple cider ... hot chocolate ... shopping!

Curly Frog Farm is opening their private farm-house so you can share our love of nature, art, inspiration and personal gift giving.

Seasonal teas provided by Tea Artisan Crystal of Chai Baba

Saturday December 6th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday December 7th 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm

http://artisanchristmas.com

 

Come say hello to me and see my new jewelry designs!

Kelowna Etsy: Made in Canada Day Market 

Sept. 27 at Sandhill Winery

Etsy proudly presents Made in Canada Day, an Artisan and Collectors Show! This is the Okanagan's first ever Etsy only show and will host vendors of all sorts showcasing original, handmade goods made in Canada! This event will be held during Cultural Days, at the Sandhill Winery located at 1125 Richter St, Kelowna, BC. We're asking that if you plan to attend, please bring an article of warm clothing to donate to Inn from the Cold. (Some ideas are scarves, hats, gloves, winter coats etc, every little bit helps)

I will be demonstrating and exhibiting my jewelry work at Art Walk again this year!

 

Lake Country Artwalk
Sept 6-7, 2014

Lake Country ArtWalk, the largest of its kind in the BC interior, showcases original works of art and live performances created by visual and performing artists living in the Okanagan Valley. More than  300  artists of all media are exhibiting over 3000 original works of art. The event plays host to over 7000 visitors.

Featuring my garden willow art in Barry and Leslie's garden! !

Calling All Garden Lovers!

The Lake Country Garden Tour is on Saturday June 21st, 9am to 4pm.  Get some great garden ideas, enjoy the sights and browse local artwork that will be displayed in the gardens.

Tickets are $20 each, for more information call 250-766-3269 or 250-317-3886.

   


Okanagan Institute

» Thursday 10 April 2014, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna


» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited, please reserve your seat HERE

On Thursday, April 10th at 5 pm the ongoing Okanagan Institute Express series at the Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna presents Think Green: Finding Glory in the Garden. Join us as Gwen Steele, Gabe Cipes and Brenda Dureault, master green thumbs all, take us on a journey into the heart of horticultural delight.

Wherever there is soil, plants grow and produce their kind, and all plants are interesting. When we make a choice as to what plants to grow - and encourage to grow - in any given place, we become a gardener. The satisfaction of a garden does not depend on the area, cost or rarity of the plants. It depends on the temper of the person. We must first seek to love plants and nature, and then to cultivate the happy peace of mind that is satisfied with the little miracles that happen with the combination of seeds, soil, light and nutrients and the tender loving care of the gardener.

With gardening, we will be happiest if we have no rigid and arbitrary notions, for gardens are moodish, particularly for the novice. If plants grow and thrive, we should be happy; and if the plants that thrive chance not to be the ones that we planted, they are plants nevertheless, and nature is satisfied with them. We tend to covet the things that we cannot have; but we are happier when we love the things that grow because they must. A patch of lusty perennials, growing and crowding in luxuriant abandon, are a worthy object of affection. A small vegetable patch reveals every spark of life and spirit and individuality to our culinary delight. Anyone who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in loving the dandelions. Each blossom shines in the exuberant sunlight of the growing spring, and attracts the insects to its bosom. Little children adore the dandelions, and so should we.

There is a newly emerging trend, built on traditions that never really disappeared in the rush to industrial agriculture and lawn-dominated home gardens. This trend emphasizes diversity, natural systems and small-scale technologies. No single name adequately describes them all, but they all have much in common. Permaculture, biodynamics, xeriscape home gardens, urban agriculture, forest understory farming, non-traditional forest products, regenerative agriculture and agroforestry all capture some of the essence of this complex and integrated approach to food, flower and fiber production.

In an effort to inspire our growing dreams, this special presentation features a diverse group of presenters - talented and dedicatd gardeners, growers and agrarians - sharing their horticultural adventures and learnings.

Gwen SteeleOkanagan InstituteGwen Steele is a local specialist in xeriscaping. She was born, raised and has lived most of her life in the Central Okanagan where she has gardened since early childhood. For 20 years she has been studying, teaching and practicing the principles of xeriscape gardening as she feels this is the most cost-effective, labour-saving, water-conserving, and rewarding method of gardening. Xeriscaping is a method of gardening which can be used to create almost any garden style. Gwen is the executive director of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association (a local not-for-profit organization) which she co-founded in 2009. It was formed to bring water-wise gardening education to valley residents. Much of the information on the Okanagan Xeriscape Association website, and in the plant database, is from Gwen's many years of experience testing and growing plants in her nursery and demonstration gardens. Xeriscaping is gardening with nature. Gwen is passionate about gardening with nature as a way to restore and preserve natural systems and to bring peace and good health to individuals.

Gabe CipesOkanagan InstituteGabe Cipes makes and sources the nine biodynamic preparations applied to Summerhill Vineyard and has successfully led the transition to Demeter Certified biodynamic status. He is also diversifying the farm with food forests and edible landscaping, conducting experiments based on Permaculture principles to increase biodiversity within the vineyard system and grow complimentary crops between the vineyard rows. Gabe has completed courses in Permaculture Design Certificate at Selkirk College and Natural Earth Building at the Cob Cottage Company with Ianto Evans, and has completed the vineyard management courses and viticulture certificate at Okanagan College Penticton. Gabe is inspired by the ideas and knowledge associated with creating self-sustaining food producing ecosystems and sees him self, planning and planting food forests and working with ecological communities for as long as he is able. Aside from his work on the farm, Gabe is a visual artist, public speaker and festival producer. Over the past five years, he has produced a pan-Okanagan Art, Music, Craft and Spoken word, ecologically themed festival called Conduit.

 


Brenda DureaultOkanagan InstituteBrenda Dureault operates Curly Frog Farm in the Valley flatlands which supports both farmland and wetland. It is a family owned and operated farm whose overarching goal is to integrate people, habitat and agriculture in order to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which we live. To achieve this goal, design principles such as agroforestry and permaculture. There are several species of hardwood trees interplanted with conifers and fruit trees. Nut species such as black walnut, English walnut, trazels, chestnut and yellow horn are planted for their timber value as well as for biodiversity, food and wild life. Among the nut trees are Christmas trees, mulberry and paw paw fruit trees. Brenda also designs and creates unique jewellery which is hand knit with wire, gem stones, crystals and vintage finds. She has designed and created clothing, accessories and household items for herself and for contract work using various materials and further developing her textile techniques.
 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT CLICK HERE

Think Green: Finding Glory in the Garden takes place at the Bohemian Cafe, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna. This marks the 269th event the Okanagan Institute has held since the Express series got underway in 2007.

 


Proof. The Club for Creatives

A club that will have us. Limited memberships. Get in early before they're gone: www.proofclub.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the 16th Annual                January 30, 2014
PACIFIC AGRICULTURE SHOW

Conference Info

Horticulture Growers' Short Course

09:30 – 10:00
Alley Cropping with Black Walnut and Pawpaw
Brenda Dureault, Curly Frog Farm, Kelowna, BC
Brenda will provide an overview of lessons learned in establishing black walnut and pawpaw trees in an alley cropping system on a small lot farm.
  Okanagan Agroforestry Field Day

Friday, October 18, 2013 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Hosted by Curly Frog Farm, Kelowna and Marshall Farms, Winfield

Join us for an informative afternoon discussing alley cropping, nut orchards, exotic fruit and hardwood production. Free to attend. RSVP Brenda at 250 491 3404.

Agenda

1:00 - 1:20 pm Curly Frog Farm, 395 Hereron Road, Kelowna

  • Brenda Dureault, Curly Frog Farm: Welcome and introductions; motivations for using agroforestry in small-lot agriculture.
  • George Powell: BC Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative (AIDI): Overview of agroforestry and the AIDI.
  • Dave Trotter, BC Ministry of Agriculture: Agroforestry development work around BC and its potential applications in the Okanagan.
Okanagan Alley Cropping Demonstration  


1:20 - 2:30 pm Tour of the Curly Frog Farm Alley Cropping Demonstration

 

  • Brenda Dureault, Curly Frog Farm: Lessons learned in establishing black walnut and pawpaw trees: sourcing material, planting, irrigation, weed and pest control.
  • Sandra Mah, Regional District of Central Okanagan: Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park as a source for high quality Okanagan-adapted Carpathian (English) walnuts, Chinese chestnuts and hazelnuts (filberts).
2:30 - 3:00 pm Travel to Marshall Farms (see below for driving instructions)

3:00 - 4:00 pm Tour of Marshall Farms, 12349 Lake Hill Drive, Winfield

 

 

Marshall Black Walnut Stand Planted in 2000
  • Jeff Marshall, Marshall Farms: Welcome and introduction to Marshall Farms (a third generation family-owned Okanagan orchard).
  • Michael Carlson, scientist emeritus, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations: History of black walnut in the Okanagan, including Gellatly collection and Purdue University materials testing; variation in growth and form traits of black walnut families planted at Marshall Farms.
  • Jeff Marshall, Marshall Farms: Overview of black walnut orchard management, including irrigation, fertilization, spacing and pruning.

Please Note!

This field day is free to attend, but you must provide your own transportation to Curly Frog Farm and Marshall Farms. Please ensure you dress appropriately for the possibility of inclement weather and have sturdy, water-proof footwear.

Curly Frog Farm also raises poultry. If live or work on a poultry farm or have recently visited, or will visit a poultry operation after the field day, please refer to the following and observe standard biosecurity protocols to prevent the potential transmission of disease between flocks: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/biosec/aviafrme.pdf