freckled hen canning workshop 2015!

friends, my heart just might explode sharing my upcoming project with you! (!!!)

 last august, we opened up our home & farm to ten amazing women for an intimate half-day canning & preserving workshop. 

this workshop had been on my heart & mind for years so when the day arrived, i was absolutely giddy that my dreams were really coming true. it was on that day, sharing stories & processing tomatoes in the kitchen with my fellow sisters, that i realized...

"yes. this was what i was uniquely made to do. bring women together & soak up the goodness of life." 

the workshop was an incredible success! lesley of recipe for crazy joined me in the kitchen & together we shared in the art of canning with the girls. 

after canning a batch of delicious homegrown tomato sauce, we hit the road in hogshead's volkswagen bus for an afternoon of junkin'! we went picking & filled up that bus with the best rusty & chippy finds. friends, it was glorious!

it was one of the very best days on our farm & i believe it was the beginning of something even bigger... eep!

friends, we are opening our farm back up again in august for a TWO DAY workshop & retreat! oh my heart, YAY!

early saturday morning, ten of us will gather in my home around the farmhouse table as i teach the basics of water bath canning. we will put on cute vintage aprons & harvest woven baskets full of vine ripe tomatoes from our garden.

in the kitchen & step-by-step, i will guide you through the process of chopping, processing & canning roasted homegrown garlic tomato sauce. in my farmhouse kitchen we will produce several jars of tomatoes sauce, one of which you will take home.

once we've finished a homegrown lunch on the back porch, hogshead's 1970s volkswagen van will pick up & take us to prairie grove for a little junkin'! 

we will stop by one of my favorite spots, daisies & olives, where i find the very best rusty, chippy, vintage pieces! daisies & olives will greet us with drinks & dessert while we dig up good pieces for our cozy homes. oh lordy, it's going to be good!

that evening, we will enjoy brick oven pizzas in town & then head back to the farm for a bonfire with s'mores, laughter & good conversation.

here's where i am shaking in excitement...

so many of you wanted to attend our little workshop on the farm last year, but couldn't quite figure out the logistics of travel & lodging.

after dreaming some big dreams, we are making magic happen on the farm!

for the gals choosing the overnight package, we we are partnering up with my good friends at wanderlust adventure & will be hosting you on the farm in a 1978 airstream named minnie pearl! (!!!)

girls, we absolutely cannot wait to pamper you. you will enjoy full amenities in your little airstream along with the sound of farm life as you wake up in our beautiful pastures! 

once you awake, we will enjoy brunch at my favorite little spot & then head back for an afternoon of crafting our hearts out! 

i am giddy to share the team behind this weekend! my sweet friend, megan, will be leading you in a creative sunday afternoon of crafting & lovely erin of tweetpotatopie will assist in the canning goodness of the weekend. y'all, i cannot wait for you to meet these ladies!

won't you join us for a weekend of canning, crafting & junking?

here are the details:
-the workshop & retreat will be hosted at our farm in fayetteville, arkansas august 8th-9th
- an intimate group of 10 will participate in the workshop.
- registration for the overnight package opens on tuesday, may 12th at 8:00 am cst. those who register & pay for the overnight package before the end of the day (may 12th) will receive 10% off! 
- registration for the one day workshop will open on wednesday, may 13th at 8:00 am cst.
- to register for either package, please email me at!

- overnight workshop & retreat package: $700 // one day workshop package: $275

this workshop includes:
+ hands-on, step-by-step instruction on how to water-bath can at home
+ a recipe for roasted garlic tomato sauce & one jar to take home
+ all inclusive gourmet meals (two meals for day-only participants) complete with delicious dessert, drinks & snacks!
+ shuttle to & from the airport for our out-of-town guests
+ overnight lodging on the farm in a vintage airstream complete with vintage charm & a handful of surprises (available for overnight package only)
+ a trip on hogshead's volkswagen van & junking in prairie grove
+ an afternoon of crafting with megan (available for overnight package only)
+ swag, treats & so much more from some of my very favorite makers & artists

sweet friends, we have so many more surprises up our sleeves! i am oh so excited to spend the weekend with you exploring the art of canning & preserving! i hope you can join us for this magical time on my farm!

please email me at natalie.j.freeman(at) with any questions! yay!


Ali Grace Eiland said...

This sounds INCREDIBLE!! If I can figure out a way to make this happen - I most definitely will!

elizabeth Langgle: said...

Do ya'll offer a payment plan where we can put down a deposit and then make payments up until the event? I'd love to attend but don't know if we could swing it at this short notice. If not, I'll just have to start saving for next year!:) Love the way you work to build community!

Skapt said...

This sounds like such a dream event! I would have loved to join in on something like this. Can't wait to see photos!! :)

natalie said...

elizabeth, email me at natalie.j.freeman(at) & i know we can work something out! xoxo!

MelindaCasey said...

What an absolutely perfect idea. I just wish I lived closer. Maybe next year.

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