Self-Sufficiency Series at the Roycroft Campus

"What the world needs is more kindess" - Fra ElbertusOakmoss Education and the Roycroft Campus Corporation of East Aurora are partnering on a series of Spring 2014 programs steeped in the Roycroft tradition of self-sufficiency. This series, which includes a gardening lecture and three hands-on workshops, is designed to share ways we can be more self-reliant and environmentally aware, much as the collective artisans and workers of the Roycroft were during the Arts and Crafts heyday of the early 20th Century. Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft community produced their own electric power and heat, had several nearby farms that provided food for Campus guests, made furniture and fixtures for Campus buildings, grew flowers and herbs, plus processed maple syrup and honey all to support their incomparable artistic crafts and beautiful printing.

The programs in this Spring’s Self-Sufficiency Series will be held in the Roycroft Powerhouse and are as follows:

  • Gardening for Wildlife and You: Saturday March 15th from 10:00am – 11:30am – This seminar will offer tips and recommendations for gardening with both people and wildlife in mind. It will cover garden plantings from containers to large plots and discuss critters of all sizes fromEchinacea, a native composite, supports human health and feeds native pollinators insects to White-tailed Deer.
  • Earthly Cleaning: Saturday, April 5th from 10:00am – 12:00pm – Some of the most hazardous chemicals to human health and the Planet are found in cleaning products kept in our own homes. Drawing on the wisdom of our Foremothers, participants will make their own effective cleaning products from readily available, safe, healthy and Earth-friendly ingredients.
  • Heart, Hand and Body I: Sunday, April 27th from 1:00pm – 3:30pm – During this workshop, participants learn to create a number of personal care items that enhance health and coddle the body using natural, simple and skin-nourishing ingredients.
  • Heart, Hand and Body II: Saturday, May 17th from 1:00pm – 3:30pm – A follow-up to Heart, Hand and Body I, this workshop is for those who’ve had some exposure to working with medicinal herbs and preparing simple home-made body care concoctions. Here participants delve into preparing emulsions, tinted lip balms and scent layering, making use of organic herbs, infused oils, vinegars and floral waters.

Those interested in one or more of these program offerings should register with the Roycroft Campus Corporation on their website at or by calling (716) 655-0261.

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