Finish the Seed House: This Weekend

Hello Friends of the Trillium Center and BLD farm!

An early picture of the timber frame for the Seed House.
An early picture of the timber frame for the Seed House.
This weekend is probably one of the most exciting weekends of the year for us, because it is the year we finish the Seed House. This has been a long project to create an educational space for the Trillium Center workshops and classes. Starting at 1 PM on Saturday through 6 PM on Sunday, we will be working on the Seed House and celebrating with potlucks and camping. You are welcome to come for the day, either day, or camp onsite. Send us a note at if you are planning on coming, especially if you are camping.
Some of the things that we’ll be doing:
  • plastering the inner walls over the straw bales
  • placing the final layer of cobb on the rocket stove bench

    The to-be-finished rocket stove bench.
    The to-be-finished rocket stove bench.
  • using cobb to reconstruct our sauna
  • tightening up the green house to get through the winter
Please consider joining us, bringing a dish or snack to share! We will provide some food and drink as well – if you let us know you are coming!
We also have some other exciting classes coming up. Check our schedule at:
You should know that we raised funds for this project on Indiegogo, received a donation from Shadybrook, Inc., and won a grant from the Pollination Project.
The Trillium Center is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the charitable purposes of Trillium Center, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Trillium Center must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you’d like to make a donation toward our next project, the Lake Erie Herb Bus, please click here:
Inside the Seed House sunroom!
Inside the Seed House sunroom!

The Maple Leaves are Changing – Time for the September Calendar

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This is a close-up of a panel in the Herb Quilt. The Herb Quilt will be raffled off at the Herb Quilt at the Trillium Center's Tea Party, on October 16. Go to this website for more info:
This is a close-up of a panel in the Herb Quilt. The Herb Quilt will be raffled off at the Herb Quilt at the Trillium Center’s Tea Party, on October 16. Go to this website for more info: – anyone know what this flower is?

Medicinal Plant Walk
September 6 – 4-6 PM
Ever wonder what that weed is growing in your back yard, or that flower that blooms deep in the woods in the spring? Learn to identify plants and trees at the monthly plant walk led by herbalist and community health educator, Leah Wolfe, MPH. She will point out wild edible plants, plants that have a history of being used medicinally, along with folklore and some of the latest science on the wild things growing around us. Cost $10. Dress for outdoors.

Wild Wine: Making Elderberry Wine at Home
September 13, 2-5 PM
Steph Thauer will teach the basics of wine making with herbs. She was the keynote speaker at Buffalo’s Annual Beerology event and an instructor at Let’s Do Wine. Join us as we make a wine out of elderberries. $20 fee covers supplies and samples to take home.

Experimental Building Technologies: Celebrate the Completion of the Seed House!
September 20-21, 1­6 PM
Get your hands dirty in this workshop/workparty to finish the Seed House, our greenhouse and strawbale sunroom. We’ll be putting on the final layers of clay and plaster on our walls, warming bench, and rocket stove. Join us to learn about how we used old tires and other salvaged materials in our construction and stay for a potluck afterwards! You can come early and camp if you’d like.

Late Summer Events

We have some great classes coming up at the end of August,

Autumn or Russian Olives
Looking forward to Autumn Olives?

throughout September, and soon we’ll have October events listed. If you’d like to help, please print this flier and post in your neighborhood.  Click here: TC Events

Our August classes are listed here and include three classes in the Lake Erie region. Please take a look and join us!


Food and Medicine for the Body
August 14 – 7 pm

Wild and Wonderful Weeds
August 16 – 10:30 AM-12 PM

Medicinal Weeds
August 19 – TBA
This presentation will be made at the Albion Gardener’s Club. For more info, contact michelle (at) haneserie (dot) com.

Serpentine Project Plant Study Group
August 23, 4-6 PM
The Serpentine Project is a monthly study group that allows participants to learn about plants directly by using their senses, such as taste and smell. Cost $10 – includes a sample of the plant medicine to take home. Read more about the study groups at:

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The Herb Quilt and a Tea Party

The Herb Quilt hanging in the Seed House.
The Herb Quilt hanging in the Seed House.

Last fall, a friend asked, “What plants would you like in a quilt?” You see, she wanted something to do over the winter that would keep her hands busy, that would also benefit the Trillium Center. Did I mention she is a hand-quilter?

Embroidered Dandelion.
Embroidered Dandelion.
Kristine's drawing of Dandelion.
Kristine’s drawing of Dandelion.

So I put the word out that I needed plant illustrations for an herb quilt. Kristine Brown of Herbal Roots Zine ( offered some drawings.

Her drawings of Dandelion, Wild Bergamot, Trillium, Chicory, Crampbark, New England Aster, Chickweed, and Marshmallow surround The Trillium and the Ant, the logo for the Trillium Center.

Each plant design is hand-embroidered on a white background. The border around the center illustration has a light, golden pattern that is reminiscent of Dandelion petals; this is set off with solid green blocks. The final touch is the binding of grass which binds it all together. The quilt is hand-pieced and hand-quilted with a signature panel on the back including the quilter, Theresa; Kristine; and Christina Mrozik of the Beehive Collective who drew the Trillium Center’s logo.

Embroidered New England Aster.
Embroidered New England Aster.
Kristine's drawing of New England Aster.
Kristine’s drawing of New England Aster.


Win the Herb Quilt

The Herb Quilt will be raffled off to raise funds for a ceramics studio in the carpenter’s shop. We are hoping to create a studio where people can come and learn how to make pots with local clay.

To get your tickets for a chance to win the Herb Quilt, make a $5 donation per ticket at or contact us at

Embroidered Trillium Center logo.
Embroidered Trillium Center logo.


Join Us for an Herbal Tea Party!

The drawing for the Herb Quilt will be held October 17, 6-8 PM . We will celebrate  with an herbal tea party with delicious treats. You don’t have to be present to win.

Plant Study Group – Postponed to August 23

512px-Equisetum-arvense-vegetativeLast month, the Serpentine Project, a monthly plant study group at the Trillium Center studied the medicinal, emotional, and energetic properties of horsetail. They studied Equisetum arvense, a common plant throughout the northern hemisphere.

They learned that horsetail is calming for the nervous system and good for the bones, hair, and teeth.

Learn more about what they discovered at

This month, the Serpentine Project will meet from 4-6 pm on August 23 at the Trillium Center. Contact us at to sign up. We only have 10 seats. The fee for the study group is $10, which includes a sample to take home.

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