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Natural Wattle Fence Building with Joneve Murphy: May 3, 2024

Sometimes referred to as hurdles, wattle fences have been around since the Stone Age and can be made from easily harvested and widely available materials. 

This one-day workshop will introduce the many uses of wattles, hurdles, the materials needed, and how to make a wattle fence and other add-ons like portholes, moon gates, and unique gates.  

We will visit a local farm to collect and discuss building materials with optimal selection and sustainable harvesting techniques. We will also discuss how to coppice trees to maintain consistent harvests and explore different options for adding colors and textures to natural fences.We will combine traditional and modern metal purlins to create a longer-lasting fence and experiment with making port holes, moon gates, and gates to add more structure. 

We will work through using the flexible sucker or saplings - “withies” - and learn proper techniques for the weaving, along with creating wind slits to maximize fence longevity. 

The class will start at a private farm in Washington, Virginia, and the address will be given after purchase.

Class Minimum: 5 people

Class Limit: 10 people

Join us Friday, May 3rd at 10:00am!

Hand out on making a wattle fence and coppicing will be provided. 

This is a HANDS ON class where you will be working with Joneve Murphy to feel confident on building your own fencing and hurdles as natural fencing. 

Herbal Teas and Nibbles will be provided.

About Joneve

Joneve Murphy has been farming for restaurants, markets and home cooks for more than 20 years. She settled in Virginia in 2009, working for a few years in Upperville before starting a farm for a Michelin 3 star restaurant in Rappahannock.

In 2014 she took a 2 year sabbatical for a mix of learning and teaching on farms in 18 different countries growing everything from vegetables and fruit to coffee, coconuts and more. She worked and lived on more than 200 farms and learned invaluable lessons on growing in various climates and conditions using both traditional farming methods as well as modern techniques.

She started bringing art into the garden in 2017 with mosaic plantings and natural structures. These structures provide support for plants and points of interest within the garden.

In 2021 she started her journey with botanical pigments by planting her first indigo plot. She has evolved her practice since then growing, foraging and painting with botanical inks.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Elizabeth Smith
The March Winds Wattle

Joneve, you really outdid yourself with your willingness to share your skills with mere mortals. I enjoyed learning and building skills with your kind help. Going to see the truffle farm was an added plus. Thank you again for an interesting afternoon.
I’ll be back.

Hands On Goodness

A wonderful and inspiring way to spend an afternoon! Joneve was delightful. I am so grateful for her willingness to share her extensive knowledge and passion. Wildroots is a cherished community treasure, inspiring and delighting all who are lucky to find their way there. Looking forward to taking more classes. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! .

Karen Matthews
So Inspiring!

As enthusiastic as I was about learning Wattle Fence building, I didn't know the extent to which it would nourish my soul. What a beautiful afternoon it was working in and with nature, learning a new and useful craft. I've taken other classes with Joneve Murphy and each time I'm so inspired by the knowledge and creativity she generously shares. Every experience at Wild Roots is a blessing, and Colleen and Joneve are the perfect people to guide us through the beauty of nature.

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