Badger Events

Badger Ecology Center Workshops

At the W.S. Badger Company, we know that health and well-being depends upon a good relationship with both People and Planet. Our Ecology Center strives to do this in a few ways:

  • Offering educational workshops to the local community focused on a variety of homesteading arts, wellness topics, and creative & sustainable business planning.
  • Producing food for Badger employee lunches in our biodynamic vegetable & herb gardens
  • Overseeing a meditation labyrinth and flower gardens for employees and public to enjoy

This is our way of caring for the Earth while giving back to our local community.

Badger Tent Sale

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2018 Events at Badger

Pre-registration is required and some scholarships are available. See listings.

Workshop fee: $35 - Register and pay now. - or - Apply for a scholarship for this workshop.

Release your inner flower child! Join Sarah of Vera Flora Farm for a fun, relaxed and creative morning learning the art of flower crown making! All materials for constructing your own unique and whimsical flower crown will be provided. You’ll also receive tips for finding and using locally sourced ingredients as well as constructing other basic flower arrangements. There’ll be plenty of time for Q&A on topics ranging from creating your own organic cut flower garden to arranging flowers. So whether you’re planning a special event or just want to feel like a queen or king for a day, this workshop is sure to delight! Breakdown of $35 workshop fee: $15 for materials, $20 for workshop.

Bio: Sarah Barkhouse is the owner and farmer-florist behind Vera Flora Farm (, an eco-friendly flower farm that has been providing beautiful and organically-styled arrangements for wedding and events since 2012. Sarah’s unique bouquets can be found locally at the Monadnock Food Co-op during the summer and fall, and are available through Vera Flora Farm’s CSA bouquet subscription program. Sarah has a degree in Horticulture from the UMass Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture and draws her passion for gardening and flower arranging from her childhood love of nature and New England’s changing seasons.

Workshop fee: $45 - Register and pay now. - or - Apply for a scholarship for this workshop.

In my opinion, “visualizing the ideal” is one of the most important steps in building and cultivating a successful business. It’s so easy to get caught up in dollars and numbers and how busy we are that this important and extremely practical step is often neglected. Visualizing the mental, physical and spiritual ideal is a business plan that takes into consideration spirit, people, planet, family, health, fun, kindness, generosity, financial success and numerous invisible forces! The focus of this workshop will be helping you to visualize what your own personal plan might look like in the quest for a mindful and successful business. We’ll learn from the Badger’s journey from kitchen craft to the “force for good” that we’ve become. Ideally, you’ll leave with an improved vision that will help you make the next exciting steps in your own personal and business journey.

Bio: Bill is a self-taught entrepreneur. He started making and selling loop potholders door-to-door back when he was about seven years old. The Badger business started with one product and a dream in the back room of Katie and Bill’s home 23 years ago. Today Badger employs over 90 people and offers over 100 personal care products, from soothing balms and mineral sunscreens to oils, soaps, lip balms, natural bug spray and a men’s grooming line.

Mark your calendar! Tell your family and friends! Badger's most exciting sale of the year will happen on Saturday, August 18. This is your chance to save 25% to 75% on Badger seconds, overstocks and first quality products, take a tour of our beautiful facility, and connect with friends, old and new. All purchases receive a free gift! Can't make it to Gilsum for the tent sale? That's okay. Stop by our factory store M-F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm year round for special savings and discounts.

Workshop fee: $20 - Register and pay now. - or - Apply for a scholarship for this workshop.

Participants will learn how to design and create a laby¬rinth at home for meditation, renewal, and direction. Through experiencing a 7-circuit classical labyrinth, creating a temporary, full-size labyrinth (easily replicated at home in an afternoon), exploring different labyrinth forms, and learning hands-on skills for designing your own labyrinth, participants will leave this three hour workshop empowered and inspired to bring this sacred, accessible tool into their daily lives.

Bio: Katie Schwerin has spent over 40 years on a spiritual path, and in the last 10 years, it has included the study of the labyrinth. She led the construction of the 7-circuit classical labyrinth at the W.S. Badger site. Most recently, Katie has been creating different labyrinths forms, guided by her exercises of drawing various types of labyrinths. Katie is co-owner and COO of the W.S. Badger Co., and has been a teacher at the Monadnock Waldorf School for 18 years.

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