In the winter of 2017, Grow Benzie converted the downstairs plant incubator room into a Makerspace for hands on crafting workshops. There is a cutting table and four sewing machines available for drop-in use during MiFiberShed hours. This room is available to use by local organizations or individuals as a community work space. For information, contact info@GrowBenzie.org or 231-882-9510.
Every second Monday of the month there is a Make & Take workshop with projects like rag rug crocheting, making farm market bags from up-cycled material, and creating aprons from donated denim. Click here for MiFiberShed events.
In February 2017, Grow Benzie partnered with Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology for a potluck discussion and film viewing of "True Cost" – a documentary about the real price of fast fashion. From that community meeting of 30+ people, coordinator Emily Votruba decided to take the theoretical concept of a fiber shed (similar to the function of a watershed and credited to Carol Laughing-Waters in Leelanau County) and turn the extra space in Grow Benzie's pole barn into an actual fiber shed.