Nature's Nest Farm Art Festival and Farmer's Market

May 18th, 2009 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Step through the rusty, recycled garden gate into a land of fun! This festival is a delight to a junkers senses!
Kathy Rose, owner of Natures Nest Organic Farm and Bed and Breakfast doing what she does best! The festival has a target of being as close to a zero waste event as possible. All food vendors are required to serve in recyclable materials...even the plactic cups! Here Kathy digs through the one true waste receptacle to retrieve recyclables. Her comment? I suppose youve never seen anyone did through a trash can. Then we all had a good laugh!
Thousands of people attend this festival held each spring at Natures Nest. There is so much to and learning for the whole family!!
The Junk Beautiful crew returns!. Here is most of the cast of characters involved with the book shooting at Natures Nest. Morgan (Kimberlys daughter), Miss Kimberly, Doug the famous welder man, yours truly, Kathy Rose, owner of Natures Nest, and Skylos the pup who was one of the many pet models in the book. Missing are my daughter (Ebeth is in China..lucky dog!), Keavey, and Doug Smith the artful photographer who is mending from his cycling accident. Please send him good vibes!! It was so much fun to return to the scene of many good memories.
We had the pleasure of shooting a good amount of Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition on Kathys property. Here is another one of her recent junk additions to the grounds. This giant spool table found under a gazebo was picked up for a mere 25 bucks. Dont you think it looks awesome? I guess there is more work to be done on this beauty...cant wait to see what is in store!
Sustainable living is a big focus at the festival! Listening to music while you learn is an added bonus!
Kathys mission is to showcase and support local artists and businesses through the festival. Pat Grady of Embellishing Bliss is just one of the many artisans who use recycled materials to produce their works of art. Pat is photgraghed here with her handbags crafted from recycled ties. Learn more about Pat at
Here is a closer view of Pat Gradys impeccable work!
Whats a country festival without a good old fashioned human tractor pull. Go Team JMS! This was exhausting so when we were done pulling we had to go in search of food and drink. No problem there! Lots of good eats and treats are available at the festival.
This delightful artisan is a scrapper for sure! Alison Love Unzelman, among other things creates Eco Bangles. Each piece she creates has its own story to go along with its one-of-a-kind appeal. You can look for her items on
Her bangles are a true form of recycling. They are crafted from cardboard mailing tubes, old maps, stamps and other reclaimed materials. Awesome!
Beautifully embellished salvaged glass plate garden stakes were available for the picking.
Step through the rusty, recycled garden gate into a land of fun! This festival is a delight to a junkers senses!

Step through the rusty, recycled garden gate into a land of fun! This festival is a delight to a junker's senses!

I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Kathy Rose, owner of Nature's Nest over the past couple of years and am in awe of what she does. As we all know junking is not just about creating projects, but truly a way of life. It's about the rescue, the re-use, the creativity employed, the friendships created, the bonds cemented, the beliefs instlilled , and the actions we all take that make our world a better place and our lives more productive, healthy, and enjoyable. Kathy lives each and every day of her life with an eye towards a better future and encourages others to do the same. Bravo! This festival is just one of the things she does, and she does it well! Mark your calendars for next year because this an event not to be missed!

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Comments (14)

doggbo writes: I love the glassflowers!BEAUTIFUL!! Iam doing this for my garden.THANK YOU!! Posted: 5:24 pm on May 23rd
vecernice writes: Beautiful photos, my favorite would be the glass plate garden stakes, what a cute idea. I have to try one of these.
Eva Posted: 11:23 am on May 23rd
junkermidge writes: The festival sounds like an awesome event. I love all the photos. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Midge Posted: 10:39 am on May 23rd
cindyb82 writes: I LOVE the garden dishflowwas!!! Super neat gift idea for the gardener with my Mom. How do you attach the copper 'stem' to the dish?

I appreciate each of you that take the time to share your ideas on this wonderful site. As a mom of 3 and working full time, it doesn't allow much creative time, but JMS energizes me!!!

Cindy-Ohio Posted: 4:51 pm on May 20th
alicemom writes: That is great. The gate was the first of many great pics. I would love to come to the festival. I am pleased to see the interest. We need many more Kathys & Sues. Wonderful show & tell.
Alice Posted: 10:17 pm on May 19th
cedarshake_79 writes: I live close to the MN area and would definitely make a trip up for something like this. It would be great if you could give all of us a sneak peek of the places you are going to be traveling to, so we find out about the events before they actually take place. Posted: 3:06 pm on May 19th
suewhitney writes: Hey Chris,

Yay!! I'm glad you commented on the post and owned up to your beautiful dish flowwas. I loved them and grabbed a picture on my way out. Hope to see some more of your work on the site! It was a great weekend..wasn't it?

Take care,

Posted: 2:38 pm on May 19th
circusmcgurkus writes: What a pleasant surprise to see my Dishflowwas (as I like to call them) pictured in your comments about the Nature's Nest event last weekend.

It truly was an amazing place and my first time out there. Cathy was kind enough to let me show my garden art around her greenhouse and I truly appreciated it.

I've been a follower of your site but never a participant, so thank you getting me off the dime by posting the photograph!!

Chris Posted: 2:29 pm on May 19th
CottageElements writes: I had the privilege of joining in the fun at this festival with the JMS gang, along with my daughter Rebekah. It's held in a small town in Minnesota called Montrose There was a lot of fun things for the whole family. Kimberly's daughter, Morgan, was daring enough to try the ZIP line across the river (yikes), and even milked a goat! My daughter and I enjoyed a couple awesome strawberry crapes made fresh on the spot and even got to help in the tractor pull (though I don't know how much help were were). We also purchased some delicious homemade apple pear jelly and fresh cheese. Oh, and Doug the Welders creations were AMAZING! It was well worth the trip (about an hour for us). The homemade jewelry and crafts were pretty amazing as well. Thanks for letting us tag along!

Posted: 1:20 am on May 19th
PatGrady writes: Sue:
It was great to meet you at Nature's Nest. I really appreciated you taking the time to stop and chat. It is obvious that you are passionate about what you do and a true inspiration to everyone you meet.
Thanks for the words of encouragement and I will post some of my other projects in the near future!

Pat Posted: 1:13 am on May 19th
catbishop writes: Where is this festival? Looks like a great time. Posted: 7:11 pm on May 18th
shabbychick writes: Sue - what a great place and event! A great example for all of us - and fun too.

Love the handbags made from ties and the garden spikes. Thanks for sharing!


P.S. And, it looked like a beautiful weather day - a bonus, right? Posted: 4:20 pm on May 18th
writes: Sue,
What an awesome post. Kudos to Kathy Rose and her team for putting on such a great (and important) event.

And I like the garden gate too :-)

JennyK Posted: 3:26 pm on May 18th
monakent writes: It was so good to see all the activites going on at Nature's Nest. The best part, was seeing how many people were interested in the festival. Kathy Rose is a true role model - with her beliefs and the way she lives her life. May there be many more like her in years to come!!!

Thanks Sue, for putting this on the website. It is always so much fun to see what others are doing "out there."

By the way, LOVE the gate and the spool-table. Wonderful end results!!!

gailmarie Posted: 12:36 pm on May 18th
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