Swan Bay Folk Art Center & Farm

in Port Republic, NJ


Nestled in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey is Swan Bay Folk Art Center, a place where people can come to learn skills from days gone by in order to create pieces of their own history.  For 31 years, Niki Giberson and her husband Gary have run Swan Bay Folk Art Center out of their home, a sheep farm settled on land that has been in Gary's family since 1637.  

     



We currently do not have "open house" hours for farm tours.  Please follow us on Facebook for information on upcoming events at the farm.  


Fall at Swan Bay


Fall is for preparation of winter here at Swan Bay.  Our ram is in with our girls to make lambs for Lamb Celebration Days (usually on President's Weekend in February).  New baskets are being designed for Christmas gifts and Nativity Set Classes or scheduled.



Needle Felted Nativity Set


It is never too early to think about Christmas! This nativity set has 18 pieces and will take four classes to complete the set. It includes a woven creche and storage box, and all of the pieces to tell the story of Jesus' birth.  The classes will be at 7pm on the following dates:


October 17 - Holy family, manger, and sheep

October 24 - Woven creche (and more sheep)

November 7 - Two shepherds and angel

December 5 - Three wisemen and camel.


Each class costs $25.



Basket Classes 


I teach basket classes every Tuesday night and one Thursday night a month and one Saturday a month.

Check the calendar for available dates. 


 For every  friendship class booked and completed, we will be donating one dozen chickens to someone in the world through Samaritans Purse.  

Last year 41 families received this gift and we hope for more this year.

Thank you all for your generosity as many donated to this cause last year.



JERSEY FRESH FRIDAYS this summer of 2020 


See our schedule to see what baskets will be featured every Friday during the summer as we celebrate the season of delicious Jersey Fresh produce.  



New in 2019.....a Delicious Addition to Friday Night Friendship Classes

Sign up with 5 or more friends and come for an evening of basketweaving and snacks.  Tasty homemade treats, water, and tea will now be served during each of these classes.  Please see calendar for available open dates.  To see a picture description of baskets you and your friends can make, click here.  


To celebrate our 31st year here at Swan Bay Folk Art Center, for every friendship class completed this year, we will be  providing a needy family with a dozen baby chicks. They will grow up to lay hundreds of eggs every month, blessing a family with a rich source of protein, a steady source of income, and daily reminders of God’s faithfulness through Samaritans Purse.

NEW BASKET CLASS SERIES: 
                       TASTY TUESDAYS

On the Second Tuesday of every month, Niki will be featuring a basket, complete with a recipe and tasty treat to sample.  See what classes are being offered by going to the calendar


Ode To A Butterfly
Nickel Creek (Nickel Creek )
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Featured on CNN's Parts Unknown

Gary and Niki were taped for an episode of the Emmy Award winning television series, "Parts Unknown."  We had a wonderful day shooting with Anthony Bourdain and his talented crew.  We had a small clip of the farm and Gary's carving that aired on the NJ episode of the show in May 2015.  

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