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.  

Summer at Swan Bay

Summer is in full bloom at Swan Bay Folk Art Center. Here are the events that you are welcome to join.

Make it Take it Tuesdays

Each week, we will feature projects in various mediums. Adults and children are welcome.

Every Tuesday this summer from 10am-12pm in our indoor, air conditioned classroom, we are offering all of the crafts in the picture to the right:

Create-a-Friend stuffed animals, decoupage vases and jars, needle-felted projects, leather pouches, or simple wooden-base baskets. We will also offer needle-felted zipper pouches, weaving sticks, and wind chimes. Prices range from $3-$20 per project. Come learn a new skill, create a treasure, and make summer memories!

Jersey Fresh Fridays

Eight classes will be offered this summer at 10am on Fridays and will focus on Jersey Fresh or  summer fare recipes along with a featured basket.  You are not obligated to make the featured basket, but the recipe and tasting will still be offered. Go to the Jersey Fresh Tab for dates and details.

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:

July 10 - Holy family, manger, and sheep

July 17 - Woven creche (and more sheep)

August 7 - Two shepherds and angel

August 14 - 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.


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.

                       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
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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.  

Make sure you like our FACEBOOK page to get the latest details on events at the farm, projects, and sheep stories! 

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