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 30 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 see follow us on Facebook for information on upcoming events at the farm.  


Message from Niki
2018
Hello Friends.
I just want to send a really big THANK YOU to all of you that celebrated Swan Bay Folk Art Center's 30th year of creating your own piece of history.  Since I just had knee replacement surgery I am done teaching basketry for the rest of this year.  But no worries I am on the mend and will be starting back around the beginning of February stronger than ever.  I am closing out the chicken give away for the year.  We ended up providing 41 dozen chickens to 41 needy families somewhere in the world through Samaritans Purse over the year.  I even had several students donate extra money so we could get even more chickens than just the friendship class donations.  You know who you are (and you are wonderful!).  So Happy Holidays to everyone!!  I look forward to creating with you in 2019!


JERSEY FRESH FRIDAYS this summer  


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 2018.....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 30th 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 new 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."  They 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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