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Terra Cantata is a small, ecologically sustainable family farm and habitat sanctuary in Michigan. Terra means land, or earth. A cantata is a story sung in many voices. We try to steward our land so it is a harmonious cantata of diverse plants and animals, wild and domestic. Likewise, our family is a collection of diverse, creative characters.

Terra Cantata offers lovely, useful and playful items that we create from materials from the land. We also create do-it-yourself kits so you can make treasures for yourself, your home, your pets or for gifts. For crafters who want to use materials that benefit the environment and are free of synthetic chemicals, we may have what you are seeking.

The materials we offer are diverse. From our humanely raised, pastured animals (chickens, turkeys, geese & ducks), we have gorgeous feathers, large blown eggs and wool. We also…

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  • Joined October 18, 2011

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Wood, wool, feathers, blown eggs, seeds, gourds, native plants, dried grasses, grains, wildflowers, wood, branches, berries and many other treasures from the earth

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Terra Cantata is a small, ecologically sustainable family farm and habitat sanctuary in Michigan. Terra means land, or earth. A cantata is a story sung in many voices. We try to steward our land so it is a harmonious cantata of diverse plants and animals, wild and domestic. Likewise, our family is a collection of diverse, creative characters.

Terra Cantata offers lovely, useful and playful items that we create from materials from the land. We also create do-it-yourself kits so you can make treasures for yourself, your home, your pets or for gifts. For crafters who want to use materials that benefit the environment and are free of synthetic chemicals, we may have what you are seeking.

The materials we offer are diverse. From our humanely raised, pastured animals (chickens, turkeys, geese & ducks), we have gorgeous feathers, large blown eggs and wool. We also offer dried ornamental plants and gourds from our organic gardens. Our five acre native prairie allows us to offer native grasses. We responsibly wildcraft plant cuttings and wood from the fifty acres of meadows, woodlands and wetlands that we steward. My husband hand carves beautiful wooden spoons and wooden bouquet holders and whatever his hands are itching to make.

My work room looks like a witch’s cottage from a fairy tale, filled to overflowing with colorful hanging grasses and berries, baskets of gourds and nuts, bundles of feathers and innumerable little treasures I’ve grown or found. I am a gardener, wildcrafter, chickenherder, gooseherder, meadow meanderer and crafter. My husband, Cyrus, is a sculptor, woodworker, tractor-whisperer and jack of all trades. Our four kids (well, two are adults now) make music, make art, make geekery, make stories & make life very interesting.

Each material we offer has a story rooted in the natural world and our creative relationship to it. I love telling those stories! Please do ask me questions. And it would be great to hear what you do with our materials so I know how their story continues.

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