Farm Carpentry: 2-Day Arbor Build

Date & Time
May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Farm Carpentry: 2-Day Arbor Build
Power Tools, Joinery and Roofs

Whether you’re planning on building a house or just want to learn some basic skills, this course will help you gain the confidence to grab some tools and build. Tailored to both novices and seasoned DIYers, this workshop gives you the foundation and tricks of the trade to build your own custom carpentry projects at home or in the garden.

In this Farm Carpentry 2-Day Arbor Build workshop, we will build an artisan redwood arbor with built-in benches in our Children’s Garden. While everyone will have a hand in all elements of the project, advanced students will continue to hone their skills on the more complicated project components. By the end of the weekend you will walk away with the following building essentials: power tools, joinery, building sequencing, framing, layout technique and materials sourcing. Check out the class schedule here. We would love to have you at this course. Please get in touch with one of our seasoned instructors (bios below) with any questions.

May 5th and 6th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm 
Early Bird Special: $275
After April 20th: $325 – $400 sliding scale

Accessibility Notes: This workshop will be held mainly in our Children’s Garden which does have ADA accessible pathways. The workshop will involve using power tools, heavy lifting and standing outdoors. For any questions about accessibility, please reach out to Emily at

About the Instructors

Matt Zimbalist serves as the Site Manager at Urban Adamah, where he has worked to develop the new 2.3 acre urban farm and retreat center in Berkeley, CA. Additionally, Matt has had a wide array of experience in agriculture and carpentry. He has worked to design and implement several school gardens in Santa Cruz, CA, and for many years worked to develop a seven acre working farm residence in the Santa Cruz mountains. His carpentry experience and passion includes, but is not limited to, Timber Framing, large scale metal fabricating, furniture making, and crafting rustic farm buildings.


Kyle Reddin is the Facilities Assistant at Urban Adamah. His introduction to carpentry was as a kid building bird houses with his grandfather and he’s had an affinity for working with his hands ever since. Kyle has advanced his carpentry skills building on the farm and teaching classes at Urban Adamah in addition to working on small projects at his home in North Oakland. He is excited about growing food, DIY projects, and sharing information and experience with others.