Everyone, meet Gladys the chicken — our winning piece from the Trash 2 Treasure contest!
Just a few short weeks ago, Homestead Manor kicked off the Thompson’s Station Farmers Market with the Homestead in Bloom festival which included a sunset concert and a number of fun extras, in addition to the local products, produce, fresh flowers, jams and jellies, and more one can find each week at the farmers market!
Co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension in Williamson County, the Trash 2 Treasure contest was one of the special features at Homestead in Bloom where local artisans were invited to repurpose unused items into new art. Festival-goers paid $5 to vote on the contestants’ creations, with proceeds benefitting the Land Trust of Tennessee.
We caught up with the first-prize winner of the adult division, Amanda Price, to learn more about her winning piece, Gladys!
Q: Your Trash 2 Treasure creation was pretty amazing! What was it exactly and how long did it take you to make it?
A: I crafted a piece of yard art made up of a chicken (named Gladys!) with a little grasshopper (Pip) beside it for food — it took me two whole weekends to put it all together!
Q: What materials did you repurpose to create the piece?
A: For the chicken, I used some of my neighbors’ recyclable items, the head of a shovel, the bottom of a yard rake plus three prongs from a hand rake, an old door hinge and hog nose rings, then just standard nails and wires for the grasshopper.
Q: What was your inspiration?
A: Parents seem to have a lot of yard art and my dad helped me come up with the idea!
Other Trash 2 Treasure winners include Frazier and Nancy Albert who took home second place in the adult division, plus Isaiah Osborne and Hannah Osborne who took home first and second place respectively in the children’s division.
To learn about the Thompson’s Station Farmers Market and upcoming events at Homestead Manor, visit homesteadmanor.com.