–  Winter & Spring Workshops 2018  –

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Beginner Beekeeping Course  **THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

This course is designed for the beginning beekeeper in mind. Topics covered will be honey bee biology, natural & human threats, disease & pest management, management of honey bee colonies and tools & equipment. After this course a person should have the tools and confidence needed to begin their own bee colony(s) at home, school, church and/or farm.

February 2, 9, 16, 23 & March 2, 9 from 7-9 pm

Friction Fire: Bow Drill

In this workshop each participant will be making his or her own bow drill kit from local materials, to begin practicing with and to take home. The instructor will go over the appropriate types of wood to use for each part of the kit, demonstrate the basic technique of making and transferring a coal, and also cover the best materials to use for fire-starter, and how to get into a good rhythm with your drill. While empowering, this skill requires patience, persistence, and knowing how to pace yourself.

February 3rd, 1 – 4 pm

Tree Tapping

Did you know you can tap a Black Walnut tree? Black Walnut syrup is one of the best local syrups we can make! Join us in the hands-on workshop and learn all the details about tree tapping. We will discuss when to tap, what to tap, what to expect and how to setup your own sugarbush. Following the introductory discussion there will be a demonstration on tree tapping then you will be encouraged to do some tapping of your own.

February 17th, 10 – 12 pm

Wild Ones Nature Exploration Homeschool Course

A 8-week immersion into local forests, streams, plants, insects, & wildlife, for the young nature observer and adventurer. In a group of their peers, participants will be able to direct their own learning and take inspiration from the many forms of nature we see, smell, taste, & touch, and perhaps begin to know the woods not as other, but as home.

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5, 12, 19 from 10 am – 2 pm

Tree Grafting

Learn the art of tree grafting for use in your orchard or home garden. Participants will first learn the science and mechanics of grafting and budding, then receive instruction on cleft, bark, bud, and whip & tongue grafting. Then practice doing some hands-on grafting of your own.

March 3rd, 10 – 1 pm

The Forager’s Apprentice

This course is setup for anyone interested in expanding their plant wisdom. Anyone such as a gardener, permaculture enthusiast, hunter, camper, prepper, herbal medicine practitioner, naturalist, craft person and anyone in between interested in taking inspiration from the many forms of nature we see, smell, taste, & touch, and perhaps begin to know the woods not as other, but as home.

March 11 & 25 April 8 & 22 May 6 & 20 from 10am- 2pm

Low Tech Mushroom Growing

Winter is a perfect time to start an indoor mushroom growing project, and it’s way less complicated than you think it is. In this class we will learn how to grow delicious and nutritious mushrooms at home with very little specialized equipment. This class starts with a basic understanding of the fungi life cycle. From there we will talk about growing mediums, effective low tech pasteurization methods, spawn sourcing, and how to get your mushrooms to fruit. By the end of class you will leave with a ‘mushroom kit’ and the knowledge to keep your mushrooms producing.

March 17th, 10 – 12 pm

Mushroom Log Inoculation

Do you want to grow mushrooms at home, but are perhaps thinking it’s a little too technical? It doesn’t have to be. In this workshop you’ll learn a simple and effective way to grow mushrooms for years to come. Together we’ll drill, plug, and wax oak logs with Oyster mushroom spawn. You’ll also learn about how to select wood for mushroom inoculating. Each participant will go home with one of the mushroom logs you inoculated.

March 17th, 2 – 4 pm

Beginner Beekeeping Course Spring 2018

This course is designed for the beginning beekeeper in mind. Topics covered will be honey bee biology, natural & human threats, disease & pest management, management of honey bee colonies and tools & equipment. After this course a person should have the tools and confidence needed to begin their own bee colony(s) at home, school, church and/or farm.

April 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18, 25 from 7-9 pm

 

 

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Ale Making
Bread Making: Sandwich Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls, & Baguettes
Canning Demystified: Chicken Soup, Pickles and Salsa
Cooking & Poison: Milkweed, Pokeweed, Bamboo
Cordage From Plant Fiber
Dandelion & Chicory Coffee
Deer Processing
Foraging Immersion: Early Spring
Gourd Bottles & Bowls
Hard Cheese: Goat’s Milk Gouda & Goat Mascarpone
Knife Sharpening 101
Small Fur Tanning
Soft Cheese: Chevre, Yogurt, Sour Cream, & Cream Cheese
Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies: Soft Scrub, Laundry Soap, Window Cleaner & Dishwashing Detergent
Personal Care Products: Suntan Lotion, Deodorant, Toothpaste & Lotion Bars
Quail Raising and Processing
Salves, Syrups and Tinctures: Elderberry Syrup, Healing Muscle Salve, Plantain Salve & a Tummy Tincture
Venison Sausage Making
Walnut Ink & Dye