–  Spring & Summer Workshops 2017  –

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 LowTech Mushrooms

shitakeLearn how you can start growing mushrooms with materials you probably already have around the house. Starting with a presentation on the life cycle of mushrooms we will work on cultivating an understanding of our fungal friends as we go through hands on demonstrations from taking spore prints, and easy clones, to starting spores, or commercial culture, on a small amount of material to be expanded onto bunker spawn totes for starting outdoor patches, or straw and logs for fruiting indoors and outside! We will have models of small scale fruiting chambers for growing fresh mushrooms in or outside the home!

April 29th, 5 pm -9 pm

Auto Basics & Tire Change

pictures028The inner workings of a vehicle can often seem like an impossible thing to understand. Even though all modern vehicles have computer systems that make a lot of DIY work on a vehicle nearly impossible that shouldn’t stop a person from being able to do some of the basics.

May 5th, 6 pm- 8 pm

Friction Fire: Bow Drill


The bow drill is an ancient and effective way for making fire by friction. It requires more parts than the hand drill, but is easier on the hands and thus ideal for beginners. 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.

May 7, 10 am – 3 pm

Toxicology, Poisons, and Hormesis

skullHave you ever seen a nice, ripe berry and wondered “Can I eat that?” Or questioned why a certain stinging plant even exists? In this workshop we will begin to explore toxic plants and their uses in our lives, both now and through history.

May 14th, 1 – 5 pm

Grow your Own Spirulina

Cultivate an understanding of our blue-green ally. The course begins with a visual presentation accompanied by a disquisition into the history of Spirulina and its potential for food, remediation, and application in permaculture systems. Near the end of the workshop there will be a demonstration of a few Spirulina recipes for people to enjoy a phycophage “The Eating of Algae”.

May 19th, 6 pm – 9 pm

Spring Wine-Making Workshop

Screenshot 2015-05-02 at 10.23.46 PMBrewing can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be, and this class will focus on simple to medium scale brewing. The information presented is simple so that participants can immediately put the knowledge to use at home.

May 21st, 1 pm – 5 pm

MicroHerding Invertebrates

maxresdefaultLearn to deal with aquatic, subterranean, terrestrial, and flying invertebrates for composting, pest management, and food for fish, animals, and humans! The course goes through presentations and demonstrations, and is set up to go through a natural cycle starting with our two ancient aquatic invertebrates brine shrimp and triops.

May 26th, 6 pm – 9 pm

Krauts and Kimchis: Fermenting Vegetables

ellen vegetable fermentingIn this beginning workshop, you’ll learn the basic rules of vegetable fermentation, and then create your own jar to take home to ferment into delicious kraut or kimchi! We will also go over some wild plants that will be sprouting up soon that would be wonderful additions to any jar of ferments. There will be samples of various homemade krauts to try.

May 27th, 6pm- 9pm


The Invasive Question


Throughout the course of this 4 day intensive, students will have the opportunity to observe wild plant and animal communities, form relationships with plants through the processing of food, medicine and art medium, research the history of the land, and question the current beliefs and practices we employ in nature.
Through the power of observation and reflection we will explore these complex questions through systems thinking and non-judgemental queries.

June 5th – 8th



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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