–  Spring & Summer Workshops 2017  –

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Learn to make your own tools and adornments from deer bone, using only stone, water, and local plants. In this workshop you’ll learn how to select, break, shape, and polish bone for its desired function. Depending on choice of instruments, each student can expect to finish one to two projects to take home. Possibilities include a large or small awl or pick, sewing needle, flesher/scraper, or bead. This workshop will require above all patience, endurance, and attention to detail.

October 14th, 1- 4 pm

Cordage From Plant Fiber

Learn the simple technique of creating cordage from several local plants, for a nearly endless number of uses, such as string, rope, and netting. Using dogbane or stinging nettle and yucca, participants will learn several hands-on methods of achieving a strong and neatly twined cordage.

October 27th, 6 – 9pm

All Things Black Walnut

The mighty Black Walnut tree is often and underappreciated and sometimes hated on tree. The diversity of uses for the Black Walnut should not be ignored. Being indigenous to this continent the Black Walnut grows very well with no assistance or support needed. The trees will often grow in a grove and thus can supply us with a variety of useful and beautiful foods, medicine and material.

October 28th, 1- 4 pm

Dandelion and Chicory Coffee

Ever hear of dandelion and chicory coffee? Here’s your chance to learn how, when, and why folks make this delicious Autumn time beverage that is not only medicinal, but thoroughly local and of ecological sense. We’ll start the workshop identifying then digging these potent roots. After we’ve collected an ample amount we will clean, process, and demonstrate how to slow roast the roots in the oven. We will then brew a fresh pot of our dark concoction to taste.

November 3rd, 6-9 pm

Gourd Bowls & Bottles

The bottle gourd, or calabash squash, is one of the oldest human cultivated plants, and for good reason! Anyone who has devoted themselves to the creating of baskets or burn bowls can appreciate the magic of growing a water-tight and versatile vessel. In this workshop learn how to fashion a dried bottle gourd into a lightweight yet sturdy, wax-lined bowl or water bottle.

November 4th, 1- 4 pm

Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant Walk

Come on out for one of our monthly plant walks, a great way to learn about wild plants in-the-field, to verify your plant identification with a local expert, ask questions, and meet other like-minded folks. Each of a season’s walks takes place in a different local landscape, to offer participants a rich exposure to the wide range of edible, medicinal, and useful plants and mushrooms in this region. Every season also offers new opportunities for encountering plants in different stages of growth, and for discovering new ones! So come out and learn with us throughout the year!

November 5th, 10 am

Deer Processing  **THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL**

In this hands-on workshop learn how to skin and butcher a white tailed deer. Together we will work on one animal, and participants will learn how to cut out select meats, to cut out and remove sinuous strands and fat, to separate out non choice meats to be reserved for sausages, etc., and to identify and remove organ meats to keep for human consumption.

 November 11th, 10 am- 4 pm 

Brain-Tanning Buckskins

In this 5-day class you’ll turn a wet sloppy deer skin into a soft and velvety, garment-ready smoked buckskin. This class uses the wet-scrape method of hide tanning which can be applied to using brains, eggs, or other emulsified fats. Learning is hands-on for every step of the process.

Each day will include demonstrations by the instructors, video, and individual attention and work time. Participants should be prepared for hard work, physical stamina, perseverance, and sensitivity to detail. Good eyesight is also important.

December 3, 6, 8, 9, 10

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


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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