– Spring & Summer Workshops 2017 –
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The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is a training program that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Design System. The goal is to achieve a basic working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design and management. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices as first set out by Permaculture founder, Bill Mollison.
August 19-21, September 16-18, October 21-23
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.
August 25th, September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th from 7-9 pm
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.
September 7, 14, 21 October 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2
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!
September 9th, 4-6 pm
Have 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. We will to learn a bit about the history and application of hormesis – the idea of using toxins in small doses for beneficial effects – as well as the various toxic and non-toxic uses for the plants we identify. We will end the workshop by making a medicinal product from the materials we collect from the Food Forest.
September 10th, 1-5 pm
This camp trip is open to all families and/or individuals of all ages. There will be options for experiential learning for everyone who wishes to participate. We will be camping in a “primitive” setting, but you can drive your car right up to your camp spot. Our location will be in the fabulous Green Ridge State Forest! Green Ridge offers multiple streams, a pond and access to the Potomac River with an awesome variety of plant and animal life to observe. Prepare for scary stories and kids adventures!
October 6th – 8th
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, 10am- 4pm
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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
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