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Summer is a time of expansive mycological diversity. We will start out with learning to see fungi and the various types of environments that it likes to grow in. This class focuses on five relatively easy to identify edible mushrooms and what they may be confused with. We will talk about the rules, ethics, and safety of mushroom foraging, as well as what you need to observe to get an accurate ID.
August 26th 10 – 1 pm
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.
Key skills and proficiencies learned include: surveying, communications, IT and web skills, preparing maps and plans, practical gardening, composting, soil management, animal systems, natural building, implementation planning, design graphics, client brief, concept and detail drawings, report writing, botany, propagation, food forests and orchards, native plants, integrated pest and weed management, planning food security, small crop production – vegetables, herbs, spices, craft plants, harvest and post harvest, storing and preserving crops, wild foods and restoration ecology, soil food web, seed saving and managing a seed bank, biochar, animal systems, and more.
September 1, 2, 15, 16, 29, 30 October 13, 14, 27, 28 November 3, 4
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 6, 13, 20, 27 October 4, 11, 18, 25
The self bow takes an archer to the most intimate level of archery possible. Hand crafting a shootable bow takes time, patience, endurance, woodworking skills, humility and determination. In this course you will learn the basic principles of bow design and construction for an American Flat Bow made from Hickory. At the end of this course participants will leave with their self bow crafted by their own hands. Participants should be competent with basic hand tools and prepared for moderate to hard physical work.
October 19th, 26th, November 2nd, 9th, 16th from 6 – 9 pm
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. The instructors will also give a visual demonstration of what can be done with entrails, and of how to preserve the hide for later tanning.
November 17th, 10 am- 5 pm
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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