2018 Workshops 

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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

 

Grow your Own Spirulina

Join us for this hands-on activity filled workshop to learn how to grow spirulina for food or income. This workshop is a great primer to the craft of growing this super food and setting up your own spirulina micro-farm. Whether you want to grow in your apartment or diversify your farm, this introduction to growing, harvesting, monitoring, and eating your spirulina culture will get you growing! Participants have an opportunity to take home a spirulina starter!

April 28th, 10 – 1:30 pm

Cultivating Cordyceps

Successes and failures in Cordyceps militaris cultivation. Cordyceps militaris is a powerful adoptogenic mushroom, with an extensive medicinal research history. There is little to no access to locally grown Cordyceps in North America. Learn how to procure and maintain a fruiting Cordyceps militaris culture, and provide yourself, family, and community with this Wondrous Mushroom!

April 28th, 3 – 6:30 pm

Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant and Mushroom Walk

Come on out for one of our monthly plant and/or mushroom 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 and mushrooms in different stages of growth, and for discovering new ones! So come out and learn with us throughout the year!

May 12th

Advanced Beekeeping – Hive Split

Splitting a hive can be tricky business! Join us to observe and interact with Josh Calo from Sol Nectar as he splits our newly installed bees to install a second hive. Josh installed the first hive on April 7th so this is indeed a new hive we are splitting. Any experience level is welcome. Space is limited! 

May 13th, 11 – 1 pm

 

Low Tech Mushroom Growing

Indoor mushroom growing can be 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.

May 26th, 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 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.

May 26th, 1 – 2 pm

Tulip Poplar Bark Baskets

Tulip Tree Baskets: From Bark to Art- step back in time to learn the traditional Appalachian craft of transforming the bark of a tulip tree into a functional and beautiful basket. This is a simple basket making technique, great for all skill levels. The process does take patience, finesse, and attention to detail. This workshop will equip you with the skills to create your own bark baskets every year.

June 2nd, 10 – 1 pm

Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant and Mushroom Walk

Come on out for one of our monthly plant and/or mushroom 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 and mushrooms in different stages of growth, and for discovering new ones! So come out and learn with us throughout the year!

June 9th

Mugwort aka Moxa Preparations and Seminar

Mugwort is used for many things, as an herb to help with dream work, as a medicinal tea for a variety of ills, and is also prepared as Moxa, a loose herb preparation that is burned to warm and stimulate acupuncture points as well as various injuries. We will discuss the Mugwort plant, its history of use and its properties, various ways to utilize Moxa, as well as different conditions that Moxa is particularly good for will be discussed and demonstrated. 

June 16th, 10 – 12 pm

 

The Forager’s Apprentice – Summer 2018

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.

July 8 & 22 August 5 & 19 September 2 & 16 from 10am- 2pm

Mushroom Growing 101: Beyond Low-Tech

Low tech mushroom cultivation is an awesome way to get started growing at home, but is limited in the species that you can grow. This class focuses on advanced  techniques for growing mushrooms, but is still easy DIY on a home scale. We will cover sterilization, how to procure and expand agar cultures and liquid cultures, making and working in a still air box, how to make grain spawn, substrates, inoculation methods, and fruiting chambers. You will leave class with a jar of grain spawn, and armed with the knowledge to make it grow.

June 23rd, 10 – 12 pm

Tend The Wild

Human beings are keystone species integral to our ecosystems, but looking around us we can see our effect hasn’t always been positive. How can we interact in ways which build abundance and diversity and give back to the cycles of life, while still meeting our own needs? This plant-centered workshop focuses on the ways in which foraging, horticulture, gardening, and good stewardship come together enabling us to “tend the wild.” This workshop will equip you with the perspective and know-how to begin increasing the wild plant populations around you, or to begin re-introducing them. We’ll discuss traditional ecological knowledge, hunters-gardeners vs. hunters-gatherers, and take a look at some indigenous systems. We’ll talk about ideas in conservation, ecological restoration, and rewilding, as well as genetics, selection, and breeding strategies…

June 23rd, 2 – 4 pm

Permaculture Design Certification Course – Fall 2018

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

Deer Processing

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 25th, 10 am- 5 pm

 

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If you’re interested in one of our past workshops, let us know, and we’ll do our best to offer it again!

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