Monday, October 10, 2011

Antlerstock is just days away!

Antlerstock is coming up in a few days! Soon dozens of people from all over North America will be traveling to Veryork to enjoy the Fall Festival here at the farm, two jam-packed days of workshops, talks, hands-on work, and all the questions you want to ask about anything from sheep shearers to winter gardens. Preparations are underway, and have been, for weeks. A truckload of pumpkins is getting picked up tomorrow. Saturday night a campfire will roar and 30+ jackolanterns will light up the farm. (Everyone will have a chance to carve their own between workshops) Bring your cameras, folks.

Some friends will be getting in Thursday, others Friday, and the party officially starts at 10AM on Saturday (though you are welcome to show up to park anytime after 9:30). A brunch of free-range egg vegetarian quiche, cider donuts, coffee, and such will start the day with introductions and welcoming remarks, followed by a short farm tour and outline of the day's events.

From there on out, this is the plan:

Saturday October 15th
10:30 AM - Farm Tour (everyone_
11:00 AM - Cheese Making (kitchen) with Cathy and Diane
11:00 AM - Backyard Woodlot Management with Brett
(maybe Jasper)
12;00 PM - Chicken 101 with Jenna at the brooder/coop
1:00 PM - Lunch!
BBQ Pork from Flying Pig Farm of Shushan
(3 miles from CAF),
Potato soup from homegrow spuds of Firecracker Farm,
Hand-pressed apple cider from CAF apples!
(we'll have to shake them out)
Masonades of Lemon Ade, well water, and local beers
2:00 PM - Meat Rabbit 101 with Jenna in the barn
2:00 PM - Soapmaking with Tara of Ghost Dog Hollow Farm in the Kitchen
2:00 PM - Splitting and Stacking with Brett, Timbersports talk!
3:00 PM - Sheep 101 in the pasture with Maude and Sal
3:00 PM - Chicken History and Culture Lecture with Tamine of Common Sense Farm
4:00 PM - Wool Craft with Jenna - home wool processing, knitting 101
(bring needles and yarn!)
5:00 PM - Second Lunch, pies,more cider

Break till 7:30 PM - got to your hotel, get a shower, strech your legs, or stay to help set up for the fire.

7:30 PM Campfire! Bring your instruments, blankets, etc!

8:00 AM Early Brunch! Come for more breakfast goodies and hot coffee
9:00 AM Canning 101 with Jenna in the Kitchen
(berry jam)
9:00 AM Backyard Food production with Brett, talk outside, Q & A session
10:00 AM Intro to Mountain Music with Jenna
11:00 AM Trip to Common Sense Farm for Herbalism workshop in their fields
(2 miles south)
11:00 AM Sheep herding/chasing lesson with Gibson.
12:00 AM Lunch! Homemade Pizzas with local cheeses
1:00 PM Gear up for a hike at Merck Forest in Rupert VT,
(amazing fall foliage!)
4:00 PM back at the farm for closing remarks, and thanks

That's the plan, so far. You will be able to skip in an out of workshops if you want, or not do any at all. Maybe you just want to sit outside with your guitar and drink fresh cider? Okay by me. There will be new books for sale on all sorts of topics covered here as well as copies of Made From Scratch and Chick Days, get one for a gift or for yourself signed!

If you are coming up to the farm please come prepared with a clothes ready to work, waterproof mucky boots, indoor shoes (if you don't like wearing socks in the house), rain gear (just in case), notebooks for taking notes and emails, warm clothes for the campfire (or if you're from Texas, Florida, or Southern California). Coffee is always a welcomed gift, because I have an addiction. And last, but not least: bring your excitement and kind selves! If you still need directions, you gotta email me with the address you registered with and I'll fork 'em over.

See you Saturday! If you're coming up, please post a comment with your name and state! Let's see the turnout!


Blogger Luann said...

I won't make it but this sounds AWESOME! Hopefully one day I will be able to make to one of your workshops!

October 10, 2011 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

Good luck. I hope it's a smashing success. You're going to need a vacation day after all of the fun.

October 10, 2011 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Kate and Jason from Boston, can't wait!!!

October 10, 2011 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger leafonatree said...

I would LOVE to do this someday. I hope you keep doing workshops!

October 10, 2011 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Oh yeah! I hope to do a LOT more!

where is everyone staying? Cambridge hotel? Battenkill Campgrounds?

October 10, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Shannon from California. I get in on Friday night and will be staying in Manchester. I know it's a little bit of a drive, but the town seemed so pretty...

October 10, 2011 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Shannon, where are you staying? the equinox?!?! Or somewhere around there. YOU HAVE To go to the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Friday or Sunday or whenever you have time!

October 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Oh shucks, I wish I could go! Sounds like it's going to be a blast!! I'll have to start saving my pennies for an airplane ticket, so's I can go to the next Antlerstock! ;)

October 10, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Firecracker Farm said...

I am SO excited/nervous about being a cheese demonstrator.
SHANNON-Jenna is absolutely right. Do not miss the oppportunity to go to Northshire Bookstore!

October 10, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

I get that this is all good fun and such, but seriously, good stockmanship does not include advertising a "sheep herding/chasing" lesson with a young, partially trained dog. If you want to show how a dog can work stock, perhaps it would be worth bringing someone in with a dog that is already fully trained to show what is possible and what you are working toward.

October 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

it was a joke...

I think showing how a sheep herding lesson goes with Gibson will be both educational and valuable. He always starts off worked up, and settles down into control. He's a year old.

October 10, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Looks like you are bringing in accomplished experts for the other wonderful subject areas, so your (paying) students can learn best practices from those with expertise. Why would you not do the same for something as important as livestock handling?

October 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

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October 10, 2011 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

i am So upset that you are 11 hours away! so upset! have a great weekend everyone!

October 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I think people want to see Gibson in action(whether good or bad) because it's all about seeing what we read about everyday. Gibson is such an integral part of your farm and that is what the people want to see. I love it and wish I could be there.

October 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Wow the line-up is better than I imagined! I soooo hope to be able to make it to your next one, if you have a next one.

October 11, 2011 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

to clarify: the herding lesson is not a lesson or workshop for people, it is a chance to watch gibson in one of his usual lessons. If they don't want to watch us train, I assume they'll do something else or go to Common Sense Farm for the herb talk. Since I can't leave the farm this weekend, I thought those not interested in pressing medicine herbs might want to see what we have been working on.

October 11, 2011 at 5:48 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Ann had it on the nose

October 11, 2011 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger Kate Mary Betty said...

Mary and Kathy from Windwomen Farm, Clarksville, NY...we will be commuting from home...see you there!

October 11, 2011 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

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October 11, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

I'm kind of belaboring the point here, but the thing is that stockwork is about the *sheep* not the dog. As crucial as Gibson may be to your operation and narrative arc and as much as your participants may understand that you are joking around when you advertise that you are going to demonstrate Gibson herding/chasing your sheep, people who have no idea how dogs work stock could easily come to your site and perceive that you may be treating your sheep poorly (after all, you are advertising that you are going to demonstrate chasing them). That's the kind of thing that starts people wondering if dogs working sheep is kind of abusive and should be stopped. All young dogs and handlers harass sheep as they learn--that's kind of unavoidable. But, I find advertising that as a feature of a paid event to be kind of the opposite of what you otherwise present yourself as doing with your homestead.

October 11, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

So fantastic!! I can't wait!

October 11, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi jenna
looking forward to antlerfest and being on the farm.saw you at jon katz's
"true grit"....
donna from ghent, ny

October 11, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hey Jenna, Jason and I are at Battonkill campground. We are already bargainaing on which workshops we'll be attending and who gets to attend what. Jason is picking his guitar up from the shop this week and then we're all set for a great weekend!

October 11, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

Elaine and Nickie(BackAchres) from just a few hours down Rt 88 just outside Binghamton. We will be staying at the Cambridge Hotel. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

October 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

I'm sad that I can't make this event due to a work related trip however, I will definitely attend one in the future. Have fun Jenna!

October 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Richard Heinberg is talking at the Northshire Bookstore Thursday night, Tara, you want to go with me?

October 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger rabbit said...

Riley and Jess from Muskoka, Ontario (Canada), will be there! We are so stoked-and trying figure out how to do ALL the workshops without missing anything ;) lol We are staying at Lake Lauderdale Campground-about 5 miles away I believe....

October 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Oh, Jenna, your patience is admirable!

October 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Second Lunch... I love you. For real.

I'd love to go with you to the talk, but do you know what time? I'm guessing I'll roll into town sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 that evening? I also owe a visit to Battenkill Books sometime while I'm there. I'm VERY excited to be coming up!

Oh yeah - Tara Pommer, coming from Grandview Texas, staying at Rice Mansion Inn in Cambridge. :)

October 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Tara, it's at 7pm

October 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Ooh, I might make it, but it will be tight. Hopefully they'll be speedy with my luggage and rent car. I'll touch base with you that day.

October 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

okay, i am def going and leaving at 6pm for it. If you want to either meet me at Northshire, or if it's too late you can come to the farm in the morning, I'm going to pick out pigs, wanna help with that?

October 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I'll be coming over from Galway, NY, but will be late both days due to caring for an elderly parent who just had surgery.

October 11, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Definitely IN for pigs!

October 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

okay, you'll have to be at the farm early! 6:45 AM!

October 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

So excited—fantastic line up of things to do and check out! Never had a cider donut before and can’t wait to try one among other thing!

Lara coming from Buckeye, Arizona-staying at Battenkill Campground

See everyone soon!

October 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Yvette said...

Pippin: for what it's worth, I care far less about learning to wrangle an imaginary herd of sheep I never hope to own than I do about seeing Gibson and Jenna in action and meeting them. I'm sure that part of the "action" will include Jenna's usual expositions on what went right and what went wrong. I wish I could go.

If you some day choose to invite the internet to YOUR home, I hope you'll have the grace and patience to simply ignore anyone who thinks they know more than you about what to do at your own house. I'm not sure I would.

October 11, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm not worried about it Pippin.

October 11, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Jenna, you are very kind. I wish I could make it this year, but I hope to come next year. I look forward to hearing all about it next week. Please post pictures, especially of Gibson behaving exactly like a young, in-training dog does. Have a great weekend!

October 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thanks for the tips on Northshire Bookstore! I just changed my flight to a redeye so I'll get into Manchester by noon on Friday and have time to enjoy the town. But of course Antlerstock is the place to be, come Saturday. See you all there!

October 11, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Oh I so wish I was coming! Could not make it work this time but in the future I will. Have an awesome time everyone!!!!!! Karen from CT

October 11, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

So worth it Shannon. I'll be there Thursday night to here that talk with Heinberg. It's an amazing bookstore.

October 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Manya said...

I am coming up to NY withan urbanite- will definitely one by for photos & bring coffee. This is countripalooza- rock it Jenna!!!

October 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger CallieK said...

I'm sorry to be missing this but a little less disappointed since I'll be attending Foodstock, a fundraiser to stop a Mega Quarry from being developed in the heart of our nearby farmlands on Sunday. Hopefully there'll be another Antlerstock next year. Hope you all have a wonderful time!

October 13, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

CallieK - what you are involved with is certainly important. I can't believe the local government would give the ok to lose 2300 acres of farmland to build a quarry. Im sure higher tax revenue from the quarry has much to do with it. Very sad - I hope this doesn't happen.

October 14, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger CallieK said...

Thanks Pit Stop- in this case it can't really be pinned on the government- the land was aquired legally by a developer who convinced many of the farms to sell by duping them into believing that the land was going to be used as potato farms. Many sold willing without being aware of the potential quarry at all. The funds raised at Sunday's event will go to mounting a legal defence for the remaining 4 farms that haven't sold (the quarry would kill their farms)and surrounding towns who will be greatly affected. It's also to put pressure on the government to call for an ecological assessment in hopes of preventing the quarry from ever being dug- the ramifications to the water table alone are horrifying!

October 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM  

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