Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cold Antler Confidential! 1 Spot left!

So quick note about this workshop, the response has been amazing. People are coming from Indiana, New jersey, Maryland, and ALASKA! It'll be a winter farmhouse full of inspiration, friends, plans and dreams. If you can make it to this one, do so. Season passes are still on sale, so might as well join in for one of the last Fiddle Camp or Archery spots too. Email me to sign up!

Cold Antler Confidential is a workshop for anyone dreaming of a farm of their own, but isn't there yet. It's a day dedicated to serious discussions on making this happen and building a plan to do so. It's a ruthless workshop, a place for dreamers who are ready to become doers. We'll start out with introductions and our stories but quickly dive into a step-by-step list for making it happen. You won't leave the workshop with a farm, but you will leave knowing how to make it possible and surrounded by support, success stories, and the honest truths about what this life is like - good and horrible.

The Confidential part is this: sometimes our farm dreams are secrets, or the intensity of them. Too many of us are told how ridiculous it is to want to "Go Back to the Land" or get chickens in our suburban backyards. We're told it's nice to think about farms for a retirement goal, but to actually pull up stakes, buy land, and start ordering from seed catalogs in bulk is considered reckless by some and idealist tripe by others. This is a workshop were you can rest-assured everyone shares your disease. Everyone there will have barn heart and will want to laugh, vent, share stories, and more. I know i'll want to do the same. Come and ask me anything, about the public life and the blog verses the hard realities of living alone on the farm. This will be a place all of us can get out some of the frustrations we've come across. There are things I just don't feel comfortable writing about on the blog. Some things are just easier to talk about in your living room, you know? It'll be that kind of session!

And we'll figure out plans of actions for us. What are your current limitations (remember, current is just that, CURRENT) and what can you do now? We'll discuss grants, crowd funding, bartering, blogs and special programs for new farmers or rural development.  It was just such a program that got me on my land and knowing what to ask for and how to find it could have you planting your own kale patch next fall.

I'll try to have local farmers and neighbors join us, explaining how they got started and what caused the mental shift to make it happen. It'll be a flurry of conversations, inspirations, stories and plans. Some of you may have all you need to start a market garden now. Some of you have more than enough space to start breeding meat rabbits and poultry. Some of you may have cottage business talents, waiting to pop out. The truth about making a living out here is diversity, frugality, and flexibility. So you can leave with a list of ideas, resources, and steps you will start taking that very day to get towards your goal.

Everyone's story will be totally different, everyone will have different limitations I'm sure. Some won't be able to move. Others will be picking up local real estate flyers. I hear about local places all the time, through chatter and messages. The realtor who sold me this farm recently emailed me about a homestead for sale up the road, just in case anyone is asking. People ask all the time.

This will be in indoor winter workshop here in the farmhouse. It'll be from 10AM Saturday to 4PM that night with an hour break for lunch. Bring notebooks, pens, and you'll have a little homework to do in advance but not much. There will be a fireside conversation, literally, and warm dogs and cats in your laps. I will do my best to clean up the dog hair.

SO! If you share my dream. If you are scared to "come out of the tool shed" to your family about wanting a rural life. If you have been reading enough memoirs and want to create your own story, come to Cold Antler Confidential! It's a day about doing.

Cold Antler Confidential
Sat. January 18th 2014
Jackson, NY
Cost: $100

Cold Antler Confidential
Sat. April 5th 2014
Jackson, NY
Cost: $100


Blogger barbsbirds13 said...

Jenna, some of us simply love reading farm memoirs no matter we're not looking to make their little plot into more of a farm than a food garden and bunch of chickens and a dog or two we had to rescue from a harder place. I wonder if you might offer a list of the best farm memoirs you can come up with - 'Barnheart' at the top of the list even tho I'll bet all of us have already read that one. Wha'da ya think?

December 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger JNoell said...

I like that idea. Just reading Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard. Great read!

January 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

barbsbirds13, I love farm/garden memoirs. Of course Barnheart is at the top of my list, I love it so. :) I also recommend Gaining Ground, like JNoell said. Some that I've read the past few years and LOVE: *Farm City by Novella Carpenter. *From the Ground Up by Jeanne Nolan. *On Good Land by Michael Ableman. *This Organic Life --and Growing, Older both by Joan Gussow. *Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Hmm...if I think of more I'll come back...always have my nose in a book about farms and gardens!

February 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Jenna, I really, really hope that you continue these workshops. I would love to attend one someday.

February 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM  

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