Farming Support & Thinking About Haycations?
Here are some updates: There is only ONE spot left for fiddle camp this August, and there won't be another opening until 2015. I hope one of you grabs it fast. If you're not familiar with Fiddle Camp, it is a weekend here in Washington County for people who have never touched or played a fiddle before. Folks who think they can't play an instrument, but wish they could. You don't need to read music, heck, you don't need to know how to hold a fiddle. Just show up and by the end of the weekend you'll be playing a song. Promise. This will be my fourth time doing this in March and I am starting to get the hang of it!
Same goes for Dulcimer Day Camp (and just like fiddle camp) it comes with a dulcimer. We spend the day in the farmhouse or outside in the pasture learning to pluck, strum, and make that sweet, southern mountain music. No experience needed. That will be in September, and September around here is fall-down-the-stairs beautiful!
Besides music there is a second Arrow's Rising planned for October (beginners archery workshop, comes with a bow!), a workshop for people thinking about a horse someday, chicken 101, farm dreams and planning, and I'm sure I'll add more wool and sheep stuff as well. There are always Indie Days for folks who want One-on-One instruction to spend a whole day learning an instrument, learning to shoot a bow, or just to spend a day around an author, her horse, her hawk, and her hope.
If ANY of these sound interesting, I urge you to sign up! Without workshop attendance there isn't much hope for Cold Antler at this point! So to keep the dream going and to keep the animals stocked in grain, kibble, and hay - send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$250 a person
$350 a couple
Season Passes get you into any farm event with available space you want. You pre-pay up front and then you have yourself a spot at Arrows Rising, Goats and Soap, and Cold Antler Confidential waiting for you. If you come to just one camp all year, it saves you money. The only thing the Season Pass doesn't include is the cost of instruments, bows, etc. So if you decided you and your partner want to come for Goats and Soap and The Farmer's horse, and Arrow's Rising - you still need to either bring a bow of your own or buy one separate. That's the only added expense: equipment.
As for the thing I am thinking of trying out? Would any of you be interested in spending three or five days working here at COld Antler? It would be a haycation, not an internship. I am not legally set up to host overnight guests like a B&B nor can I legally feed you from my kitchen. But if you want to pitch a tent at a campsite just a couple miles away and learn what it takes to keep 6.5 acres of animals, activity, and awesomeness going strong I am considering getting folks here to work and play alongside me for an extended version of the Indie Day Program. We could probably fit half the workshop topics in five days, I'm sure. If this is something you'd consider, please send me an email with your thoughts?
Lastly, if you want to support the farm and have the means but can not travel here (which I totally understand) you can always buy a local a Day Pass or Season Pass to help someone who can come, but doesn't have the scratch. If you are kind enough to do this I will include a three year or Lifetime Membership to Clan Cold Antler. Yup, being a good person pays off around here. All of this helps in ways you may not realize, even clicking the ad that changes at the top of the blog helps.
I thank you all for your readership, support, emails, stories, comments, and criticism. You're a part of this story, too. I would not be here without out, and I really would like to stay here.