Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Get Your FARM! Raise that CHICKEN!
DATE CHANGE August 30th-31st!

Cold Antler Confidential: Session 3!

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 an outdoor/indoor 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 stories.

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
August 30 2014
10AM-4PM
Jackson, NY
Cost: $100


Small Freezer Meat Farming

So you've been raising vegetables, a few laying hens, and ordered those honeybees. You have a worm bin and learned to cook from scratch, can jam, and can

Small Freezer Meat Farming is a workshop dedicated to backyard meat production on a small scale. How to get started, what works best for your space, and a detailed talk about living with animals in a new way. A way that means care, attention, and stewardship but ends with a that small space above the refrigerator stocked with something from the backyard besides frozen peas and tomato sauce.

Many of us drawn to homesteading like animals very much, adore our cats and dogs, and love our pet hens but still enjoy meat. Some are ready to take that next step in home meat production but are hesitant. Understandably so! Taking lives, especially lives you lovingly raised, out of the world and onto your plate is a mental and physical hurdle. It isn't normal in the modern world anymore, but perhaps something about that distance from your food bothers you? Maybe you want to raise meat but are scared. Perhaps you are a vegetarian who wants to consider organic and homegrown meat but want to think it through a bit more.

SFMF is a workshop to talk about all of this. It will begin with a conversation and also go into details about raising chickens, rabbits, and small livestock like sheep and goats for meat. There will be a butchering demonstration of a chicken and rabbit (from living animal to freezer) and a talk about the role of animals today and tomorrow: with a conversation about some serious concerns I have about healthy food and resources in the days ahead.

This is a new workshop at Cold Antler, but an important one. It lasts a full Saturday and will conclude at 4PM officially, but folks are welcome to stay at the farm that night for a private party with a campfire, conversation, grilled eats, music (bring your instruments), and home brew.

SFMF
August 31 2014
10AM-4PM
Jackson, NY
Cost: $100


Why Don't You Consider a Season Pass?!

If these workshops, or ANY of the events coming up sound interesting to you I urge you to take the plunge and come to the farm. I also offer Season passes with include every event I host (minus the cost of instruments or bows and such like). Season Passes cost $350 and you can use that for an entire year. If you bought one now you could get a spot at Arrows Rising in the fall, next spring's fiddle camp plus any other workshop (from bees to butchering) for the cost of one large event. I urge you to take the five Season Passes I have to offer now. It is a huge gift to this farm and the animals here and a great way to network, make friends, and see the place your read about.

Buy a Season Pass before the weekend and I will also include a FREE Indie Half Day at the farm to focus on any subject in more detail on a One on One basis.

Sign up via email! Jenna@itsafarwalk.com

13 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

FYI - you don't mention a date just that's it's in August.

March 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Jess Sheppard said...

When in August for the confidential? And when is the meat one?

March 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Jess Sheppard said...

I see now they're the same weekend-sorry! :/

March 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

I'm interested in Arrows Rising. However, is it possible to shoot arrows for a day or two without prior physical preparation? I would think that your muscles would get pretty sore until you built up strength. How do you build up gradually to avoid injury? Can you adjust the tension on the bow to make it easier?

May 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

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May 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Molly you do not need to be in any special shape, you just need two working arms :) While we do spend around 3-4 hours shooting it is split between 2 days, talking, lessons, and more. And all the bows are a beginner draw that anyone who can pick up a small sack of dog food could handle. Sign on up!

June 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

No worries Jess!

June 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Karen 23rd and 24th I believe!

June 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It is in the title of the post!

June 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

When is Arrows Rising? What is the cost?

June 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Columbus Day Weekend, $350

June 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger sandalfoot said...

Oh, how I wish I were 20 years younger! Over 20 years ago, my husband and I bought 8 acres in the country, in the 70's, when there was a back to the land organic movement going on. But we didn't really succeed. We were too tied to the city jobs and didn't get enough encouragement. (Well, this certainly hasn't stopped you!)It is so very refreshing to see your following! As more people return to the earth and self sufficiency, awareness of the awful truth of factory farming might grow.

July 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger ute weigand said...

Jenna I signed up for the Confidential and need to know the address to where I am going:)
So excited:)

August 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM  

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