Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Join Us This Weekend or For Yuletide!

Wooly Weekend!
November 22nd 2014
Here at CAF

Join me at the farm this November for a comfy workshop inside by the wood stove. We will talk about all things sheep, wool, and spinning! The workshop will begin outside with the sheep and go over the basics of what Living with Sheep is like and what to expect along that journey. Then a sheep will have some wool sheared off and brought inside to begin the wonderful story of yarn! The wool we cut will be washed, dried by the fire, carded by hand, and spun with a drop spindle. Watch and help turn the hair off the back of an animal become a clean, warm, and beautiful piece of hand spun yarn.

Bring your knitting projects and share your own work with wool with other workshoppers. Try a spinning wheel out. Sit and listen to stories of my own flock, lessons learned (good and bad) and what having sheep in your life can mean and be to you! This is a workshop both for fiber fans who love the art of knitting as well as people considering adding a trio of sheep to the backyard.

I hope that Patty Wesner will join in with us as well, talking about her experiences with her first ever flock of sheep she raised as feeder lambs. She will be harvesting their fleeces, but as sheepskins for the farmhouse and not wool. Another approach, and one that comes with some amazing lamb masala in the end! So join us here in the farmhouse to get a broad introduction to sheep and wool production at home.

Yuletide Cheer
December 6th 2014
Here at CAF

This is a new event here at Cold Antler Farm, one I never thought to offer until my last two books came out. This is a workshop talking about farming within the traditions and mythology around the Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year is a general term for the pre-Christian practices of agricultural Europe. In my case: the Celtic Tradition. Since it is so close to the Solstice and the farm will be lit with bayberry candles, fresh fir branches, and a small tree inside the window we’ll start at Yule and talk about each of the eight festivals of the Wheel and how the farm life dances along with them, in music, story, and myth!

This will be a workshop taking much on farming and faith, finding meaning in mythology and ancient traditions and why I chose this path. I hope that folks interested in the Wheel will come and share their stories. There will also be open discussions on spirituality and farming in general, the importance of feeling connected to your land, and how spiritual groups and communities in general are a part of life here in Washington County. So it’s a little deeper, a little more introspective. But if your faith and your farm are connected you may be interested in joining this discussion.


Blogger Sunflower Farm and Petit Creek Lavender said...

Please put this into an e-course for us who live too far away. Every detail of what you will offer sounds wonderful

September 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hi Jenna, I was trying to send you a message on the Birchthorn blog, (Im a supporter) and I get a message of: Unable to send form. No storage service is configured. Configure one using the 'Storage' tab from the configuration area for this block.

So whats up with that? Thanks!

September 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Sunflower, which one?

September 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Kate: I have no other folks with issues yet that I know of? Try another browser? like firefox or safari instead of i.e..

September 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

Very interested in both of these! One question though: What time do these start and end?

September 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Carlos Rodriguez said...

what about a backyard pig day and demo? maybe one where you are a student to butchering as well?!

September 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Tubaville said...

I so wish I lived closer than Minnesota! This sounds like so much fun! I plan on making my foray into chickens next year. Like you said, "chickens are the gateway drug". We live in the woods (5 acres) with no pasture so I'm thinking chickens first then maybe some pigs.

September 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Carlos, there will be pigs and a pig talk at Antlerstock by prof Brett, but to pick a day in advance for slaughter day is hard with my traveling butcher.

October 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

I'm not sunflower but I vote for both ;-)

October 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa Martin said...

Jenna, for those of us who are too far away to attend Yuletide Cheer (but are very interested in learning more about the wheel of the year), do you have a favorite book or two to recommend on the subject?

Thanks, Lesley in the midwest

November 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa Martin said...

Jenna, yes please consider an e-course for those of us too far away to attend. And in the meantime, do you have a favorite book or two on the subject that you recommend?


November 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I think e-courses would be hard to figure out, but youtube does allow live streaming, so if I can figure it out I can host some online, live, events we can all do a q and A in

November 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Jess Sheppard said...

I so wish we could make it to Yuletide.

November 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM  

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