Saturday, September 7, 2013

Workshop Schedule!

Here is a list of workshops planned for the weeks and months ahead. I'll be adding back the button on the right side of the blog so anyone can click to see the events at anytime. Workshops are a fun, comfortable, and beginner-friendly environment to learn new skills, meet like-minded people, and support my work here as a writer/blogger/small farmer. You can pay per event or if you live relatively close you can buy a season pass, which costs the price of two or three workshops paid up front for a whole year! Email me at to sign up for a season pass or any workshop at all!

Most workshops cost $100. Special events like Arrows Rising and Fiddle Camp, or other events with instruments or gear cost more ($350). They are non refundable for any reason, however you can always use a missed workshop credit towards any other farm event, forever.

Indie Days!
These are personal workshops, private and full of one-on-one skill teaching time in everything from setting up a sheep fence to learning the fiddle. They are twice the price of a normal workshop but ten times the focus and attention.

Here is a list of upcoming events and workshops at the farm! Some of they are this year's dates of annual events and some are brand new workshops. All day-long workshops are $100 and paid for via paypal to reserve the spot. Weekend events start at $200 and things like fiddles, bows, or other sundries cost extra. For example Fiddle Camp and Arrow's Rising are $350 a person. All workshops are non-refundable, but if you can't make it you can come to any other workshop at any other time of the same value or use that money towards a larger event like Fiddle Camp or Arrow's Rising.

Spring Fiddle Camp! March 28th-29th 2015
March 28th and 29th, a Saturday and Sunday, will be the date of the next two-day Fiddle Camp. This is a workshop for people who love the sounds and songs of the country fiddle and feel they could never learn. It is for people who have never held a fiddle, can't read music, and feel they are too hopeless to even try. Nothing could be further from the truth! In three years of hosting this workshop I have taught many people (left and right handed, to boot!) to begin playing tunes for themselves at home. You will not leave sounding like Charlie Daniels, but you will leave knowing your first scale, your first song, and all the tools you need to teach yourself at home without expensive lessons. If any of you out there did attend a camp in the past, please share your experiences here for those who aren't sure they are suited for it!

May Fiddle Day Camp, May 2nd 2015 SOLD OUT
Same as the weekend long event but just one day, less curriculum covered, but the basics are all there.  Great option for folks who can't make a weekend out of it but want to learn!

Arrow's Rising 2015 June 20th-21st 2015
Ever wanted to learn archery? Hold your own longbow? Shoot in the forest at targets below you and through brush in the woods? Arrow's Rising is a weekend for folks of all shapes, ages, and sizes who want to learn traditional archery and go home with not only a new skill, but their very own handmade longbow made by a U.S. Veteran and craftsman! There will NOT be a fall version of this, so this will be the only archery workshop in 2015.

Goat Weekend! 3 Spots Left!
Soapmaking 101  July 18 and Goats & Soap July 19
For the past few years this farm has hosted an event called Goats & Soap. It is a two-part workshop that starts here at the farm making milk-based soap from scratch and meeting the goats that make it happen. We go through the safety, tools, ingredients and process of making a lye and milk soap and we get to meet my little mother/daughter herd. After lunch we venture to my goat mentor’s farm, Common Sense Farm, three miles south of my place right in Cambridge NY. Yesheva, is there as the goddess of all things Caprine and she knows goats folks. She goes through everything from what to look for in breeding stock, to feed and housing, to bucks and mating season. She is patient and calm and wonderful as an asset. She even has goats for sale sometimes from her herd.

AND GUYS! If you want to come to at least one camp, consider buying a Season Pass. They are on sale now for $300 and that money goes straight to supporting this farm and keeping it going. The sale is only good until Friday, but it gets you every single workshop here, held within a year of purchase, INCLUDING camps and weekend events (but doesn't cover bows or instruments). So instead of coming to just one event like Arrow's Rising 2015 for $400,  reserve your spot now with your season pass, pay for the bow later (up to three months before event) and enjoy all these workshops and more a they appear between November 2014-2015!

To sign up for any of these:

NOTICE: Workshops are non-refundable for any reason. However, if weather or illness prevents you from attending, your credit is good as long as I am hosting workshops here so no money goes to waste!