Green Acres: Workshops

Dates/Times:

Friday, August 6, 9 am to 3 pm (various times and locations)

Saturday, August 7, 8 am to 3 pm (various times and locations)

Sunday, August 8, 8 am to 3 pm (various times and locations)

Locations: Family farms in the Monroe, Brodhead, Browntown, New Glarus, Albany Belleville and Blanchardville communities.

 

Experience farm livin'.  Women-owned and co-owned farmers don their farm hats, fancy up their place and invite you to participate in numerous fun, hands-on and educational SOIL SISTERS: Green Acres workshops on their farms.  

 

Learn a new skill like making cheese or baking bread, go on a hayride, or learn about raising sheep, goats and numerous other livestock.  Explore how to launch a food product business from your kitchen or become a farmer for the day.  A two hour mid-day break between sessions provides ample time to grab a bite to eat in town and get to the next workshop.

 

These ticketed events are based on availability and subject to change, minimum and maximum workshop sizes -- so reserve your spot early.  Please note:  "Kid Friendly" refers to workshops designed for young children or teens; check age minimums before registering.

 

Registration Bonus:  A free copy of the Renewing the Countryside: WISCONSIN book (a $26.95 value) will be made available to every couple, household or family participating in these workshops (one free copy per residential address).

 

 

 

In Her Boots: Start-up Strategies for Women Farmers
Fri., Aug. 6

Host: Betty Anderson, The Old Smith Place

Are you a woman ready to explore taking the first steps toward your dream of starting a farm?  Do you have lots of ideas but need advice on where to start?  Come for an inspiring day of advice, ideas and seasoned perspectives from the Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women championing organic and sustainable agriculture in their community.  Learn from experienced women farmers and gather resources for your farm launch.  This In Her Boots workshop is a part of the award-winning In Her Boots Project of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).

Cost: $TBD (includes lunch sponsored by Organic Valley Family of Farms)

Duration: 5 hours

Attendees: 60 maximum

•      Time: 10 am to 3 pm (Aug. 6)

       Registration Opens May, 2020

 

 

Going Crackers, Sat., Aug. 7

Host:  Bluffwood Landing (Monticello)
Description:  Learn the “ins and outs” of making your own savory and sweet crackers with gluten-free and locally grown flours. LindaDee (Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow, 1965) demonstrates mixing, rolling & baking these crunchy goodies for you to sample and take home the recipes. Easier than you think, says the former restauranteur, Sunporch Cafe Madison, 1983-2003. Replace sugar laden cookies (so “yesterday”!) with this healthier alternative. You can legally make these in an unlicensed kitchen and sell at farm stands. Good partner for cheese, sausage, jams, relishes, spreads, dips, and beverages. Impress family and guests with your homemade crackers. Adults only.
Cost:  $55
Duration: 2 hours
Attendee number: 8 maximum

Workshop Offered:

•       Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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DIY Body Care Products, Sun., Aug. 8
Host:  Innisfree Farmstay and Retreat/Scotch Hill Farm (Brodhead)
Description:  Join Dela Ends and learn how to make your own lip balm, body lotion, natural insect repellent and deodorant with natural ingredients so you'll never need to buy these from the store again.  Create your own products to take home.  Children (ages 12 and over) welcome with adult supervision and own paid ticket (for the child).
KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $50
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  12 maximum

•      Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 8)

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Market Garden Farmer for a Morning, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Christensens Farm (Browntown)
Description:  Spend the morning getting to know Christensen Farm and how we transformed from a family garden to a market gardening business that serves 100 families and 2 farmers markets.  Our workshop will include a tour of the gardens and farm equipment,  a discussion on how the farm has developed over time, as well as visiting the livestock and finishing with a hayride through the property.  We will wash up some of the veggies for you to take home and finish with delicious farm fresh snack and cold drink. Please wear farm appropriate clothing and shoes since you may get dirty. Farm boots and gloves may come in handy.  Workshop fee includes some produce that you can take home with you.  Children (ages 5 and over) are welcome with a ticketed adult and their own ticket (for the child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $20
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  12 maximum

•      Time: 9 am - 11 am (Aug. 7)

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Wild & Wooly: Fabulous Felt Projects, Sun., Aug. 8
Host:  Circle M Market Farm (Blanchardville)
Description:  Meet the sheep and create with their wool at Circle M Market Farm, tutored by shepherdess and fiber artist Kriss Marion. At this workshop, you'll learn a variety of methods to felt wool and have the opportunity to experiment with them in your own way. Suitable for all experience levels and ages 5 and up. Great fun for groups or families traveling the Soil Sisters Tour together, as felting is a fun and lighthearted experiment in modeling with wool and takes more time than concentration. Come prepared to get messy, wooly and inspired!  Children 8 and under are welcomed for free with a ticketed adult.  Children, ages 8 and over, are welcome with a ticketed adult and their own ticket (for the ages 8 or older child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost: $30
Duration: 2 hours
Attendee number: 25 maximum

•      Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 8)

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Sustainable Living Day-long Seminar & Tour, Sun., Aug. 8
Host:  Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B (Browntown)
Description:  Pay off the mortgage. Completely power your farm or home with renewable energy. Grow your own food. Craft your version of the good life that's based on self-reliance, addressing food, energy, environment and personal finances. Join this lively timeline journey of how Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko did it, so you can too. Features a farm tour that covers the 10.8 kW solar electric system, solar thermal systems, growing fields, plug-in electric vehicle chargers, wood-fired outdoor pizza oven and greenhouse made from straw bales.  Price includes a copy of Kivirist and Ivanko's award-winning ECOpreneuring book ($17.95 value) and complimentary, farm-fresh tapas/refreshments. Adults only.
Cost:  $100
Duration:  5 hours
Attendee number:  30 maximum

•      Time: 10 am to 3 pm (Aug. 8)

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Introduction to CSA Farming, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Raleigh's Hillside Farm (Brodhead)
Description:  Enjoy a tour of Raleigh’s Hillside Farm and learn a bit more about CSA as a business model. We’ll go over the history and growth of our business over the past eight years, tour the fields, explain how CSA works logistically, explore efficient pack shed strategies, and chat about how to grow a small CSA effectively over time. Adults and kids welcome, but kids over 12 will need their own ticket. Kids under 12 do not need a ticket but need direct supervision by their parents attending.

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $40
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  20 maximum

•    Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 7)

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Advanced CSA Farming Class, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Raleigh's Hillside Farm (Brodhead)
Description:  This class is intended for those already familiar with the CSA model and ready to dive into planning their CSA business. We will not tour our farm or discuss our farm's history in any depth (sign up for the beginning CSA class if interested!), but instead work together to create a farm business plan, discuss the nuts and bolts of CSA administration (from crop planning to drop sites), explore marketing strategies for finding members, and build out the logistics of your CSA farm. This will be an interactive class. Adults only.
Cost:  $50
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  10 maximum

•    Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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Start a Food Business from your Home Kitchen

Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B (Browntown)
Description:  Launch a food product business from your home kitchen.  Yes, you can! Join co-authors Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko as they offer a crash course, based on their book HOMEMADE FOR SALE, on becoming food product entrepreneurs in your home kitchen. Nearly every state now has a cottage food law that applies to baked goods and/or high acid canned food products like pickles, preserves, jams and jellies.  Lisa served as a plaintiff in the successful lawsuit that now makes it legal to sell baked goods made in your home kitchen in Wisconsin.  Adults-only workshop.
Cost:  $50
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number: 40

•      Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 7)

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Hedge-wichery for Beginners, Sun., Aug. 8
Host:  Harmony Farm (New Glarus)
Description:  At its most basic, hedge witchery is about healing our environment, our community, and ourselves, by working with the gifts and lessons that surround us every day. We'll sink into caring for animal, plant and land as an extension of caring for ourselves. Come learn about wild edible and medicinal plants in a safe and welcoming environment.  From teas to tinctures, salads to salves, Nature offers both food and pharmacy.  You'll learn to identify a variety of common beneficial plants, both wild and cultivated, and how to use them as part of nourishment of body and self.  We will have herbal infusion to drink during the event, and gather as a group to make a tincture of what we gather for each guest to take home!  Adults only.
Cost: $30
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  15 maximum

•    Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 8)

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Intro to Drone Photography & Cinematography, Sun., Aug. 8

Host:  Inn Serendipity (Browntown)
Description:  Whether you already have a drone or are thinking about buying one, join drone pilot Liam Kivirist for a very introductory session on flying your own drone. He'll cover the basics on what to look for if you're in the market for buying a drone. Then, he'll go through an informal mini-flight school before you head out to fly drones.  For those without their own drone, he will offer a little, highly supervised, flight time at very low altitudes with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ (if you're ready for it). The Phantom 4 Pro is one of the easiest and safest consumer drones on the market. Older children (ages 15 and over) welcome with adult supervision and own paid ticket (for the child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $50
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  6 maximum

•    Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 8)

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Baking Farmstead Breads, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Innisfree Farmstay & Retreat/Scotch Hill Farm (Brodhead)
Description:  There's nothing like fresh homemade bread!  In this class we will make farmstead sourdough bread, easy peasy quick buns and savory French cheesy biscuits.  This class is hands on fun and we enjoy tasting our creations as well.  Using organic flours, fresh herbs from the garden and real Wisconsin cheeses we will make a variety of incredible breads. You'll be able to impress your family and friends with these great recipes.  Children (ages 7 and over) welcome with adult supervision and own paid ticket (for the child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $45
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  18 maximum

•      Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 7)

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Cheesemaking 101, Sat., Aug. 7

Host:  Landmark Creamery (Belleville)

Description:  Learn how to make cheese in your own kitchen at Landmark Creamery Provisions's store in Paoli! Award-winning cheesemaker Anna Landmark will walk you through the basics of making cheese at home, with a focus on mozzarella and ricotta. Nibble on a variety of Landmark Creamery's cheeses and learn how each one is made. You will go home with a cheesemaking kit of your own. Plus, 10% discount on any cheese you buy in the shop that day.  Children (ages 12 and over) welcome with ticketed adult and own paid ticket (for the child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $65
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  20 maximum

•    Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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Home Cheesemaking, Sun., Aug. 8

Host:  Innisfree Farmstay & Retreat/Scotch Hill Farm (Brodhead)

Description:  Join Dela Ends to learn how to make simple cheeses at home. After many years of raising goats, her goat cheese rocks!  You will make cheese with Scotch hill Farm’s goats milk as well as demonstrating making cheese with store-purchased cows milk. Class will also make simple queso blanco, mozzarella cheese and soft cream cheese. Price includes your own cheesemaking kit to take home.  Kit value:  $24.95. Children (ages 12 and over) are welcome with ticketed adult and own paid ticket (for each child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $75, which includes your own cheese making kit to take home
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  15 maximum

•    Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 8)

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Retirement Farmsteading, Fri., Aug. 6
Host:  Bluffwood Landing (Monticello)
Description:  Approaching 50? Stuck in boring job?  What’s next? Same old, same old? Does your “bucket list” include: Move to the country, grow veggies, milk goats, sell handcrafted thingamabobs? LindaDee has done all that. After a successful business career (Sunporch Cafe & Art Gallery, Madison), she segued to a 90-acre farm, then a 5-acre B & B, then 150-acre Meat/Wool CSA farm. Her last move was for downsizing to 15 acres where she builds fences, tends organic gardens and raises rare sheep. Learn pitfalls, what to expect, and a realistic view which may puncture your balloon or encourage you… to move to the country.  Adults only.
Cost:  $50
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  15 maximum

•    Time: 1 pm - 3 pm (Aug. 6)

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Living with Lymes, Fri., Aug. 6

Host: Bluffwood Landing (Monticello)
Description:  Overcoming Lymes without antibiotics or conventional pharmaceuticals through the lens of LindaDee who lives with it. Those pesky little ticks are everywhere—on farms, on pets, in parks, trees, and bushes… ready to pounce, burrow into your skin and transmit this debilitating disease. Learn how she managed Lymes into remission with simple protocols, food, and alternative medicinals. Once you’re infected, you always have it, but no need to suffer. Food is one of the secrets which LindaDee will share, including yummy treats.  Teens 13 and older welcome with their own ticket (for the teen).

TEEN FRIENDLY
Cost:  $50
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  15 maximum

•    Time: 9 am - 11 am (Aug. 6)

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Ancient Farming Festivals: Day-long Workshop, Sun., Aug. 8

Host: Bluffwood Landing (Monticello)
Description:  Time travel with LindaDee back to ancient Anglo Saxon gatherings for Equinoxes and Solstices. Learn about the Celtic fire festivals of Beltane, Sowhain, Imbolc and Lammas and their religious and secular counterparts today. Make a good luck “corn dolly” to take home as we eat and drink of the season while LindaDee shares stories and leads rituals that evolved long, long ago in farming communities across northern Europe. These “Holy Days” of our ancestors revolved around yearly cycles of AgriCULTURE, of growing food, of the seasons, the sun and the moon and some are still practiced today. “Merry meet & merry part & merry meet again!” Teens 13 and older welcome with their own ticket (for the teen).

TEEN FRIENDLY
Cost:  $65
Duration:  5 hours
Attendee number:  12 maximum

•    Time: 10 am - 3 pm (Aug. 8)

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Farmtastic Crafts, Sat., Aug. 7

Host: Food Web Farms (Monroe)
Description:  This workshop is for all ages and abilities and will focus on creating crafts inspired by our farm. We will begin with a "farmtastic" project as a group and then there will be optional additional projects at various stations around the farm. After craft time we will take a tour and chat about our inspiration here on the farm while our projects dry before taking them home.  4 and up require ticket, 3 and under free.

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $40 adult, $20 child
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  10 maximum

•    Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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Choose Your Own Farm Adventure, Sat., Aug. 7

Host: Food Web Farms (Monroe)
Description:  We’ll share about the adventures we have chosen so far on our farm. Then there will be a variety of hands on activities for children and adults depending on which type of adventure you choose (you can also mix and match): Choice A:  "Nitty Gritty" a farm activity where you might get dirty, Choice B: "Animal Adventures" an activity involving our animals, Choice C: "Plants & Produce" an activity involving field, flowers, or garden, Choice D:  "Scenic Route" more about appreciating nature and enjoying the view (more art based). Ending with a group activity that ties all those areas together. 4 and up require ticket, 3 and under free.

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $40 adult, $20 child
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  12 maximum

•    Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 7)

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Get Comfortable with Canning and Preserving your Garden Bounty, Sat., Aug. 7

Host: The Old Smith Place (Brodhead)
Description:  After a quick tour of the gardens, guests will gather in Betty's spacious kitchen to "put up" some seasonal produce which we may harvest on our tour. We'll be jamming, jellying or pickling our bounty but will cover all of the above in our workshop. You will take home your own canning kit and a jar or two of the fruits of your labor. Children (12 and over) may accompany a ticketed adult with their own ticket (for the child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $50
Duration:  2 hours
Attendee number:  6 maximum

Workshop Offered at Two Times:

•    Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 7)

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•    Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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Pressure Canning De-mystified: Yes you CAN - Day Long Workshop, Sun., Aug. 8

Host: The Old Smith Place (Brodhead)
Description:  Come spend the day getting all your pressure canning questions answered and the myths de-bunked as well. We will get some product into our canners right away and once they are singing along we will prepare and eat our 'Farmy Fast Food' lunch from foods I have previously pressure canned. Learn how you can prepare your own fast-food to be quick ready meals all winter long. Guests will take home the fruits of their labor along with their own canning kit. Children (12 and over) may accompany a ticketed adult with their own ticket (for the child).

KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $100
Duration:  5 hours
Attendee number:  6 maximum

•    Time: 10 am to 3 pm (Aug. 8)

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Modern Day Homesteading, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  The Little Red Homestead (Blanchardville)
Description: Spend the afternoon learning about our modern day homestead. We will teach you the basics of planning and designing a permaculture landscape; from soil maps and graph paper to planting roots and raising livestock.  Farm appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes required. Children of all ages are welcome with with one or more paid adult tickets.

KID FRIENDLY
Cost: $25
Duration: 2 hours
Attendee number: 20 maximum

•      Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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Butchering Chickens on the Farm, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Christensens Farm (Browntown)
Description: Join us for a hands on experience of butchering meat birds from start to finished product. We will go through through each step and share what we have learned over the last ten years.  You can be as involved as you want to be and ask questions along the way.  Children can come with their parents in an observatory role only and would not participate. Participating parents would need their own ticket. Butchering chickens requires the use of knives and is a messy business.  Please come prepared to get dirty and a little smelly. Children can come with their parents in an observatory role only and would not participate; one or more parents would all need paid adult tickets. Remember to bring a cooler for your butchered bird.  Due to activities, this is a 3 hour session.  Due to activities, this is a 3 hour session.

KID FRIENDLY
Cost: $100
Duration: 3 hours (Due to activities, this is a 3 hour session.)
Attendee number: 8 maximum

•      Time: 1 pm to 4 pm (Aug. 7)

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Soap Making 101, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Innisfree Farmstay & Retreat/Scotch Hill Farm (Brodhead)
Description: Learn to make your own soap from expert soap maker, farmer Dela Ends.  In this class you will make three batches of soap, covering both the hot and cold process.  Class includes recipes and soap samples to take home.
Cost: $50
Duration: 2 hours
Attendee number: 12 maximum

•      Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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Be a Rancher for the Morning, Sun., Aug. 8
Host:  Riemer Family Farm (Brodhead)
Description: Spend a morning with the Riemers and their daughters learning what operating a ranch is like. There will be plenty of interaction with the sheep, cattle, chickens, turkeys and kittens.  Participants will help move animals onto new pasture, collect eggs and learn how the Riemers care for their animals and land.  Kids and adults can identify the birds, butterflies and wildlife attracted to the pollinator friendly pastures.  Each participant goes home with a eggs collected by them, in a reusable bag from the farm. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase other farm products. This session is kid friendly.  All kids over three need their own ticket.  Kids under 3 free.
KID FRIENDLY
Cost:  $40 Adult,  $20 Kids Ages 3 - 16
Duration: 2 hours
Attendee number: 14 maximum

•      Time: 9 am to 11 am (Aug. 8)

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Powering your Home or Farm with Renewable Energy,

Fri., Aug. 6
Host:  Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B (Browntown)
Description: Build self-reliance at your home or on your farm with renewable energy.  Join John Ivanko as he explains how to completely power your home or farm with the sun, as he and his wife, Lisa Kivirist, have done since 2003 and get paid by your utility. Explore your options with a solar electric (photovoltaic) system, wind turbine system, solar thermal system for domestic hot water or in-floor radiant heating. Also covered are plug-in chargers for electric vehicles, the use of Sun Ovens, and EPA-certified woodstoves.  Funding options, real-world experiences and actual costs for renewable energy systems will be addressed, as well as a hands on tour of the operating systems. Children (ages 13 and over) welcome with adult supervision and own paid ticket (for the child).

KID FRIENDLY

Cost: $50
Duration: 2 hours
Attendee number: 20 maximum

•      Time: 1 pm to 3 pm (Aug. 6)

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Start your own Farmstead B&B - Day-long Workshop, Sat., Aug. 7
Host:  Circle M Market Farm (Blanchardville)
Description: Have you always had a dream of running our own bed & breakfast or airbnb enterprise?  Come for a "behind the scenes" look at Circle M Market Farm run by Kriss Marion, one of the most successful farmstays in Wisconsin.  Hear Kriss talk on state regulations, marketing, living the innkeeper lifestyle and navigating start-up issues. Learn about "glamping" and renting our vintage campers.   A detailed tour is included, and written materials as well as a brunch-making (and eating!) experience to help you envision what hosting guests would require in the kitchen.  Children are welcome to come (free) with ticketed adults.

KID FRIENDLY

Cost: $100
Duration: 5 hours
Attendee number: 10 maximum

•      Time: 10 am - 3 pm (Aug. 7)

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Gratitude Offerings for Land and Home, Sun., Aug. 8
Host:  Winterfell Acres (Brooklyn)
Description: The Earth provides so much for us but how do we give thanks in a simple and meaningful way? Join Farmer Beth in learning how to make offerings of gratitude for your Land and home! We will explore the simple ways to give thanks and gain a deeper understanding of why our ancestors and cultures all over the world do this. This class is for all who seek a deeper connection to the Earth through a giveaway of gratitude, including kids! Take home a kit full of offerings to do at home.  Children (ages 13 to 18) welcome with adult supervision and own paid ticket (for the child). Children 12 and under are welcome to come (free) with ticketed adults.

KID FRIENDLY

Cost: $30
Duration: 2 hours
Attendee number: 12 maximum

•      Time: 9 am - 11 am (Aug. 8)

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Discover how to Start a Food Business from your Home Kitchen
Hands-on Fun!
Learn a new skill.
Go on a hayride.
Discover how fun raising chickens can be.
Learn about flowers.
Make your own cheese at home..