Homesteading Workshops

Local Farm hosts workshops in raising chickens and family cows, beekeeping, gardening and other homesteading traditions…

in collaboration with the non-profit organization; Motherhouse. On the second Saturday of each month, Motherhouse offers a workshop (or a time of winter rest) as part of their Old-Style Life-Skills Series (OSLSS).

Local Farm henWe keep Motherhouse’s small flock of laying hens all year long as an example and sell their eggs to help pay for their organic feed. The eggs may also be gathered as part of pie-making workshops or for baking cornbread as part of the Motherhouse Farm Camp Eureka. We also raise a batch of broilers for harvest at the OSLSS workshop, EGGS-perience Chickens.  The 2016 workshop is  scheduled for October 8.
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6 keep a cowLocal Farm cows are used to teach hand-milking and calf care during the Motherhouse Keeping a Family Cow workshops, as well as pie-making,and other events. Their presence is at the heart of the Motherhouse goal of creating a peaceful environment. Visit their Care for Your Cow page to read how. This year’s Family Cow workshops are scheduled for May 28 and Sept 24.

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1jammingFor the OSLSS workshop A Jelly and Jam Session, Local Farm demonstrates how to beat the heat by setting up an outdoor summer kitchen. We are also cultivating mint, rhubarb, currants, blueberries, strawberries, and black-caps in hopes to someday provide freshly picked additions to our preserves. The 2016 Jam Session will be on July 9.

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01canningOn August 20, 2016 we’ll set up a summer kitchen for the OSLSS workshop, Yes We CAN Can where participants will work together harvesting vegetable ingredients for, preparing, and pressure canning a meat-based chili.  Visit Motherhouse.us to register.

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00bean planting paradePast OSLSS workshops hosted at Local Farm include: Organic Gardening and making pest deterent Garden Guards,(What’s) In a Pickle? on lacto-fermentation, Wooden Cow Stanchion Building, Milk-Stool Making, Natural Cordage, Matchless Fire Starting and Wooden Spoon Carving with Lost Arts Workshop wizard, Joe Brien, Herbal “Weed Walks,” Teamwork with Oxen, and a Wool Gathering on spinning wool, and herding sheep. We also maintain at least one beehive, so that we can BEE a knowledgeable resource for the Motherhouse OSLSS workshop Bee-Ginning with Bees.

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In the spirit of right use of resources, we collect the baling twine as we feed out bales of hay in the winter and then, through Motherhouse, offer a FREE wreath making workshop on Columbus Day – reusing the twine! Here are two blog reports on past baling twine wreath-making workshops.