GRID DOWN WEEKEND SCHEDULE
6pm ORIENTATION @ FARMHOUSE
There will be no electricity in use on the farm for the entire weekend.
Everyone needs to be oriented and settled into their lodging by dark.
SUPPER - On Your Own
BREAKFAST - On Your Own
7am-9am FARM CHORES
Chickens: Feed/Water/Gather Eggs & Prep For Sale/Egg Room Clean Up
Goats: Feed/Water/Milk/Barn & Milk Room Clean Up
Pigs: Feed/Inspect Hut/Practice Herding
9am-11am CLASSES (choose one):
GROWING & USING MEDICINAL HERBS – Led By Mary
We’ll do a walking tour of both farm grown herbs and nearby wild ones.
Then make a poultice, a tea blend and a salve to take home.
CONSTRUCTION, USE & CARE OF WOODWORKING HAND TOOLS – Led By Bill
We’ll examine a host of tools and talk about how they’re used on the homestead.
Then we’ll have time to work on the shaving horse, practice sharpening with a
pedal driven whetstone and make a simple branch hook or two to take home..
11am-12n Lunch Prep (all help)
12n-1pm LUNCH: Beef Stew, Fry Bread & Cobbler (all farm raised/cooked on woodstove)
Everyone help with clean up.
1pm-4pm CLASSES (choose one):
HOMESTEAD LARD AND SOAP MAKING – Led By Mary
We'll make lard first, then use it to make a basic bar soap. Next, we'll use some
bar soap to make a powder laundry detergent. Everyone will go home with recipes,
a jar of lard, a bar of soap and 2 cups of laundry detergent.
MEAT CURING, COLD SMOKING & BUILDING A CARDBOARD SMOKEHOUSE - Led By Bill The first time we smoked a ham, we used two cardboard boxes and a plan off Youtube.
It worked, for that one little ham at least. Then Bill built a real smokehouse and we've smoked the hams and bacon from our last two pigs. Bill will discuss cold smoke meat curing vs hot smoking of meat. He'll show our smokehouse and give you plans to build one. Then each person can make one of the cardboard box versions to take home.
4pm-6pm HARNESSING THE DRAFT HORSES & AMISH WAGON RIDE
Everyone will watch or help harness, then go for a ride through the woods and
over the farm. We'll ride past the cabin tents and tiny houses too, then on to the
large reservoir behind the farm. Its a pleasant evening ride and very quiet, just the sounds of horse hooves and the jingle of harness.
6pm-7pm CHORES AGAIN!
The chickens, goats and pigs await.
7pm until SUPPER: Local BBQ & Potluck Side Dishes By The Fire Pit
Everyone bring a dish to share, a camp chair and maybe a blanket.
We'll provide BBQ, buns, cold green lemon tea and hot cider.
Let's enjoy a fine time of Q&A, sharing and even storytelling.
Stargazing is great here too.
Take your time leaving.
Anyone interested in visiting a Mennonite church is welcome to come with us at 9am.