Monday, May 30, 2016
Woody Ag #3: All Hands On Course
The course we're running June 21-25 is essentially our training tool #3; the first is the Short Course (not offered this year), the second is the Book; and now for the first time we're offering the next step: "Hands On", 5 days in the field with both direct work experience and training in "what" and "how"; in detail and with practice.
Exact activities on each day will be determined by the weather (since this is 100% outdoors); but we expect to have:
2 days of twig by twig, leaf by leaf, hoof by hoof examination and training on neohybrid hazels, chestnuts, and pecans; and the accompanying animals we now include; sheep, horses, dogs, and cats. Some content about our heritage apple orchard may be possible. We now consider all of these to be important to making the farm work, and have sufficient experience with the integrations we feel able to teach others. Other animals and other tree crops will be adaptable to processes and principles you can learn here. Badgersett is home to the northernmost germplasm collection of Black Walnut, a joint project with the USDA and the Walnut Council; that grove will be included.
2 days will be actual planting of crops; hazels and chestnuts; by both hand and machine processes.
1 day will be training in the necessary skills and habits of "seeing".
Attendees are invited to camp here on the farm for the duration; or local motels are available (though not as convenient). Facilities are primitive; both tent and vehicular camps can be accommodated.
Cost: $970 for the 5 days. Food is not included in that price; we hope to be able to offer 2 meals a day catered very reasonably; or attendees are welcome to do their own camp cooking (we can provide wood for campfires.)
Attendance will be limited to 15. Spouses and children are welcome to join the camping process; but only paid students can be present for teaching procedures. Multiple possibilities exist for daily activities for families, lists will be provided.
Course content will be provided by Philip Rutter; this will be an exceptional opportunity to spend time with the originator of these neohybrid crops.
Day 1, June 21, classes will begin at 9 AM (camping the night before is welcome). Since that day is also the Summer Solstice, we will be having our annual Solstice Bonfire that evening, families welcome of course.
The final day, June 25, we expect to end official activities at 3 PM; those wishing to stay/camp longer are welcome to do so.
More details as we have them.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your information, and arrange payment.