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Fall Workshops on the Farm

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Come learn at the farm!

Educational events at the farm are geared to smaller groups in an intimate atmosphere.

Retreats and workshops take place in the Studio at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia. This is a real working farm, and all events include opportunities to milk the cow, collect eggs from the chickens, pet the horses, feed cookies to the goats–and learn! Discover old-time skills and fresh, new methods with in-person mentorship, in-depth. Take home fun and functional know-how for self-sufficient living and old-fashioned crafting–and take home what you make, too. Included: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and supper, served from a health department-approved kitchen) plus snacks, workshops, and take-homes. Workshops are hands on and hands in!



Retreats

For 2015, I’m offering both new and familiar retreat opportunities! TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM is a true “taste of Sassafras Farm” touring you through my most popular workshops all in one day. PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS is a full two-day weekend of old-fashioned arts, crafts, and fun with ever-changing workshops for the first-timer at a Sassafras Farm retreat to repeat attendees ready to learn something new and different. CANNING CAMP is a one- to two-day event offering a variety of experiences in all things home preserving. Come join us!

2015 retreats currently open for registration–click the links for full info.

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Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30, 2015 – CANNING CAMP Retreat – Click for details! (Open for registration!)

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Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 2015 – PRIMITIVES & PIONEERS: Wildflower Power Retreat – Click for details! (Open for registration!)

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat – Click for details! (Open for registration!)

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Saturday, October 24, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat – Click for details! (Open for registration!)

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat – Click for details! (Open for registration!)

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat – Click for details! (Open for registration!)

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Saturday, December 12, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat – Click for details! (Open for registration!)

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Email CITRevents@yahoo.com to sign up! See you at the farm!

Accommodations are not included. If coming from out of town, find nearby Suggested Accommodations here.

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Obituary

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Yellow Squash, Professional Vegetable, dies at age three months.

Yellow Squash, who was grown from seed, and who became the first vegetable in the garden to flower though his career was cut horribly short, passed away on July 22 in the studio garden as a result of a lack of pollination and flooding rains.

When he was only 2 months old, he began flowering wildly, competing against a field ripe with well-known vegetables and managed to place first in this endeavor. Later that same month, he won his first of many Garden Titles and his career leafed extraordinarily quickly. In his short time growing professionally, he became a spokesplant for unpollinated squash that gave him a direction in his life and, in his own words, inspired the young plant he grew up to be.

Yellow leaves behind his companion of three months, Green Zucchini, his growers, and many vegetable friends and weeds.

There will be a family-only viewing at the studio garden on Friday followed by a public viewing for friends and workshop attendees that will continue until the garden plot is cleared.

In remembrance of Yellow and in lieu of flowers, the family is accepting squash.

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    July 21, 2015 - All the Pretty Soaps

    I’ve been playing around with soap lately, trying out different flowers, seeing what happens. Here’s the wild phlox soap.

    Yep, the pretty pinks and purples turned green in the soap. Not all flowers lose their color. Here’s marigold.

    And this is clover on the right, dandelion blossom on the left.

    Dandelion … Continued…

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    July 16, 2015 - Flower Identification Test

    Pop quiz!

    Identify this flower!

    And this one!

    To be honest, I have no idea what they are. I want to dehydrate some of the petals to put in soaps, but I have no idea what to call the soap because I don’t know what the flowers are! Help!

    If you’re the first person to correctly identify both flowers, I’ll send … Continued…

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    July 7, 2015 - Canning Camp, August 29-30

    CANNING CAMP
    SATURDAY and SUNDAY, AUGUST 29-30, 2015

    Canning Camp retreats are full days of old-fashioned and new-fashioned preserving arts with ever-changing workshops for the first-timer at a Sassafras Farm retreat to repeat attendees ready to learn something new and different. All workshops and activities will take place at Sassafras … Continued…

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    June 19, 2015 - When the Rain Came Tumblin’ Down

    It’s been raining here every day. EVERY DAY.

    Even if I do have to wipe off my camera lens between every photo because it’s so humid, the lens fogs up in seconds.

    Though it does lend a magical mysterious ambiance to the garden. But it’s no mystery what the rain is doing! My tomatoes are blooming! And … Continued…

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    June 16, 2015 - Wonderful Wildflower Weekend!

    We had an absolutely fantastic weekend with wildflowers! This was our June Wildflower Power Primitives & Pioneers retreat, with my artist teaching partner Kelly Walker. Two wildflower-themed days packed with more wildflower projects that you could shake a daisy at! Everyone who was here said it was more than they expected. We took a walk to pick wildflowers then made wildflower … Continued…

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    June 11, 2015 - Wildflower Soaps

    While I was out playing with wildflowers the other day, I picked some clover and dandelion to dehydrate–then I made soap! I’ve made quite a bit of soap lately. Here is a sampling of the different soaps I’ve made in the past week or so.

    Far left, lavender. Then there’s a bar of brown sugar and oatmeal, and a bar of the cinnamon sugar. … Continued…

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