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Cheese Days in Pictures

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In July, I had a five-day retreat here that included two full days of cheesemaking and a day of breadbaking. We were lucky enough to have an attendee who is a photographer, and he took photos all day every day! I was so happy about that, and he has given me permission to share some of his photos here.

All photos in this post are the property of Rick Hutchinson. You can view his portfolio here.

These photos give a taste of what goes on in workshops here–I don’t take many photos because I’m busy teaching and cooking and milking, etc. Here, you’ll see everything from going to the barn to milk to mozzarella-making and hard cheese-making (with co-teacher Laura Phillips) to photos of the cows and around the farm during the three days Rick was here along with his girlfriend, Lynn. They were an adorable couple, and Rick is a fantastic photographer. Enjoy! And come to a workshop at the farm! See upcoming workshops here.

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Thank you, Rick!

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Fall Workshops on the Farm

Jul
30

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

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, September 26, 2015 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM 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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