Discover the Sassafras Farm experience.
All workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia, approximately 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV.
Goat Cheese, Soap & Cupcake Workshops
From the barn to the kitchen, this full-day workshop has it all whether you’re planning to get goats or just love cheese. Learn the basics of selecting and raising dairy goats, along with management, housing, feeding, and milking. Practice hands-on milking a goat then learn how to make your own goat cheese. You’ll also make a batch of goat’s milk soap as you learn the hot process method of soap making, then we’ll bake cupcakes, practice using decorating tips for beautiful creations, and make cupcakes in jars, ending your day with your own sweet treats! This day also includes plenty of chances to pet the goats, feed treats, and play with the babies! Take-homes include your own goat’s milk soap and fudge. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch is included. One-day workshop. $75. See information below to sign up!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Sassafras Farm Experience
Learn! Find old-time skills and fresh, new methods with in-person mentorship, in-depth and hands-on, at a real working family farm. Take home fun and functional know-how for self-sufficient living and old-fashioned crafting–and take home what you make, too. Every retreat day includes lunch plus all your instruction, supplies, and take-homes along with an opportunity to milk the cows or goats, visit the chickens, give treats to the animals, and rock on the porch while you watch the calves frolic. All you need to bring is an apron (optional), muck boots (recommended for forays to the barn), and your enthusiasm to learn! Every workshop is HANDS-ON with teacher and milk maid Suzanne McMinn, writer and creator of Chickens in the Road.
Accommodations are not included. See the Suggested Accommodations page.
Kids are welcome. Sassafras Farm retreats are family-friendly events. School-age children may sign up to attend this retreat accompanied by a parent/guardian. (Both children and parents must be paid attendees. Please be a good judge of your child’s maturity, behavior, and interest in the subject matter.)
Location: All workshops take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, WV, about 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV near I-79.
Cost: $75. Cost includes ALL instruction, supplies, lunch plus snacks, and take-homes. If you sign up, please plan to attend. Retreat reservations are nonrefundable. If you can’t attend for some reason, your reservation payment may be applied to another retreat of your choice where there are openings available. (Retreats also make great gifts to friends and family!) And yes, many men attend workshops here!
Sign up! Email Suzanne at [email protected] with the full name for each attendee to sign up. (You may sign up for a friend if you are coming together.) Payment information will be sent at that time. Directions to the farm and other information will be provided to attendees in advance of the retreat. You can also sign up on Etsy! Go here to register online via Etsy.
See more 2017 workshops at the farm open for registration: 2017 Sassafras Farm Workshops