2016 Taste of Sassafras Farm Workshops



Come learn at the farm!

Discover the Sassafras Farm experience.
All retreats and 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.

Taste of Sassafras Farm Workshops

IMG_2139All the fun that can be packed into one day! It is a true “taste of Sassafras Farm” touring you through four popular workshops all in one day. Milk the cow and make mozzarella cheese, grind grain and bake bread, create container candles, and whip up a batch of hot process soap. Yes, you’ll really do all of that in one day–and take it all home along with some great memories! Take-homes include your candle, soap, and bread. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. One-day workshop. $125.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Spaces are limited! Sign up to hold yours. Taste of Sassafras Farm Workshops always fill up fast!

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 three home-cooked meals 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: Cost includes ALL instruction, supplies, three full meals per day plus snacks, and take-homes. One-day retreats are $125 per person. A 50 percent downpayment will be required to reserve your place. The remaining balance will be due 30 days before your retreat. 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.

Private groups, corporate retreats, and school groups: See information here for Private Groups or here for Corporate Retreats or here for School Groups.

Looking forward to seeing you at the farm!

Other 2016 workshops at the farm open for registration–click the links for details:

Cookies, Cupcakes & Cake Pops
Soap Making
Goat Cheese, Soap, Fudge & Ice Cream
Chicken Processing
Hard Cheese Made Easy
Celebrate Americana: Art & Baking


  1. ibpallets (Sharon B.) says:

    Hey Suzanne, I sent you a message- I’m not sure if the email is correct:
    Let me know- my friends hubby wants to give this to her as her Birthday present in Feb- although we’ll come in the summer—

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