Many people have requested that the date for the annual Chickens in the Road Party on the Farm be posted farther in advance for next year. (Every year, I’ve only posted the date a month in advance. I don’t know why. It’s probably related to organizational issues.) However! I intend to be organized and post the 2011 CITR Party on the Farm quite far in advance. I’m also exploring the possibility of offering a hands-on learning experience along with it. In the past, we’ve had activities/demonstrations during the party (and will again in 2011), but these are limited by time, space, and the amount of people, and therefore not hands-on. What I’d like to offer in 2011 is a true hands-on experience in a two-day retreat leading up to the party.
I’ve found a great location for this event, within (amazingly) about 15 miles of our farm, at a fully renovated facility that can provide both kitchen and workshop/activity space as well as accommodations. The idea behind this retreat is to provide a learning experience in both fun and functional skills that apply to self-sufficient living and old-fashioned crafting. Possibilities for workshops include canning (boiling water bath and pressure), soapmaking, candlemaking, felting, cheesemaking, and other basic country skills and old-time crafts. The cost of the retreat will include two nights accommodations, all meals, workshops, and supplies. Participants will have a hands-on experience and take home what they make. Workshops will be available in both basic and advanced.
The cost for this event will depend on several factors yet to be determined, but is expected to be in the $200-300 range per person. This will include accommodations, meals, workshops, and supplies, and you take home what you make–and the CITR Party on the Farm (which will, as always, take place AT the farm) will follow on the heels of the retreat, hopefully making the trip–for those of you who travel–that much more worthwhile.
Please take the poll below if you think you might attend. Check as many topics as you like–and if a topic you’re interested in isn’t listed, please add it in the comments. This is a work in progress and I want your input! The “Handy Small Construction” topic includes such “small” construction as cheese presses, chicken feeders, birdhouses, etc.
Also, please express in the comments whether or not you’re interested in this type of event at all, and your level of interest/intent in attending. We are currently exploring this possibility, and will have to make a deposit on the facility soon in order to make this a reality. I hope this can be an exciting and new adventure that offers both a learning and a bonding experience for the community here, as well as providing opportunities for participants to try new things in a hands-on way with in-person mentorship from fellow CITR friends.
This is a huge, exciting step. With me? Interested?
P.S. More information and updates will be forthcoming as plans progress!
P.P.S. THE POLL IS FIXED NOW. You can vote for more than one selection. (Sorry about that!)