Goodness time flies between blogs!
I was fortunate to attend the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Resort down near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this past weekend.
Wow! What an incredible event! My brain is absolutely stocked full of information and I feel as if I got my "farming mojo" back. I think I was getting the seven year itch and getting a little worn by the rounds of chores, successes, and defeats. But now I'm excited to get back into it again!
Below, I've made a copy of the schedule of workshops for Friday. Which, on Friday, began at 1:00 p.m. and ended at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's schedules began at 10:00 a.m. and ran until 6:30 p.m.!
This doesn't even begin to count the couple of hundred vendors loaded with more information and interesting products (I bought two mushroom logs! You'll hear more about them later) and the off-stage demonstrations (for example, a demonstration on how to castrate a pig)
|Stage Name||1:00-2:00 p.m.||2:30-3:30 p.m.||4:00-5:00 p.m.||5:30-6:30 p.m.|
|M E N Stage|
|Heirloom Gardener Stage|
|Lehman's Modern Homesteading Stage|
|The Livestock Conservancy Stage|
|Mother Earth Living Stage|
|Organic Gardening Stage|
|PASA Stage Presented by Yanmar|
|Real Food Stage|
|Natural Building Demonstrations|
|Kids' Treehouse Stage|
Here are a few photos. I sure wish I'd taken more! Next year I'll overwhelm you with photos, promise!
|Men photographing pig castration - note the very serious faces!|
|Picture of a slide from "Keeping Your Bees Alive" workshop.|
Around the farm we're gearing down for winter.
The meat chickens have been butchered. I'll admit that although I can do it, I choose not to do it. I happily take my live chickens to an Amish person and later in the day pick up coolers filled with processed birds.
We're trying to get the fences put in for our pasture across the road. But when the man came with the post pounder, he found that, after a summer of very little rain, the ground is far too dry. It's like trying to pound posts into solid rock. So we're waiting for some rain to soften the earth.
Our horse, Willow, went away for a month of training at Rainy Day Farm. She's an awesome horse and she and I need some fine tuning to work together.
The pigs are being readied to go to the butcher at the end of October by being fed good field corn and apples.
We're bringing in the garden harvest and putting up everything that we can. Then I'll clean out the high tunnels and put the garden to bed.
We're cutting wood as often as we can.
I feel like the ant in the story of "Ant and the Grasshopper"!