March 18, 2017: Gardening Basics & Small Animal Husbandry
April 15-16 Edible and Medicinal Plants, Campout
Goat Cheese & Small Home Dairy
May 20th 9am-3pm
Rescheduled d/t rain: Saturday May 27th 9-3
Outdoor/Primitive Skills: June 17-18th Campout
Food Preservation - August 19th
Workshop runs 9am Saturday - 3pm SundayWe are asking that only female persons register. Daughters and granddaughters are welcome. However, there will be both female and male instructors - full disclosure:)
- fire basics
- friction fire (bow-drill)
- bird language (not only which species makes which song, but also how birds communicate whether or not predators are in the area, and more!)
- natural cordage
- outdoor cooking
As part of our mission to build community and increase people's comfort in the natural world, participants will be camping out for this workshop. If tent camping is an edge for you, this is a safe, caring, and comfortable environment in which to try it out. But do be prepared to experience the seasons as your ancestors did. This ain't glamping! :) We have a campground on the farm with a pavilion, tent sites, water, and primitive facilities (read outhouse). There is no electricity available. We have plenty of shade, a cold pool (1000 gallon stock tank continuously filled from our well) and an outdoor shower in our yard. We will have coolers with ice and gas-fueled camp stoves in addition to the fire pit. We'll sit around the campfire in the evening. Musical instruments and marshmallows encouraged!
What to bring:
- tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
- dishes/utensils, glass or cup
- potluck lunch item for Saturday
- Food for supper (we'll cook dinner together: basic stew ingredients will be provided)
- Food for your breakfast and lunch Sunday, and any cooking supplies you might need
- portable chair
- bug spray (there are quite a few ticks)
- appropriate outdoor clothes and footwear
- paper and pencil
- musical instruments if you are so inclined
- anything else to help you feel comfortable (toothbrush, PJs, book, etc.)
- any outdoor skills paraphernalia you might own (bow & arrows, binoculars, bow drill, etc)
What not to bring:
- pets (please leave your sweet dog and other pets home; this is a working farm)
- NOTE: cell phones don't work here. Be prepared to spend the day without.
Fee: We don't want income to be a barrier for anyone. To cover our costs, we are asking each attendee to make a donation. In order for us to break even, we hope to average $30 per person per day, or $60 for a weekend. As subsistence farmers, we know not everyone has a lot of discretionary income. Please come with whatever you can afford. We're hoping those with more disposable income will donate as they are able and ideally cover the smaller donation of those on a more fixed budget. And we still need each participant to REGISTER - see below.
1. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on our land line 918-479-4700 to let us know you plan on coming.
2. Next, send us the registration form to provide your name, phone number, email address, and mailing address. In hopes of minimizing no-shows, we are asking for a $25 place-holder fee which we will return to you when you show up for the workshop, or if you cancel within 48 hours. Mail a check (or money order) made out to Barefoot Farm to 1689 N. 485 Rd. Rose, OK 74364
Farm-to-Table fundraiser dinner - date TBA
Other cool regional events:
At Barefoot Farm we believe the land right here can sustain us - that it can provide all the food and nutrition we need to not just survive, but to thrive. We are trying to master how to feed ourselves here with the practices of gardening, raising animals, hunting, and foraging.
In our Practically Green series, we aim to cultivate healthy, resilient communities and deepen our connection with the land by sharing how we implement permaculture concepts at our homestead. We are partnering with our good friends at the Ozark Tracker Society (http://ozarktrackers.org/) in offering these workshops. Resister with OTS.
November 12 2011: Free Farm Expo / Open-House
March 31, 2012: Gear up for the Growing Season with Raised Beds Get your hands dirty building a raised bed from start to finish. Build the frame with resources off of the land. Learn about best practices for compost and manure. Gain experience in soil building, mulching, weed control, irrigation, and planting. Learn the advantages of raised bed design and how these beds can fit into any scale garden or farm.
June/July 2012: Celebrate summer: Wheat harvest Dates TBA as the wheat ripens. Join us in hand-harvesting this year’s wheat harvest and gain experience threshing and winnowing last year’s wheat berries. Come see for yourself if this is a practical addition to your farmstead. Learn how much bread can be made from our small plot. Taste whole wheat products. Reward your hard work by cooling off in our swimming pond. Potluck.
September 2012: Preserving the Harvest Learn to extend the season of providing for yourself by solar drying, root cellaring, fermenting, and/or canning. An emphasis will be placed on the first three low-input methods.
Winter: Sharing the Harvest Complete the cycle of the year by reflecting on lessons learned and visioning for the future. Come share a farming success story, or help us learn from your mistakes. Also share a meal as Karen provides an example of what to do with all those dehydrated and canned vegetables.
Note: All workshops will be held outdoors. No air-conditioning is available on the premises, and facilities are primitive. Be prepared to experience the seasons as your ancestors did.