Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fun Fermentations at the First Friday Potluck

Join us at the Wagbo farmhouse for food, fun, and good company. Next month's First Friday Potluck will be held on August 7th. Dinner starts at 6 pm. Bring a dish to pass if you can; but feel free to join us with or without one. Drinks and table service are provided by Wagbo.

Then stick around after dinner for the fermentation program. Learn how easy, enjoyable, and healthy fermented foods can be! Intern Maria Wesserle will demonstrate vegetable fermentation, kombucha, yogurt cheese, and vinegar cheese. She will also have these delicious foods available for sampling. Fermentation guides will be on-hand for your perusal.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beehive Basics

Wednesday August 5th — Beehive Basics from 5 to 7 pm, on ISLAND's property, in Bellaire. Suggested donation of $10.

Workshop on beekeeping basics and preparing for your first hive(s) next spring. We will cover what items and tools you need to get a hive started, as well as the ideal location for a hive. Plants that encourage the health of a hive will also be discussed, and we will visit an active hive. Guest beekeeper will be Jay DeKorne. There will also be a raffle of some beekeeping items, including a bee "nuc" valued at $100! You'll also take home lots of literature.

You may register in advance by calling or emailing Yvonne at ISLAND 231-480-4515 or ylstephens@gmail.com.

Tracking Workshop

The Art of Tracking
When: Saturday, August 29th to Sunday, August 30th
Time: Saturday-- Check-in starts at 1 pm; Classes go from 2 pm to 9pm
Sunday-- Breakfast starts at 8 am. Classes go from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $30 for 3 meals and camping, $25 for 2 meals without camping (breakfast excluded.)
Registration is limited! Reserve a space today!

The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and Natural Design, (ISLAND) and the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center are partnering to bring you a valuable resource in outdoor education—tracking knowledge. If you are a hunter, a wildlife researcher, a nature photographer, or if you have an interest in primitive skills or the animal world, then this workshop is for you. The Art of Tracking will be held at the Wagbo Farm just south of East Jordan at 5745 North M-66. Activities will be lead by Paul Raphael, an experienced tracker who has worked with celebrated outdoorsmen such as Jon Young and Paul Rezendes, and has taught tracking classes across the United States at renown outdoors schools such as the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington and the Institute of Natural Learning in Maine. He has even travelled oversees to Europe to teach this valued skill.

At The Art of Tracking, you will learn how to fully engage your senses so that animal trails and sign can be readily observed, how to understand the meanings of bird calls, and how to interpret animal behavior through tracks and gaits. The first day will focus on sense awareness and tracking exercises, and the second day will center on interpreting animal signs and bird language in the field. Snacks, drinks, and three meals (dinner Saturday, breakfast and lunch Sunday) are included. Overnight camping is available at the Wagbo Farm—please call Wagbo at 231-536-0333 or email wagbo@torchlake.com for more details.

• 1 pm—Check in, Set up tents, Orientation
• 2pm to 6 pm—Sense Awareness Exercises, Becoming Familiar with Tracks
• 6 pm to 7 pm—Dinner
• 7 pm to 9 pm—Tracking and Trailing Exercises
• 9 pm onwards—Bonfire and Storytelling (Optional)
• 8 am to 9 am—Breakfast
• 9 am to 12 pm—Tracking and Bird Language in the field
• 12 pm to 1 pm—Lunch
• 1 pm to 5 pm—Tracking and Bird Language in the field

This event is limited to just 15 participants, so please register by Monday, August 24th by following this link or calling ISLAND Directors Brad and Amanda Kik at 231-480-4515. Supervised older children are welcome. Please note that your registration is not complete until we have received your payment.

For further general information, contact Intern Maria Wesserle at 231-536-0333.