swing into summer – greenhorns newsletter

posted June 3, 2018

Greenhorns,

With summer in swing we can take up our scythes to launch summer workshop season. Join us in mid June for the first sessions, spread the word about the series of summer camps and workshops (including blueberry camp!) see schedule and rsvp asap to office@greenhorns.org

This month we are looking for artwork submissions for the much anticipated fourth volume of the New Farmers Almanac, reflecting on the success of the Faith Lands gathering and reminding you of our much anticipated summer line-up!

SEND US YOUR ARTWORK!

We’re seeking black & white photographs, sketches, illustrations, picture essays, maps, natural world paraphernalia, and other original art for the New Farmer’s Almanac, Vol IV. Glance at an overview of themes here, or email almanac@greenhorns.org ASAP with your ideas, questions, sample work, and/or links to your portfolio.

FAITH LANDS

Greenhorns and our sister organisation Agrarian Trust recently collaborated to hold the successful Faithlands conference in California. We would like to sincerely thank the Globetrotter Foundation for generously supporting and Paicines Ranch for graciously hosting.

“The main purpose of the gathering was to explore the potential for lands held by faith communities to be placed in the service of the sustainable agriculture movement and beginning farmers in particular. Many of us left this gathering, however, feeling that something much deeper and more far-reaching had occurred during our three days together.”
– Robert  Karp, former Executive Director and current Strategic Advisor to the Biodynamic Association

Click HERE to read Robert Karp’s full reflection on Faithlands

Following on from the success of the gathering, Greenhorns will again be joining in partnership with the Presbyterian Mission and many others to sponsor this years Food Week of Action from October 14th-21st. The themes for this years week of action are:

Claiming Rights:  Claim the right to food and freedom from want, and end racialized systems of oppression.

Fair Compensation:  Demand fair prices for farmers, fishers and other producers, no stolen wages, and fair wages for everyone.

Food Sovereignty:  Resist harmful practices and policies, and build just and sustainable local & regional food economies.

Click HERE to learn more about Food Week of Action 2018.

SUMMER SCHEDULE DOWNEAST

Our full line up can be found on our events calendar online HERE

JUNE:

June 10th: Greenhorns Presents: GPS for Beginners – ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER!!

This workshop will go over the basics of making online digital maps of farm properties using a combination of handheld digital devices (GPS or smartphone) and online satellite and other imagery. We will discuss the most efficient ways to use and combine and manipulate these sources. We’ll study additional data layers that can be added to a digital map such as information about elevation, slope and aspect (which direction a slope faces) as well as soil maps, tax maps and historical maps. We’ll also review a few software packages that can assist in farm management and the process of importing our digital farm maps into their management environments. If time allows, we will go over the use of drones to build very high res maps of farm properties.

Our teacher is Markley Boyer. Markley has made maps for the Wildlife Conservation Society of a new national park system in Gabon, and mapped the historic ecosystems of Manhattan Island for the book Mannahatta.
Class size is limited, scholarships available. $40 to register: office@greenhorns.org

June 15th: Greenhorns and Scythe Supply present: One day short course in scything.

Taught by scything legend (and neighbour farmer) Jim Kovaleski and Carol Bryan of Scythe Supply. You will learn to manage fencerows, roads, paths, lawns, orchards – all without motor noise! Find the optimal physics, the romance of the swing, and learn some small tricks for sharpening and blade maintenance. (If you are coming from away, plan to arrive the evening of June 14th)

No purchase of Scythe is required, but all equipment will be available for sale. The daylong course costs $20 for downeasters/
$40 from away, and includes camping, picnic lunch, use of outdoor kitchen.Email office@greenhorns.org to register

June 16th – 17th: Greenhorns, Appleseed Permaculture and Owl + Bear Tree service present: Trail building theory and practice workshop

Join 3 experienced trail-makers as we cover theory, tools, practices and implementation in a very beautiful Maine forest. We’ll cover siting and planning, tool-use, wet-area materials, underbrush and trail-edge management. Reading slope, topography, landform– what does the land want? How can we design a sensuous slalom, with just enough intervention and design? We’ll do some wildlife trailing and tracking, noticing how animals use the landscape, where do they congregate, over-winter, nestle-down. How does this relate to our own goals, for hunting, for under-story herbalism, for siting our pathways across the forest?

$25 downeasters/$60 from away for the two day course, includes all meals. Email office@greenhorns.org to register

June 30th: Greenhorns and Maine Seaweed Exchange present: Wild + Cultivated algae: Seaweed Workshop #1

Join Sarah Redmond to learn more about the the relationship between humans and seaweed over the course of history and explore what comes next. This workshop will included presentations, introduction to marine biology, commons resource management methods and more!

Farm lunch provided $200/Scholarships available. Email office@greenhorns.org to register.

JULY:

July 21st – 22nd: Friends of Liberty Hall and Greenhorns present: “Halls away Downeast” – A bus-tour of historic halls from Ellsworth to Eastport, Maine

AUGUST:

All of August: Greenhorns Presents: Blueberry Camp!

August 5th: Greenhorns Presents: Blueberry Wine Workshop

August 17th – 25th: Greenhorns Presents: Sail Training Camp – Downeast Foxfire with Arista Holden

SEPTEMBER:

September 7th – 9th: Greenhorns Present and Eat Local Eastport Present: Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms in the Maine Woodlands and Wildlands – with Russ Cohen and Peter McCoy

OCTOBER:

October 13th: Greenhorns Presents: Wild fruit vinega! Making apple cider vinegar on a homestead scale.

Registration required for all classes and workshops, email office@greenhorns.org ASAP to register.