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essex grange hall mixer *details*

Posted: June 22 2011

Dear Essex Grange Hall Mixer attendees.Here is a list of the workshops on the day, the day's schedule, and travel information on the Grange hall mixer Front. To answer your first question: yes! you can help with setup and cleanup, and yes there is camping nearby.  Yes! please organize a carpool full, yes! please bring any materials/ non profit pamphlets/ musical instruments/ grandmothers's recipe cookies.

Day Schedule
Farm Tours in the morning. 
10 am meet at the Grange for the Farm tour. Tours are led by Tim Biello Weeks, of Essex Farm. Weather will detemine how much can happen with the horses, but Tim is committed to a multi modal presentation of the radical agricultural installation that is "Essex Farm". Highlights include: on farm butcher shop, storage of grains and roots, endive forcing, you-pick herb garden, home-made dairy area, solar array, percheron teams, hogs in the corn. Old combines galore!
12.30 Lunchat the Grange hall, local bread freshly toasted, big soups and salads.All afternoon: Tabling by local organizations, cooking in the kitchen and tending the grilling pig on the spit, decorations and quiet crafting in the shade for kids.
Afternoon Workshops start at 1pm!
1. Compost 2.0 w/
Steven Wisbaum - of Champlain Valley Compost. Techniques and information for home & farm based application and compost methods. Meet at sign for WORKSHOP 1.
Time & Location: (1:30 - 2:30) at Pedal Power Shop downhill of Grange
2. Pedal Power Demonstration
w/ Andy Wekin - of Pedal Power Engineering.
Demonstrations & other alternative energy projects on the farm. Grinding, churning, threshing in the workshop down the slope from the grange. Talking about micro-turbines, pedal power, alternative wattages and amperages. Meet at sign for WORKSHOP 2.
Time & Location: (2:30-3:30) at the Grange Hall
3. Oxen demonstration
w/ David Johnston - of DaCy Meadow Farm. Meet at sign for WORKSHOP 3.
Time & Location: (1:30 - 2:30) Just 1 mile East off I-87 Exit 31 on Rt. 9N in Westport. 7103 NYS Rt. 9N, Westport, NY 12993
4. "Second Act Farmers"
w/ Shaun and Linda Gillilland –  "Boomer Farm Rebounders or How I stopped keeping up with the neighbors and learned to love the farm". Farming as a second career, a discussion by some local champions. Meet at sign for workshop 4.
Time & Location: (1:30 - 2:30) at the Grange Hall
5. Felting & Dying
w/ Robin Gucker - of Lakeside Preschool. Learn felting methods with wool. Kid-friendly craft activity in the shade of the trees by the Bouquet River.
Time & Location: (2:30 - 3:30) outside Grange Hall
6. “Nutrient dense foods & Farming Methods"
w/ Doug Flack – of Flack Family Farms. From soil to human health. Nutrient density is often mis-understood, but even according to the World Health Organization, conventionally grown produce is up to 40% less nutritious than it was in the 1950's.
Time & Location: (3:30 - 5:00) at Grange HallSchedule Recap:
1:30-2:30 – Pedal Power, 2nd Act Farmers,Oxen Demo at DaCy Farm
2:30-3:30 –Compost 2.0, Felting & Dying
3:30-5:00 – Nutrient Dense Foods & Farming Methods

Rejoin at the Grange.

5pm GATHERING, welcome narrative by Severine+ Jori, thanking guests and contributers, introducing young farmers in the room with short little bio, time for short mingle.
6 pm DINNER Buffet style community supper, long tables and outside along the river in your lap.
6.30 pm PUPPET SHOW. Family friendly puppet show by Modern times theatre, about agrarian living.
8 pm BAND "We are Jeneric" on the mainstage
9 pm- 11pm  Sitting by the fire, drinking ginger beer, elderflower cordial, eating pork cracklings.
Camping information
If you would like to camp overnight we need you to RSVP to Jori Wekin <[email protected]>
So that she can have a good list going and assign spots at the nearby farm hosting us. Please plan to be super self sufficient in your camping. It is very cool at night still. Bugs are strong.

Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Whallonsburg/Essex, NY:
The Grange Hall is located at the corner of Route 22 and Whallons Bay Road in Whallonsburg, New York (no exact address)
Capacity:  150 indoors Lawn across the street, tent outdoors  - confirmed use of lawn across the street and down by river.   Commercial Kitchen in basement.
Ferry Information: http://www.ferries.com/south_schedule.asp#summer
From Charlotte (VT): Departures Every 30 Minutes From 8:00am and 7:00pm
Directions: On U.S. 7 take Ferry Rd. at Charlotte; 3 miles to ferry
From Essex (NY): Departures Every 30 Minutes From 8:30am and 7:30pm
Directions: Interstate 87, use Exit 31 or 33; 12 miles to ferry.
Crossing Time: 20 minutes
Vehicle $ driver: $9.50 One Way, $18.00 Round Trip
Adult Passenger: $3.75 One Way, $6.25 Round Trip
Westport NY, AMTRAK 8 miles from grange. PIckups are available!  please email [email protected] to get ride from the station.
Amtrak Northeast check it.
Travel directions.  From the Essex ferry drive south along the Lake until the intersection of 22, where there is a big church. HEad uphill, to the right away from the lake, pass thru some stop signs, pass essex farm, the road turns sharply left, do not be afraid. Continue along 22 until you cross the boquet river, the grange is in the middle of the intersection there, at the town of whallonsburg.
Address: The Grange Hall is located at the corner of Route 22 and Whallons Bay Road in Whallonsburg, New York.
Landline at Grange:  518-962-4386- very limited cell coverage.

Other questions?
Call Severine in the middle of the week: 845 889 3132
And ask your questions.
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