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Learn to Make Your World More Sustainable at Wild Goose Farm

Jun 07, 2017 11:20AM ● By Erica Shames

Wild Goose Farm in Lewisburg, PA, is hosting two events on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th. Beyond Recycling: Building Sustainable Solutions is an opportunity for us to take small but encouraging steps together towards building a more regenerative and sustainable world.

Both workshops and hands-on activities build and demonstrate examples of simple, affordable solutions we can use in our homes, yards and gardens to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Growers and gardeners will learn and demonstrate simple drip irrigation systems, using swales to collect and retain water, easy composting methods including worm bins, building soil health and using low tunnels for season extension.  Other food related projects include preserving produce with solar dehydration, growing herbs, sprouts and micro-greens, making kombucha, yogurt and other delicious probiotic foods, herbal first aid, up-cycling and easy mushroom propagation. 

For those more interested in the creative arts, will work with theater and art workshop leaders on pieces designed to encourage people in the community to adopt sustainable solutions. In the evening there will be time to relax, enjoy each others company and join in a sing a long with Brian Gockley. At the end of the second day, Saturday June 17th (from 2-5 p.m.) the larger community is invited to join us where we will demonstrate what we have learned together.  

We’d love for you to join us to offer your expertise, experience and enthusiasm. Participants will share, learn from, and get to know a whole bunch of neat people doing great forward-looking things. On site we'll have rustic accommodations and room for tents, or small campers.  Just down the road are B and B and hotel alternatives. Click here to register by June 9th.

Thanks to a grant from PA Department of Environmental Protection we have some funding to help cover some of the costs for this weekend.  We ask participants to contribute a $10 registration fee for each day attending, $10 for each deliciously prepared meal and $10 per night for onsite camping.  For those attending the entire event the total cost is reduced to $75 and even cheaper if you become a Wild Goose Farm member

The event is free for children under 18, presenters and Wild Goose members.  Scholarships and work exchange are available, upon request and availability. We hope all ages will come. Millennials especially are encouraged to attend. On-site childcare with advanced notice may be arranged. If your children are coming please be sure to communicate their ages and needs so we can prepare accordingly.  

Joining us will be Rusty Orner, of Quiet Creek Herb Farm, who is nationally recognized for leadership in sustainable agriculture. He will work on the construction of a solar dehydrator. Jane Mulrooney of the Natural Food and Garden Store, will offer a kombucha making workshop.  Johnny Tewksbury, of Tewksbury Grace Farm, will demonstrate drip irrigation methods and using low tunnels to extend the growing season.  We will also work on completing a passive-solar microshelter. 

You can call or email if you’d like to share any ideas you have for expertise you could offer.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you can join us.

If you can't come but would like to donate to making this weekend and other educational and inspirational events like this possible, donations are gladly accepted.  Help us spread word of the event by liking and sharing the event on facebook or on instagram. Thank-you!

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