There’s been a lot of activity over the last couple of months!
I started classes at the end of August. Things were pretty crazy at the beginning and, while I wouldn’t say they’ve slowed down, I’ve begun to adjust and figure out ways to not feel quite so frantic.
On Labor Day, we went to Meet Yer Eats with a couple that Tony knows through work. We learned a lot, not only about the farms and farming in general, but also about how to plan a day like that. We had some downtime waiting for particular tours we were interested in and since we didn’t pack a lunch, that wasn’t exactly a good thing. We had other things we wanted to look at, but not time to get there and back to the tours we especially wanted to see.
The following weekend, we went to the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. We did all free events this time since we were scoping it out. We think we might try to pick up one or two paid classes next time, depending on what they are. We learned a little about finding property to farm on and how people are managing their property for things other than just food and fiber. There was one man there who was investigating various alternatives for heating his turkey building. That was pretty cool, although definitely not applicable in the immediate future.
The following weekend, I worked a party for a former employer (I used to work with their horses). She was having a bunch of people from her real job (nursing) out to visit and I went out to do what I could. As it turned out, Jerry (one of her horses) and I walked miles and miles (ok, it wasn’t really that far) around the round pen as people took their turns having a “pony” ride on an American Cream Draft Horse.
Finally, this past weekend, we drove to Pennsylvania to attend the Mother Earth News Fair. We had a lot of fun just getting there, not to mention the fair itself. But I’ll post another entry tomorrow talking about this event. It was huge and there are pictures!