Starting a Farm from Scratch: Part 1
by Chris Grataski
This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request.
Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30
Late Afternoon 3:00-5:00
Friday Evening Activities
There will be a fire, fireside chats, and music to celebrate! Feel free to bring along your instruments!
Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30
Late Afternoon 3:00- 5:00
Saturday Evening Activites
The Trade. Bring a blanket and a few things to trade. There are no limitations here, just guidelines. Nothing is too big or too small, we have seen bags of acorns to canoes. Trade for something unexpected and great. This will be a time where you can put your goods out, walk around to check out other goods, and barter in a light-hearted natural manner. This is easiest working in small groups. Raw materials are wonderful, wild edibles and medicine are fantastic, baskets are a plus, hides are always desirable, and really anything handmade is stellar ...but leave that scratched cd that you found on the way here under the car seat where it was discovered though.
There will be Music! People, bring your instruments!
There will be Fire!
There will be a Home Brew Circle! Bring out your home-brewed concoctions and celebrate with others.
Early Afternoon 12:30-2:30
Late Afternoon 3:00- 4:30
Clean up, Farewell, and Goodbye!
Camping is included in the cost of admission and is limited to tents and tarps. There is a field that is well marked and has plenty of space for you to lay out your tent/tarp/bivy. There is access to portable toilets and clean drinkable water in camp. There are no showers, but there is a gorgeous river to dip into, but know that the river is at your own risk, so please don’t act like a dummy, and be sure to go with a buddy. Upon arrival, there shall be signs to point out where camping is. To get there, walk past the shop towards the cobb oven where the driveway continues and becomes River rd. As you walk down River rd. you will pass a yurt on your left and not much further up the trail you will see a right turn into a field with a sign marked for camping. This is Crescent field. Walk in and find a place to set up, and be wary of the edges and bottom/east part of the field has some poison ivy.
Please note that upon online registration you will receive an automatic reply that wrongly states that there is no camping as there is a big field where everyone camps.
Meals are not included in the cost of the program. Students should bring their own food. There will be freelancing foodies making tasty treats in the cob oven Saturday and Sunday. I'm not sure what it will be, but I know it will be delicious, so bring some cash if you are at all tempted.
We love dogs! Please don't bring yours though as it adds a layer of complexity that we need to avoid.
Payment and Cost
It means the world to us if you can pre-register. If you register between now and September 10th, and pre-pay for all three days there is a discount price of $145.
Prices will be $160 for all three days and $55 for a single day.
You are welcome to pay the day you arrive. We accept cash, traveler’s checks, checks, and money orders, and credit cards online only. You can pay in full or by the day, any day, and includes enrollment to all workshops that day. Deposit is included within the price of admission. Kids under 12 years old and younger can come for free. Please contact us if you have any questions. Please register and pay ahead of time if you can! If you don't, please be sure to check in at the registration table. We don't prorate days. We will have open rolling registration until we reach maximum capacity. Register soon!
Registration and Waiver
Check in at the registration table upon arrival. We strongly recommend that registration, both the form and payment, are handled before arriving for huge amount of time it saves. If you want to show up with it all in hand, that is also the best! Otherwise we are happy to pass you a blank copy to fill out.
Brad Salon and Sarah Corrigan Roots School
Nick Neddo The Organic Artist
Nick Neddo is a sixth generation Vermonter who has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wetlands, forests and fields of his bioregion and developed a profound curiosity, respect and love for the community of life around him. As a youngster Nick identified primary focuses that would become life-long pursuits: study of the natural world, Stone Age technology (popularly known as primitive skills) and creating art. Trusting the inherent value of these skills, he continues to embrace their pursuit with a ravenous appetite fueled by a genuine love of the living world and the creative process.
Bill Kaczor Ancestral Knowledge
Bill has also studied both youth mentoring, naturalist studies, primitive technology and tracking with Jon Young, Errett Callahan and Charles Worsham. He has been teaching children and adults in these subjects since 1998.
Betzy Bancroft Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism
Betzy is a teacher, clinical herbalist, gardener, craftsperson and environmentalist who’s had a deep appreciation for the magic of plants since childhood.
Alan LePage LePage Farm
Alan LePage has been an organic vegetable gardener in central Vermont for over thirty years–long before anyone cared much about organic farming–long, long before words like ‘sustainable’, ‘local’, ‘artisinal’ started being used, ad nauseam. His family has farmed the same piece of land since the civil war. Alan is also an expert mushroom forager, mentor, activist and philosopher.
Chris Grataski Stone River Homestead
Grant Adkisson Earth Skills Gathering
Ben Goodrich New England Ninjutsu
Dave Muska Ondatra Adventures
John Hunt and Julia Martin ReTribe
Ross Doree Slow Oak of Shelburne, Vermont
Charlie Paquin Archaeologist and artist
Amasa Fisk-White Bird Specialist
Dan Farrell The Nature Conservancy in Vermont
Naomi Ullian Tiny Pony Apothecary
Penny Hewitt Lazy Mill Hill Farm
Luke Boushee Woods Craft
Jamie Tyler Maloof
Joanne Darling Green Sylk Soap
Thank you. We look forward to a great gathering!!
-ROOTS School Staff
Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.