9 American Guinea Hog Piglets, born March 11! All will be harnessed (like mom) to train for stake-able tilling at their next homes, around May 6.
(Registered and so sweet tempered and smart).
(Click on Video, "First morning of life," below even if it doesn't show.)
MOFGA Tree Fodder Day:
Monday, July 9, 2018.
Animals eat what? ?
Enlivening Soil thru Tree-based Livestock Farming.
$35 MOFGA Members, $50 others , or included in whole week or 2 day fee. Scholarships available. 568-6017 FMI.
This day is part of Tree Fodder Seminar 2018: “Trees feed Livestock feed Soil; Farmer Ecology &
Skills for a Changing Planet," based at 3 Streams Farm, Sat. July 8 – Sun. July 14
(with partial attendance options). (See further down below for full fee schedule and week long schedule.)
MONDAY, JULY 9 SCHEDULE:
8:00 – 9:00 am: Resource Sharing Table; Tree teas, snacks; Registration check–in.
Bring your books, articles, and pictures. Rare books on leaf harvest will be there.
Farm animal silhouettes (add your breeds) and blank ‘topic’ signs for lunch discussions.
Bring leaf fodder, fruit, and nut samples for the end-of-day storage discussion.
9:00 – 9:40 am: History and Benefits of a Tree-Based Farmer Ecology. Shana Hanson with possible guests.
9:40 – 9:50 am: Q & A.
10:00 – 11:10 am: Who Eats What Fodder from Trees? Farmers present how they are using fodder from trees for hogs, sheep, goats, cows, and rabbits.
11:20 – 12 noon: Q & A in circle (Allow room’s knowledge base to be shared)
12 – 12:05 pm: Livestock Species Count; Prep. for Informal Lunch Discussions. Hold up Animal or Topic signs that you want to connect about, after species count, to settle at tables.
12:05 – 1:00 pm: LUNCH. Soup provided; pot luck offerings invited, bag lunches okay too.
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Design a Transition to Tree Fodder. Consider development or planting potentials of soils and species present, and prune three small sample areas. Wheeler saws, bill hooks, loppers to share (can bring). In: MOFGA’s newer young patch of Intact Woodland, Open-grown Willows etc. in Children’s Area, and Woodland Edge near Sheep Barn. Shana Hanson, CJ Sloane (reachable fodders), Edgar Evenkeel (climbing), Dave Rocque (soil potentials), Peter Hagerty (carbon sequestration), and Goats (taste).
3:10 – 4:00 pm: Storage Discussion Circle; share samples of tree leaf fodders, fruits, and nuts.
Wrap up with remaining questions, reflections, and evaluations.
“Trees feed Livestock feed Soil; Farmer Ecology & Skills for a Changing Planet,”
Tree Fodder Seminar 2018 based at 3 Streams Farm,
Sat. July 8 – Sun. July 14 (with partial attendance options).
Sun., July 8: Our Farms, Studies, and Sky:
Meet, greet, settle camps, dip in ponds. Make soup, share info., explore literature.
12 noon – 2pm: Soup served.
12:30 – 2pm: Shana Hanson launches “Knew Kernels of Knowledge” Sharing, with her kernels from3 Streams trees, English landscape historians, and Colloque Trognes.
2 – 5pm: Walk and discuss Climate Challenges and Active Hope, while touring Pollarded Trees, and Woodland Duff Production under the ‘air meadow’.
5 – 6:30pm: Cook and eat Supper. (Additional farm products welcome.)
6:30 – 8pm: Bring and share Picture Presentations of our Farms
(small Windows laptop with USB port and cable internet available.)
8 – 10:30pm: Star-Gazing Goat Walk with Hanlon Kelley and Jeffrey Mabee, and Moon Phases for Best Tree Sprouting Response (I await information from Ernst Zuercher; this may become a daytime Skype visit to Switzerland).
Mon., July 9: MOFGA Tree Fodder Day:
6 am: Breakfast laid out, self-serve.
7 am: Shana’s carpool (inc. 2 goats) to MOFGA (25 miles from 3 Streams Farm) leaves.
8 - 9am at MOFGA: Snacks, Tree Teas, and Resource Sharing Table.
9 – 4pm: MOFGA Tree Fodder Day: Animals eat what? Enlivening Soil thru Tree-based Livestock Farming
See previous page for details. Lunch soup provided; potluck offerings invited; bag lunch also okay.
5 – 6:30pm at 3 Streams Farm: Swim. Cook and eat Supper.
6:30 – 8:30 pm: Try each other’s Tools; Piece up Dry Brush for Sat. biochar burn.
Tues., July 10: Climbing and Storage:
4:30 – 7am: Prune, Walk with goats.
7 – 8am: Breakfast.
8 – 12 noon: Adam Lynn and Edgar Evenkeel mentor us to Climb Safely with Rope and Harness.
Shana guides us to Prune for ‘Air Meadow’ Development, and to Prepare Branches for Fast On-site Stacking.
12 – 1pm: Swim. Lunch.
1 – 5pm: Eric Dayan (?) and Edgar mentor us to Move Trees with Rope and Throw Line, plus more Climbing.
Shana guides us to Prune, and to Ensile Stripped Leaves or Twig-leaves.
5 – 6:30pm: Cook and eat Supper.
6:30 – 8 pm: Grill Michael Walder (Skyped) on: Economics, Ergonomics, and Animal Logistics.
Wed., July 11: Mushrooms and Soil:
7am: Fetch Drifted Seaweed from
the bay, downtown. Swim!
11am: Bring new logs to old Shitake
and Pearl Oyster mushrooms, and introduce many ways.
12 noon: Use feet, billhooks, hatchets
and machetes on aged brush to fill wheel barrows with ‘tree food’.
1 – 5pm: Jameson Waines (?) and Mark Fulford join us to strategize
to help other 3 Streams Resident “Wild” Fungi, look for New Life in
our Biochar?, decide how to apply Seaweed from the Bay, and use Mushroomy
Fodder Brush Refuse to Feed Rock
Dust to Fodder Trees. Mark
lectures on Learning to foster Plant Resilience.
6:30pm: Cook and eat Supper with Many
Mushrooms and Some Seaweed.
– 9pm: Drive-in Movie (on computer outdoors
while watching goats): “The Shepherdess”?
Thurs., July 12:
Orchard Trees and Field Trips:
7am: Complete twig-leaf stack and
8 – 12
noon: Edgar Evenkeel helps us Use a
Lanyard to Position in Old Apple Trees (and prune them). Eliza Greenman and Shana Hanson show Safety
Tricks for Free Climbing.
1pm: Carpool to Hodgemans’ in Winterport.
– 3:30pm: (Winterport) Tom Hodgeman shows us Apple-Rose-etc. Browse
Management with Katadin sheep and Devon Cattle.
– 5:45pm: (Monroe) Vincent Versillo discusses Leaves and
other Tree Foods in Cheeses and shows us North Branch Farm.
– 7:45: Cook and eat Supper
9pm: Eliza Greenman and Shana Hanson
report on Colloque Trognes 2018 in Sare, France.
Fri., July 13: Nut and Fruit Fodder:
4:30 – 7am: Goat walk, swim.
7 – 8am: Breakfast.
8 – 10am: Hog walk and fence move.
10 - 12: Long Season Fodder-Forest Pig Utopia; Cultivars for Timely Harvests. Eliza Greenman
5 – 6:30pm: Cook and eat Supper
6:30 – 9pm: Tree and Livestock Songs with folk singers Sarah and Bill Smith, and with singer/composer Anna Dembska, outdoors while wandering with goats.
Sat., July 14: Biochar and Tree Tars:
7am: Set up a tight Slow-burn Charring
Mound, based on picture in Rotherham (2013).
12 noon: Set up and light brush around a
can each for Pine and Birch Tar Producton. Light and
monitor Charring Mound.
1pm: Lunch Picnic, next to burns.
2pm: Last Circle with short
stories, insights, feedback, requests, creative performances. Dowse Burns.
2 – 4pm: Time for Request Completion – finish loose
ends, look up last resources, or repeat something fun.
Graycilla's Goat KID/S due JULY 5.
Nosenia's PIGLETS will wean May 6. (All babies for sale this year).
|209 Back Belmont Rd., Belfast, ME (207) 338-3301|
New milk availability for 2017: We may try placing additional quarts of fresh milk in the well, as Certified Organic by MOFGA for Animal (Guinea Hog) Consumption. We will date the lids; $5 .50 and a clean quart jar can be left in exchange for each quart. (Milk through Shares described above is more affordable.)
Sign up in for Goat Lease Dairy Shares in Comment Box below, or call 338-3301.
Woodland Medicines are custom harvested on our daily browse walks, preferably accompanied by the person seeking the medicine. Turkey Tail fungi, Usnea lichen, Witch Hazel leaves, Gold Thread plants with roots, Baneberry roots, Club moss, Balsam Poplar buds, White Birch inner bark, Yellow Birch bark and leaves, Japanese Knotweed leaves, Hemlock needles, and Cedar fronds are some of the offerings. Additionally, wild gardens provide Evening Primrose seed, St. John's Wort whole herb or seed to plant, Motherwort, Nettles and varied visiting plants.
|Hazel in Witch Hazel|
We have Pear, Apple, Japanese Heartnut, Black Walnut, Shagbark Hickory, Burr Oak, Yellow Birch, Bass- wood, White Ash, Red Oak, Witch Hazel, Cedar, Black Spruce, White Pine seedlings.
We have Muscovy ducks, thanks to Nick Jackson in Belmont. Welcome back to the area, Nick and Sarah! The Muskovies are getting along fine with our geese, and hatchlings are due in sync with the other brooding fowl, in May.
Instruction is included; I encourage everyone to learn how to tend trees. We have worthy old orchards throughout Waldo County to prune, plus need to plant young Standards as these old trees were planted by our great grandparents.
I also offer Fodder Tree Development, Research, And Fascination (obsession?), which started in 2010. Look up Shana Hanson, Primitive Skills, Tree Pollarding, and also YouTube, Shana Hanson.
|Bunchberry, a big buck|
|Smaller Kraut needed a second zipper.|
Weaning Bras zip wide open for milking ease. These have proven useful for a self-nurser off farm, and for establishing bottle feeding at birth on 3 Streams Farm, where does and kids live outdoors together. These bras will need adjustment and repair if used with an experienced nursing kid. Bottle feeding allows instant weaning later without separation.
A Day Pack has been added to our collection, for carrying hot cider when we (goats, sow and farmer) escort you through our woods to find...
your dream Solstice Tree at the tippy top of a tall fir. I am cutting tall firs to create sun pockets, for "Air Meadow" regeneration of fodder from lowered tree canopies.
Mostly Wooden Farm-made Hardware can be custom-built to order.
|A pack with 3 half-gallons of milk|
Cashmere from Hazel especially is available in small quantity.
3 Streams Farm is the home base for Belfast Blueberry Cooperative, a fresh market organic wild harvest crew. In August, we take orders for table quality berries in flats of 15 qts., (about 24 lbs.).
Participant consensus for changes; input was welcome.
Monday: 7:00 am prepare breakfast.
5:00 pm prepare supper.
Saturday 7:00 am prepare breakfast.
4:00 pm adjourn.