Sandhill Farm Workshops

Posted by Trish Riley, February 15, 2010

Sandhill Farm offers “hands-on” workshops in a natural setting. It is
our intent to revive sustainable and traditional ways by sharing
skills that are at once practical, ecological and economical for
everyday living. To register visit us at or
call 352-591-0773.

Seasonal Lacto-Fermentation—Raw Cultured Vegetables and Fruits
Saturday, Feb 20, 9am-3pm
Culturing raw fruits and vegetables is a simple, natural and healthful
method of food preservation. Eating raw cultured foods encourages
greater digestion, assimilation, elimination and protection. Come
learn this artisanal craft and take home home 5 pints of raw cultured
vegetable and fruit fermentations.
Class Fee: $50 ($25 if you wish to repeat the class) Material Fee:

The Art, Spirit and Practice of Working with Healing Plants
Two classes will be offered to share the magic of working with healing
plants. These classes may be taken independently; but if you take
both classes, please deduct $20 from the cost of the second class.
Part 1: Wildcrafting and Cultivating Medicinal Plants
Saturday, March 6, 2010, 9 am-3 pm
Spend a sweet day out doors refining and increasing your awareness of
the gifts of the natural world. This workshop will focus on philosophy
and methods of working with medicinal plants, from seeds to harvest
and fruition. We’ll cover cultivation, as well as ethical and
ecological wildcrafting, the art and practice of gathering plant
materials from the wild with good spirit and intent. Techniques and
energetics of harvesting and storing roots, leaves, flowers and fruits
for medicinal use will be demonstrated. Participants will harvest and
prepare plant materials during the workshop.
Class Fee: $50 Material Fee: $15

Part 2: Herbal Nourishing and Healing Preparations
Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10 am-4 pm
Plants have been known historically as the “medicine of the people”.
The traditional practices of gathering and preparing wild or
cultivated herbs, weeds, vegetables and flowers is an ancient healing
art, commonly used to treat a wide variety of ailments. This basic
intensive course will demonstrate simple, traditional techniques for
preparing fresh and dried plant material. Processes include water and
oil infusions, decoctions, teas, tinctures, glycerites, salves,
macerations, compresses, poultices, syrups, vinegars and baths. Making
your own healing herbals is simple, empowering, satisfying, economical
and effective. It is not the intent of this workshop to prescribe
herbs or herbal treatments for specific health problems, rather to
offer an overview of methods for preparing plants for practical and
personal use.
Class Fee: $50 Materials Fee: $30

Basic Soapmaking
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10 am-4 pm
Handmade soap is a luxurious and nurturing gift for yourself, your
family and friends. This course covers everything you need to know to
get started making great soap at home using only natural ingredients.
A morning soapmaking demonstration includes discussion of equipment,
supplies, ingredients, simple techniques, tips and troubleshooting.
The afternoon provides a lively hands on opportunity for you to make a
batch of soap. Making your own soap is fun, creative, economical and
Class Fee: $50 Materials fee: $25

Taking Time for Bread
Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10 am-4 pm
The key to finding time is making time, and this workshop focuses on
traditional ways of taking time through baking bread. Bread is essence
food and is the perfect melding of heart, hearth and hands. The art
and practice of preparing breads reconnects us with our grandmothers
and ancient folk who helped to sustain life through the nurturing
goodness of fresh baked bread. Included in this day are techniques and
tools for basic yeast and quick breads, as well as sourdough and other
fermented breads.
Class Fee: $50 Materials Fee: $25

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