Sunday, September 22, 2019

Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival at Paul Smiths

homesteading festivalThe Paul Smiths College and Cornell Cooperative Extension are set to host their Annual Rural Skills Homesteading Festival, on Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Paul Smiths College VIC.

The Festival features rural skills demonstrations, workshops, food tastings, kid friendly activities, and more.

There will be both displays of rural skills and hands-on mini workshops exploring guided wild edible walks, Native American traditional medicine, boiling water bath canning, making pro-biotic rich fermented pickles, raising goats for milk and meat, fresh pressed cider, wine making, water purification system, butter making, wine making, hex and hops brewers, spinning, knitting, mushroom walks, bow crafting, PSC Woodsmen’s Team Expo, moccasin crafting demos, building bat and blue bird houses, and more.

Solar energy will be used to make milkshakes, human energy will be turning the wooden cider press, and foot power will be operating spinning wheels turning wool to yarn.

Kid Homesteader friendly activities will include handling goats through an obstacle course, milking a Jersey cow, making paper with plant matter, creating a survival puck, and building survival shelters.

The festival will be providing in depth workshops at the VIC on Sunday from 9 am to noon, including Wild Edibles and Medicinal History identification and preparation of a wild lunch. There will also be a Forest Bathing workshop. Forest Bathing is a guided sensory immersion experience, an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.

Pre-registration is required for the Sunday workshops. For more information, contact the VIC at (518) 327-6241 or or CCE Franklin,

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