So the heat of the day is upon me.. and I have escaped inside to write a bit about the classes that we took and a brief overview of what we learned.
It's 72 out there... and well...I am officially a wimp! With the sun beating down on me.. I'll wait an hour till the next tree starts to shade me.
I'll talk about a few classes... Mainly because I think you all should go to the fair if you get a chance.. and take them yourself.
The first class and one of the hardest to hear and see.... was the Moles Gophers and Voles class.
Dear event planners.... please put the TV's higher up for the short people to see them. The only people that could see the TV's were the first 2 rows. :-( I am short so I sat there starring at someone's hat and occasionally bouncing up like a gopher on a golf course trying to see the distant far away TV.
Hubby was taking notes.
We learned how to tell what a gopher hole looked like. We don't have gophers. We have Moles and Voles.
We learned that Cinch traps were the best traps for catching them. and how to set them.
We learned how to set a Mole trap and that is you don't have a mole in the first 24 hours.. to move the trap.
We learned that Voles will take over the mole holes and how to tell the difference and that you use mouse traps for the voles.. and how to set them... so that Voles will run into them without seeing them before it's too late. Snap!!!!
We then went to the tree pruning class...
The TV monitor on the right wasn't working. And again were set way to low for me to see.. and we were in the back. (made a note to arrive earlier to sit closer) This lady was interesting. She talked about how she cuts all her trees down to three feet off the ground right when she gets them. She grows them short.. less fruit and easier to pick. Sounds great for the average home gardener. She is talking about how there isn't any waste with the smaller crop and you have bigger fruit.
Ok.. I understand all that.. But if we cut them down to 3 feet..... The chickens would eat everything including the leaves off the tree's!!
So we decided that we would alter her tree pruning methods to start after the 4 foot mark. Which would be safe from all chicken beaks!
She described the cuts that are made and why and when. She talked about the life cycle of the tree which made it very easy for me to go out and prune a tree in what and how I wanted it to do.
Then she talked about thinning the tree.. and while I know that it's important to do... man its the hardest part about keeping fruit tree's to do.
But I will be doing it this week to the peach tree.
Then I went with a friend to the Organic Body Care class...
I loved the concept of this class.. and sat up closer .. but still not close enough... The teacher was obviously very knowledgeable about what she was talking about. It almost felt like she was untouchable in a bit. She's written so many books and had 2 more coming out.. and she was sharing with us how she created these recipes.. but she didn't share them with us. There was no hand out with the 4 recipes that she shared in the class.
She would pass a bottle around.. and talk about what was in them as her assistant started passing them around and as everyone opened it and smelled it and put a drop of oil on them and passed it around... lets just say.. she was on the third oil by the time we got the first bottle to smell.
Not her fault... but would have been nice to have had a printout of what it was about. She did put the recipe on the screen but the detail was so small and we were still far away.. that even though we could see the screen we couldn't read it.
:-( I went to the book store to look at her book... there was only one recipe that I really felt I needed in the book.. of many recipes... so it stayed there.
Nice book though.
But I know from experience and working with oils that most of these recipes are available online.. So I made one that resembles this one this morning. It's curing on the counter.
The next class was about Winter Gardening.
It came with an entire booklet of her power point presentation and referenced the page numbers that she was talking about in their catalog and it opened my world up even further to winter gardening.
Put it this way..... I felt like I was good at gardening in the winter.... she made me feel like I was on a tricycle!! And gave me the tools to make it a ten speed bike!!!
I have her information.. and catalog.. and I will be referencing it from now on on when and how to do what I need to do....
It calls for a lot of math!!!! Whew! Ugh...
The next class that I took was one that I actually wasn't going to take.. But we decided we just wanted to sit in the back and see how they did it.
It had to be a God thing.. because this was an absolutely awesome class.. and it made me want to come home and kill the roosters and practice on what I learned.
Yep, we learned how to butcher a chicken. All 8 of them actually... over and over and over.. and man was he fast... and I need to practice at it and get faster also.
Hubby had never heard of Joel Salatin... which was the main reason I wanted to go sit in on his class... Because I knew the way Hubby is and the from what I heard about Joel that He would like him. And he did. He was laughing right next to me the whole time while he took notes.
It was the look that we exchanged ... that one where he would say something and we would look at each other and exclaim... Oh my gosh that's so much easier!!!!!!
So, we sat there eating a chocolate bar from a vendor there and watching them slaughter chickens. It was awesome!
Then he stopped the whole class for a question from a kid. No joke... Then he had this kid come up on stage... and let him rip the heads off of the chicken!!!
And I looked at the kid and exclaimed.... I know that kid!!!!!
|This was the only stage that had the monitors up high enough for me to see...|
Can I see the brain?
Joel didn't even miss a beat.. he grabbed the knife and cut the head in half and they went on a hunt for the chickens brain....
That right there is a class act!
(There was a small snaffu with the state set up.. but not there fault.. whenever they turned on the spinner.. it would take out the camera on the right... It's always the camera on the right!!!! But it came back on when they turned the spinner off... So once we realized that's what it was.. people just stopped screaming and kept watching the camera on the left. )
I went to another class Essential Homemade Beauty Products..
I didn't stay. I was hoping they would have handouts at well... and I saw none.. and well, to me, if you are teaching a class on how to do something you should have handouts on the recipes you are using. They were making deoderant when I left.
I was so disjointedness in those types of classes that I ended up not going to the other one I had scheduled.
Then there was my most favorite class ever!!!
I mean without a doubt the most awesome class I have ever been to..and the name was so odd that I actually had to look up the description for the title...
Agro-Ecosystem Strategy and building ecologically supported plant guilds.
Taught by Daniel Halsey.
It's basically permaculture.. and he taught it in a way that I note only understood it but was totally excited about it. And came home reworking the land in a new way that I never looked at it before! Literally!!!!!!
He started with worms and bats and mosquito's and rodents and all the way up to raptures!!!
There is a solution for everything to be in harmony... I just need to figure it out... and well.. right now the robins and mice are winning in my yard. But I will figure it out.
His talk was so inspiring I rushed up and handed him money for his book and flung my pen at him to sign the copy for me!
Then I turned around and told my husband I wanted a rototiller on the way home.
What was different about this presentation...? His photography was excellent. It let me see exactly what he was talking about. His explaination was right on the money. I could almost smell the apples on the tree..
He was from Minnesota where he has 25 acres and a food forest garden right there... Most of the people that are talking about food forest gardening are from Australia and Southern USA... Totally different climate for them.. I can't grow a Banana tree... like they do.. So I wondered to myself.. can we really do it here?
I had been trying it for a year now... Last year put in the base trees and adding to it as I got more plants... and well... He not only is doing it in a climate worse then mine... he is successfull at it and gave us all the resources to do it for ourselves!!!
That is exactly what I am talking about....
My mother always would say... you can tell a professional from someone that isn't... A professional knows there worth and is willing to share there knowledge freely for others to have and gain... someone that isn't is always scared of losing what they really don't have.
I think back to the body care class I was in.... If you really wanted me to buy your book.. you would have given me the recipes in a hand out.. so when I went home and made them... I would desperatly want to try more..... and buy your book.
I bought this guys book... and I am signing up as a member to http://permacultureplantdata.com/ this site... 20.00 a year gets you access to their plant database.. So you can start planning your own food forest...
I saw him use the site at the end of the class... Totally worth it!!!! Totally!!!!! Hubby approved the expense and as soon as I have the time to stop and think long enough I will be on it!
We left just after that.... went and picked up some purchases that were being held for us and started to head home. To be honest.. that was a lot of information received very fast.. but I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was awesome!!!
Now... Looking outside... I can see the sun has slightly shifted.. and well.. I am off to see if I have shade in any part of the yard.. so I can move bark... move gravel or pull weeds...
But first I must check the water barrel to see if it needs emptying... I have plants wanting water.
Thanks for reading.. and really hope to see you guys there next time.
Next post will be about the vendors.. and all the free stuff we got!!!!! And stuff we paid for..