2016 Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

Join G.A.L.A. and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School on the first Wednesday of every month for hands-on learning about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

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Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

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Jam Making and Food Preservation Workshop – Wed Sep 7th

Jam Making and Food Preservation Workshop FB Event Photo

The next Re-skill-ience Workshop is coming up – Jam Making and Food Preservation with Ann Hamilton of the UNH Cooperative Extension. The workshop takes place on Wednesday, September 7th, from 5:30-7:30pm in Wakefield, NH.  The Re-Skill-ience Series consists of hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills.

Participants of the workshop will learn about the latest research-based methods and recipes, have questions answered, and learn about preserving food safely at home, using a boiling-water canner. Participants will gain hands-on experience in jam, which means there will be a yummy treat to take home!

Ann has been a Field Specialist in food safety with the UNH Cooperative Extension’s Food & Agriculture team since 1988. She works with individuals, farmers and the food service industry to improve safe food handling practices and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. In her spare time, she does enjoy canning jams, pickles and applesauce.

Still need a few more reasons why food preservation is a great skill to learn? Here are five of our favorites:

  1. Rekindle your farm-fresh memories of cucumbers, berries, and tomatoes in the dead of winter.
  2. Environmentally friendly – with locally sourced food, re-usable preserving jars, and reduced mood miles.
  3. Save money – preserve your own harvest, or buy seasonal food in bulk to save on future food costs.
  4. Flavor! Nothing beats locally grown veggies and fruits, especially those without artificial ingredients.
  5. Community involvement – you can preserve and share the harvest with family, friends and neighbors. You can also teach these skills to the next generation.

The Jam Making and Food Preservation workshop takes place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield located at 2718 Wakefield Rd, Sanbornville, NH. The workshop costs $15 for admission, plus a $6 materials fee for a total of $21 per person. Pre-registration is requested online, or by calling 603-539-6460.

Campfire Cooking Workshop, July 6th 2016

campfire cooking

Local organizations Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School are excited to announce the next feature in their 2016 monthly NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshop are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.The next workshop, Campfire Cooking with Tim Smith of Jack Mountain Bushcraft School takes place on Wednesday, July 6th, from 5-7pm off Camp School Rd in Wolfeboro.
Interested in the ancient art of cooking over a fire? Join Tim Smith, founding director of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School and registered Master Maine Guide, for Campfire Cooking: Learning about Dutch Oven, Reflector Oven, and Pot Suspension Systems. Tim spends about six months of the year living off the grid and has cooked thousands of meals over open fires from Maine to Alaska.

Participants can expect to learn about lighting and managing a cooking fire, selecting appropriate pots and equipment and building a simple pot suspension system, as well as dutch oven and reflector oven cooking and a few recipes from Tim’s recent book “The Woods Cook: Outdoor Cooking With a Professional Guide” (available on Amazon).

Tim will be cooking chicken in a dutch oven, making sourdough biscuits in a reflector oven, making “guide coffee”, and finishing with a dutch oven Aroostook Custard. Dutch oven cooking with both charcoal and open fire will be demonstrated.

Participants should bring their own plate, bowl, silverware and appetite.

This workshop takes place from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at 267 Camp School Rd, Wolfeboro, NH. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15.00. Pre-registration is requested at https://galacommunity.org/events/?EventId=28537

or by calling 603-539-6460.