G.A.L.A. Hosts “Self Reliance Workshop Series” Starting Wednesday, May 8th!

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Want to learn about local medicinal herbs, how to make a beautiful holiday wreath, weave rope from materials found in your backyard, or make sauerkraut and other fermentation basics?

Join G.A.L.A. and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School for a “Self Reliance Workshop Series” taking place on the second Wednesday of each month starting in May at 5:30pm at the Barn at Moody Mt Farm. All workshops are $15 for GALA members, $35 for non-members, in addition to varying materials costs listed below.

Each workshop is designed so all participants leave with a new skill as well as something physical to take home that reflects that new skill (example: a tin of ‘Heal All Salve”, a rain barrel, or a jar of sauerkraut.)

Workshops are open to the public. Registration is limited to 12 people per workshop on a first come first serve basis.  Register by calling 603-539-6460 or emailing contact@galacommunity.org

For more information about upcoming workshops, visit www.galacommunity.org. See you there!

May 8: Custom Rain Barrel Creation7401985614_525f41c60f-1
Place: The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm
Instructor: Josh Arnold, Director of G.A.L.A.
Materials Cost: $50.00

June 12: Backyard Medicinal Herbs: Brew Bug Spray and Healing Salves
Place: The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm
Instructor: Jessica Cole, Certified Herbalist & owner of Sumner Brook Herbals
Materials Cost: $5.00

July 10: Bushcraft Rope and Packframe Making
Place: The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm
Instructor: Tim Smith, Maine Guide, and director of Jack Mountain Bushcraft School
Materials Price: $0.00

August 14: Fire and Knife Skills
Place: The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm
Instructor: Tim Smith, Maine Guide, and director of Jack Mountain Bushcraft School
Materials Price: It is recommended to bring a knife. To learn the speculations of the knife and to purchase one ($12.00) visit http://www.jackmtn.com/gear.html – knives.

NO WORKSHOP for SEPTEMBER 2013

October 9: Make Homemade Sauerkraut
Place: The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm
Instructor: Virginia “Ginny” Taylor, homesteader and farmer at the Farm at Frost Corner
Materials Price: $25.00

November: DIY Eco Friendly Household Cleaners
Place: Ossipee Main St. Building 10 Moultonville Rd Ossipee
Instructor: Emily Richey, Program Manager at G.A.L.A.
Materials Price: $15.00

December 11: Holiday Wreath Making
Place: Ossipee Main St. Building, 10 Moultonville Rd Ossipee
Instructor: Jessica Cole, Certified Herbalist & owner of Sumner Brook Herbals
Materials Price: $5.00

More about the workshop series and instructors . . . . . .

In recent years, a great re-skilling of America has begun to take place – the relearning of traditional skills that were once used in everyday life. These traditional skills can not only be fun and rewarding, but also help you increase your personal reliance and resiliency. G.A.L.A. and Jack Mountain Bush Craft School have collaborated to help teach some of these invaluable skills, utilizing the knowledge of local experts.

Virginia “Ginny” Taylor is an author, teacher, historian, a mother, and a homestead farmer at the Farm at Frost Corner in Wolfeboro. She will be sharing the art of sauerkraut creation, and fermented food. Ginny will be using local cabbage, grown organically by Brenda and Mark Lush at Crooked Pine Farm, in her demonstration.

Jessica Cole is a certified herbalist, runs a shop on Highway 16 where she sells her herbal creations and smoked trout from the trout farm that her and her husband live on. She will be teaching workshop participants how to make her infamous ‘Heal All Salve’; a great remedy from everything from scrapes to burns to rashes and is anti-bacterial. During the workshop, participants will get a chance to go on an herb walk with Jessica, make the Heal All Salve, and watch a demonstration on how to make herbal bug spray at home.

Tim Smith is the founding director of Jack Mountain Bush Craft School. This school a bushcraft, survival, guide training and wilderness expedition school established in 1999 on the Aroostook River in Masardis, Maine. Students can join the schools many wilderness programs, exploring Northern Maine, for one day, two weeks, or a whole year. The schools year long immersion program is the longest and most comprehensive bushcraft, survival, and guide training courses in North America. Jack Mountain Folk School has also recently started a folk school to share bushcraft skills. Tim Smith will be teaching some of these skills at the Wednesday Self Reliance Workshops, including fire and knife skills such as cooking above a fire, rocket stoves, and knife handling, and how to create a pack and rope from materials found in the northern forests.

Josh Arnold is the founding director of G.A.L.A. and has been creating water catchment systems for several years. He will be sharing with the public how to create a customized rain barrel from 50 gallon blue drum.

Emily Richey is the Program Manager, AmeriCorps*VISTA at G.A.L.A. and will be sharing with the public how to make inexpensive household cleaners such as an all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent – at home and from commonly found ingredients!

We hope that you can join us for this exciting workshop series. Please park on Pork Hill Road when attending workshops at The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm. Please call 603-539-6460 to register and with any questions or with ideas about workshops you would like to see in the future. Hope to see you there!