Workshops and Events

 

Below you will find our current listing of events we will be participating in, and workshops we will be presenting

July 28th, Carson, WA.

Alternative Sustainable Feeds Seminar

  Location:  Join us at the Thayer Farm for an all day intensive (and fun) seminar.  at  1201 Smith-Beckon Rd. , Carson, WA.

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

The goal is for participants to learn how to successfully produce each of the Alternative Sustainable Feeds at your home/farm, and be able to evaluate which feeds will fit your situation and animals. You learn what the nutritional content of each alternative feed is too. For those who want to begin a comprehensive sustainable farming program that includes producing your own feeds, we will cover how it all fits together. We will focus on budget friendly DIY approaches, which truly do beat being tied to buying commercial feeds.

This is an interactive and semi-hands-on seminar.  Let’s face it, we all have our comfort zones.  Yes, we will be introducing some amazing ‘insect-world friends’ as feed sources.  But no one is going have to hold any bugs they do not want to.  But for the very adventurous, there MAY even be some prepared for snacks for you to try, if you like….

The alternative feeds we will  cover include :          

  •           Mealworms
  •           Redworms
  •           Banded Crickets
  •           Black Soldier Fly Larva
  •           Duckweed, Azolla, and Water Hyacinth
  •           Moringa olefera,  and purslane
  •           Growing and feeding Fodder (barley, wheat, pea, black oil sunflower, etc.)

This is an interactive and semi-hands-on seminar. So you will not be sitting all day. However, if you are more comfortable learning by listening and observing, that is perfectly fine.  Let’s face it, we all have our comfort zones.  Yes, we will be introducing some amazing ‘insect-world friends’ as feed sources.  But no one is going have to hold any bugs they do no want to.  But for the very adventurous, there MAY even be some prepared for snacks for you to try, if you like….

You will also be introduced to the value of some non-traditional plant foods as feed, and how easy to is to grow them, and even store some of them.  You will learn what the plant nutritional values are, and the feed ratios for various livestock.

Throughout the seminar there will be drawings for prizes that will help participants started with their own Alternative Sustainable Feeds endeavor. Our goal is also to have a few types of Alternative Sustainable Feeds  as free samples available for each participant to take home with them.

The schedule for the day is going to consist of :                       

start time:  9:00am

first break about 10:30 – ish

Lunch time : about 12:30- ish

second break about 2:00

Close to the end of the seminar about 5:00pm

Nothing better than fresh air!  This seminar will be held outdoors under cover of a large tent and pop-ups, so DRESS ACCORDINGLY. Prepare for all-day weather and temperature variations. Footwear is required at all times.  Bring your own water bottles.  We will have drinking  water available for re-filling bottles throughout the day.

Lunchtime will be a great time for enjoying good food and visiting.  We are planning it as a Pot-luck Lunch.  This means you bring something to share to add to the meal.  We will provide: Turkey, microgreen salad, bead and unique pestos, sun tea and water.

Bring

  •     Bring something to take notes on, and pen/pencil.  Photos will be allowed, but recording/video recording  the session will not be allowed
  •     Bring a water bottle.
  •     Bring something to share at lunchtime.

 

Misc., but important  Info

We will have portable toilet on site for seminar participant use.  There will also be hand washing stations available.

This event is being held at the Thayer farm, a small working farm that we are helping to transition to Alternative Sustainable Feeds. You will get to see their transition process. Because this is a private farm we ask that you respect the guest areas, and do not handle or feed any animals there.

Because this is an intensive seminar and held at a private farm, we cannot allow children onsite, and pets are also not allowed. We want all participants to be able to pay attention to the presentations.  Because we are on a private farm, we cannot invite other’s dogs to be on site.  We do love children and pets, but this is not an appropriate venue for them.

How much does it cost? 

$50per person,  $65 for a couple (immediate family member counts). Payment must be received on or before July 23rd.

 Pre-registration is required.  .

..Registration must be received on or before July 23rd.

 How do I get registered to attend?

Fill out the registration and either send to as an attachment to an e-mail, or send by US mail. Be sure to mark on the registration how you are paying are paying for  event.

Here is the link to the registration page/form. If you have trouble with it or need one e-mailed to you, please let us know;  https://freshfromthefarminthegorge.wordpress.com/workshops-and-events/intro-to-aquaponics-workshop-registration/

 

  Registration Payment can be handled via one of the following:

  •  – Paypal (Friends and Family) to waconverse@yahoo.com     Mark it “Alt. Sus. Feeds” in comments
  •   – Money order  sent by US Mail to address below
  •   – Cash in person if you know how to find Deanne Converse (as in      acquaintances)

Registration fees must be received by July 23rd.  There will be no refunds after July 24th.

 

 

March 24th Stevenson, WA.

 Grow Fodder and Feed Your Livestock For Less – Provide your fodder rolling up a mat of fodder to feeding timelivestock with fresh green, highly nutritious and less expensive food year-round by producing your own fodder.  The workshop will go include what to grow, seed sources, DIY budget-friendly and simple fodder systems, how to produce fodder, and feed requirements for differing livestock.  Fodder is generally for grazing/browsing livestock, pigs, rabbits, chickens, other farm Fodder pigs having a mealfowl, goats, llamas, alpacas…..Participants will get to see real-life systems (brought into the class) and the actual fodder.  Some student participation encouraged (you may get your hands wet)…Bring something to takes notes on.  Photos are okay, but there will be no audio or video recording of the sessions allowed.

For more info about Fodder production on our farm in winter season go to:

https://freshfromthefarminthegorge.wordpress.com/sustainable-natural-agriculture/fodder-how-does-it-work-and-does-it-work-really/

Registration will be handled through Skamania County Parks and Rec. .More information and registration form is at this link: https://freshfromthefarminthegorge.wordpress.com/workshops-and-events/workshop-registration-grow-fodder-and-feed-your-livestock-or-less-march-24th-stevenson-wa/

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016  Growing fodder in my kitchen        

 Location: Hegewald Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson, WA. 98648

Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Cost : $25

 

Coming soon in 2016:

Alternative and sustainable DIY Feeds

           – Avoid the high cost of commercial feed by producing your own.

2 session workshop

Food for your: rabbits, cows, horses, sheep, goats, llamas, alpaca, pigs, chickens, quail, peafowl, ducks, fish, lizards and snakes…..and family.

Session 1  Fodder Production – Provide your livestock with fresh green, highly nutritious and less expensive food year-round by producing your own fodder.  The workshop will go include what to grow, seed sources, DIY budget-friendly and simple fodder systems, how to produce fodder, and feed requirements for differing livestock.  Fodder is generally for grazing/browsing livestock, pigs, rabbits, chickens.

Session 2  Other DIY Feeds: this session will include other feeds and how to produce them.  This session will include an array of non-traditional feed sources that make high quality  feed for a variety of livestock and pets. Some items covered are also  mainstream human foods outside the USA, and can certainly be used as an emergency source for human food. Nutritional content, production, feeding strategies and storing will be covered in this session.

Purslane, Duckweed and Water Hyacinth

Mealworms and Redworms and Black Soldier Fly larva

 

 The Goodness of Worms – a FREE interactive workshop  Sept 26, 2015

at the Stevenson Library 120 NW Vancouver, WA. 98648 2 – 4 pm.

Redworm workshop Sept 26 2015 flier

Worms, worms, glorious worms! Where would we be without them?!? Deep doo-doo, that’s where! Worms are constantly working to keep our Earth in good working order!

Free, interactive workshop for everyone! Worms, worms, glorious worms! Where would we be without them?!? Deep doo-doo, that’s where! Worms are constantly working to keep our Earth in good working order! .
Raising worms, worm composting, use of worm castings, making worm casting tea will all be covered with students involved in the process (you do not have to touch worms if you do not want to). This will be geared to the home gardener who wants to get the most out of their gardening efforts, naturally and inexpensively, and also to those who want an easy and fast way to deal with composting, and get a top-notch end product..

Students will come away from the workshop with a start of worm casting tea and worm castings.   Contact us for more details or if you have questions. Come and hear September 26th, from 2 – 4 p.m., at the Stevenson Library Gallery. No registration necessary.

 

Free Vermicomposting Workshop Oct. 18

Food%20Forum%20LogoThis year at the local Food Forum we will be not only participating in the indoor Farmer’s Market, but we have been asked to present a workshop on Composting with Redworms.  The Food Forum is Oct. 18 in Stevenson, WA. .  We are thrilled to be able to give this one hour free presentation at 1:00pm.  Hope to see you all there.  For more information about the Food Forum and the many other wonderful workshops going on at this entirely free event, go to http://www.gorgegrowncom .

Two Basic Aquaponic Gardening Workhops on Sept 25thAP 10 gallon

Extend your growing season. Avoid having to weed your garden. Grow food in 1/3 less time. Use one 10th the water it takes to grow the same food in a ‘soil’ garden. Grow fish too!
This is aquaponics! An organic symbiotic system, where fish and plants are grown together. It can be done indoors or out doors, and on a large or very small scale.
Join us for one or both basic classes being held on Goldendale on Thursday Sept. 25th at the Goldendale Pool Meeting Room – corner of NE 3rd St. and N King Ave in Goldendale, WA.. In the second session, students will bring home a basic aquaponic gardening unit they assemble in class.

Introduction to Aquaponic Gardening is a 1 hour session (5:30 – 6:30pm) where participants will be introduced to the concept of aquaponic gardening and how and why it works. Everyone will come away with the basic knowledge to be able to pursue beginning their own aquaponic adventure. This is perfect for the person wishing to explore the possibility of aquaponics, but not ready to take ‘the plunge” into managing a system at their home. This session is $30

Aquaponics For Everyone is a 2 hour session (6:45- 8:45pm). This is a hands-on workshop. In this session participants will also visit the basics of aquaponics, and then work individually (or in pre-registered groups if they wish) on assembling a small 10 AP classgallon aquaponic unit they can take home with them. They will gain the basic knowledge to manage their system and expand if they wish after class. Students are required to bring two Rubbermaid or Sterilite type totes capable of holding water that are a solid color (not see-through or opaque). One must be approximately 10 gallon size and about 12″ deep. The other tote can be the same size or larger. The instructors will bring the plumbing necessary to complete the system. Students may build their own system or sign up together to work in groups (and share the supply portion of the class fee). Cost of this session is $55 (including a $10 supply fee).

Pre-registration is required. There are a limited number of “scholarships” available for those who would otherwise not be able to attend without help – please ask us.  To register or to ask questions, please contact us at waconverse@yahoo.com .  There is a registration form on this website, which you can cut and paste and send to us in an e-mail.  The form is found at https://freshfromthefarminthegorge.wordpress.com/workshops-and-events/intro-to-aquaponics-workshop-registration/  (or you can click on the heading above) , or send us an e-mail and we will happily send you a form as an attachment to an e-mail.       aquaponics system lettuce

Aquaponics: Building Community Resiliency through the basics of growing our veggies and fish together in a simple and organic, symbiotic system.(Free event) … presented by the Converse’s, on July 12th beginning at 2 (about 1 1/2 hr. program) at the Stevenson Community Library (120 NW Vancouver AV., Stevenson, WA.).   Learn the basics of aquaponic gardening from your local aquaponic farming family.   Aquaponics can be done on a large or small scale, indoors or outdoors, and year-round. Think you have no room for a garden? Think you can no longer garden because of mobility issues? Hate to pull weeds? Need to produce more food for your family in a small area? This is the answer for you!…We are giving this workshop as part of a series of events in called the ‘Local Resiliency Program’ sponsored by the Stevenson Grange.

Intro. to Aquaponics for Everyone:                                                           Choose from these class dates: March 18, or 20, or 21 6:30 – 9:00pm at the Mtn. View Grange, 1085 N. Main St. in White Salmon, WA. 98672.  These are  introduction to aquaponics and hands-on workshops where you get to make your own person aquaponic system and learn how to maintain it.  Grow your own groceries at home.  Nothing like fresh produce YOU grew at home yourself!   By the end of this workshop you will have a basic aquaponic gardening unit to take home and DSCF0354begin growing your own nutritious and organic food!  Class will consist of basic knowledge of aquaponics to be able to run your own system at home.  During hands-on portions of class we will walk all students through constructing their own Aquaponics system. Downstairs at the Mtn. View DSCN0108Grange, 1085 N. Main St..  $XX per person, plus $XX for supplies we provide: We will provide the PVC fittings and plumbing and a basic wood frame support. (Students can register as a group and share the supply cost and make one AP system between them if they like. Per person cost still applies.)

If students wish us to provide growing media and water pump, we will be happy to make those arrangements individually with students prior to class. Students will learn about pumps and media needed to operate the system and options to get those, so they are not necessary for completing the class. We will provide PVC parts to make the system work, and reference paperwork for students to use after class, which is covered by the supply part of the fee..  We also provide all our students Q/A e-mail support.

Students are asked to bring: two  Sterilite-type totes (any brand) which are deeper than 12 inches.  One needs to be approximately 10  gallon size the other needs to be the same size or larger.

Minimum enrollment for class is 10 people per class.  Maximum enrollment is 30 people per class.  In case minimum enrollment is not met, we will contact students regarding cancellation the evening prior to class. Please contact us at waconverse@yahoo.com for questions, or further enrollment instructions. We will happily e-mail a registration form to you, or you may refer to the  following link for our registration page:  https://freshfromthefarminthegorge.wordpress.com/workshops-and-events/intro-to-aquaponics-workshop-registration/

November 2013 – Stay tuned for our Basic Aquaponics workshops.  These are  introduction to aquaponics and hands-on workshops where you get to make your own person AP system and learn how to maintain it.  Grow your own groceries at home.  Nothing like fresh produce YOU grew all winter long! Classes will be held throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

October 12th, 2013 ~ Gorge Food Forum ~ at the Hegewald Center, 710 Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA..

9:00am – 3:00pm  This is a FREE event!                  At the Food forum, the Fresh From The Farm crew will be presenting an..  Aquaponics Workshop:  ‘Introduction to Aquaponics’ for the family….

Follow this link for more information and how to register: http://www.gorgegrown.com/event/FoodForum2013.cfm    Stay tuned for more details! Questions? Call 541-490-6420

ETim and Deanne teaching the Into. to Aquaponics Classvent Follow-up :  Fun was had by all….Thank you for attending!  Stay tuned for more workshops, where we will delve into the “how-to’s”  of building and maintaining and aquaponics system.

Tim and Deanne teaching the Into. to Aquaponics Class

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