Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

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Instructor: Jeromy Biazzo, Wolftree Farm, skilled scythe maker and mower, and co-owner of Wolftree Farm

Students will make a simple one handed snath (handle) to fit a blade they bring or purchase from Groundswell. Snath design and assembly will be made simpler so that more time can be applied to mowing. Ring clasps will be purchased and handles will be attached with a hanger bolt.

Course Fee: $50
Materials Fee: $90
Total: $140
Materials needed: Scythe blade, ring clasps, whetstone, whetstone holder. If you plan to bring all of these items we will waive the Materials fee. (Pay just the Course Fee)

If you want to purchase tools independently, they can be bought from Scytheworks.ca, www.lehmans.com or onescytherevolution.com, howlandtools.com, or scythesupply.com.

This course is limited to 10 people.

Instructor Bio: Jeromy Biazzo is a skilled scythe make and mower, and owner of Wolftree Farm.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@groundswellcenter.org or 607.319.5095 with questions about access to materials, transportation, etc.

Tiny House Class

Tiny House Class

Have you wondered if you could live in a smaller space? Are you considering building a small home? Do you want to learn first hand from someone who has gone through the process and is now living in a Tiny House what it takes to build one? And live in one? Come spend a day at my Tiny House and let’s explore the many decisions it takes to create a house that feels like home.

Instructor: Miwa Oseki Robbins

What Will be Covered:

• Small House Design: A conceptual design process , based off of my training in Permaculture and self study of Pattern Language, Ianto Evans ’Hand Sculpted House’, and my own experience

• Trailer or no trailer?

• Building codes and permits

• System design decisions : Heat, Electricity , plumbing , and refrigeration

• Building science: Air sealing and insulation

• DIY or hire someone? And everything in between. The pros and cons of different ways to go about it

• And More… Come with Your Questions and Enthusiasm!

What To Bring: Small dish or snack to pass. Vegetarian soup will be provided. Paper, pencil, water.

Location: Miwa’s Tiny House, Trumansburg, NY

Cost: Suggested fee $80, but it is pay what you can, and what you feel is fair.

To Register: RSVP to miwarobbins@gmail.com for directions and to save your spot!

Scything: Preparing to Mow – Sharpening & Peening

Scything: Preparing to Mow – Sharpening & Peening

Due to low attendance, we have canceled this workshop. Good news is we have a beginner scything class coming up on July 8th!

 

Instructor: Jeremy Biazzo

The scythe has been used as a human powered mowing technique for centuries. Austrian-style scythe blades are forged from a single piece of steel into a light and graceful tool. Get your scythe ready for the season at this upcoming workshop! Students will learn how to prepare their blades for peening, use a peening jig and sharpen with a whetstone.  Scythe Fitting issues will also be addressed.

Date: Saturday, May 20th, 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Location: Groundswell’s Incubator Farm, Ithaca
Cost: $30 Workshop Fee
Tools required: scythe
Materials Fee: $65 for jig, whetstone, whetstone holder, earplugs [Waived if you plan to bring your own materials]

Instructor Bio: Jeromy Biazzo is a skilled scythe maker and mower and co-owner of Wolftree Farm

Registration Deadline: May 8th
This course is limited to 20 participants.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@groundswellcenter.org or 607.319.5095 with questions about access to materials, transportation, etc.

Groundswell’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Groundswell’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Fall Harvest Celebration –  Swig a Cider (or 2) & Cheers to You!

Please note… due to unforeseen circumstances, the originally scheduled tour of 3 Stone Farm has been cancelled. However, please join us for FARM DRINKS from 3-5pm. Details below!

Farm Drinks: Swig a Cider and Cheers to You! 

3-5:00pm – @ Finger Lakes Cider House

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Farmers and Farm Devotees! We made it! Last summer gave us 4″ of rain in a few hours, but this season froze our fruit blossoms, drained our wells, dried out our ponds and parched our pastures. At least tomatoes were prolific.
Let’s Celebrate making it to the Fall!
Take a break and join each other, Groundswell and the Cider House for an end of season toast – to YOU!  Celebrate our triumphs, make predictions about how bad the winter is going to be, or just enjoy being amongst friends!

Homestead Farmer & Gardener Network Meeting: Heritage Haus Farm

Homestead Farmer & Gardener Network Meeting: Heritage Haus Farm

Join us for the September Homesteader Farm Tour at Heritage Haus Farm in Berkshire, NY!

Heritage Haus is a diverse livestock and produce farm located on 15 acres in Berkshire, NY. They produce several litters of KuneKune pigs for breeding stock and pork, have a large flock of heritage breed chickens for eggs, several dairy goats which will be cross-bred to produce meat goats and will be cultivating log-grown shiitake mushrooms next year.

The farm also has a small garden which produces vegetables for canning and is being used to grow rare varieties of beans for the Experimental Farm Network.

All livestock is rotationally grazed using a system of electronet fencing to manage pasture.

Tour is free for Groundswell Members, $10 for non-members. Group transportation from Groundswell Offices can be arranged if needed.

Homestead Farmer & Gardener Network Meeting: Ott Homestead

Homestead Farmer & Gardener Network Meeting: Ott Homestead

Join us for the July Homesteader Farm Tour at the Ott homestead in Trumansburg, NY!

Peter Ott’s village homestead, located in downtown Trumansburg is inspired by permaculture techniques, and features a trench composting system, multiple types of garlic production and a diversity of perennial plants and edibles, including asparagus. All produce is grown in nutrient-rich raised beds – made without wooden sides.

Tour is free for Groundswell Members, $10 for non-members. Group transportation from Groundswell Offices can be arranged if needed.

Read more about Peter’s homestead here.

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Homestead Farmer & Gardener Network Meeting: Fournier Family Farm

Homestead Farmer & Gardener Network Meeting: Fournier Family Farm

Join us for the June Homesteader Farm Tour at the Fournier family farm!

The Fournier family purchased 4.5 acres of mostly open land next to Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park in early 2015, which they planted with a variety of fruit trees and a large vegetable garden.  They used materials at hand to quickly make enclosures and shelters and are currently raising Katahdin sheep, as well as chickens, ducks and guineas for meat and eggs. In 2015 they also raised pigs and turkeys, and now process all of their animals on the farm.

Tour is free for Groundswell Members, $10 for non-members. Group transportation from Groundswell Offices can be arranged if needed.

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