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"Chickens in the Road" photo by Suzanne McMinn

“Chickens in the Road”
photo by Suzanne McMinn

It’s time to register now to go learn at the Chickens in the Road Farm!  I will be teaching again with my friend Suzanne McMinn at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia in September and October.  Here is the info that Suzanne just posted on her blog:  Chickens in the Road

Primitives & Pioneers Retreat — Canning, Cooking, Arts and Crafts!
September 13 – September 14, 2014 OR October 11 – October 12, 2014

This retreat will span two days, offered in both September and October, taking you from the kitchen, to the woods, and to the art easel with workshops including “Oh, Pioneer”–including corn cob jelly, hand-dipped tapers, homemade potpourri, rustic breads, fresh lard, and burnt sugar cake, along with “Let’s Paint Primitive”–an awesome art experience in which you’ll be led step-by-step to create two works of art, one on canvas and one on a old-fashioned bucket. (No prior experience required!)  Three meals per day are included along with all your supplies, materials, and take-home projects. All workshops and activities will take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, West Virginia.  Click here for information on registration.  


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20140515_205007_resizedThe next workshop in West Virginia has been scheduled!  The one last month was so well received that we are planning another one.  Here it is:

Fall 2014 Primitives & Pioneers Retreat!  – September 13-14 in Clio, WV  – This retreat will span two days taking you from the kitchen, to the woods, and to the artists easel featuring lessons on corn-cob jelly making, hand-dipped taper candles, homemade potpourri, rustic breads, painting a primitive landscape and a decorative bucket plus more!  The retreat includes all instruction and 3 meals per day.  The host and my teaching partner is Suzanne McMinn of “Chickens in the Road” and Sassafras Farm.  Learn more about her and her farm and get registration information here.

Come join us!

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Several years ago I heard a story on NPR about a lady who lived on a little farm in West Virginia and blogged about her life there.  At the time I was at my cabin out in the middle of nowhere with no computer service but as soon as I got back to town I checked it out online and have been following the adventures of Suzanne McMinn and www.chickensintheroad.com ever since. 

Almost every day since I heard of her I have allowed her to begin my day with a cute story about her animals, her cheesemaking or some adventure she had gotten herself into.  I love it. 

Never did I think that I would actually end up visiting Stringtown Rising Farm and see the organized chaos for myself.  But here I am, taking my own photos of Mr. Hyde.  And isn’t he a handsome fellow?

But the biggest problem so far is that I fallen in love with the two baby goats.  Have you ever seen anything so cute???  They are sold already or I am afraid that I would have had to have taken one home with me.  I’m not sure what Lincoln and Jed would have thought about it but I’m sure we could have figured something out.

The first thing we did when we got here was to make mozzarella cheese!  I love cheese and she is teaching me to make it.  We put our fresh mozzarella on the pizza Suzanne made for us with fresh made crust, herbs and tomatoes right out of the garden.  It was terrific!

And I even think the animals were thrilled that she made fresh pizza because as Suzanne picked the tomatoes for our dinner, she tossed a few over the fence for them!

Tomorrow I start painting the wall downstairs so I’ll try to take photos to show our progress.

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