"Field to Plate" Series - Class 1

Emily Lamb has over a decade of experience in humane harvest and subsistence living. Now offering a series of workshops called Field to Plate.
Class #1   
Learn a basic understanding of skinning, plucking and butchering small game.
When: April 7th, 2019
Where: Early Dawn Farm, Water Valley
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $110

*Class size 6-10

Emily will demonstrate and walk you through processing  a  wild caught Varying Hair, as well as a Snow Goose. From forest to table. The finished dish from your days efforts will be sampled and available to take home at the end of this informative class

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Basket Making Workshop

We will learn the basic structure and techniques needed to make a ribbed basket called a melon basket. There will be a handle on this as two hoops are first made, attached together by the "God's eye" weave and then     further shaping with more insertion of ribs. This may take almost all of our time together as it is tricky to get them tight and the shape you want. Please be easy on yourselves and understand that Basketry has been given the stigma of easy, which it is, but only after practice. The beauty of this basket is that once the ribs are in place the rhythmic, meditative part begins. We simply weave in and out until the shape is filled out. 
When: March 30th, 2019
Where: Early Dawn Farm, Water Valley
Time:  11:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $85




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Pruning Basics Workshop

Learn the basics of pruning small trees and shrubs with our highly skilled Horticulturist's.

When: March 23rd, 2019
Where: OnGrowing Works,125 River Ave, Cochrane
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $30



Our Instructor - Lucas Steeves

Lucas Steeves has horticulture in his blood.  Coming from a line of horticulturists that stretches back 5 generations it’s no surprise that he fell in love with the natural world.  As a single mother, Lucas’ mom relied heavily on her closest friends to help raise him, and most of them worked in the green industry. An arborist, a landscaper, a greenhouse manager, some nursery producers, and a bunch of professional and hobby gardeners; Lucas was literally raised by a tribe of horticulturists.      

Since completing his apprenticeship, Lucas has been a powerful force in Alberta’s green industry.  He has been a foreman for a landscape company where he had the opportunity to be involved in a huge variety of cutting edge projects, he was the head arborist at a golf course, and he has been a guest judge for the Landscape Alberta industry certification exams several times.

Lucas still strives to stay on the leading edge of the landscape industry, regularly attending trade shows and educational events all over north america.  He works at the green industry conference in Alberta as often as possible and is always looking for new ways that he can help push the industry forward.

These days, Lucas is a landscape consultant and speaker who focuses on educating and inspiring people to take an active role in managing their outdoor space so that they can experience the rewards of creating amazing outdoor spaces and preserving the natural world for generations to come.  He is the owner of Luke Steeves Landscape, where he still likes to get his hands dirty in peoples gardens, climb around in the trees from time to time, help other landscapers improve their businesses and solve problems, and ultimately works to improve the way the urban environment interacts with the natural world all while he gets to have fun doing it.  




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Timber Frame Workshop

In this 2 day workshop our experts will share hands on knowledge of timber frame in order to construct a timber frame farm stand.

When: April 13th & 14th, 2019
Where: Early Dawn Farm, Water Valley
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $250




Our Instructor - Colin Stotts

Colin has over a 20 year-history covering North America, Europe and Asia. It all started in Radium BC in 1990. The next few years were spent in the foothills around Calgary.  

A motivation to understand more resulted in five years of various projects throughout the United States. Different styles and techniques were practiced as skills were developed. Japanese techniques were learnt in California, early Dutch, English and French colonial Styles were learnt throughout the New England Northeast. Involvement in Restorations and relocations of historic barns in the Mid West. Working in conjunction with over 20 different companies and countless individuals, allowed for interesting challenges and quality projects. This has lead to a strong foundation of experience and built up great relations and reputation.  

Strong involvement with The Timberframers Guild has included building two medieval trebuchets one of which involved Nova television productions in Scotland England. A 150-ft Covered Bridge in Golden British Columbia was constructed where Time Structures lead the assembly crews.

Many workshops have been attended and taught. He has worked with fellow timberframe companies helping to teach them techniques and improve efficiency. Through individual effort small village raisings have been done in Luang Namta, Laos and Sulawasi, Indonesia.

Colin has enjoyed being involved early in projects.  Including actively harvesting wood and setting up small sawmilling operations on site. Hands on involvement throughout the process has included design, cabinetry, and finish work. We have also concentrated on strong relations allowing us to be involved long after the final stages of the house by returning and building furniture, decks and pagodas.

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"Compost & Your Soil"

Do you have a garden or a desire to grow one?  Then you should learn how to compost.  Let Mike take you into the real nitty gritty of it all, from the microbes that do all that decomposition to how we can make the best compost around.  Make your neighbours envious all while keeping some cash in your jeans as your garden reaps the rewards of you being a compost pro! Weather permitted this workshop will have hands on time. 

When: April 20th, 2019
Where: OnGrowing Work, 125 River Ave, Cochrane
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Cost: $30


Our expert instructor - Mike Dorion

Mike Is the owner of Living Soil Solutions which beginnings came from playing with Compost for a back yard garden.  

Mike continued his education and experimentation with his Permaculture Design Certificate, SPIN Farming, Greenhouse Design, Compost Facility Operators Certificate, and mentoring in Soil and Soil Microbiology. He is currently working on his Soil Food Web Advisor role with the Life in the Soil program put on by Elaine Ingham, is a member of the Compost Council  of Canada and sits on the board of the Calgary Permaculture Guild.

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