New Announcements Coming Soon!
Keep an eye out for updates on classes & workshops, grow lists for the 2014 season, and our CSA prices and deadlines. We may be introducing an exciting new format for our CSA shares as well! Info on all this and more coming in December!
Today we built a preliminary core for our rocket mass heater, and with some coaxing of bricks and brambles we were able to get a good sideways burn going. We were also able to finalize a plan and whip up a drawing for what we have in mind. We’re so excited to see it all coming together, especially with the bitterly cold weather we’ve had the last couple of days.
Tomorrow before Thanksgiving dinner we’ll be leveling out the foundation and completing some other last minute prep for the workshop this weekend. If you’re interested and haven’t signed up, we still have a few spots available! The weather is slated to warm up a good bit, and it’s going to be a blast. If you have signed up, we thank you and look forward to seeing your lovely faces this weekend. Don’t forget to bring something along for the potluck lunch! (*whisper* Your favorite Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are perfectly acceptable!)
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
The Wolfscratch Family
This weekend in our Permaculture 101 class, we took advantage of the lovely working weather and built ourselves a hügelkultur bed by the greenhouse. If you’re not familiar, hügelkultur is a method for construction of specialized raised beds that greatly reduce the need for irrigation while simultaneously building your soil and encouraging burgeoning microbial life that is essential to optimal plant health.
The most important component of the system is the burial of rotting logs at the base, which act as a sponge for long-term water retention and eventually break down into rich humus, feeding your plants for years. We’re in the process of installing a hügelkultur garden on the south side of our greenhouse whose plantings will double as a source of shade for the hot summer months (stacking functions, an essential permaculture concept!). If this sort of stuff interests you, keep an eye out for classes and workshops that we’ll be offering throughout the growing season next year! One of our most important goals for the farm is that it becomes a center of teaching and learning as much as it is a source of truly good food for the community.
Greetings, all! For quite some time now, we’ve had plans to construct our very own rocket mass heater in the greenhouse to help keep our starts warm when we begin propagation in January. This is an easily constructed, super-efficient, high-heat variation of a wood burning stove that is quickly gaining popularity in the world of permaculture and sustainable living. To learn more, please visit this wonderfully comprehensive article: http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp.
It seems we’ll finally get underway with construction at the end of this month, and we would love for you to join us for the experience and to learn how to construct both cob and a simple rocket mass heater! On Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st, we’ll be making cob (an earthen building material consisting of clay, sand, and straw) to encase the inner-workings of our rocket mass heater and to create a thermal mass bench for radiating heat into our greenhouse for extended periods. We’ll be making multiple batches of cob on both days, so feel free to join us only one day or all weekend! Either way, you’ll have the chance to stomp around in some mud and get your hands dirty as we build our heater. We encourage a $25 donation for one day or $40 donation for both, but can work with anyone unable to pay. You are welcome to camp on the farm if you plan to stay all weekend. Also, don’t forget to pack a lunch! Please give us a little info below if you’d like to attend. We’ll get back to you with a confirmation ASAP! Thanks and hope to see you there!
UPDATE: We’re planning for a potluck lunch on both days, so please bring your favorite side dish if you’re attending. Those that will be coming both days need only bring one dish. Thanks!
Come on out to the farm this Saturday to get your Fall favorites while they’re still around. We’ve still got quite the abundance of delicious veggies like cabbage, Spanish black radishes, salad greens, fennel, broccoli greens, sweet peppers, and more! Also available are many fresh herbs and free-range eggs from our beloved field hens.
Hope to see you on what promises to be an idyllic Autumn day at Wolfscratch farm!
Greetings, all! We’re gearing up for a series of introductory Permaculture classes slated for weekends in November here at Wolfscratch Farm. Perhaps your curiosity has been piqued in the past if you’ve already heard this term, or maybe this post has offered your first exposure to the concept. Whatever your level of acquaintance with this portmanteau of “permanent agriculture”, allow us to provide you with a good foundation for living, producing, and interacting more sustainably with the natural world around you while reaping bountiful yields from your food production systems.
A basic premise of Permaculture is learning to work with nature rather than against it, the latter of which is all too often the case in our modern industrial food system. By using Permaculture practices to consciously design ecologically sound agricultural systems that mimic essential symbiotic relationships observed in nature, we are not only able to produce our own food without the negative consequences of chemical pest management and the use of synthetic fertilizers, but we are even able to enrich our environment by increasing biodiversity and soil fertility.
Under the tuition of Jamie Rosenthal, owner of Wolfscratch farm, and Derek Pinson, Certified Permaculture Designer, you’ll receive a wealth of information to introduce you to the basic ethics, principles, and practices of Permaculture while having the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned on the landscape, an experience paramount to the learning process. You’ll get your hands dirty while sheet mulching, planting guilds, building hügelkultur beds, and lots more!
Our affordable classes will be taking place over three weekends in November (see below for dates), and you are free to attend one, two, or all. A 30% discount will be available to those attending all three weekends. If you wish to attend only one class, we suggest you choose the weekend that will cover concepts of most interest to you. These concepts to be covered and pricing are also found on the schedule below. Additionally, depending on time availability, we welcome any suggestions if you have a particular interest in a topic not listed on the schedule!
If you’d like to sign up, please fill out and submit the form at the bottom of this post. Questions? Shoot us an email at Wolfscratchfarm@gmail.com or give Jamie at call at (770) 617-8403. We hope to see you there!
Come join us for some fall fun at Wolfscratch Farm! This family friendly event will include music, farm tours, and good food, as well as a Halloween costume contest, bounce house, candy, and s’mores for the kids.
This event is free, but we urge you to donate to our “farmers” fund. As most of you know, this has been a tough year for farming, and this will be a great way to come together as a community to celebrate the ending of the growing season and show your support for our mission. Our “farmers” fund will help us recoup the cost of soil and crops that we lost this year, and stimulate our movement towards a greener, happier 2014. We hope to raise enough money to spread some around to help other local farms in need. We had a fundraiser for another farm last year, and felt the love of the community as everyone came together to pitch in and help a family in need. We are looking for that same spirit of helpfulness and awareness again this year.
Part of our long-term goal at Wolfscratch Farm is to open our farm to the community so everyone can enjoy our property and learn about sustainable farming. We are looking forward to having our supporters out to the farm to enjoy this beautiful fall weather!
Order tickets here: https://wolfscratchfarmfallfestival.eventbrite.com
Hello All! As we get ready for fall here it has been said we are the last farm standing after a very rough season. I am happy to say things are still growing, and we are looking forward to a nice fall harvest; sweet potatoes, radishes, spinach, peas and so much more. We are also working to grow our infrastructure by adding two new faces to the Wolfscratch crew. We welcome Clover as Production Manager and Tim as our Field Manager, and are excited to begin this new phase of the vision here. Clover will be taking over a large portion of the communications and markets, while Tim will be backing that up keeping the food at our high level of quality and integrity. If you are interested to see how things are going please join us for the upcoming meet, greet and plant event, the details are listed below. Thanks for all the support out there helping us grow into a model of sustainable agriculture for North Georgia! We would love to hear from you about what you would like to see from us in education and food in the next years, and don’t forget to get on our email list or like us on Facebook to keep up with the wonderful events we will continue to be hosting!
Here at Wolfscratch Farm we are gearing up for an amazing fall season, and we are inviting those who made this possible out to bring the season in the right way. Free grilled food and beer will be provided by the Rosenthals as we gather to to meet the new faces at the farm, and get things cleaned up after a rough season. We would like to welcome Tim and Clover, the new field and production managers of Wolfscratch, as well as welcome some new workshares to the farm. We want to send our appreciation to the workshares and CSA members who have supported us and provide a chance for everyone to meet, greet and share in the vision of creating a place to support and the educate community in healthy lifestyles. We will be working, learning, grilling, and having a lot of fun!
Please RSVP through the contact form below as soon as possible to make sure we have enough food, and we invite you to bring your favorite side item to share with the group.
Saturday September 7th 10am
Remember to dress for the weather and gardening!
We highly recommend work boots or heavy duty galoshes.
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