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Workshops/Speakers: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

September 12-14, 2014

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The Busy Bee
Alisa Shorey - Pierce County Beekeepers Association and Dolce Bella Bees
Children will have a hands-on experience with beeswax, pollen, honey and be able to discover an enclosed frame of bees. There will be questions and answer time for the children, as well as coloring photos and other fun brochures for them to take home.

Chicken Whispering: Discover the chicken you never knew
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
There are new ways to handle and communicate with chickens that can result in trust, gentleness and even emotional bonds. But first you must learn how a chicken thinks, and prefers to be treated. It’s sometimes not what you think. Some birds can even be trained to serve as therapy chickens and classroom assistants. Get close and personal with your biddy buddy. Learn the basics of chicken whispering in this cutting-edge, hens-on, nose-to-beak workshop.

Kids and Chicks With Oprah Hen-Free
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
Which came first: the chicken or the child? Usually, it's the chicken ... with a child trundling afterward, giggling with delight. This hens-on workshop shows kids (and adults) how to responsibly, and safely, handle a chicken. Learn tips, tricks and traps about how to keep interacting with chickens ... a fun experience that can last a lifetime. Kids learn about the value of family flocks in green communities. We will cover how chickens offer more than just eggs; they also have skills, acting as pesticiders, kitchen waste recyclers and compost creators. Understand why chickens are truly pets with benefits. There will be ample time for a question-and-answer session.

Gardening With and for Chickens
Patricia Foreman - Gossamer Foundation
This ever-expanding workshop gives you practical and effective ways to feed and employ chickens in your garden. Learn how chickens create and enrich topsoil. Understand that not all chicken feed has to come from bags. Learn how chickens forage ... and which food they prefer. Use your yard as a mini-pasture (including rotational grazing systems) to build soil fertility and provide fresh graze. Control insects, including ticks and fleas. Integrate different types of fencing by understanding what works, and what doesn't. Build up your garden soil with chicken-assisted biomass recycling that transforms trash into black gold. Birdscape with perennials that your flock will perpetually love. Best of all, Patricia Foreman talks about getting truly wholesome, nutritious, non-GMO homegrown food for both you and your flock. This workshop will help you think outside the coop and inside local food systems.

Kids Can Save Seeds Too!
Petra Page-Mann - Fruition Seeds
Come make a mess and learn how to save seeds in your own garden! This is a hands-on and fully participatory class. We will discover simple ways to grow, clean and save seeds from tomatoes, zucchini, sunflowers and beans. You will get to take seed home with you to plant for next season.



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