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Whimsical Farms workshare/skillshare­

Hello fellow surviving thrivers,

We have before us a very special opportunity.

Our beloved S&T organizer Trebs ( pronouced - TREEBS ) has been a rock steady homesteader at her own Whimsical Farms for over a decade now raising cows/pigs/sheep/goats/turkeys/chickens as well as fruits & veggies. All humane, organic and fair trade.

While on a vacation walking across Scotland, after covering about 300 miles she fell off of a mountain in the Highlands. She snapped her femur ( thigh bone ) and suffered other injuries. This has been a major blow to the wellbeing of the farm as a whole as it has set back several important projects that need attention in order to keep the farm moving forward.

This is where YOU come in. Survive and Thrive Philadelphia is coming together as we never have before to create mutually beneficial meetups that will enrich all who participate.

Here is the plan:

We will, over the next 3 Sundays -

1. erect a small greenhouse for the baby chicks

2. erect a large greenhouse for plants

3. split and stack wood to get through the Winter

4. build a simple Winter shelter for the pigs

Trebs will in turn teach us -

1. Extending Your Growing Season. You may be surprised to learn what you can plant in your backyard and what simple techniques you can use to help them grow well into Winter as well as getting a powerful head start on the Spring. Maximize the output of your family's garden and get the most amount of green goodness into them.

2. Honey !!! Did you know that folks can keep bees in an urban setting? With her seven beehives and years of apiary work Trebs is primed and ready to teach us about the plight of the honeybee and what we can do to help them while harvesting our own our sweet sugar. Honey is good for you in many different ways as a food and medicine. The entire topic will be explored in a fun and engaging way. Bring your sweet tooth.

3. The Chicken. Whether you want to keep table scrap eating pets that lay fresh eggs regularly or you want to raise meat while controlling the bugs around your home, chickens will be examined as the fine feathered friends that they are. Breed strengths and weaknesses , maximizing egg production and health, raising chicks, harvesting/plucking/dressing the bird, we will cover most of what you need to know about this impressive animal. Trebs already has the rooster picked out for that day. * GULP !*

Kids are welcome. These are fun and family friendly events. A chance to come in goodwill to work with your hands close to the Earth under the bright Sun and breathe deep of the crisp country air. A beautiful opportunity to do as your ancestors have done before you. Meeting other good hearted, like minded members is yet another benefit of this effort for all involved.

We will provide hot tea and honey, coffee with milk and sugar, vegetarian soup and a gluten free meat based soup to nourish the body.

Now the work will start promptly at 9 am.

Please feel free to come when you can.

 If you need a ride or want to drive down with others, there will be a carpool/caravan leaving from the parking lot at Front and 2nd sts on Springarden st in Philadelphia. It is right next to the Springarden EL train stop for easy access by SEPTA.

The caravan will assemble at 8am sharp. Leaving at 8:15 sharp.

100 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

If you are driving with us please have a full tank of gas, if you are hitching a ride please be willing to make a modest donation toward the gasoline. Also be sure to keep Fernando's number in your phone in case of trouble.

Fernando[masked]


Wear layers of warm, tough clothes. Boots and gloves if you have them.

We will need as many hands as possible to make it light work. Please consider this opportunity seriously as it is truly a unique one.

Peace be with you.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    My son Matt and I are coming. I am in Delaware County if anyone wants a ride.

    November 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Delaware county, Pa

      November 7, 2013

  • Jared of Rhythm S.

    This series of workshares/ skillshares is an excellent representation of how humanity can grow and flourish in a truly free or "stateless" community/society. I spend a lot of time talking and thinking about liberty, anarchism, voluntarism, self-sufficiency, morality, etc., but it is rare that I actually LIVE & ACT IN FULL ACCORDANCE WITH ALL THOSE IDEALS. I highly recommend everyone participate in these gatherings at Whimsical Farms for an enriching and inspiring experience that will hopefully be a gateway to many more synergistically cooperative efforts. Thank you Trebs and Fernando!!

    November 7, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Helping out Whimsical Farms was a fun and educational experience for me. Thanks Trebs for being such a welcoming hostess! It was a beautiful day to be outside working with my hands and to meet so many great people. The communication between everyone in the group went so smoothly considering some of us had never met each other. I felt honored to be a part of such a great cause.

    November 6, 2013

  • MP A.

    Great bunch of people. Great farm. Great cause.

    November 6, 2013

  • Alicia

    Did i miss any or all the Sundays? :(

    November 5, 2013

    • trebs t.

      You have only missed the first Sunday. The second workshare/skillshare occurs this Sunday, the 10th. See you there!

      November 6, 2013

  • Joe

    Trebs, It was a pleasure meeting you. I brought my 4 year and 3 year old down and they had a blast. I am glad we could help and it was fantastic meeting such a diverse group of people with a common interest. I am looking forward to this sunday. Its about bees... woo hooo

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • trebs t.

    I had so much appreciation today for all your hard work yesterday! Today, I was able to finish cleaning out the chicken greenhouse and move the first hundred birds down. I needed parts for the gas heater, so I am hoping to get them and install it in the next few days and move the rest of the birds. I am also enjoying my firewood tremendously. Sunday was a wonderful day; joyous to see old friends and make new. My work is often lonely here on the farm, so it is hard to adequately express my delight to have had each of you as my guests. I hope that you will all stay in touch and that you will not hesitate to contact me if I can in some way aid in your own homesteading/ prepping adventures.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    2 · November 4, 2013

  • Jared of Rhythm S.

    This was an incredible gathering with amazing people! We worked, we laughed, we ate, we learned, we had fun, we formed bonds. Trebs was a fantastic hostess and a knowledgeable teacher. This meetup was special because of the synergistic combination of components. It wasn't just a cooperative effort to complete a task, and it wasn't just a lecture or "class" where one or more individuals presented information. It was a combination of not those things, and a great deal more!

    November 4, 2013

  • Pat H

    This particular meetup was about helping Trebs get some work done of her farm. We split logs for firewood and helped her cover a greenhouse. In return, she provided lunch as well as did a lesson on extending the growing season.

    I've never split wood before, there were a couple hydraulic log splitters available, and I got to try them and get some hands on experience which is always a bonus. The thing that struck me the most about this group at this particular meetup, is how well everyone cooperated together. It's a diverse group from different backgrounds, yet we all worked together well, no attitudes or arguments about how something should be done. Everyone pitched in and worked hard. Very humble people and willing to share.

    2 · November 4, 2013

  • W C

    It was interesting to see a working farm and I got some exercise. You can see the great potential; but lots of work required to get there. Hopefully, I can make it for one of the afternoon portions in the next 2 wks.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • W C

    I have to work in the afternoon, so I'm planning to be there & ready to work at 9:00am.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Mike K.

    I probably won't be able to get there until around 9:30 or 9:45 but happy to help out

    November 2, 2013

  • Eric H

    Sorry, I work weekends, events are hard for me.

    November 2, 2013

  • Adam

    Sorry too far this time

    November 2, 2013

  • Su-Z

    Sorry wont be able to make this event due to health situation. But will send healing energy and love to all. Please tell Trebs get well soon. Suzie & Lori

    October 31, 2013

  • Ankit J.

    I hope I can hitch a ride in the carpool. Definitely contribute gas money.

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, I got really excited and RSVP's to the Whimsical Farms meetup without really checking my schedule. I'm already committed to my meditation class on those days. I will not be able to make these meetups. But Trebs if your reading this I will do my best to make myself avail during the week or sat.

    October 30, 2013

  • W C

    At the moment, I am not working Sunday; but my schedule up until Sat. If my schedule changes & I cannot attend, I will change my rsvp. Should we bring any tools? I don't have much, but have a few things.

    October 29, 2013

  • FERNANDO ANTONIO S.

    If you have a chainsaw in good working order then please bring it.

    October 29, 2013

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