Whimsical Farms workshare/skillshare­ day 3

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. From breed strengths and weaknesses , maximizing egg volume and health, raising chicks, harvesting/plucking/dressing the bird. We will cover most of what you need to know about this impressive animal. Trebs has already picked the rooster 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.


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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  • Anaid

    Glad I could help. Still not sure why an ass in a well is helpful, but you like me! You really like me! </sallyfieldsreference>

    December 8, 2013

    • Anaid

      meetup wouldn't let me rate, either. . .

      December 8, 2013

  • Gloria

    What a great day! I learned how to build a chicken roost and got to know a few other Survive and Thrive members that will, in my opinion pave the way to some solid friendships.

    3 · November 19, 2013

  • Joyce B.

    It was a great experience! Trebs taught us a lot about having chickens, and I hope the chicks like their new roosts that were built. Really enjoyed being on the farm, and, thanks to Trebs, so did my little dog!

    November 19, 2013

  • Adam O.

    Trebs inspired me to raise chickens several years ago and yesterday I got to pay it back by building roosts for her flock of 800 birds.

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • Tim S.

    This is why I love this group so much. Treebs helped out the group in earlier meetups and taught us about urban farming and homesteading. She had an accident and fell on hard times. So the group came together and put in some hard work to pay it forward for what she has done for us. It's proves that people don't have to get paid federal reserve notes to do work. It was a favor for a favor. Helping one another when it is needed and/or appreciated. This is how the world should work!

    4 · November 18, 2013

  • david

    Great experience ... fernando is a really thorough host ... treebs is a joy to be around, I hope there are more projects that I can make .... I really appreciated the range of lifestyles and perspectives that came out to participate .... I was impressed with the projects already completed on the other days .... felt good to have gotten "down AND dirty" adding my little part .... I hope the pigs like their new digs lol .... felt quite comfortable with the whole crew ... shout-out to you all ..... till next time ..... walk on water

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Jared of Rhythm S.

    FANTASTIC! This was the third and final of the "Whimsical Farms Workshare/Skillshare" meetups. There was a great sense of achievement in completing all the projects we set out to complete. Amazing comradery, fresh air, happy animals, delicious home-cooked food, more homesteading knowledge from Trebs, etc. This was a great way to form new mental pathways and create synergistic energy for the symbiotic benefit of all involved!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • van w.

    Fun and informational and great association

    November 17, 2013

  • Maureen M.

    I just realized that something about my previous post didn't sound just right. My Dad has cancer and is coming home from the rehabilitation facility he has been in since being released from the hospital.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Maureen M.

    I'm so sorry, and disappointed, that I had to change my RSVP to no - especially at the last minute. My family is preparing my Dad's house for him to come home from rehab as soon as possible and there is much work to be done. I didn't realize all this would be taking place this weekend. If there is another opportunity in the future I am definitely interested. I hope you have a good day tomorrow and a lot is accomplished.

    November 16, 2013

  • van w.

    I'd like to be on the caravan ride,[masked], van woolley

    November 12, 2013

  • Alicia

    3 kids ages 2, 13, 13

    November 5, 2013

  • Joyce B.

    I'm not at home tonight and need to check my schedule. Pretty sure that I can get there on the 17th, and maybe on the 10th as well. Will comment when I know for certain. Looking forward to it!

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Berdine

    I wish I could participate - it would be great to get out and work with everyone - but I am recovering from a severe back injury and am only now starting to get around without a cane. Still have a lot of pain, though, and anything physical like this would be very hard to impossible for me to do.

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • david

    rough time right now ... WILL make EVERY effort to connect with a ride though ..... peace

    1 · October 29, 2013

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