Suwannee Spring Gathering and Plant Swap

  • May 18, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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Contact Chris or Andrew at (386)[masked] for more info or to RSVP by phone.

The address is[masked]th Street, McAlpin, FL which is located off of Highway 349 about halfway between Branford and Live Oak. Google maps and some GPS units seem to be a bit off with the location pin so our driveway is 1 mile down 176th Street on the left. The exact coordinates are: +30° 7' 56.70", -83° 2' 51.73"


Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Come join us for a full day and night of camping, learning, and meeting friends at our 27 acre farm near Live Oak. Out here in old Suwannee Florida country, time seems to slow down a pace under the shade of the oak trees and the starlit nights are not dimmed by the ambiance of cities. This is where you come to watch the stars while the crickets sing you to sleep.

The farm is located about 14 miles South of Live Oak, FL just a few miles from the historic Suwannee River and Royal Springs for natural swimming.

In addition to the plant swap and potluck, various workshops and presentations relating to homesteading, self-reliance and permaculture are being planned for the event and will last between 30 minutes to an hour each. These sessions will be held under roof with fans or in the shady wooded area. If possible, please bring your own chairs as we have a limited number of pine straw bales for seating.

The tentative schedule of events will be posted on the Facebook event page and updated as it develops.
https://www.facebook.com/events/238051876336311/

Admission is FREE and donations are welcome. All events are optional and you can come and go as you please. There is plenty of parking space and RV's/campers are welcome.

Drinking water is available, but please bring your own water bottles or canteens to help us reduce waste. Feel free to bring your own food and utensils or share a dish at the Saturday evening campfire potluck or Sunday morning breakfast potluck. (Pollo-vegetarian/Pescatarian preferred, please label your ingredients.) Electric and manual juicers will be available for juicing raw fruits and vegetables.

Vendors are welcome and we have plenty of space available with access to utilities. Please contact us to register as a vendor so we can add you to the list.

Tent camping in the wooded area is available if you would like to spend an evening by the campfire. Outdoor restroom is available 24 hrs. RVs, campers and vans are also welcome. We will not have extra space for accommodations in the house. Please plan accordingly and bring your own camping gear.
Don't forget to bring hats, sunglasses, sunblock, repellent, etc. A natural repellent we like to use is a simple mix of coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil massaged generously onto skin (no guarantees though!).

Well-behaved children and pets are welcome. We have two golden retrievers, free ranging ducks, chickens, guineas and pastured livestock.

Invitations with address, directions and GPS coordinates will be sent to all who confirm they are attending.

EVENT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, May 18, 2013

2pm - Cattle gates open, setup camp (or whenever you arrive), vendors setup, walkabout/introductions.

3pm to 7pm - Workshops/Presentations (TBA)

- Josh Jamison - Perennial Food Plants
- John Starnes - Creative Frugality
- Joanna Montana - Social Permaculture
- Andy Firk - Wild Edible Plants/Walk
- Mycol Stevens - Tool Repair Workshop
- Eric and Anna Scott - Beekeeping
- Roger Abrahams - Making Flame: Fire By Friction

7pm to 9pm - Campfire potluck dinner

9pm to 11pm+ - Campfire, acoustic musicians, star gazing, campout.

SUNDAY, May 19, 2013

7am to 9am - Organic coffee/potluck breakfast or push snooze and sleep for a bit longer.

9am to 12pm - Workshops/Presentations (TBA), Plant Swap, Give Away & Sale. Bring cuttings, potted plants, containers, seeds, roots, garden tools, garden books. etc.

12pm to 2pm - Convoy to nearby clear springs for naturally cool swimming and wild edible plant walk. You can depart from there or come back to the farm to pack up.

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  • Chris C.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out this weekend. It was great to see so many friends and make so many new ones. It is our hope that you learned useful things and were inspired in some way to share with others about the topics and concepts that we covered. Similar events are becoming more and more frequent all over Florida and in other places. Please continue to pursue community like we experienced this weekend. Attend events, host events, pursue learning, teaching and sharing. No matter where we've come from or where we live we can find creative ways to live more independently with the social support of community. What really matters is where we go from here!

    May 19, 2013

  • Chris C.

    Good times, good souls, good vibes! Can't wait to connect with everyone again!

    May 19, 2013

  • Chris Cash changed the location for this Meetup

    May 13, 2013

  • Grace H.

    I am new to the permaculture and is looking forward to learning and putting into practice this new style.

    April 15, 2013

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