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Autumn has just begun. Each year we have seasonal plethora of certain food. We have been storing up vegetables through the summer. Hunting seasons are about to begin. We should be ready to take advantage our gardens and special prices at the market. To do that we need to preserve the food for later use. Part 3 is all hands on! It is time to make sausage and jerky. Each attendee should bring 1 to 3 pounds of ground beef. We will make some traditional kielbasa. That's not it though. Break out the jerky gun! Gotta make some jerky to have for camping and hiking, or just plain ol'e snaking.
Fire is a potent friend. It helps us keep warm and it helps us produce items for living. The better we understand it the better we can use it. Let's get to know fire better. How do we get ignition? How do we make sure our fire burns? What are good ways to start a fire? What are the TWO triangles of fire lore? We can explore all these. This meetup is a prelude to Part II Primitive Fire Starting. We will get a fire going using a ferro rod, then use the fire to make starters. Things to bring: A snack Soft Drink or Water A small amount of dryer lint. Broken crayons, candle stubs, or scrap canning wax. If nothing else, then a votive candle will do. The park has an entry fee of $4 for Delaware Residents and $8 for out of state. Annual passes are available for $35 and $70
Oh? You are into survival skills? So you can start a fire by rubbing two sticks together? How often have you wanted to answer that question with "Yes, I've done that." Well, now is the time to get that marked on your bucket list. We can learn about starting fires with friction. Let's share what we know about the various methods like hand drill and plow. We can learn about the Iroquois fire pump and how to build one. Then we can learn about bow drills and actually make them. Finally, gets your arms ready for a workout. We get fire started by rubbing those sticks together! Bring: Snack and Beverage A good sturdy knife. Some string, like sisal twine or paracord.