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Whimsical Farms workshare/skillshare­ day 2

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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  • Jared of Rhythm S.

    Link to Tim Welsh's beekeeping lesson:
    I just threw this together without any fine-tuned editing. I hope it looks okay!

    2 · November 15, 2013

    • trebs t.

      looks great. I copied Tim.

      November 16, 2013

  • trebs t.

    I want to thank everyone who turned out! This was another wonderful day with my old and new found friends advancing me through some very important farm projects. As soon as the weather breaks this morning, the finishing touches will occur to the second greenhouse. I am particularly grateful this week as I have three very close friends or family in the hospital with terminal brain cancer, kidney failure, and my almost 91 year old grandfather with a broken hip. Without your external support and motivation I would be floundering through my work again. While rationally I know that regaining my self sufficiency is my most important focus, the challenges of this year have buffeted me constantly. Please know that your generosity, help, and kindness have nourished me in more ways than just keeping me physically warm and moving on work. I am very excited about our final skill and work share this week and hope to see you all there!

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Anaid

      Trebs, it is my honor and privilege to be of service. :)

      2 · November 13, 2013

  • Anaid

    Another productive day, a bunch of really good people, plenty of stick to your ribs food made with love. It doesn't get any better than this!

    2 · November 11, 2013

  • W C

    Congratulations to all for building / covering the greenhouse and splitting all that wood! I met some interesting people, had a nice meal and caught part of the beekeeping presentation.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Joyce B.

    It was a fun and productive day. It's amazing how much work can get done with a group of people who want to help. Looking forward to next Sunday!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Michelle L.

    Trade at its finest. I worked a little framing out a wall in the "hoop HOUSE" with my Dad and in turn had a tasty lunch, learned much more from n actual beekeeper and met some really great people that came to help out and do the same!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Joyce B.

    I can't get there by 9am. Is it OK to come a little later? How long does it take to get there? Thanks.

    November 8, 2013

    • trebs t.

      You may come when it is convenient! It takes me about 50 minutes to get from Liberties to my farm.

      November 8, 2013

    • Joyce B.

      OK. Good. I do have to put one coat of paint on some wood that was dropped off yesterday for some work that's being done on my house on Monday. As soon as I get finished painting, I'll head down to Newark. Looking forward to it!

      November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would love to attend and help the fun Sunday events but I have 4 month old baby; can I come and help to my extent and learn from Trebs?

    November 4, 2013

    • trebs t.

      Absolutely! Love small people! My bee keeper intends to come share some awesome knowledge with us right after lunch. You are welcome for any and all, in any capacity.

      November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you my husband and I are very excited !

      November 8, 2013

  • Alicia

    Kids 2, 13, 13

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Joe

    looking forward to sunday

    November 5, 2013

  • W C

    At the moment, I should be able to stay until 2:00 this Sun.
    If my (work) schedule changes I will change my RSVP.

    November 5, 2013

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