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Hollis homestead tour and potluck

  • Aug 4, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Join in another Westerling "getting to know our neighbors" homestead tour. These are casual occasions to walk a piece of land, discuss plants, plans and projects, and then gather for a potluck meal and more discussion.

We'll be touring part of a 128 acre property. Louise shares her land with her son and fiancee, so we'll have an opportunity to see cattle, goats, chickens, greenhouses, small scale grain production (summer wheat, winter wheat, and barley were just harvested and await threshing, plus spelt, winter rye, triticale, emmer, and oats, plus fiber flax), and a number of gardens, grape vines, hops and Duborskian rice.

In Louise's words:

"I started reading about permaculture in about 2000. I remember buying my first books on the subject at the Common Ground Fair.  Some points seemed intuitively obvious, others not so much. Now the concepts and practices are slowly building into the ecosystem. The learning process itself seems organic, growing at its own pace.

In the present incarnation, the farm is an earnest effort, not so much to ‘make the land produce’ (you can’t *make* land do anything, what occurs is interactive persuasion), but rather to see (as John Bunker put it at his recent tour) ‘what has been- what was given- and-what can be- what we can do’. When he said that I had a wave of understanding that this is the cycle of energy for farm development; reflection followed by renewed action.

I hope to have some flatbread dough prepared, toppings available and the outdoor oven
fired up so we can roll out some major food."

5pm - gather, tour and talk
6:30pm-ish - potluck and more talk. Please bring a dish to share and your potluck kit - plate, bowl, cup, utensils, napkin.

If you get lost or need to contact Louise with a question, please call[masked]-6543. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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  • Louise W.

    Oh, so kewl! Thank you- I never saw that link (duhh..) OK that will be the evening's reading catching up! Speaking of catching up we used my son's chipper shredder to thresh most all the 2013 grains- and then do the backlog of 2012. My harvest from that patch of rye was 40#. Best to be said for that is that it is double what I planted but it is nowhere near what it should be.. lw

    August 18, 2013

  • Louise W.

    Hi all- this is a question that has occurred to me often. Do we have any facility within the 'meetup' format to have a 'forum- i.e. discussions on topics of interest? Not just meetups or classes- but 'threads' like e.g. biochar- kick off a discussion, q/a, so we can pool our (growing) knowledge and experience. I shall of course search online for this (one of my all-time favorites for longevity and diversity -albeit on another topic- is forestryforum.com ), but I was wondering about doing this among our own 'homegroup'. Let me know!
    (btw- the cows decided to have their own 'walkaround' in gardens 1 and 2 on Friday 9/16- thank God Joe and Maggie were there to chase them out! There is now an electric fence outside the regular fence and presently we have a standoff- and my cabbages are sad :( . )
    lw

    August 18, 2013

  • Louise W.

    Thank you all so very much for coming! I truly apologize for not going into the sumacs to show off the hops.. the weather had me worried..I started scything down the rye today after work. 4 swathes front to back got me 1/13 of the way through the patch. I hope to (somehow) fashion a functional cradle for the scythe before I do the rest. Lots of ripening tomatoes..lw

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Barbara R.

    Thanks, Louise! Your grains are awesome (rice?!!) and great to exchange info. Wonderful to see everyone and meet folks with similar gardening passion. Oh, and did I mention the pizza?! Until next time! Barbara

    August 6, 2013

  • Bill V.

    Unusual and considerable thought outside the box. Identified what is important,

    August 4, 2013

  • Francoise P.

    It was great to see the fruits of Louise's ambitious and creative gardening model. The outdoor oven is incredible and the pizza was addictive!

    August 4, 2013

  • Kevin E.

    Ridiculously delicious pizza from the outdoor pizza oven! A great evening of conversation and exchange. It seems we Westerlings are coming into our own as a group.

    August 4, 2013

  • Emily D.

    I hope someone else can go in my stead. My son is sick so I'll have to miss it.

    August 4, 2013

  • Emily D.

    My son came down with a nasty virus so I'm sorry to say I'll have to miss this.

    August 4, 2013

  • Jani C.

    I'm new to the group (waving) and wondered if I can bring guests, if I bring an extra large bounty with us? My 12 yo, 17 yo and 26 yo helpers/offspring and a roommate would like to accompany me tomorrow night. Thanks.

    August 3, 2013

    • Jani C.

      Sorry, didn't see that this event is already full. We will hopefully make the next gathering. :-)

      August 3, 2013

  • Louise W.

    We are moving forward on the oven/flatbread part of Sunday's tour; it looks like a go. I plan to have my standard 8# of spelt/ubw flour dough ready- that makes 16 pies if all used for flatbread. We'll have an array of typical toppings. The thing about firing up an oven is that all that heat is there to be used- so if you are gluten sensitive and need/want to bring your own stuff (or e.g. vegan toppings) to bake that would be stellar- also desserts, anything else that you might like to pop in there. Just a thought..be seeing you soon! lw

    July 30, 2013

    • kristin

      I am so sorry I can no longer attend this wonderful event. I know you will enjoy, see you all after the craze of summer!

      August 1, 2013

    • Louise W.

      craze is certainly the term for it! Another round of rain last night- the garden is looking pretty gnarly..should let my provider beans grow some more. Just need more sun for the tomatoes.. 30% chance of rain for Sunday. Some of the rice stalks have seed heads on them better than 4 inches long now (not the stalks, just the seed panicle..) I need to take more pictures. lw

      August 2, 2013

  • Louise W.

    I just picked the most recent yield of Provider beans. Looking at making green beans vinaigrette- and also gazpacho- which this year so far has been more like a salsa than a soup. Got to try it for a flatbread topping. mmm..cukes and peppers are no problemo- sending thoughts to the tomatoes to ripen.

    August 1, 2013

  • Jolene S

    I'll try to bring a large salad -- and I promise it won't be ALL zucchini (although... given the current garden production..... :-)

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Emily D.

    I'll try to bring a dessert too.

    July 30, 2013

  • Shannon R.

    I can bring extra toppings.

    July 30, 2013

  • Lee

    Sounds fabulous! I'll bring a dessert.

    July 30, 2013

  • Emily D.

    My guest is a carry-on type ;-)

    July 24, 2013

  • Jolene S

    Looking forward to meeting people!

    July 23, 2013

  • Cheryl

    We wish we could be there, Louise, but we will be away. We'd love to come by another time for a tour!

    July 22, 2013

  • Dan P.

    I'll be there.

    July 22, 2013

  • winter

    We'll be there in Spirit, Louise. We have another commitment...but having seen your "work in process" I know those attending will love it!

    July 22, 2013

  • winter

    We'll be there in Spirit, Louise. We have another commitment...but having seen your "work in process" I know those attending will love it!

    July 22, 2013

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