March 30, 2015

Workshop Week

By Stowel Lake Farm

Our Island Discovery Parent Group & Amy put together an incredible three days of workshops last week. The kids could choose from basket weaving, cooking, soccer, exploring bones, carpentry, solar car building, quilt making, spanish and puppet making.
By the end of the three days most of the kids were exhausted and fulfilled and so pleased with everything they got to take home – baking, cheese, birdhouses, willow trays, solar cars & boats, quilts and more. Here are some of the photos captured from the week. Enjoy!
The week started off with a giant game of Everybody’s It Tag.
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Willow Baskets
Lionel & Lisa taught the group how to make willow basket trays.
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Here is a stack of their work – big ones, tiny ones, so gorgeous.
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Cooking
Haidee and her group making pizza dough.
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The cooking group went home with scones, blueberry galettes, cookies, pizza and soft cheese that they made with Carrina on the final day.
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Carpentry
Josh & Peter took the group out, felled a tree and milled the wood to make their birdhouses! That and lots of hammer practice was day 1. So much fun.
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Putting together the birdhouses.
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Quilting
Rachel & Lenka led their little group of 3 and each was able to finish her own quilt.
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Bones n’ Things
Michi had her group feeling their own bones to begin with.
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Checking out the bones…
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A huge THANK YOU to the parents, mentors and AMY for their contributions to this week and to the farm for holding the space.

March 24, 2015

Tuesdays

By Stowel Lake Farm

Tuesdays are a busy day on the farm. We have a full life here anyway but on Tuesdays there are more people here than usual. It starts early, as Cathy Valentine arrives to set-up for her Yoga Apprenticeship, followed by all her students.
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Our “garden ladies” arrive after that, Daphne, Julie and Nicola, usually with dogs in tow, to work away in the perennial garden.
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More cars roll in with children arriving for the Yurt Program and as the group forms they start their daily game of Everybody’s It Tag.
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The farmers are out and about – checking in with Jennifer in the farm room and then out in the fields doing so many things at this time of year – seeding, prepping beds, setting up trellis materiel – the list goes on and on.
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And all the other regular happenings  – Liz & Jen in the office, Milo out on the farm (building fences at the moment), Lisa seeding in her greenhouse, chickens and cows and everybody else doing their thing. It is just one of those days where it feels like a hive around here, everybody doing what needs to be done.
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And visiting chicks of course…
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