Events At Badger - 2016 Schedule

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Showing of the Film "One Man, One Cow, One Planet" - a Documentary on Biodynamics
February 21, 2016 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Includes potluck dinner

Description: "ONE MAN, ONE COW, ONE PLANET" is a celebration of the work of biodynamic pioneer Peter Proctor and the amazing success of marginal farmers across India: as they save their soils, their communities and their lives with organic and biodynamic agricultural.

Tree Pruning
March 27, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Anton Elbers, Orchard Hill Farm
Sliding Scale: $10-$25

Description: Why prune? What are the benefits of pruning? When, how and with what should we prune our trees? Join us for an informative discussion and hands-on demonstration of the tools and techniques for pruning various types of fruit trees led by Anton Elbers from Orchard Hill Farm.

Bio: Anton Elbers has lived in NH since 1971 when he came to Alstead to learn farming as a young man. He helped plant and establish the orchard at Orchard Hill Farm in East Alstead back in 1972. Annual pruning is a large part of maintaining this orchard that is primarily apples, but also pears, plums, and peaches on a variety of rootstocks. Anton will be sharing some of what he has learned from working with the trees at Orchard Hill over the years.

Creating Your Apothecary
April 15, 2016 6:30pm-8:00pm
Deb Soule, Avena Botanicals
Sliding Scale: $10-$25

Description: Through a colorful slide show and talk, herbalist and biodynamic gardener Deb Soule will give detailed information about seeding, transplanting, harvesting and preparing herbal remedies from several of her favorite medicinal herbs. Deb believes that herbal gardens offer inspiration and healing to people, pollinators and our whole Earth.

Bio: Deb Soule is an herbalist, biodynamic gardener, teacher and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Deb founded Avena Botanicals in 1984 with the intention to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas. Deb’s life closely follows the yearly agricultural rhythm. From April through October, Deb spends most days with her hands in the earth tending three acres of medicinal plants using organic and biodynamic practices. During the spring and summer months, Deb teaches a variety of herb classes and offers bi-monthly herb walks in Avena Botanicals herb gardens. Throughout the year, Deb writes herb articles, develops herbal remedies, and consults with clients and health care providers.

Renew Your Vitality with Herbs
April 16, 2016 9:00am-3:30pm
Deb Soule, Avena Botanicals
Sliding Scale: $35-$70 (includes supply fee and lunch)

Description: Early spring is an ideal time for shedding winter's heavier foods and creating new food, herb and lifestyle practices that support the liver and digestive system and enhance vitality and joy. The liver is responsible for many physiological processes, including digestive functions, flexible tendons and ligaments, and balanced emotional states. The strong winds of spring often contribute to a variety of springtime ailments such as stiffness, tension, allergies and skin conditions. This class will address these common health challenges along with offering several supportive herbs and lifestyle practices that help us step into spring with a sparkle in our eyes and ease in our digestive system. Please bring a towel for an open lung steam.

Bio: Deb Soule is an herbalist, biodynamic gardener, teacher and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Deb founded Avena Botanicals in 1984 with the intention to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas. Deb’s life closely follows the yearly agricultural rhythm. From April through October, Deb spends most days with her hands in the earth tending three acres of medicinal plants using organic and biodynamic practices. During the spring and summer months, Deb teaches a variety of herb classes and offers bi-monthly herb walks in Avena Botanicals herb gardens. Throughout the year, Deb writes herb articles, develops herbal remedies, and consults with clients and health care providers.

Preparing for the Growing Season
May 1, 2016 1:00pm-4:00pm
Lynne Boudreau, Kroka Exhibitions
Sliding Scale: $10-$25

Description: The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. -Alfred Austin.

Join us in welcoming the return of the garden season with some simple ideas on where to begin.  Our conversation will include different ways of getting started, thoughts on soil preparation, getting a jump start on the growing season and finding a connection to the amazing growing process.  The second part of this workshop will be a hands-on experience to explore the joys of decomposition! Every garden needs compost to grow strong and healthy plants. Come learn how to make compost that will feed your plants and nourish your being! We will spend time discussing different materials and their properties, as well as the composting processes and the magical influence of various preparations on the inner workings of the pile. We will then head outside for some hands-on compost building. Please wear appropriate shoes/boots and dress for the weather. Bring gloves if you desire, and a pitch fork or shovel if you can!

Bio: Lynne Boudreau is co-founder of Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, NH. Lynne has always been connected to the land through animal care and tending the Earth. With a deep respect for the natural world and the wisdom and ways of elders and native people, Lynne farms using varied modalities, while also working by intuition and trust that the Earth knows how to care for itself. Lynne apprenticed on a biodynamic farm in Pennsylvania before officially becoming the Farm and Garden Manager/Educator at Kroka. She has a strong belief in sustainability and understands the importance of growing our own food and giving back to the land.

Painting with Wool
May 15, 2016 1:00pm-4:00pm
Marcy Schepker, Pear Tree Studio
Sliding Scale: $20-$35 (includes supply fee)

Description: Each participant will have the opportunity to create a wool tapestry of their choosing. You can come with a picture in mind or let the design unfold. We will start with a fabric backing and needle felt on washed, dyed and carded wool, layering color and form as we proceed. A drum carder for blending colors will be available. Each step will be demonstrated. No experience is needed, all are welcome! At the end of the workshop each participant will take home their work.

Bio: Marcy Schepker is a teaching Artist. Fiber has been her medium for almost 50 years. Her focus has always been the relationship of the individual to the community. Working with people is what she loves to do. Marcy is a state juried member of the League of N.H. Craftsmen, on the visiting artist roster of the N.H. Council on the Arts and has represented N.H. twice in International Very Special Arts Festivals. She has lived with her family in a shared household in Harrisville for the past 30 years where they enjoy a great neighborhood and host a summer arts program.

Natural Perfumery Basics
June 19, 2016 1:00pm-4:00pm
Rebecca Hamilton, Co-owner/VP of Research and Development, W.S. Badger Company
Sliding Scale: $25-$40 (includes supply fee)

Description:Create your own customized botanical perfume! Learn the basics of traditional aromatherapy and the French system of fragrance classification. This is a hands-on workshop inspired by the work of Jeanne Rose. Supplies will include an exotic range of essential oils, extracts, and enfleurages along with organic spirits and perfume bottles.

Bio: Rebecca Hamilton leads Badger’s new product development from concept to market as well as their sustainability initiatives. Rebecca has nearly a decade of experience in the natural products industry and regularly serves as an industry expert and public presenter. While Rebecca’s role at Badger spans from sustainable business practices to scientific research and quality control, Rebecca’s passion lies in natural perfumery and aromatherapy.  Rebecca studied medical ethnobotany at the University of Hawaii and natural perfumery/aromatherapy with Jeanne Rose. At home, Rebecca is an avid mixologist and at work she guides the creation of Badger’s unique fragrance profiles and aroma therapeutic blends.

Kombucha & Kvass
July 24, 2016 1:00pm-4:00pm
Andreas Schneider, Hawthorne Valley Farm
Sliding Scale: $35-$50 (includes supply fee)

Description: A guided tour through the basics of fermentation. We will learn the science behind fermentation and the health benefits of a diet rich in foods like Kvass and Kombucha. Kvass is a facto-fermented beverage that can be either from vegetables or bread. We will be using a recipe that is primarily beets. Kombucha is a low-sugar probiotic drink made from tea, sugar and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Participants will roll up their sleeves, learn what “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast” means, and prepare their own ferments. We will provide guidance on ratios and flavor profiles enabling participants to create unique recipes themselves. Everyone will leave with a batch of their own Kvass brew, a fermentation starter kit, and a recipe to make kombucha at home. Please bring your own cutting board, knifes, and vegetable grater.

Bio: Andreas has always enjoyed the company of friendly microbes. While at business school he and two classmates founded Capital Kombucha, Washington DC’s first local Kombucha brewery. In addition to operating the brewery, he directs the production units at Hawthorne Valley Farm, where his colleagues include all manner of thermophilic and mesophilic bacteria in the cheese caves, a very wise 30-year-old sourdough starter named Henry, and many lactobacillus communities in the sauerkraut cellar.

Wild Mushroom Foray
August 21, 2016 1:00pm-4:00pm
Dave Wichland, Wichland Woods
Sliding Scale: $10-$25

Description: Learn all about mycelia! David will discuss the mushroom life-cycle, the process of identifying wild mushroom species, and mushroom cooking, drying, and storing techniques. You’ll take a walk around the Badger property and surrounding woodlands to gather and identify wild mushroom species. Delicious mushroom tea will be available for tasting, and mushroom spawn and fresh mushrooms from Wichland Woods will be available for purchase after the event! Please wear sensible footwear and bring a small basket to collect your Mushroom findings.

Bio: David Wichland is owner and operator of Wichland Woods, a unique myco-business located in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. By educating the public about mycology, he strives to promote people’s awareness about the health and ecological benefits of mushrooms. Through various workshops, Wichland Woods encourages people to expand their gardening realm into a mycological-friendly landscape. His wild-forged, locally grown, and exotic mushrooms are sold at the local Keene Farmer’s Market and the Monadnock Food Co-Op. Learn more at

The Way of Tea
September 4, 2016 1:00pm-4:00pm
Lior Sadeh, Bee Field Farm
Sliding Scale: $20-$35 (includes supply fee)

Description: Blending herbal tea is an artistic experience. It provides you with the opportunity to play with color, smell, taste and texture. In this workshop, learn the whys and how’s of herbal tea blending. We will begin with learning how to dry your own herbs, good sources of dried herbs and how to check for quality. We will take time for talking about creating medicine for the whole human being by using different parts of the plants. Our focus will be on herbs that you can grow in New Hampshire and that are helpful for the winter around here. We will take a virtual tour of Bee Fields Farm herb garden and a walk into Badger’s garden to explore different textures, colors and smell. We will end our day creating a blend your own herbal tea to take home.

Bio: Lior is an herbalist and a biodynamic gardener. Her passion for local food and local traditional medicine inspired her to found Bee Fields Farm with her husband Elad. Bee Fields farm is home for a vegetable CSA, more than 100 different medicinal herbs, goats, chicken and bees. Lior's love for the local plants of New England inspired her to cultivate “At Risk” species and turn Bee Fields farm into a United Plant Savers Sanctuary. Her faith in the healing qualities of herbs, the lessons she learned from the plants and her experience with using herbal medicine for over 15 years guides her when preparing remedies.

Cultivating a Successful Home Business
October 23, 2016 10:00am-4:00pm
Bill Whyte, CEO, W.S Badger Company
Sliding Scale: $30-$65 (lunch provided)

Description: In my opinion, “visualizing the ideal” is one of the most important steps in building and cultivating a successful business. It’s so easy to get caught up in dollars and numbers and how busy we are that this important and extremely practical step is often neglected. Visualizing the ideal is a business plan of the mind that takes into consideration spirit, people, planet, family, health, fun, kindness, generosity, financial success and invisible forces! The focus of this workshop will be helping you to create your own personal plan by working with case studies, storytelling, art, visualization and creative business problem solving systems. Ideally, you’ll leave with an improved vision that will help you make your business more successful and rewarding.

Bio: Bill is a self-taught entrepreneur. He started making and selling loop potholders door-to-door back when he was about seven or eight years old. The Badger business started with one product and a dream in the back room of Katie and Bill’s home almost 20 years ago. Today Badger employs over 70 people and offers over 100 personal care products, from soothing balms and mineral sunscreens to oils, soaps, lip balms, natural bug spray and a men’s grooming line.

Testimonial: “By attending the sessions, I was able to take away the importance of having a vision. I had never really thought about this part of the business. I had looked at numbers, and what my areas of expertise are, but never how to get there. With Bill’s suggestions, working as a group, and listening to other participants in the sessions, it all helped encourage me to think about the journey, and how I’m going to get to where I want to be.” Jodi Turner, Beekeeper

Cheese Making
November 13, 2016 1:00pm-4:00pm
Ricki Carroll, New England Cheese Making
Sliding Scale: $35-$50 (includes supply fee)

Description: Learn how to make Ricotta & Mozzarella at home. Ricki will talk about cheese making in general and answer questions. Each participant will receive a Ricotta & Mozzarella Cheese Kit with enough ingredients to make these delicious dairy treats in your own kitchen.

Bio: Ricki Carroll, aka the Cheese Queen, is the owner and founder of New England Cheesemaking Supply Company (1978) and author of "Home Cheese Making". Ricki has pioneered home cheese making around the world, starting the home cheese making revolution. Ricki has appeared on the Today Show, in the New York Times and just about every publication in America. Ricki is a founding member of the American Cheese Society and has been teaching classes in Home Cheese making for over 35 years.

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