Farm School

Does your child love getting her hands dirty?  Does he learn best by doing? Want your kids to gain a skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives?  Then Ghost Fawn Homestead’s Farm School is for them!

Geared for ages 8-15, Farm School is a chance to learn practical, down-home techniques in areas ranging from making bread to learning how to create an emergency shelter. Best of all, your classroom is a real working farm!

The Instructors-

Ken and Cari Donaldson are the owners of Ghost Fawn Homestead.  High school sweethearts, they’ve been married for almost 20 years and have six children.  Cari has a Masters Degree in Education and taught middle school for over five years.  She now homeschools their children and runs Ghost Fawn’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  Ken has been a Cub Scout leader, and youth soccer coach.  He works at Ford Motor Company and loves woodworking.

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The classes for 2018 are as follows:

January-

Bread Making 101: Learn about the amazing chemical reaction that results in the most basic of foods- bread! Learn how to make both a classic sandwich bread and a traditional challah bread.  Go home with recipe cards, a finished loaf, and a bread pan of dough ready to cook in your own oven.

 

Candle & Fire Starter Making: Baby, it’s cold outside! Learn how to make great fire starters for your home fireplace or wood burning stove AND make a beautiful candle to brighten those dark January nights.  Go home with finished fire starters and a candle.

February-

Crochet a Scarf: February in New England is no time to be without an extra scarf! Learn how to do a basic crochet stitch, and begin making your own cozy scarf.  Crafters will enjoy tea, cider, and light snacks and go home with a crochet hook, a started scarf, and enough yarn to finish the project.

Pretzel Making: Do you know that the knotty and fascinating history of the humble pretzel starts around 610 AD, when monks created the bread to help their students learn their prayers? From there, the pretzel has spanned continents and centuries, from wars to weddings, while always staying delicious. Learn the amazing history of the pretzel, and learn how to make your own- from the traditional knotted soft pretzel to more modern pretzel rolls.  Go home with a recipe card and some delicious pretzels to share.

March-

Sewing 101: From sewing a button to mending a tear, sewing is a useful skill to have. In this class, you’ll learn how to thread a needle, and how to perform basic sewing skills.  Bring a favorite old t-shirt, and you’ll learn how to turn it into a reusable bag with just a few stitches! Go home with a small sewing kit, a reusable bag from an old shirt, and the skills to mend and sew.

Knife Skills: Knives are incredibly useful tools.  From the kitchen to the workshop, a good sharp knife is indispensable.  In this class, you’ll learn proper knife safety, and how to use common knives.  Chop vegetables in the kitchen and whittle wood in the workshop. Learn how to safely sharpen.  Go home with a handy knife safety guide and a small knife of your own.

April-

Make a Garden: Spring is in the air! Do you love growing things? Love getting your hands in the soil? Want to learn how plants grow & what makes them grow best? Then this session is for you.  Learn about germination, pollination, and soil composition.  Build your own 3ft by 3ft raised bed and discover all the great things you can plant in that space.  Go home with a raised bed and four vegetable or herb plants to get started growing.

Cheese Making: Are you a cheese lover?  Ever wondered how milk gets transformed into delicious cheddar, swiss, or feta?  Wondered about the difference between cheeses made from goat milk vs. cow milk vs…..water buffalo milk? Come join us at the farm for a brief history of cheese, taste testing cheeses from different countries and animals, and learn how to make your very own mozzarella! Go home with a cheesemaking recipe and your own ball of fresh made mozzarella.

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May-

Fire building, Fire Safety, and Fire Cooking: Fire is essential to life, but it can be as dangerous as it is helpful.  Join us on the farm while we learn how to safely build a fire- from the ground up.  Learn the safest places to build a fire, what materials to gather, and several different methods of getting the fire going. Afterwards, make a meal on the open flame, learning how to make cheese quesadillas and pineapple upside down cake. Go home with your own flint & steel fire starter.

Bread Making 101: Learn about the amazing chemical reaction that results in the most basic of foods- bread! Learn how to make both a classic sandwich bread and a traditional challah bread.  Go home with recipe cards, a finished loaf, and a bread pan of dough ready to cook in your own oven.

June- 

Jam Making 101: Are you a fan of jam? Want to take your PB&J to that next level? Come join us on the farm and learn the elements of jam making.  Preserve the fruits of summer for months to come, and learn about safe canning practices.  We’ll teach you a basic strawberry jam recipe, and from there, the sky’s the limit! Create your own one-of-a-kind jam masterpieces. Go home with a recipe card and finished jar of strawberry jam.

Yoga on the Farm: Your body was made to move and stretch! Sign up for this session, and have a certified yoga instructor teach you some great yoga poses, while surrounded by the beauty of Ghost Fawn Homestead. You’ll go home with a Ghost Fawn Homestead tote bag and nicely stretched and energized body.

July-

Make a Chickadee House: Chickadees are energetic, cheerful birds, and easy to attract to your backyard with the right habitat.  Sign up for this session, and you’ll learn about chickadees, how to imitate their call, what they need to survive, and build a nesting box specifically designed to meet their needs.  You’ll go home with a fact sheet about chickadees and a completed nesting box to hang in your yard.

Make Your Own Worm Farm: Worms are great! They help break down garbage, they build up the soil, and they help get oxygen to plant roots.  Learn about vermiculture- the keeping of worms- and how it can help make the planet a greener place.  You’ll build your own small worm farm, and learn how to keep your worms happy and healthy.  Go home with a finished worm farm, and instructions on how to put your squirmy pets to work for you!

August-

Pizza Making: Like pizza?  Then you’ll LOVE it when you’ve learned to make it from scratch.  Come on down to Farm School to learn how to build the perfect pizza, from the crust on up.  We’ll teach you how to make pizza dough, how to make customized sauce, and how to combine toppings to create your dream pizza.  We’ll show you how to cook your pizza on a grill AND how to make delicious garlic knots for a perfect side dish.  You’ll go home with a recipe card and your own takeout box with your one-of-a-kind pizza.

Animal Husbandry: Ever wonder what it takes to take care of farm animals? Sign up for this session, and you’ll learn all about taking care of chickens and goats.  Try your hand at clipping wings.  Check for eggs. Trim hooves.  Feed, water, and brush the animals, all while learning what farmers have to do to take good care of the animals who help feed us. You’ll go home with a Ghost Fawn Homestead tote bag and half a dozen farm fresh eggs.

September-

Pretzel Making: Do you know that the knotty and fascinating history of the humble pretzel starts around 610 AD, when monks created the bread to help their students learn their prayers? From there, the pretzel has spanned continent and centuries, from wars to weddings, while always staying delicious. Learn the amazing history of the pretzel, and learn how to make your own- from the traditional knotted soft pretzel to more modern pretzel rolls.  Go home with a recipe card and some delicious pretzels to share.

Cheese Making: Are you a cheese lover?  Ever wondered how milk gets transformed into delicious cheddar, swiss, or feta?  Wondered about the difference between cheeses made from goat milk vs. cow milk vs…..water buffalo milk? Come join us at the farm for a brief history of cheese, taste testing cheeses from different countries and animals, and learn how to make your very own mozzarella! Go home with a cheesemaking recipe and your own ball of fresh made mozzarella.

October-

Make Your Own Walking Stick: October is a magnificent time for hiking here in New England, and there’s nothing like a sturdy walking stick to help you along the trail.  Join us on the farm where you’ll scout our acres of woods for the perfect stick, then get a lesson in wood burning so you can customize your stick with designs and drawings.  Top off your stick with a beautiful leather grip, and give your new tool a test drive, hiking on our forest trail.  You’ll go home with a walking stick with custom wood burned designs and a comfortable leather grip.

Make An Outdoor Shelter: As wildlife starts bedding down for the winter, it’s a great time to come learn how to make an outdoor shelter. Using common household and natural objects, you’ll make a cozy temporary shelter, complete with campfire.  Cook a hotdog and eat it in your new “home away from home”.  You’ll leave with instructions on how to build outdoor shelters and a Ghost Fawn tote bag.

November- 

Pie Making 101: If you love Thanksgiving desserts, this class is for you.  Come join us and learn how to make crust from scratch, how to make pumpkin puree, and how to make a delicious, classic pumpkin pie.  You’ll also learn how to make apple pie from scratch, including a beautiful lattice crust.  You’ll go home with a recipe card and two mouthwatering pies.

Make a Candle Holder From Wild Woods: As the nights grow longer, many people love to light candles around the house to bring in a cheery glow. Join us as we scout the woods for interesting wood to bring back to the shop and turn into votive holders.  We’ll help you find the wood, show you how to drill it out, and help you sand it down. You’ll leave with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind candle holder, perfect for holiday gift giving or bringing a soft glow to your family’s winter nights.

December-

Wreath Making:  People across cultures and centuries have made wreaths, for celebration and decoration. When New England is blanketed in snow, our evergreen trees are a beautiful splash of color, and provide excellent materials to make a one-of-a-kind wreath. Join us for this session, where we’ll learn about the history of wreaths, the different materials cultures have used to make them, and then make our own wreaths, using materials found right here in Willington.  You’ll go home with a wreath ready to hang on your front door.

Bagel Making: The first time bagels were mentioned in history, the year was 1610. Created in the Jewish communities of Poland, bagels were an important and beloved part of the culture. While the traditional method for bagel making is intensely time consuming, there are a number of good shortcut versions.  Sign up for this session and learn one of those ways- resulting in delicious bagels in a fraction of the time.  And since few things go as well with hot bagels than fresh butter, we’ll make our own butter! You’ll go home with a recipe card, a container of fresh made butter, and some bagels to share.

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