Pole Barn Workshop with Barron Brown was awesome!

Barron Brown led a group through how to build a pole barn. The weekend was awesome and here are a few photos!

 

Free Food@Crop Mob, Work Exchanges Available, Classes + More!

Crop Mob: Set Up a Hoop house for Fodder System: Saturday, September 20 at 10:00am

Our pigs need winter fodder and we will tear down a shed and set up a hoop house in its place. Light breakfast (muffins, whole wheat baguette), full lunch (venison chili, cornbread, salad, sour cream chocolate cake) provided, and after mob all you can drink ginger beer!Please RSVP to weareallfarmers@gmail.com so we know how many folks to expect and how much food to make!

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(1) full work exchange still available for the We Are All Farmers Spring 2015 Permaculture Design Certificate Course. The course starts at the end of January 2015!
Contact weareallfarmers@gmail.com for an application!

 


Two Upcoming Workshops with Barron Brown

1. Pole Barn Construction/21st Century Timber Framing Start to Finish
Nov. 15 & 16, 2014 with expert Barron Brown. Limited to 10 participants.

Hands-on learn to construct a two-story pole barn in two days, start to finish: $230!

Free camping on site. Breakfast & lunch provided both days. $100 to reserve your spot, $130 due the day of the workshop. Cash, check, money order, or PayPal. We Are All Farmers, 283 Coolbrook Road, Union Grove, NC 28689, phone: 704 592 2557, weareallfarmers@gmail.com

We’ll explore how to utilize small trees for framing buildings.

Barron teaches timber framing, post and beam construction, log cabin construction widely at conferences and gatherings. He currently works as a sculptor, welder and builder, as well as teaches carving, blacksmithing, and building. He lives on a homestead with his family in Yancy County, NC.

 

2. Hog Slaughter Workshop with Barron Brown, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; depending on interest, potentially a repeat workshop on Sunday, Dec. 7. You do not need to purchase a hog to participate. This is a rare chance to bring a hog from pasture to process. Tools, teaching, lunch, facilities provided.
Contact wearefarmers@gmail.com for more details.


 

Open Seeds Network Seed Celebration & Convergence at We Are All Farmers POSTPONED!

Due to family issues, we needed to postpone this weekend of events. We hope to host it soon after the Old Salem Seed Swap in 2015!

Come to the next Appalachian and Piedmont New and Young Farmers Coalition Meeting! Meet with new and aspiring farmers from the region!

Come to the next meeting! The next meeting is Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at Krankie’s in downtown Winston Salem, 211 East Third st.
WS-NC / 27101 / RSVP to weareallfarmers@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!!

The next We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Course starts Jan. 31, 2015!

Learn more and sign up more at>>>>>http://weareallfarmers.org/waaf_pdc

 

Weekend 1, Jan. 31 & Feb.1
Weekend 2, Feb. 28 & March 1
Weekend 3, April 11 & 12
Weekend 4, May 2 & 3
Weekend 5, May 16 & 17

Pole Barn Workshop–see a video of a pole barn in action!

Hey! We have a pole barn workshop coming up in November limited to 10 people! Reserve your slot now! Here is our instructor Barron Brown in action! Hang on to the end to see a magnificent barn going up!

Lots of new recent items!

Now accepting applications for the (1) available full work exchange for the We Are All Farmers Spring 2015 Permaculture Design Certificate Course.

Contact weareallfarmers@gmail.com for an application!

We Are All Farmers Spring 2013 Certificate graduates! Hurrah!

We Are All Farmers Certificate graduates! Hurrah!


Two Upcoming Workshops with Barron Brown


1. Pole Barn Construction/21st Century Timber Framing Start to Finish Nov. 15 & 16, 2014. Limited to 10 participants.

Hands-on learn to construct a two-story pole barn in two days, start to finish: $230

Free camping on site. Breakfast & lunch provided both days.

$100 to reserve your spot, $130 due the day of the workshop.

Cash, check, money order, or PayPal.

We Are All Farmers, 283 Coolbrook Road, Union Grove, NC 28689, phone: 704 592 2557, weareallfarmers@gmail.com

More details to follow.

We’ll explore how to utilize small trees for framing buildings.

Barron Brown

Barron Brown

2. Hog Slaughter Workshop with Barron Brown, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; depending on interest, potentially a repeat workshop on Sunday, Dec. 7.
Learn the basics of hog slaughter. Contact wearefarmers@gmail.com for more details.


More about Barron Brown

Barron Brown. He is an expert on homestead animal slaughter, most recently demonstrating and teaching the slaughter of a domestic buffalo. He also teaches timber framing, post and beam construction, log cabin construction widely at conferences and gatherings. He currently works as a sculptor, welder and builder, as well as teaches carving, blacksmithing, and building. He lives on a homestead with his family in Yancy County, NC.


RSVP to the Open Seeds Network Seed Celebration & Convergence, Sept. 27 & 28, 2014 at We Are All Farmers!

RSVP by following this link:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dG5EWnBvZTVjYjFra0pZYkQ5ZHFBSlE6MA

Tent camping available for free on site. Potluck lunch on Saturday.

The goal of the OPEN SEEDS NETWORK CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION is to create a network of like-minded seed stewards in our region, to plan for continued seed stewardship and convergence, and to celebrate the seed!
The OPEN SEEDS NETWORK SEED CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION is free or donation only, however if you plan to attend or participate in any of the events, you must RSVP to weareallfarmers@gmail.com
If you plan to attend and tent camp, you must RSVP to weareallfarmers@gmail.com.
Tent camping on site limited to first 10 tents. Additional tent camping available for a fee in Union Grove.
Meals not provided. Camping available for full weekend participants.

OPEN SEEDS NETWORK SEED CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION
Weekend Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

 9 a.m. – 1 pm.

Food Forest Design & Hands-on Black Walnut Guild Practicum with Edward Marshall of We Are All Farmers

Learn the basics of Food Forest design. Work together on the Black Walnut Guild. Discuss the basics of trees from seed.


1 PM: POTLUCK

Please bring a dish to share.


2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Become part of the Open Seeds Regional Living Seed Bank:

Why and How to Save Seeds People-to People

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Seed Saving Basics & Knowledge Share
Along with an overview of DIY seed saving basics participants also share knowledge of seed saving
5 p.m.- 6 p.m. Know your Wild Seeds.
7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own and eat your seeds! Roast seeds on an open fire to share!

Sunday Morning, Sept. 28, 2014
8 a.m. – 9 a.m Shared Granola breakfast: Eat your seeds! Bring edible seeds to share for making our own granola!

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Seed stories and Moderated Seed Swap. Eric Jackson will also share lessons learned from his participation in the Red Semillas Libres (Seed Freedom) Conference in May 2014 in Brazil
Participants tell the stories of the seeds they brought to swap.
Seeds are distributed to morning participants and also noted in a large chart for swapping again in 2015.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Regional Stewarding of the Seed Ceremony.
In an effort to regionalize and create deep knowledge of a seed, one kind of seed will be distributed to weekend participants to grow and steward over the next year. At 2015’s Seed Convergence and Celebration, participants will meet to tell the story of this seed and to redistribute the seed.

2014’s Featured Regional Seed to Steward: the Menominee Squash.
The Emkwana/Menominee Squash, a regionally adapted version of this old landrace squash from the northern mid-west of the US.

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Farmers and producers!!

Take our survey to let us know

what kind of value-added facility

we need for our region!!

The goal of the survey is to find out needs, discover potential allies and partners, and to find a working group to work together on feasibility and potential next steps.


In conversation at the new group Appalachian and Piedmont New and Young Farmers along with subsequent meetings with local CSAs, chefs, farmers, and extension agents, the folks at We Are All Farmers and our commercial operation Pockerchicory Farms have decided to pursue gathering wider information and support for a multi-use value-added production or kitchen facility located in the Appalachian or Piedmont regions of North Carolina, with special attention to trained, staffed value-added meat, dairy, and plant production components.


The data collected in this survey will be used as a starting or continuation point for refining a description of a value-added facility to incubate and boost the potential of our regions’ farmers, chefs, and retail stores.


Please spread the word and fill it out online:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rLu8DQ_3r5gVOBE11EzRoXPP_DQlfALs0Nj7SstfbN8/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link


Come to the next Appalachian and Piedmont New and Young Farmers Coalition Meeting!

Come to the fourth meeting! The next meeting is Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. at Krankie’s in downtown Winston Salem, 211 East Third st.
WS-NC / 27101 / RSVP to weareallfarmers@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!!


 

We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute Permaculture Design Course Dates Spring 2015

Learn more and sign up more at>>>>>http://weareallfarmers.org/waaf_pdc
Weekend 1, Jan. 31 & Feb.1
Weekend 2, Feb. 28 & March 1
Weekend 3, April 11 & 12
Weekend 4, May 2 & 3
Weekend 5, May 16 & 17

Congratulations to sow Misty May on her 13 piglets!

We Are All Farmers provides education and farm intern opportunities to Animal Welfare Approved pastured livestock farm Pockerchicory Farms. Pockerchicory Farms’ sow Misty May just had 13 piglets on Father’s Day!

 

Videos of the piglets!

FREE Permaculture Blast & Potluck Saturday June 21 at Garinger High School

These cool folks…..

We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Course

will teach 6 hours of hands on permaculture at Garinger High School June 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for FREE!!

Here is the agenda. Please plan on attending the full day if you can
We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute Permaculture Blast at Garinger High School Friendship Gardens, 1100 Eastway Dr, Charlotte, NC 28205
9:00 – 10:00 Overview of Permaculture (Edward & Crystal Marshall– morning starts promptly at 9!
10:00 – 11:00 Hands-On Sheet Mulch in a Keyhole Design
11:00 – 12:00 Site walk and feedback on ideas based in permaculture
12 – 1:00 Potluck– Please bring a dish to share!!
1:00 – 2:00 Hands on planting of Fruit Tree Guilds in the Sheet Mulched Keyhole Design
2:00 – 3:00 Urban Friendly Compost Bin
3:30 Wrap Up

Register at this link:

https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/1fnOMYFoJL3cCEUm-5wtG61IsunH5MjDwrbuzIE87exE/viewform

Space is limited to first 50 participants who RSVP!

The day will feature key elements from the full designs below. These designs were provided pro bono for Garinger High School spring 2014 by We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute permaculture design certificate course students.

See you there!!

Congratulations to the 2014 We Are All Farmers PDC Graduates!

We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate CourseWe were so glad to have these awesome folks make their permaculture design certificate journey with We Are All Farmers!

Check out their videos of their designs and talents below!

As part of the standard curriculum for an approved Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), students must work in teams to create permaculture-based designs. At We Are All Farmers, students create designs of service for a site in need. This year the site was Garinger High School’s Friendship Gardens project in Charlotte, NC:

Many photos from the We Are All Farmers Spring 2014 Permaculture Design Certificate Course on view here>>>>

See sample videos of these presentations below from three separate teams.

Plant Beds and Design

Raised beds and mulch

Keeping it Simple in Permaculture

Chicken tractors, plant rotation, tubers

Designs from the Team, The “Hopportunists”

Creating Community in Permaculture

Raised beds by color coding.

Varied Growing Methods & Gathering Areas

Trellises + Microclimates

Setting up functional areas in a permaculture design and a rain garden

 Solar security and classroom spaces

Chicken Tractors

 

As part of the standard curriculum for an approved PDC, students must participate in a talent show their last evening….celebration is an important part of permaculture! We must also celebrate ourselves and our talents! Check out a few videos of the recent graduates below!

Sam plays amazing bass!

Bryan sings a song from his favorite movie!

 

The We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute hosts a hands-on permaculture design certificate course of service to the Appalachian and Piedmont regions over five weekends Jan – May. 2014’s students produced designs pro bono for Friendship Gardens, a high school in Charlotte, NC.

On June 21, 2014 We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate students will follow up their designs with installation of key elements in a 25+ person Permaculture Blast (free workshop) for the community. See presentations of two designs below.

Pockerchicory Farms featured on the Weather Channel!

Our commercial partner farm Pockerchicory Farms was featured on the Weather Channel! Click the photo for the video! Thanks so much to producers Lacey Smith and Danielle Banks for braving that odd icy day in March to visit with us!

 http://www.weather.com/video/the-pigs-are-our-partners-47897

We are also the front page of a recent print edition of the Salisbury Post! But we are quoted also in the online edition talking about healthy soil: http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140504/SP01/140509882/0/SEARCH&slId=2

 

Calling All NEW & Young Farmers & their friends, Potluck on May 10!

 

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Join us for the Appalachian &

Piedmont New &

Young Farmer Inaugural

Meeting & Potluck!!
at Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Are you a young or new farmer in Appalachia or the Piedmont? 
Want to work together with other farmers on solutions to 
your major concerns?
Are you looking to share info., resources, and ideas and 
even maybe work with other new and/or young farmers?

Come and meet like-minded new and/or young farmers from across 
the Appalachian and Piedmont regions! 

Eat well at the potluck!

Agenda:
Meet & Greet--who is here from where & 
what do you do or want to do as a farmer?
Potluck and poster--put your concerns on the large chalkboard!
Then, eat well!
Quick prioritizing of top concerns
What's next?
Reconvene at a place up the street for libations afterwards 
if you are so inclined...
details to follow.

Sat. May 10, 2014 from 12 - 3 p.m.

Learn more about the National Young Farmers Coalition 
and why forming a local chapter is important .

RVSP to weareallfarmers@gmail.com or call (704) 592 2557

Exact location: Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Single Brothers House, 
600 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Join the Appalachian & Piedmont New and Young Farmers group on 
Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/174194732769831/
and share the event at
https://www.facebook.com/events/753643827988435/

We welcome folks from across the region!! 

Also, if you are a landowner and are looking for young farmers 
to partner with, join us!

 

 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TILL EARLY 2015! STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!!–Come to the OPEN SEEDS NETWORK CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TILL EARLY 2015! STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!!

The Open Seeds Network is a US affiliate of the Red Semillas Libres (Seed Freedom Network) movement of the Americas and a project under the support of We Are All Farmers. More at OpenSeedsNetwork.us

The Open Seeds Network
is a United States affiliate of the Red Semillas Libres (Seed Freedom Network)
movement of the Americas.
Seeds are the life-giving force of our existence. Since humans moved from being hunters and gatherers to farmers, seed stewardship has played the major role in continued human existence.
Along with other rights such as clean air and water, we have the birthright to save, steward, and distribute seeds.
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This is our organizing call and organizing year.
Join us!
OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE FIRST
OPEN SEEDS NETWORK CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION
September 27 & 28 at the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute in Union Grove, NC
Tent camping available for free on site
The goal of the OPEN SEEDS NETWORK CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION is to meet like-minded seed stewards, to plan for continued seed stewardship and convergence, and to celebrate the seed!
We seek proposals of 20 minute to one-hour presentations, workshops, art projects, theater, dance, performance, performance art, poetry, story-telling, music, food demonstration, on seed history, seed culture, seed saving, living seed banks, seed stewardship, organizations across the country and the world involved in seed stewardship, etc.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL BY MAY 1, 2014!
An agenda/program for the OPEN SEEDS CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION will be published mid-May 2014. Please email a 50 – 200 word description of your proposed participation to openseedsnetwork [at] gmail.com. .
The OPEN SEEDS CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION is free or donation only, however if you plan to attend or participate, please RSVP to openseedsnetwork [at] gmail.com.
If you plan to attend and tent camp, please RSVP to weareallfarmers@gmail.com.

Sending Eric Jackson to the Red Semillas Libres May 2014 Convergence in Brazil!!

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Here in the United States we share much of the same seed and agricultural legacy of our very active and very organized compatriots in Latin America. The Open Seeds Network seeks to support and work together with Latin American seed stewards and to build connections with these very active groups. Thus, we propose to send local seed steward Eric Jackson to participate in the next Red Semillas Libres Convergence in la ciudad de Inconfidentes, en el Estado de Minas Gerais, in Brazil.
Upon his return, Eric will share with us locally and per the web what he experienced, what he learned, and his insights into how the Open Seeds Network and other seed stewardship groups or seed stewards in the US can work together with Latin America to save our right to open seeds!
He will also share this knowledge again during the OPEN SEEDS CONVERGENCE AND CELEBRATION September 27 & 28.
More about Eric
Eric Jackson has urban pioneered with the League of Cooperation, a loose group of unsung heroes, who many-handedly transformed an old meat packing factory into a thriving microtown in a once-forgotten corner of downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He studied Horticulture Technology at Forsyth Technical Community College and transformed a junked-out old parking lot/coal pit into a greenspace/micro-farm that was later turned back into a parking lot. He lived on and farmed 7 acres of his grandparent’s old dairy farm for two years regenerating old pasture/a chemical-sprayed soybean field into a healthy and diverse pasture and sold eggs, chicken, and salad mix at a farmers market. He works professionally as an heirloom vegetable gardener at Old Salem Museum and Gardens where he focuses on stewarding a pre-1850 vegetable seed collection. He followed the autodidact path to learning Permaculture for many years, graduated in Fall 2012 from the the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Class, and now teaches about patterns in nature for the We Are All Farmers Permaculture certificate design course.