Some of Our Previous Events
April 2nd: Sugaring Off Pancake Breakfast
April 2nd: Caring for Communities: Regenerative Forestry Walk with Dave and Kathy
April 9th: Elemental Dance with Meredith Field
April 6th, 9th, 20th, and 29th Talking Beyond the Choir Workshop with Penn Garvin
May 7th-8th: Youth Theatre Workshop Saturday, 10am - 10am (overnight)
May 14th: Elemental Dance with Meredith Field; Meditation with Keith Moyer
May 15th: Growing Solutions: Unique Medicinals Workshop with Vance Reynolds
June 6th: Feed Your Soul - Singing Bowls; Yoga; Qigong with Whole Life Society
June 6th: Elemental Dance 9am; Meditation 10am;
June 10th: Campfire Sing-Along with Brian Gockley
June 12: Spring Tree Fest - Music Concert, Garden Demo, Workshops, Games, Food and Rides. Billy Kelly, featured.
June 26th - July 2nd: Theatre, Arts, Food Week
July 2nd: Youth Theatre Performance
July 13: Story Cave with Fiona Powell
July 24th to August 5th: Young Adult Theater Project with Tina Cody
August 20th: Talking Beyond the Choir with Penn and Doug
August 27th: Talking Beyond the Choir with Penn and Doug
Sept 14th: Story Cave with Fiona Powell
Sept 17th: Campfire Sing-along with Brian Gockley and friends
Sept. 30-Oct 2nd: Green Micro-shelter Build
October 29th: Campfire Sing-along with Brian Gockley and friends
2-3pm: Floyd will lead a workshop on the lathe. Come walk the trails through the woods.
3-4pm: Billy Kelly will sing from his album (appropriately) entitled "Trees."
4-5pm: Forester, Sara Street will lead a nature walk.
Trees will be in attendance throughout, providing beauty, shade and inspiration. Bring a picnic blanket and your hiking shoes.
Feed Your Soul
Whole Life Society, the Natural Food and Garden Store, and Wild Goose Farm are joining together to host Feed Your Soul, a day of workshop and events focusing on supporting our physical, emotional and psychological well-being through strengthening community connections and taking proactive steps together to support our health. Choose from an array of relaxing and inspiring activities, workshops and healing treatments that span the entire day. Special teen sessions of theatre, writing and yoga run from 9-noon. An afternoon of activities for younger children as well.
9-10 a.m: Meditation led by Keith Moyer; Theater with Kristen Bailey
10:15-11 a.m:The Benefits of Cranio Sacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage and Yoga Therapy with Michelle Wert; Writing with Tina Cody
11:15-noon: Lunch Available with Amber, the Kitchen Witch; Lunchtime Guitar Music by Logan Weaver; Yoga for Teens with Tina Cody; Growing Microgreens with Kathy Kristjanson-Gural; Qigong with Michael LaBant
11:15-11:45 a.m:Healing Sessions by the Pond; Pam Rosado, Reflexology; Nancy Giuntini, Reiki; Michelle Wert, Cranio Sacral Therapy
Noon-1:30 p.m:Lunch Available with Amber, the Kitchen Witch; Integral Yoga Class with Lori aka Jyothi; Lunchtime Guitar Music by Logan Weaver
Noon-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m: Healing Sessions by the Pond; Pam, Reflexology; Nancy, Reiki; Michelle, Cranio Sacral Therapy
1:45-2:30 p.m: Kids' Yoga Session with Heather Snyder; Kids' Art Project; Qigong with Michael LaBant; Flower Essences with Vance Reynolds
1:45-2:15 p.m: Healing Sessions by the Pond with Pam; Reflexology; Nancy, Reiki; Michelle, Cranio Sacral Therapy
2:45-3:30 p.m: Drum Circle with Kathy Stillings
3:45-4:45 p.m: Crystal Singing Bowls with Angela Miele
Story Cave with Fiona Powell
A story cave is a place that is warm, sheltered, welcoming, where adults and teenagers can sit, share and learn stories together. Folktales contain many wonderful, mysterious, elements. In sharing folktales, we can open up the mind to an incredible understanding of our nature, our environment and of our cultures. We are separate from the tales, so that we can be shocked, but we do not have to personally grieve. We can track the experiences of the hero, watch the trickster, without being tricked or seduced or murdered ourselves.
There are so many lessons in the folktale, and so much joy, so many thrills, and danger that cannot harm us. If we do not perpetuate these tales, we may lose them. They need to stay on our lips, and in our brains. Each tale has myriad lessons for each of us. Not to mention, they are fun!
Led by Fiona Powell chief bard, who is an experienced, knowledgeable and generous storyteller, the group will meet once a month on the second Wednesday from 8:00 on. Free for members. A small fee of $5 for non members to support Fiona's continued work as a storyteller.
This growing season we will be offering Growing Solutions, a series at Wild Goose Farm for people interested in learning sustainable growing techniques. We will be learning together how to design gardens to maximize outputs, build soil fertility, and grow perennial vegetables and plants for medicinal use. Vance Reynolds (medicinal plants), Elizabeth Sterling (permaculture design), Kathy K-Gural (perennial vegetables) and one or two others (to be confirmed) will share our experiences and support you and your garden this growing season.
Growing Unique Medicinals
Vance Reynolds will share his knowledge of medicinal plants, in particular Ashwagandha (pictured above), Gotu Kola, Dang Shen (Poor Man's Ginseng, very sweet and tasty roots), Goji Berry (Wolfberry, great cold hardy fruit) and He Shou Wu (Chinese Knotweed). He will have some starts on hand for sale, at cost, of these medicinals for you to take home and plant in your own gardens. The second half of the workshop Vance will talk about growing other Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs including Wild Asparagus (Chinese and Ayurvedic), Velvet Beans (Mucuna),Chinese Rubber Tree (Du Zhong) and Rhodiola. Though he will not have live plants of these medicinals, he will bring seeds to distribute. If time permits, he'll talk about preparing Ashwagandha tinctures and capsules. The cost is free for Wild Goose Farm members and $5-$10 sliding scale per session for non members.
Elizabeth Sterling will share some tools and techniques from permaculture design we can take with us and to plan our own gardens this growing season.
Talking Beyond the Choir
Ever felt frustrated when confronted by a climate change denier? Ever wondered what to say? Ever gotten into an argument that went nowhere? IF SO, THIS TWO-SESSION WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!
This workshop provides methods and techniques for talking with people about environmental and climate issues. Through role plays, exercises and discussions based on the latest research in how to effectively frame these issues, we will explore how to talk with people who hold very different opinions. This is a very hands-on workshop in which you will explore your own reactions and develop some practical ways to “talk beyond the choir.”
It will be held at the beautiful and relaxing Wild Goose Farm in Vicksburg. Sponsored by Susquehanna Valley Climate Action Network. Class offered by Penn Garvin, Doug Orbaker, and Joanne Huxster.
Spring Fest & Ribbon Cutting
for the Art and Play Trail at Wild Goose Farm
Sunday, April 12, 3:00PM – 6:00PM*
Spring is finally here! Come enjoy the great outdoors as we welcome you to the ribbon cutting for phase one of the new interactive art and play trail. The trail features natural art installations and interactive play spaces built by Bucknell’s Management 101 Company, B’s Gear for Children’s Cheer. The day will include music, games and activities for all ages, and offer opportunities to create your own art to enhance the trail.
We would like to provide a chicken workshop here at the farm to help you learn about caring for chickens. The chicken workshop will include the information you need to know to raise happy, heathy backyard birds. We will go over the choice of feed, fencing/free ranging techniques, winter care, health issues for chickens, and egg production among other things you might need to know. With our lovely 16 chickens we will demonstrate how we care for our birds in a way that helps us and them. We will also show our strategies for keeping young chicks alive and well so that you can feel confident in caring for any new chicks you might decide to get.
WGF Fall Festival 2015
Saturday, Oct. 24th: Wild Goose Farm Fall Festival (Rain Date Sunday, 25th)
9-10 am: Elemental Dance with Meredith
10-12pm: Work Party – completing the composting outhouse project, trail maintenance, collecting apples and nuts (all ages)
11:30 – 12:00 pm: Fall Fest Set-up; Mushroom Workshop with Dave
12:00 – 2:30 pm: Picnic with Kitchen Witch on Wheels – Amber
12:00 – 2:30 pm: Horse and Buggy Rides with Karl;
1:30 – 3:00 Whiffle Ball: Kids v. Adults
3-4:15 pm: Kids Outdoor Games (kids/all ages);
3-4:15 Green Films: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time - (teens and up)
4:15-4:30 Storytelling with Fiona Powell
4:30-6:30pm - Bonfire Sing-Along and Song Swap - Brian, Dave and Kathy
5:00 – 6:30 – Kids Comedy: Shaun the Sheep (kids/all ages)
6:30 – 7:00 – Clean-up
Elemental Dance – an unstructured intuitive dance form based upon inspiration from nature.
Work Party – Outhouse: installing the bench and compost containers and hanging the door. No experience necessary. Trail Maintenance: clearing some areas that have become overgrown. Collecting walnuts and picking the granny smiths (especially good for kids). Please RSVP.
Fall Fest Set Up – gathering firewood and laying the campfire, setting up parking signs, recycling bins, tables, chairs and straw bales
Picnic – Kitchen Witch on Wheels will serve rice bowls with a Mexican and Indian version, and maybe some jerk chicken as well for a modest donation. Bring a picnic blanket. We’ll have buckets for compost, plates and utensils to make it a zero waste event. (Please RSVP)
Horse and Buggy Rides: Karl Purnell will bring his horse, Mercedes, and his restored surrey with a fringe on top for fun, relaxing rides through the countryside.
Whiffle Ball: Kids challenge the adults to a game of whiffle ball. No experience necessary. Upper Barn Field near the fire pit.
Green Films: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time. An award winning documentary of the life and work of Leopold who profoundly shaped the early environmental movement and continues to inspire environmental restoration projects across the country and around the world.
Storytelling with Fiona Powell: Fiona will share one of her engaging stories around the campfire. (all ages)
Bonfire Sing-along: Brian leads this fun and oddly informative adventure through folk music with contributions from Dave, Kathy, and Emma. The songs we currently singing are available at :www.chordie.com. Account name is: Wild Goose Farm. Password: Goose. Click on the “My songbook” tab at the top of the page. New song suggestions welcome.
Kids Comedy: Shaun the Sheep is a charming animated movie about the adventures of Shaun the Sheep.
Clean-up: Please take time to help put away one or two things as you leave.
Theater Workshop Intensive
Thursday, November 6th, 2014 9:30am-7pm Workshop, 7-10pm Farm After Dark (See details below.)
Tina Cody, Bucknell Theater Graduate, will be returning to Wild Goose Farm (WGF) after offering a fantastic theater workshop for kids at WGF earlier this summer. On Thursday, November 6th, she'll be sharing theater games with the kids in the morning and workshopping short skits in the afternoon. The evening will culminate with a short theater production for families of the participants.
Schedule for the Day:
9:30 Participants to arrive in the barn
9:45 Workshop begins: Theater Games
1:00 Workshop continues: Short skits
3:00 Smoothie Snack Break (provided)
3:30 Performance Preparations
5pm Parents/family arrive
5-6:00pm Campfire Dining (Bring something to roast over the fire. We'll have condiments OR purchase food from the food cart.
6-7pm Wild Goose Farm Improv Theater Performance
7-10pm Farm After Dark. Stay on after the show for a larger gathering and experience the farm after dark. We'll have a sing along hosted by Brian Gockley, former Folk Justice Band lead singer. There will be an outdoor games for all ages and a short film in the barn for kids.