Farm Aid 2013 is right around the corner: September 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. And while Willie, Neil, John, and Dave will headline the main stage, Christina, Sheila, Thor, and more will appear live in the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent.
What’s the Skills Tent, you ask? And who’s this Christina? On concert day from noon to 6 p.m., the Skills Tent will host hands-on workshops in the agrarian arts, similar to the sort of how-tos you’ll find in the HOMEGROWN 101 library. The Skills Tent is just one part of the HOMEGROWN Village, a county-fair-style hoedown on the concert grounds that’s jam-packed with interactive food and farming exhibits from groups across the country, as well as a HOMEGROWN stage featuring live music. Not bad, huh?
But back to the Skills Tent: HOMEGROWN is thrilled to have had the help of our barn-raising tentmate and partner in can-do, the Capital Region’s own From Scratch Club, in putting together this year’s workshop lineup. If you’re not familiar with From Scratch Club, it’s sort of like a food swap/book club/cooking school/food blog times one hundred. In other words: AWESOME. We love you, From Scratch Club! Now, without further ado, this year’s HOMEGROWN Skills Tent lineup:
» Make Your Mark!
Make your mark on Farm Aid 2013! Share what HOMEGROWN means to you in a potato stamp group art project, presented by HOMEGROWN.org.
» Kitchen DIY: Can-Do Projects
Learn how to make your own butter and lemon vinegar! Get the dirt on cold storage! Christina Davis and Co. of From Scratch Club share tips all day in between Skills Tent workshops.
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Mushrooms 101: Grow Your Own
Thinking of starting your own shiitake crop? Bobby Chandler of Mariaville Mushroom Men shows you how.
1:30 to 2 p.m.
Makin’ Bacon 101: Cure It Yourself
Curing your own bacon is easier than you think! Erika Tebbens of From Scratch Club demonstrates, using pork bellies from New York’s West Wind Acres.
2:30 to 3 p.m.
Pancakes 101: From Field to Griddle
What’s the story behind your breakfast? Amy Halloran of From Scratch Club and Thor Oechsner of Oechsner Farms and Farmer Ground Flour connect the dots between grain grown and milled in New York State and your plate.
3:30 to 4 p.m.
Cheesemaking 101: Happy Animals Mean Happy Cheese
Good food starts with healthy goats and sheep! Learn the basics of home cheesemaking and goat care with the dairy farmers of New York’s own Nettle Meadow.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Fiber 101: Making Friendship Bracelets from Llama Wool
Where does wool come from? Find out, see a spinning demo, and make your own friendship bracelet from llama wool under the tutelage of Saratoga Llamas’ Linda Woods.
MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Farm Aid 2013 is sold out, but there are still plenty of ways to join the party! Visit farmaid.org/events for details on farm tours, a free screening of the new urban-farming documentary Growing Cities, and more. And stay tuned to Farm Aid’s About the Concert page for news and updates. See you there!