The modern world has separated us from the skills used to produce things that we use every day. Despite enjoying hunks of cheddar and warm wool sweaters, most of us have never made our own cheese or sheared a sheep. Most people likely wouldn’t even know where to begin.
Luckily, there are those who possess such skills who not only want to keep the techniques alive, but are also willing to teach them on to curious learners.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host its eighth annual Farm and Homestead Day on Saturday, June 22, at the MOFGA fairgrounds in Unity, Maine. The free, all-ages event boasts more than 50 workshops that focus on back-to-the-land skills, from processing chickens to carving wooden spoons.
“The idea is that all of the workshop presenters bring a hands-on participatory workshop, and the participants actually do whatever the workshop is,” said Andrew Graham, community engagement coordinator at MOFGA. “For folks who are doing rug hooking, they walk away with a rug.”
Workshops officially begin at 9:30 a.m., but there will be a scythe mowing workshop from 7 to 8:30 a.m. (“I guess that’s the best time to mow with scythes,” Graham said), and tea and crumpets for guests at 9 a.m.