2018 Workshops

Annual Tree Planting: Expanding the Food Forest

We’ll continue our tradition of planting trees at the Jam by adding more diversity to the Camp Sedalia food forest. Learn planting techniques, food forest design methodology, and have fun creating more food, habitat, and beauty while learning how to do the same at home.





Holistic Management Herd Hike

Ben will lead his annual herd hike where we will walk through the farm to the cows while he edifies us in the subtle art of managing animals holistically to heal the land, water cycle, and farm ecosystems—how a well managed herd can be a force of immense good.






Biodynamic Beekeeping

Ted Falls of Wheats Valley Apiary and Beekeeping Services will explain how he keeps bees and why, elaborating on his biodynamic beekeeping techniques and approaches.








The Bioregional Soul of Agriculture

Jason Myers-Benner is a home garden farmer and lifelong agriculture nerd. Though he claims to have made generalism his specialty, he and his family (wife, Janelle, and daughters, Kali, Alida and Terah) have settled in to focusing on learning to gain their dietary needs from their own six acres of soil and selecting animal and plant strains that are well suited to those needs in that place. The desire to do this grows from personal fascination with agricultural processes combined with the goal of finding a just way of living.

Whether you are a farmer, an eater, or anyone else involved in contemporary food systems (which is essentially all of us), it is important to take some time and give careful thought to how those systems are working, and what might need to change. What might there be to lose?  What might there be to gain? Particularly, what are the cultural, economic, political, social, and ecological implications of the necessary transformation of our food systems to truly sustainable models? In this session Jason will facilitate conversation spurred by the group’s consideration of excerpts chosen by participants from some writing he has done on these topics (http://tanglywoods.com/)



Learn to Scythe

Scythes are ancient and powerful simple tools, used the world over for mowing hayfields, meadows, yards, and more. There’s an ever-growing resurgence of using scythes in the modern world as a way to reduce fossil fuel reliance, indulge in simple pleasures, and as a very practical and efficient tool for managing all kinds of vegetation to simply mow, make hay, create mulch, and manage weeds.

Mark will teach a small group the art of mowing with a scythe. This will be a hands-on class covering the basics of owning and using a scythe, instruction in appropriate form and technique, with plenty of time to get lost in the joy of mowing with this simple tool. Learn to enjoy mowing as a meditative exercise!




The Fascinating World of Fungi

Adam is one of three VDACS approved wild mushroom harvesters and has been cultivating and foraging mushrooms for over 10 years. Join him to learn about proper mushroom I.D. and the many culinary and medicinal virtues of mushrooms. Weather dependent, hopefully there will be plenty of mushrooms to see.





Wild Food Plant Walk

Mark will lead a group across Camp Sedalia to explore the various wild food plants available for harvest in the fall. Learn about plant I.D. and how to harvest, process, and prepare these amazing plant foods into delicious food.







2018 Demonstrations



Blacksmithing with Bill Mauser

Weather permitting, Bill Mauser will be working his mobile forge throughout the weekend. Watch him make all sorts of useful and beautiful things from metal.





Cider Pressing








Flint Knapping

Seek out Doug Macleod’s “Knap In” circle throughout the weekend to learn the ancient art of flint knapping, cordage making, bow and arrows, and probably much more.







Primitive Skills with Bill Howard









Spoon Carving








2018 Healing Arts






Yoga with Shannon

Awaken your body and mind with a moderately vigorous flow. Postures will be challenging, but accessible, with modifications for all levels. Invigorating the body with the breath and proper alignment will help you to journey inward and cultivate a sense of stillness. This will support your efforts to be fully present, maximizing your time and energy amidst all of the weekend activities.







Chelsea Woods is a licensed massage therapist and Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. She will be offering 15 minute chair massages on a donation basis.







Tai Chi

Come and join Master Teasley’s open Tai Chi class for beginners and advanced at 9 am on Saturday!






More to be announced!