The History of Mountain Run FarmBen Coleman • MountAIN RUN FARM
Mountain Run Farm History: 30 Years in 30 Minutes
Our experience on this land began 30 years ago. But we are not the first to live here, nor the last. We must learn the history of our land, set goals for the future and work in the present to make steps towards healing our mistakes and maybe even doing a little long-lasting good for this piece of Earth and the community that surrounds it. We find artifacts ranging from 7-8,000 year old arrowheads to bricks made on this farm by slaves just a couple hundred years ago, then on to the musketballs that eventually freed the slaves of this area. Today we commune with their lineage. What mark will we leave? History will tell all about us… Mountain Run Farm strives for love and healing for our Earth and our community. But hurry, the future is always near!
After 10 years of detrimental farming practices and by financial force, a radical move toward biological, Holistic management has resurrected the ranch, bringing new health to man, land and animals, plus space for the next generation. The exciting part is, the cure is FREE! The cure is Nature! Our ultra-low input mentality had us sell all forage equipment, boycott the salesman, park the tractors, and DRIVE the animals. After 25 years of bold, experimental changes, Mountain Run Farm now serves the local community by hosting on-farm meat and produce sales and events ranging from Makers Markets and music festivals to guided bird walks and school tours. The ever-increasing diversity of plants and wildlife brings FREE opportunity to future generations to carve out a living on the land. We eat pretty well, too!
Over the last decade, Farmer Ashley has weaved her regenerative farm and functional medicine practice into a common principle – food is medicine. Why? because farmers have a great opportunity to join healthcare reform by providing their community with the most important piece – food medicine!
Bitters are extraordinary plants that have many facets to their healing abilities. These most common of weeds are often overlooked for more exotic treatments. Bitter herbs have a long tradition of being used in preventative medicine. The taste triggers a sensory response in the central nervous system releasing digestive hormones that in turn lead to a range of effects, including stimulation of appetite, general simulation of the flow of digestive juices, increased bile, and aid in the liver’s detoxification. Aside from digestive affects these are not only wonderfully relaxing but are now the latest loves with DIY cordial/elixir cocktail movement. There will be samples to taste – come with your palette.
This workshop will demonstrate and discuss the steps necessary to make a batch of wine from start to finish and will provide an overview of the basic equipment needed to make wine at home. A great introduction for gardeners with too much fruit (or even other produce) on their hands or anyone who wants to make their own wine.
Many home gardeners are 90% of the way to a productive garden, but cave in easily to problems like pests, uneven watering and sub-par fertility. After years of farming on a small scale, Amanda realized that many of the methods she employs on her farm transfer easily and cheaply to the home garden. Join her as she talks about the low-hanging fruit that is nearly in your grasp!
Come discover how to make compost tea using homemade compost and brewing it with easy-to-find materials from around the farm or homestead. Learn how to make your own fertilizers, soil drenches and foliar sprays with an aerated barrel-style compost tea set up, see the nuts-and-bolts of the process and learn how to use compost tea on your farm and to build soil health and nutrient density.
This workshop is an introduction to basic seed saving, and will give participants the tools they need to get started! We’ll also talk about the benefits of saving seed, from increasing resiliency to saving money to improving the adaptation of varieties for your particular conditions.
In this workshop we’ll explore some of the basic concepts and principles for designing, establishing, and maintaining an edible forest garden. Learn how to combine edible and medicinal trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials, ground covers, and tubers into a beautiful edible ecosystem.
Emilie will walk through two types of vegetable fermentation – “krauts” and “pickles”. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t just refer to cabbage and cucumbers, these terms are simply types of ferments. She’ll demonstrate each type, and help you understand when to use each method.
Experience the process of wood firing in its simplest way. We will harvest clay straight from the Earth and add some Water. A magical, flexible medium will come alive giving shape to your imagination and inspiration. While the clay slowly dries with the Air we will gather some wood and will get a Fire going. We will place what we have formed into the living flames while sitting around the fire telling stories, listening to each other just like our ancestors”
Exploring the magical landscape at Mountain Run Farm. Together we will gather leaves, flowers, and weeds, to create colorful prints on cloth. This process is called ecoprinting, it is a fun way to better understand the plants living near you!
Niti Bali is the Founder and CEO of Farm to Fork Meat Riot, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for reestablishing the regenerative small family farm food system. Her strategically designed counter economic CSA program educates eaters to harness the power of life giving force through regenerative foods.
Believe it or not, the Jackson family left a 14 year long career in the military to farm full time. Find out why and how they took the leap, what drew them to regenerative agriculture, and how with the right mindset, passion, and faith anyone can make a full time career out of farming.
Learn how to transform wastes such as food scraps or newspaper into amazingly rich, biologically active compost using the wiggly worm. Caleb will discuss simple techniques for building a worm composting system for any scale — whether you live in an apartment or on a farm — what to feed them, how to harvest and use the castings, as well as the myriad of benefits this special compost has for gardens and plants.
Children will enjoy a story time reading of the book Sam The Junior Herbalist by herbalist and Author Angela Rahim. Children will recreate the Tummy Trouble Tea blend from the book and learn about helping the environment.
This workshop will tell the story of what drove Cam to start farming at age 30. Growing food in backyards and community gardens presents both challenges and advantages you may not have considered. You’ll learn about the tools, systems, and crop selections that have made the farm successful.
Mixing mischievous humor with hard-hitting information, Salatin both entertains and moves people. Seldom using a power-point and often speaking from an outline scribbled in a yellow legal pad, he depends on theatrics, style, and compelling content to hold attention and defend innovative positions.
In late 2011 a group of farmers and local food advocates started gathering for monthly potlucks and the Land & Table network was born. At the beginning, the conversation over dinner included: “What can we do to grow and support the local food movement?”. Now, almost ten years later, many lessons have been learned along the way.
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of simple herbal medicine making. We will cover the nuances and materials of making tinctures, teas, and oils at home. We will also explore a few common herbs that get started with and remedies that all families should have in their home apothecary for common, everyday ailments.