Seed Keeping: Storytelling, Liberation, and How to Save Seeds
Which seeds tell the stories of your ancestors?
Which foods tell the story of your community’s resilience, struggle, and joy?
For seed saver Owen Taylor, the Lumper Potato, is one such seed. Within this spud is the story of The Great Famine, England colonizing Ireland, modern-day globalization and food apartheid.
This three hour in-depth workshop will explore the why and how of seed saving and the stories that tie us to our ancestors, and inform us in our lives today. This workshop will include hands on cleaning of both wet and dry seeds using common kitchen items, and will explore concepts for seed saving such as flower anatomy, isolation distance and taxonomy. Throughout the class Taylor will be asking participants to reach into history and honor the seeds with the telling of their stories.
Owen Taylor is a seed keeper, educator and musician and is the founder of SeedKeeping(https://
This workshop has now added a morning with Christine Dance and is a follow up to our “New Year, New You” event that happened in early January. This section of the daylong retreat program will start at 9 am and ends at 11:45 am.
You will learn how to cultivate a sense of inner calm and leave with strategies to bring contemplative practices to daily life and for establishing or renewing a meditation practice. We will also engage nature based practices through storytelling, journaling, and discussion that connect us to the land.
Throughout the day you will receive instruction on the how and why of mindfulness. You will be guided through a variety of formal and informal mindfulness practices – including mindfulness of the body and breath, gentle yoga practice, and tea, walking, and sitting meditation.
Lead Afternoon Facilitator: Jan Hummer – MA Contemplative Education – Mindfulness Specialist at Fox Haven and Director – Open Minds, Inc. (www.openmindspark.org)
Lunch is included during this day long retreat – please let us know if you are vegan or vegetarian.
Time: March – Time – 9 am – 5 pm
Cost – $65.00 – $55.00 if signed up before 2/20/17
Pay here: http://foxhavenfarm.org/eventclass-registration/
Storytelling & Barn Dance!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Come celebrate the cultural heritage of farming in the Potomac watershed with storytellers Adam Booth, Franny Crawford, Sheila Arnold Jones, Susan Gordon, Slim Harrison, Laura J. Bobrow, and many more who will be weaving tales, spinning yarns, and jammin’ throughout the day and into the night at Fox Haven Farm. Come join the fun !
Slim Harrison & The Sunnyland Band, Rock & Candy, Wes Merchant and several other fiddlers and pickers will play music throughout the day, with Slim calling the Barn Dance.
The Cedarville band of Piscataway tribe will lead Papitam where young folks (and old) engage in a story-doing where you travel from station to station hearing the story of this mid-atlantic native american tribe and their farming techniques. You’ll make clay pots and do some archery!Adam Booth’s storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original voice, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. Adam has traveled the country as a storyteller, educator, and musician and has won numerous awards. Some include: New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, Parents’ Choice Honor Awards, Storytelling World Awards Honors. Adam teaches storytelling in Shepherdstown W.VA, Canada, and in his work across the country.
Laura J. Bobrow has spent her life telling stories in one form or another – author, poet, folksinger, sculptor, painter, poet and lyricist. Laura has taught others the art of storytelling as well as brought storytellers together in Loudon’s Annual Unforgettable Gigantic Hilarious Storyfest. Laura’s work has been recognized by cultural organizations such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York City Opera.
Fanny Crawford spins tales that entertain, teach, and reach our hearts and minds in ways that bring positive change in the world. Fanny leads a monthly storytelling event in Hagerstown, tells regularly in Frederick County and elsewhere in the region. Fanny assists with teaching storytelling and has been a frequent teller at Fox Haven Organic Farm & Learning Center.
Renee Emanuel is a gifted storyteller who has captivated audiences (all ages) for over a decade. A native Baltimorean, Renee has performed her tall tales at grassroots festivals and professional workshops. Renee’s love for the spoken word indirectly inspired her career choice to become a certified speech-language pathologist. Whether this is your first or fifth time hearing Renee share, you are in for a treat.
Susan Gordon is a storyteller, poet and a prose writer of memoir and fiction. She is a skilled teller of traditional tales and the personal story. She has taught storytelling in colleges, universities and from the barn on her farm. As a writer, Susan has a keen ear for the voices of the characters who arrive on the page; her poetry is rich in imagery, color and sound. Whether Susan is telling, writing or teaching, her work always invites the listeners to run their fingers across the tapestry of their own lives. Susan has a master’s degree in therapeutic storytelling and lives with her dogs on a 41 acre farm in Ijamsville, Maryland
Sheila Arnold Jones, storyteller, historian, author, social worker, business woman. Sheila captivates audiences of all ages with her stories from the rich history of our region. She is the founder of History Alive! , works extensively with Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and travels the world storytelling. Sheila is a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and winner of multiple awards.
Larry Hayes, storyteller, team builder, teacher, makes your heart sing with legends and tales of water, forests, fields, and all of the creatures that call them home.
PRE-FESTIVAL STORY GATHERINGS:
Saturday, Arpil 23 at La Paz restaurant in Frederick * 11:00 a.m. storytelling w/ Fanny Crawford. You can RSVP w/ Fanny at email@example.com OR 301-730-1638
Saturday, April 30 at Curious Iguana Bookstore in Frederick * 7:00 p.m. Susan Gordon will tell doggone stories! No RSVP required.
Saturday, May 14 Storytelling Workshop w/Susan Gordon at Fox Haven’s Dairy Parlor 10:00-Noon. Register in advance w/JoAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org Fee: $15
- 1:00 Piscataway Patipam begins on the Dairy Parlor lawn
- 1:00 Telling begins in the Big Red Barn
- 6:00-7:00 Bring a potluck dish to share or your own picnic to spread out on the hillside for supper. Bring your own beverage of choice and delicious Fox Haven water will be available for your drinking pleasure. Musicians will serenade.
- Cart With A Heart will have food to buy for dinner.
- 6:45-7:30 Open Mic for storytellers/musicians
- 7:30-9:00 Barn Dance w/Slim Harrison and the Sunnyland Band, Rock & Candy, and more!
- Children’s activities will be available throughout the afternoon in the Dairy Parlor and lawns when a break from storytelling is needed. Renee Emanuel will tell children’s stories in Dairy Parlor for younger children at 2:00.
- Storytelling Festival: $15 adults $10 kids 6 years and older
- Barn Dance: $10 adults, $5 kids 6 years and older
Do you need a place to stay ? Fox Haven has partnered with the Hampton Inn of Frederick and rooms are blocked right now for visitors.
Discounted hotel rooms available if you’d like to spend the weekend in Frederick and enjoy all of the cultural and dining splendor this city has to offer! Hampton Inn Rooms
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE with us at email@example.com or call during business hours 240-490-5484.
Winter Wildlife 4 Week Exploration for Preschool (ages 3-5)
Why do some animals hibernate in the winter while others migrate? Why is a polar bear white? And just who do those tracks in the snow belong to? Discover the answers to these questions and more through joyful hands-on learning.
Join us on Fridays from 10 to 12 for two hours of seasonal storytelling, movement, and artistic exploration in the Dairy Parlor on the farm.
Week 1, Feb. 5: Hibernation / Bears
Week 2, Feb. 12: Birds In Winter
Week 3, Feb. 19: Arctic Animals
Week 4, Feb. 26: Winter Camouflage / Animal Tracks
Fee is $10 per exploration. Be sure to dress for the weather and feel free to bring along a nature journal and magnifying glass to use on outdoor treks. You are welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy it at the farm after the exploration.
Register: call 240-490-5484 during business hours or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Potluck – 5:30
Films and Speakers 6:15 – 8pm
For each global film there will be a corresponding local speaker coming to share their food and story. There will be free tastes of all the food, but consider bringing cash for some take home goodies.
Sophia Maravell of Nick’s Organic Farm
Rick Hemphill – Beekeeper
Jeanne Smith, Former cook for Greek Embassy
Xavier Bure of La Esmarelda Farm in Peru
Molly Kroiz of Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese
Storytelling in the Big Red Barn and Barn Dance – August 29th 2015 !
4:00-6:00 Storytelling featuring Laura J. Bobrow, Fanny Crawford, Lydia Hadfield and Spoken Word poetry with Ian Kantor
Break for Dinner – Potluck, bring a picnic we have plenty of space in and around the barn to enjoy the landscape.
7:00-9:00 Barn Dance & storytelling with Slim Harrison and the Sunnyland Band, Rock Candy Cloggers
REGISTER with JoAnn at – email@example.com
Storytelling in the Big Red Barn – Yoga, music, arts and crafts, and nature exploration every Wednesday from 10 am – 11 am. Sometimes we will have special guests please look for updates.
Cost : $5.00
July – 15th – Dinosaur Farm
July – 22nd – In The Small, Small Pond
July – 29th – Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm
August 5th – The Bird Alphabet Book
August 12th – One Tiny Turtle
August 19th – Petunia
August 26th – How Do You Lift a Lion
September 2nd – What’s Smaller than A Pygmy Shrew ?
Contact: JoAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org
240 -490 – 5484