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MOSES Conference Workshop
Feb
23
8:30 AM08:30

MOSES Conference Workshop

Wild Hope Farm's Shawn Jadrnicek and Katherine Belk will co-present at the 2019 MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Join us for a talk on Farm Designs and Techniques to Save Time and Money. 

Learn new tools, techniques, and designs to make farming easier. Ideas for farm between 1-20 acres include an automated CSA pickup system from a refrigerated trailer, produce and bin washing system using electric pressure washer, gravity rollers for produce washing, greenhouse heating using passive solar and hot compost, pastured poultry systems, and five new techniques making organic no-till more effective and extending the crimping season.

Read more about the conference and register through this link: https://mosesorganic.org/conference/

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Guided Birding Walk
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Guided Birding Walk

At Wild Hope Farm we are farming as stewards of the land, working with natural cycles to create a healthy ecosystem of healthy soils, animals, community and nutritious food. In addition to our production fields we have over 200 acres of woodland trails, open pastures, ponds, and wetlands that serve as a home to over 200 different types of species. Join us for a guided bird walk with Bob Olson* around the farm to get to know some of the many bird species that make their home at Wild Hope Farm.

All levels of birders are welcome - please bring your own binoculars and a camera if interested!

*Bob Olson is a semi-retired engineer that likes to spend more time outdoors than in.  His birdwatching started with a cheap pair of binoculars, a bird book, and a backyard sunflower feeder.  After identifying the frequent backyard birds, he branched out to other areas, attended bird walks, joined clubs, and just started paying closer attention to all of the different types of birds and the habitats where they live.  Bob’s love of bird watching also coincides with his love of backpacking.  Over a 14 year period, he section hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and observed 123 bird species along the way. Check out his book on Amazon, “Hiking the Appalachian Trail – One Section at a Time”.  Over the years, Bob has gone on many bird watching adventures and tallied over 450 bird species in North America. He notes that bird watching is not for everyone, but it sure is a good excuse to get outside and appreciate nature.



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Wild Hope Wellness Retreat
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Wild Hope Wellness Retreat

Yoga + Reflections + Plant Based Diet Talk & Demo

Located in the countryside an easy 40 minutes from downtown Charlotte, Wild Hope Farm is the perfect getaway for a day centered around intentional living. This retreat is designed to help you relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect more deeply to yourself and  to the beautiful nature that surrounds us. At the farm, you will find yourself strolling around our wooded trails, picturesque silos, rolling pastures lined with old oak trees and 10-acre pond. The one day session includes the following: 

  • 8:30 am : Arrival, introductions, welcome by the farmhouse 

  • 8:45 - 10:15 am :  All Levels Hatha Yoga and Meditation, co-led by mother-daughter duo, Robin* and Arrington** McCoy

  • 10:15 - 11:00 am : Trailwalk

  • 11 - 12:30 pm : Celebrations and Losses Inherent in Human Connection - So often we gloss over the nuance that is inherent in human connection. In this workshop we will explore the contours of this nuance. Our workshop will include time for personal reflection, creative expression, and authentic conversation on important relationships in our lives. This workshop will provide space for celebrating what is best about these connections and for acknowledging the loss that is inherent in all human connections.

  • 12 - 1 pm : Plant based nutrition food talk & demo luncheon with Edwina Willis-Fleming

This intimate gathering is for women of all ages, stages, backgrounds, and abilities. Bring your own mat.

Please wear clothing comfortable for yoga, an extra outer layer, and sneakers for walking the trail.

The cost of the event covers food, amenities, provisions, and provides a stipend for your instructors. 

*Robin McCoy teaches yoga, writes, farms, cooks and knits.  Charlotte's been home for a long time and it's a comfortable one. But she's also familiar with eastern North Carolina and Manhattan.  Home is where the heart is.  Which means Cambridge is feeling like another home since that's where her daughter, Arrington and son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Dana live. Robin's 200 hour yoga training from Kripalu set her on the teaching path.  Working as a professional organizer set her on the path of writing- mostly about the pitfalls of owning too much stuff.  Yoga and simplicity go hand in hand.  A yoga mat is nice, but as long as you have you, you're in business!  

**Arrington is a yoga instructor, mental health counselor, and workshop facilitator based in Cambridge, MA. In her prior life she was an experiential educator, a farmer, and a backpacking instructor. All of these paths, present and past, have converged in her current vocation, which is housed in the www.human-becomings.com website.

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Getting Ready for Organic Certification
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

Getting Ready for Organic Certification

Wild Hope Farm is hosting the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s (CFSA) workshop on organic certification. This day will include all the basics you need to know to decide if organic certification is for you and how to start the certification process. We will discuss regulations for crops and livestock, the step-by-step process of certification, writing an Organic System Plan, required record keeping, and the resources available to farmers transitioning to organic certification. Participants will learn how to assess what steps they need to take on their own farms to be ready for organic certification.

A catered lunch will be provided and after lunch, we will take an in-depth tour of Wild Hope Farm with a focus on learning how to prepare your farm and management systems for organic certification. 

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Thanksgiving Detox
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Thanksgiving Detox

Juice Cleanse + Farm Tour + Trail Walk + Plant Based Demo

Located in the countryside of Chester, SC, Wild Hope Farm is the perfect getaway for a day centered around intentional living. This retreat is designed to help you relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect more deeply to yourself and to the beautiful nature that surrounds us. At the farm, you will find yourself strolling around our wooded trails, picturesque silos, rolling pastures lined with old oak trees and 10-acre pond. The one day session includes the following:

  • 10:00 am : Arrival, introductions, welcome by the greenhouse

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am : Farm tour, kale harvest & juicing demo with Edwina Willis-Fleming*

  • 11:30 - 12:15 pm : Trailwalk

  • 12:15 - 1 pm : Digestive flow yoga with Kayla Moose**

  • 1 - 2 pm : Plant based nutrition food talk & luncheon with Edwina

  • 2 - 3 pm : Essential Oils talk & demo with Kayla

This intimate gathering is for men & women of all ages, stages, backgrounds, and abilities. Please wear clothing & sneakers comfortable for walking the trail (bring an outer layer).

The cost of the event covers food, amenities, provisions, and provides a stipend for your instructors. 


*Edwina is  a Hippocrates Health Educator, certified to teach organic, plant based nutrition. She believes in the huge benefits of incorporating enzyme rich organic plants in your daily life. All diseases begin with inflammation which is mostly delivered from the gut. Learning to tune in and listen to your body by actively responding to its signs of discomfort is key to avoiding disease and leading a vibrant, healthy life. Our bodies and genes are very individual and Edwina loves to share her passion that we can take control of our health using food as they medicine. Edwina can be contacted at willisfleming@me.com for individual consultations incorporating mind, body and food. 


*Kayla is inspired by physical activity that balances strength, mindful movement, and self-awareness. She believes tapping into our minds and bodies and moving in ways that serve our body, will promote higher feelings of love for ourselves. Kayla encourages everyone not only to “move” their bodies daily but to adjust their lifestyles, hobbies and physical activities in a way that elevates their sense of pride for the beautiful, authentic life they are living. Kayla leads weekly classes at Noda Yoga, Ebb & Flow Movement Studio, Burn Boot Camp South Park and for NC Yoga Bar. Kayla enjoys working as a consultant to small female-owned wellness companies and non-profits. Kayla and her husband, Curtis, live in Charlotte with their two pups!

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Watercoloring Au Plein Air
Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

Watercoloring Au Plein Air

Get inspired by the beautiful landscape that surrounds us at Wild Hope Farm - a flower garden nestled between two picturesque silos, cattle grazing on rolling pastures, and a lively pond ecosystem. Join us on the farm for a morning watercoloring workshop au plein air led by the teaching artist, Deborah Neuhs. Students will be taken step by step through the watercolor building process to explore and create paintings using watercoloring techniques. Following the workshop, students will enjoy a farm fresh picnic lunch.

All materials are provided including watercolor paint, brushes, chairs and paper.

FAQ

Is this a kid-friendly event? This class is open to adults and kids of all ages - a family-fun event!

Do I need to have experience in painting? You do not need to have prior painting or watercoloring experience although experienced painters are welcome. Please message us with any questions!

What can I bring into the event? Be sure to wear loose comfortable clothes but make sure they are old in case paint gets on them. Feel free to bring lite snacks and drinks as you desire! But most of all bring all your creativity!!

About Your Instructor

Deborah Neuhs, Teaching Artist

Since 2001 Deborah Neuhs has owned and operated Handcrafted Art, LLC where she works as a teaching artists throughout Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. She teaches private and group art classes to elementary, middle and high school students and teaches on a contract basis with public, private and charter schools, libraries, the Mint Museum of Art, Matthew’s Community Farmer’s Market and community centers. She worked as the resident artist at Park Road Montessori from 2000 to 2002, founded and ran the Charlotte Fiber Guild from 2000 to 2002 and is currently president of a non profit, The Charlotte Area Foundation for Music and Handcrafted Art, Inc. 501(c)(3). Giving back is an important part of Handcrafted Art's mission and the Foundation gives Deborah the opportunity to share her gifts with others who many not otherwise have art classes.

In addition to teaching, Deborah has been weaving custom textiles for interior designers with Aboutcolor, LLC since 2002. She weaves trims that are used to embellish interior fabrics and furniture. In 2018 she purchased the company and updated the name to Aboutcolor Home to reflect the companies vision for making beautiful ornaments for the beautification of homes and betterment of those who dwell in them.

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Planning your Fall Garden
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Planning your Fall Garden

Join us Saturday, August 11th for an informative tour of Wild Hope Farm and a workshop on Planning your Fall Garden.

Event Details

2 - 2:45 PM TOUR (optional)

The walking tour will include information on what’s in season, how our small scale farm operates, and organic agriculture. Please wear close-toed shoes. Children welcome!

3 - 5 PM FALL GARDENING WORKSHOP ($30 per person)

Learn how to start and maintain your fall vegetable garden while saving time and energy and working with nature.  

  • Part 1 (45 min) Designing the garden: Assess solar energy, drainage and soil and learn how to build a simple automated drip irrigation system. Hands on activity: sun chart/app, water level, drip system construction.

  • Part 2 (45 min) Planting basics: Learn how prep soil and plant seeds and transplants. Hands on activity: sheet mulching with compost, transplanting and direct seeding by hand and with earthway seeder.

  • Part 3 (30 min) Garden maintenance: Learn how to efficiently combat weeds, pests and diseases with an overview of problems for common vegetables and organic solutions. Hands on activity: collinear hoe.

LIGHT SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED.

INSTRUCTOR: Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More.  He has nourished his interest in sustainability through 22 years of work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now manages Wild Hope Farm in Chester SC.

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Wild, Raw & Centered
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Wild, Raw & Centered

Yoga + Plant Based Diet Talk & Demo + Trail Walk + Farm Tour + Meditation

Located in the countryside of Chester, SC, Wild Hope Farm is the perfect getaway for a day centered around intentional living. This retreat is designed to help you relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect more deeply to yourself and to the beautiful nature that surrounds us. At the farm, you will find yourself strolling around our wooded trails, picturesque silos, rolling pastures lined with old oak trees and 10-acre pond. The one day session includes the following:

  • 11:00 am : Arrival, introductions, welcome by the farmhouse - green juices provided

  • 11:30 - 12:30 pm : Yoga by the pond led by Tarra Dahlke (bring your own mat or use one of our free mats)

  • 12:45 - 1:45 pm : Plant based nutrition food talk with a demo luncheon by Edwina Willis-Fleming

  • 2 - 3 pm : Trail walk & greenhouse tour with Farmer Peanut

  • 3:15 - 4 pm : Guided meditation by Mary Powers

  • 4:15 - Bonfire and cocktail / Lenny Boy kombucha on deck, light appetizers provided

This intimate gathering is for men & women of all ages, stages, backgrounds, and abilities.

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