Mother Earth Harvest Moon Fair will be held Sunday, September 22nd, 2013.
The Fair's hours are from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Rain or Shine! Remember, rain is just wet sunshine, bring an umbrella!
Admission: Adults $5 Kids 12 and Under FREE
Call 717-235-6610 on the weekend of the event if you have questions.
The Fair is held outside of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania on a beautiful organic farm. Glen Rock is about an hour north of Baltimore. Here are directions!
Park near the festival and take a short walk (about 3/10 of a mile) to the festival. This will cost $3.00 per car. Oversized vehicles (including buses) are $20.00.
Due to the rural area there is no cell phone service on the farm, please keep this in mind if you are coming with a large party and plan to keep in contact via cell phones. Be sure to have a “pick up” time established since you will not be able to use your phone to tell your ride you are ready to be picked up.
If you must bring your canine friend, please keep him or her on a leash AT ALL TIMES and bring some recycled plastic bags to clean up after!
Please respect our Fire Police friends and Fair Staff who are present for your safety! Parking fields and some parts of the farm can get muddy when wet. Please wear appropriate footwear and watch your step! There is posion ivy.
Workshops for Adult and Kids
The 2013 Mother Earth Harvest Moon Fair will offer workshops for adults and kids on both Saturday, September 21st and during the fair on Sunday, September 22nd. Please visit the Harvest Fair Workshop page to register.
Workshops for Adults - Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00am - 4:00pm
Wooden Spoonmaking, Instructor: Todd White
Learn to make a wooden spoon from a master spoon maker. Wood and tools will be provided. You will leave with a spoon either finished or in process.
Todd White has been a professional cabinet/furniture maker since 1989. He taught green woodwork at Glasshouse College in Stourbridge, UK from 2006 to 2012. Currently he teaches woodwork at the Philadelphia Waldorf School, the DASH program for Lancaster City School District, and the Samara program in Harrisburg, PA.
9:00am - 12:00pm
BeeKeeping: Getting Ready, Instructor: Roger Williams
Keeping bees is fun, but a responsibility. Learn to keep bees whether in urban or rural settings. Covers getting started, bee behavior basics, equipment and bee ordering, honey production, successful wintering, colony division, and maintaining bee health in a bee-precarious world.
Roger Williams is the beekeeper in residence at Spoutwood Farm. He is active in the Maryland Beekeepers Association and has been an active beekeeper for 25 years.
Making Mead: The Necatar of the Gods, Instructor: Michael Kaiser
Will include a lecture on the "History of Honey Wine from the Dawn of Time to Last Thursday Noonish." Then expect an open discussion of brewing questions, honey and yeast selection, basic equipment, bottling, aging, and serving (samples offered.) Patricipants will make a batch using "Cold Brew" method. Workshop fee: $15, includes glass gallon jug, fermentation lock, yeast and honey to make one gallon.
Michael Kaiser is an artist, blacksmith, and brewer with 22 years of mead making experience; guest judge for "Valhalla: The Meading of LIfe" 2010 & 2011 National Mead Competition; and Administrator of the Facebook "Mead" group (2347 members.)
Raw Dairy Products Made at Home, Instructor: Debra Lowtwait
Discover a whole new world of rich, wholesome, living foods as we delve into the magical alchemy of culturing raw milk, making it into other dairy foods, and increasing nutrition and digestibility. Learn to skim milk, make butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and more from nature's original health food. Materials fee: $15.
Debra Lowtwait had her first sip of raw milk the day she was born. Theirty-some years later she began making raw dairy products at home. A believer in food as medicine and food freedom, she makes all her food from scratch and strives to eat wild food daily.
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Earth Mother: Toward a More Sacred Relationship, Instructor: Mare Cromwell
Earth Mother, or Pachamama, goes by many names around the world. Many in the West barely recognize Her. We will discuss who Earth Mother is and practices to develop a closer relationship with Her. We are all being called to reconnect with Her and help birth the New World ahead. Workshop fee: $2 for handouts.
Mare Cromwell is a plant intuitive, sacred gardener, and worm herder. She is the author of Messages from Mother...Earth Mother and If I Gave You God's Phone Number...Searching for Spirituality in America. She has studied for 17 years with Native American teachers and calls Western Maryland her home.
Bread Baking 101, Instructor: Roger Williams
Learn fresh perspectives on making bread. You will be taken step by step in basic bread through baking from ingredient choices to the baking process. In between you'll find out about measuring, mixing, and dough science 101. As a result of this class, you will easily be able to create tasty, elegant loaves of "the staff of life" in your own kitchen.
Roger Williams is the beekeeper of record at Spoutwood. He is a bread baker of longstanding. His engineering background informs his practical approach to bread baking and his eating prowess informs his aesthetic approach.
Workshops for Adults - Sunday, September 22, 2013
9:00am - 12:00pm
Preserving the Harvest: All About Canning and Dehydrating, Instructor: Elana Richman
Participants will learn about the ins and outs of canning, including what and how to can and safety concerns. Canning jams, sauces, and vegetables will be covered. People will get to do hands-on canning prep, stove-top heating, and take home a jar of peach or tomato barbeque sauce. Dehydration is another way to preserve food and this option will be fully demonstrated. Properly dehydrated food will store at low moisture sometimes indefinitely. Workshop fee: $5.
Elana Richman is a food-preserving enthusiast who has been a working shareholder with Spoutwood Farm CSA for six years. Her day job is with the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association in Harrisburg.
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gardening with Native Plants, Instructor: Sue Hunter
Learn how to create specific habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Covered will be the benefits of using native plants, especially fruiting natives. Includes a walking tour of Spoutwood's native plants. Please bring a picture of an area you would like to work on. Sue will collect and comment as time allows.
Sue Hunter is a horticultural professional for 30 years who worked at Blue Mount nurseries, and in 1982 founded Heartwood Nursery. She is President of the Chesapeake Chapter of the Holly Society of America, from whom she recently received the William F. Kosar Award for her work in breeding, propagating, and collecting hollies.
Medicinal Plants and Preps, Instructors: Susanna Reppert and David Brill
Learn how to make your own tincturers, salves, creams, poultices, bath blends, infusions, decoctions, and more to stock your medicine cabinet. Everyone will leave with handouts and a sample of either a cream or a salve made in class. It will be fast-moving, entertaining, and empowering. This class will focus on a variety of medicinal applicaitons of herbs (not so much on the uses of the herbs.)
Susanna Reppert Brill is the owner of The Rosemary House and Gardens in Mechanicsburg, PA. A 6th generation folk herbalist, she has supplemented her family traditions by completing David Winston's School of Herbal Therapeutics in NJ and by studying with Dr. James Duke in the Amazon (3 times.)
Workshops for Kids - Sunday, September 22, 2013
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stream Adventure 4 Kids, Instructor: Joel Niswander
Kids will get to explore Spoutwood's rich stream life. They will learn about water striders, macro-invertebrates, damsel flies, muskrats, frogs, great blue herons, crawdads, and lots more. Kids should come ready to enter the water, booted or barefoot.
Joel Niswander is a Maryland school teacher who has led hundreds of kids on stream adventures.
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wool Felting 4 Kids, Instructor: Kim Manka-White
Using a wet felting technique, children will create a small wall hanging or table mat.
Kim Manka-White is a longtime teacher for Waldorf schools in the US and the UK.