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    Time for "Parallel Structures" Oct 15-17
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, September 18, 2021, 7:06 PM

Hi there.  Evie and I are going to open our farm up for an experiment in “parallel structures” which means having fun, sharing skills and company, and hopefully enjoying a fine fall weekend in New England.

If you are local(ish) to the Western MA area, we have a few spots left to join other Peak Prosperity members and friends at Honey Badger Farm from Friday afternoon (October 15) through Sunday morning (October 17) for a weekend filled with fun, work, and knowledge sharing.

Events will include bonfires on Friday and Saturday evenings; hog butchering (followed by a fresh pork dinner Saturday night), maybe chicken butchering as well, peer sharing of knowledge and skills, and time in the gardens and on the grounds of Honey Badger Farm.

The weekend will be limited to 100 participants, and there are a few remaining spaces for interested people. To that end, please respond to the email address [email protected] to let Terry (VT Gothic, the organizer) know if you would like to attend. Early responses, including negative responses, are helpful to our planning. Thanks.

Note that Saturday is designed to include peer-led workshops and skill-sharing events.

If you have something you would like to share, be that a skill, a story, music, or a long joke, please let Terry know what you will offer, how much time you will need, and what equipment and supplies you need that you cannot bring with you. (We might not be able to source some things, and will let you know if that occurs.)

Evie and I will need a few folks to agree to arrive early to help set things up, someone to be our site ambassador to help people find things and answer questions, and to help clean up on Sunday.  If you are that sort of person and can raise your hand for one or several of those roles, please indicate that to Terry in your email.

Fair warning, we might not be able to accommodate everyone this time around and so preference will be given to those who live closest and/or who have something they’d really like to bring as an offering to the tribe, be that a physical skill, a wide-open heart, a knack for telling jokes, or the ability to create art out of leaves.

Mostly, we’re going to be having fun and talking and enjoying ourselves.

Here’s more detail:

Fall Gathering of the Tribe!

Come join us for a weekend of shared learning and fireside fellowship at Chris Martenson’s & Evie Botelho’s homestead October 15 – 17, 2021

RSVP Required

            Our capacity is 100 visitors. To ensure we don’t overload our capacity, register by email to:      [email protected].

             Please! If you sign up, but then cannot attend, notify us as soon as possible so that we can let someone else in.

 

COST:  There’s no set fee to attend, but we will pass the hat to defray the costs of porta-potties, and to reward the gentleman bringing his pig cooker and skill.

WHO: Members and friends of the Peak Prosperity tribe.

Families welcome – but parents, you are responsible for the safety and behavior of your children – no childcare will be provided. BEWARE: there are enough dangerous pieces of equipment on the farm to get any child in trouble, so free-ranging will not be permitted.

No pets. No exceptions. Sorry. Even the most well-behaved pet can forget when a chicken darts past and that inner hunting drive kicks in!

 

WHEN: Arrive Friday afternoon/evening, or Saturday morning. Depart Sunday by noon.

Note: Friday arrival is best, to join our bonfire that night. Also, some events (like slaughtering) will begin early Saturday morning.

 

WHY:

  • First of all, to meet fellow PPers
  • Second, to share skills with each other (either as a presenter/sharer or an active learner)

(1) Saturday will be a work and peer-learning day. You can gain hands-on learning by participating in farm activities.

(2) If you have knowledge or a skill you would like to share, Saturday will be the day for it. Please let us know when you register what you will share, how long a time slot you need, and what equipment you need that you cannot bring with you. We will do our best to accommodate you, but some equipment requests might be beyond our ability to source.

  • Third, to see what Evie and Chris have done to build resilience and prototype self-reliance.

 

Be aware that this is a working farm.

Saturday will include hog & chicken butchering. We will use an out-of-the-way place to respect those who don’t want to participate or see the process, but we cannot guarantee that you or your children won’t be exposed.

Anyone who wants to watch or participate will have the opportunity. (Bring suitable clothing and footwear, and have a means to store soiled clothing for the rest of your visit and the trip home. We don’t have adequate laundry facilities.) The butchering will start early Saturday morning. One of the hogs will be cooked for Saturday evening’s meal.

 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Camping gear. We have land, and we’ll have a port-a-potty. If you wish to stay in a nearby Chester MA hotel or Airbnb make your reservations soon – it will still be leaf season so accommodations will be in short supply.
  • Cooking gear if you plan to cook yourself breakfast.
  • Warm & wet-weather clothing. It’s fall in New England.
  • Firewood. Don’t bring any. Chris & Evie have plenty to spare.
  • Food.

(1) You are on your own for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning.

(2) If you are on a special or restricted diet, provide all of your own food.

(3) If you want to participate in group potluck meals, bring dishes large enough to share with at least 6 people beyond your own family for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. Also bring a side dish to complement the pork Chris and Evie will cook for Saturday evening from the morning butchering.

  • Don’t forget a participatory and grateful attitude. Life is truly a gift; so get into it and celebrate it!

 

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29 Comments

  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 7:32pm

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    Tycer

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    Epipen

    For all burgeoning beekeepers I highly recommend getting trained on the use of an epipen and keep two on hand. I never had a visitor react to a sting and I never reacted after several years of keeping my little bee girls fed and happy. Then one day . . .

    I reacted. No epipen. I got stung in the head and my feet began to itch. Having taken training I knew it was a systematic reaction and immediately drove the two miles to the emergent care. Barely made it. BP 79/50 on admission. Nearly five hours later I was released to a driver.
    Had I had an epipen the experience would have been easier.
    I miss my girls.
    If you’re not young and fit and plan on staying that way for several years, I highly recommend all your hives be eight frame mediums. A frame full of honey weighs a bunch!

    Kind regards,

    Tycer

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  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 7:43pm

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    Tycer

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    OK, so I missed title. A little embarrassed now

    Not gathering honey. Doh!

    I guess it was just such a moving experience for me…

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  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 7:47pm

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    Acorn Endeavors

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    Yikes--good warning

    Tycer...that's terrible.  Some allergies take awhile to develop.  I ate avocados for years, then one day, my throat swelled shut.  Didn't have an epi pen, but swallowed a lot of Benadryl.

    In your experience, if a doc knows you're a bee keeper, are they likely to prescribe an epi pen?  My two adult sons keep bees.

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  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 7:50pm

    Tycer

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    Tycer said:

    Absolutely a dr will prescribe.

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  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 7:52pm

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    robie robinson

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    Oh my!

    would love to come,, those days are how we live year round. Had we more notice would have driven from Amelia VA to western mass.

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  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 8:17pm

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    lsuzuki

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    Honey Badge Farm gathering

    This sounds wonderful! If I lived nearby, I'd be  there in a heartbeat.

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  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 8:38pm

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    Boomer41

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    Too Short Notice

    I would love to take part. Unfortunately, I will be overseas until 23 October. Maybe I'll come home early...

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  • Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - 9:02pm

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    jgritter

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    Thank you

    Thank you for the very gracious invitation to visit your home and participate in what sounds like it will be a wonderful, wonder filled event.  I sincerely regret that I will not be able to participate due to prior work commitments, otherwise I would cheerfully drive from south western Michigan to attend.

    Please post an after action report with as much material as is practical, given your limited time, for thoughs of us members of The Tribe who cannot be there in person.

    With love and affection,

    John G.

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 6:59am

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    roosterrancher

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    Sausage anyone?

    Man that sounds like a great time, I in vision Chris getting his guitar out and passing it around. It is a bit of a haul for us westies, though probably worth it.

    What fun it would be to make sausage in conjunction with your pork processing, it is a skill that is pretty easy to pick up!

    Rob

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 7:49am

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    brushhog

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    I'm in

    Count me in for sure. Just checked it on mapquest I'm 1 hour and 50 minutes from Chester. I assume the normal protocol in these types of gatherings; Shootin, wrasslin, and wood choppin? I'll bring my own ax, shootin iron and possibles.

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 9:47am

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    Chris Martenson

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    Yes, we'll be making sausage!

    Heck yeah we will.  Evie got us this sweet 1.5 Hp grinder last year that really did the trick on making hamburger.

    It's got all the attachments.  So sausage it is.  As well we'll be tossing hams and bacon into a smoker so it will be a full front-to-back processing day.

    Really looking forward to it.  And yes, there will be guitars being passed around.

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 10:03am

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    roosterrancher

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    Hot dog! (as it were)

    We have been doing sausage parties for a few years, guess what's for lunch? We usually process 100 to 200 pounds, it is a full day. We have found that a separate stuffer is a worthy item to have, it keeps the grinder grinding and not bogged down with other work.

    Sure do wish you were closer, would love to hear your chpes and licks.

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 10:17am

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    brushhog

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    brushhog said:

    We have been doing sausage parties for a few years

    Reminds me of my high-school days. Wasnt as much fun as you'd think.

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 10:44am

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    Theme Song Suggestion

    Or should it be Dr. Fauci's theme for public appearances?





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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 11:42am

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    davefairtex

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    darn

    I'd love to come.  Timing is just a little bit early for me.  I'd say "next month" except I'm sure the weather will be...chilly...  🙂

     

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 1:46pm

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    To Brushhog

    Yep, there are those that have suggested I rename the event, but they still come and giggle when they put the casings on the stuffer!

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 2:13pm

    brushhog

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    brushhog said:

    Very important to keep the bones out of your casing. Nothing worse than getting a boner at a sausage party.

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  • Sun, Sep 19, 2021 - 2:53pm

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    dadzcats

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    Oh, my gosh, I’ve been waiting for this!

    I think I might be able to make it. I’m in Eastern PA and will need to find a place to stay but I’m going to see if there are spots left and if logistics can work. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves! Excited!

     

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  • Tue, Sep 21, 2021 - 8:51am

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    RiverWind

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    RiverWind said:

    I would love to come!  Live nearby and sent an email to learn more!

    Thanks so much for doing this!

    Patricia

    Northfield, MA

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  • Tue, Sep 21, 2021 - 7:38pm

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    AlexandraJ

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    Network Extend to Australia?

    This sounds amazing!  Unfortunately we're in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia - having "fun" in lockdown.  Do you know of anyone in Australia who does similar sorts of gatherings?
    My partner and I do not yet have land, but it is our goal - we're good on the plants / vegetables etc ... but don't have much animal husbandry skills and would like to skill up in lots of ways.

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  • Mon, Sep 27, 2021 - 1:30am

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    Emma Gillett

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    What an invitation!

    We would be there in a heart beat but we are tending to our own lands in Italy.   If we ever get to free and easy travel again you must come pay us a visit.  It’s an odd story about how I come  to be here in Italy but has everything to do with the current global alteration.   I think I may have to write my book shortly.    Ok but next on my to do list are Pickles and Honey !!

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  • Sun, Oct 03, 2021 - 12:03pm

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    richard ward

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    waterfalls around Honey badger farms

    If anyone wants to detour when at the farm there are a few good waterfalls on rt 20 just outside Chester. The trails are fairly easy. I do a lot of waterfall hikes and these are good ones and not long hikes.

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  • Sun, Oct 03, 2021 - 12:05pm

    Mike from Jersey

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    Replying to waterfalls around Honey badger farms (#22)

    I am not infrequently in that area. I often stay in Stockbridge on my way up to Maine to see family. It is a beautiful area.

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  • Sun, Oct 03, 2021 - 2:32pm

    skywolf

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    waterfall hikes

    Thank you! I was wondering about local walking/hiking and that looks perfect.

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  • Sun, Oct 03, 2021 - 3:20pm

    richard ward

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    also Greylock Mt.

    A more challenging waterfall hike Money brook falls on Greylock mountain is really nice. Also a nice drive through there. I wouldn't take a large vehicle though. The road is narrow.

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  • Tue, Oct 05, 2021 - 7:38pm

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    FRANK08730

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    FRANK08730 said:

    Hi Chris 'n Evie,

    I am wondering if there is anyone attending who might be interested in an introduction to knitting? I've been knitting off and on most of my adult life and would love to share what yarn skills I have. I'll bring a  handful of needle pairs and a few small skeins of yarn to play and practice with. Hopefully there will be other knitters to share their yarn-abilities with us, everyone has their own style and traits and as one learns and practices you will develop your own.

    I am so looking forward to this w/e to meet and learn from other like minded folk.

    See you all there.

    Nancy Cooney (aka; ann cooney)

     

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  • Tue, Oct 05, 2021 - 7:42pm

    FRANK08730

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    FRANK08730 said:

    BTW; Nancy Cooney is Frank's wife.

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  • Tue, Oct 05, 2021 - 8:25pm

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    h.badger

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    Belgium

    Who would be interested in a get-together in Belgium? I'm sure we could make it happen (even without the beautiful honey badger farm location, we'll make do somehow!).

    Chris, I'm sure you can find all PP members in this part of the world, what about sending them a message to invite them? Would you be up for that?

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  • Wed, Oct 06, 2021 - 8:58am

    FRANK08730

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    FRANK08730 said:

    I had an almost mirror experience, but with lobster. It could have gone very wrong, Thank God for Benadryl. The children's chewables are great to take with, just pop'em 'n chew them, two of them are an adult dose, I take up to four if it's a bad reaction.  I keep them in my purse at all times and have reached for them more times then I can remember.

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