Find out what’s happening here in Stelle this upcoming season!
Free to the public
Join us here in Stelle for our Harvest Festival! Crafts, activities, live music, vendors, and most importantly, community. Celebrate the changing of the season and the bountiful harvest from our teams hard work this year. This is the last event of the year!
Check back here next spring for our 2019 event schedule!
Take a look back at some of our previous workshops!
Introduction to Permaculture with Bill and Becky Wilson
Students learned the basics of permaculture and toured the yard of Bill and Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture who transformed their everyday grass lawn into a permaculture oasis. They discussed the guiding principles and ethics of permaculture and how to incorporate them into their lives and ways of thinking.
Preserving the Harvest
Students were taken through the various steps of preserving the harvest with drying, canning, and fermenting on the agenda. Peg Homeier, a CSC board member, re-purposed her old cabinets into a canning kitchen in her garage and opened it up for students to gain hands-on experience. During the workshop, we processed apples for applesauce, pounded cabbage for sauerkraut, and ground dried tomatoes to make “tomato powder”. Participants also took home “goodie” bags full of various canned goods made in Stelle this season.
Soil Health with Bill Wilson
During this workshop students helped build a three-bin composting system in our community gardens and built a “lasagna” bed to prepare our garden for next season. After a light lunch, Bill Wilson talked about the importance of building healthy soil and how to increase the genetic potential of plants in the process. Students also got to tour the CSC land and snack on fresh berries along the way.
With no shade, it was too hot to use the labyrinth so Ruth lead participants in a wonderful Qi Gong meditation and exercise inside. After a delicious lunch, Kasandra lead us in an awareness meditation and then a perspective exercise to help them focus on the natural world around us as we sat in the shade of a lovely cherry tree. Some participants called it ‘eye opening’ and a ‘wonderful experience’. It turned out to be a lovely day with some wonderful people. Kasandra’s book “7 Simple Steps to Non-Toxic Gardening” details ways to build these connections at home in your day to day life and can be found here.