singing, seeding winter rye

singing, seeding winter rye

Poet Farmer, papercut by Bennett- see more of his work on display at the Brown Library at Sterling College in Craftsbury now until September 15.

Poet Farmer, papercut by Bennett- see more of his work on display at the Brown Library at Sterling College in Craftsbury now until September 15.

Come make a Joyful Noise!

about kingdom worksong week

Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler from Duckback Farm in Maine are coming to our neighborhood of the Northeast Kingdom for a residency during the week of September 11-15, 2017. They will be leading work song workshops at farms and businesses in our area throughout the week, and you are invited! 

High Mowing Seeds, Applecheek Farm, Heartwood Farm, Cate Hill Orchard, Sterling CollegeWild Branch Valley Farm, and Heartbeet Lifesharing are some of the partners in this project. At each location we will gather and learn songs, and then put them right into practice as we work on a project specific to each place: harvesting tomatoes and cucumbers for seed, stacking wood, topping onions, digging potatoes are some examples of the work we may do. While we work together, the songs will settle into our bones so that we may bring them home to our own kitchens and fields. 

There will be three evening events as well. On Tuesday evening, Bennett will give an Art Talk with Wonder Arts about his work, which is currently on display at the Brown Library at Sterling College. On Wednesday there will be community supper and contra dance at Sterling College with an all-comers band, and Thursday evening we'll come together for a concert in East Craftsbury with Bennett &Edith, Farm Song, and the Kingdom Worksongers, which will be a collection of folks who have participated in workshops during the week and would like to perform.

We invite you to come for any or all of the workshops and events throughout the week. To register, please fill out this registration form today! 

This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Pleasants Fund, and Sterling College. 

Schedule for the week

Morning workshops begin at 8:30am (except Friday), and end with a delicious lunch at noon. Afternoon workshops begin at 1:30pm, and end at 4 with a snack. Once you have registered we will send out details closer to the week of what to bring/wear for the work at hand. 

Monday, September 11, 8:30am-1pm High Mowing Seeds Farm in Hyde Park, VT. Start with songs, work and sing for two hours, break for lunch! After lunch we'll move to working on a project at Applecheek Farm, walking distance from the High Mowing fields. 

Tuesday, September 12, 8:30am- 4pm Bonnieview Farm, South Albany, VT. In the morning we'll work on a Bonnieview Farm project, break for lunch, and in the afternoon we'll tackle a project with Heartwood Farm in one of the fields they have planted at Bonnieview. 

Evening event: Art Talk with Bennett, Brown Library, Sterling College, time TBD. 

Wednesday, September 13, 1pm-4:30pm Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT. This is an afternoon workshop open to students and staff as well as the general public. It will be followed by a Community Meal at 6pm, and a Contra Dance at 7:30 with an All-Comers band: this means bring along your fiddle, banjo, harmonica or other instrument to join in!

Thursday, September 14, 8:30am Cate Hill Orchard, Greensboro, VT It is likely that we will be working in the apple orchard of this beautiful orchard and sheep dairy, share a meal, and then go down the road to Wild Branch Valley Farm in Craftsbury, VT, for an afternoon workshop from 1- 4pm.

Evening event: Concert with Bennett & Edith, Farm Song, and the Kingdom Worksongers, East Craftsbury, VT, 7pm. 

Friday, September 15, 9:30am Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT Join folks at Heartbeet lifesharing to learn songs and work on a project together, and share a meal at 12:30 in their new community center.


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