Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The second-annual NW Homesteading Fair is coming to the Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m.-6p.m.
The fair offers free workshops on topics ranging from sausage making and fly-fishing to sock knitting and gardening. There will also be live music all day from Mandy Fickett, Kit Garoutte, Spilt Milk, and more.
“Last year was so much fun, people traveled to the event from around the Northwest — we even had people come in from Idaho. There is just so much at the fair — something for everyone, so people will travel for it.” explains co-organizer Amanda Richards.
The fair is a free family event, with free parking, free admission, free workshops, free fun for the kids.
One of the fair’s biggest draws this year looks to be the addition of draft horses. These traditional working animals, and their farmers, will be at the fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. giving demonstrations, answering questions and visiting fair guests.
Also at the fair this year is the Library Bookmobile, a local fire engine with a fire hose for the kids to try out, a spinning demonstration, the Pioneer Living Children’s Museum, crafts and faery gardens for kids, alpacas, chicks, and booths filled with books, antiques, homesteading supplies, trees, plants, grapevines and more.
“We wanted to create an event that was free and fun for families, that could bring the greater community together, but that also focused on sharing traditional self-sufficiency skills,” explains co-organizer Fern Johnson.
This free event is funded through a raffle held at the fair each year. The raffle includes prizes such as live chicks, chick-raising supplies, compost, locally raised and processed chicken, a Rag-a-Muffin apron, turned wood bowl by Chad McInroy, heirloom seeds, live plants, and many other homesteader items.
The fair will take place at the old elementary school and green space on Highway 14 in Lyle, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 21, and opens at 9 a.m.
For more information about the fair, and to get directions, visit: https://nwhomesteadingfair.wordpress.com.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge