In January, School of Living (SOL) extended its network of fiscally sponsored projects to include The Coop at StellaLou Farm! Our wish in becoming a project of SOL is to expand our capacity, share our strengths, teach each other valuable skills, and to achieve common goals.
The “Coop” is an agricultural education program that shares the skills and design work that helps to make the farm grow as a sustainable and productive homestead. The Coop at StellaLou Farm pursues a simple goal: to make something everyday. It’s an inspiration and an aspiration. It’s a call to action that is vital in developing resiliency in our community. We look to empower our community to produce food, build infrastructure, and design and create opportunities for beauty and joy in life experiences. As we connect with the land and people of our community; we respond to their value and care for them deeply.
We will be hosting regular informal skill shares as homesteading, permaculture, and art projects come up at the farm. Skill shares are hands-on exchanges of information, collaborations, and experiments. There will be no fee for these events. More formal workshops with a variety of instructors from our local community will also be offered in partnership with The Coop. These facilitators will share their knowledge and passion in experiential workshops at StellaLou Farm for a fee that provides for instructors’ time and for any materials needed.
Some of the skills we are planning to share:
- Growing, preparing and preserving food
- Light construction and woodworking
- Permaculture design
- Orchard planning, planting, and pruning
- Chicken tending
- Painting and drawing
- Trellis building
- Bread baking
- Mead making
In addition to our formal and informal classes, we will host one large annual community event, free of admission charge. These events will be organized in a collaborative way to build community connection and to share a variety of theme-based making activities. The Coop will host the first of these events in partnership with Little Free Library Cochranville and School of Living in July 2019. Check out our debut event, “Better Together, A Come as You are Event” at StellaLou Farm!
We hope to see you at The Coop in the near future as a learner and/or sharer of skills! Please reach out if you would like to take part and get on the schedule!