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May 2017

Woodcarving Series

May 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Series on Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 This series of learning sessions is open to all prior attendees & to new carvers too.  You will create your own wood art pieces suitable for display or framing for family or friends.  If you have current projects or unfinished pieces from prior classes,   together, let’s get them done.  We will also start from scratch projects and learn new tricks.  Learn safety and basic woodcarving techniques such as sharpening and…

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June 2017

Poetry at Stratford: A Celebration of Nature

June 3 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

(Part of the Sun & Moon Poetry Festival....see flyer here) Poetry at Stratford:  A Celebration of Nature is a benefit poetry event. After a welcome and brief reading in the main building, guests will embark on a nature hike where they will hear poets stationed throughout the preserve read their work. Guests will then return to the main building for a Haiku Death Match hosted by apiarist and haiku poet Dave Noble. Please note that events are rain…

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More Felted Vessel Techniques

June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Series on Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 This is a continuation of the template resist method to create vessels.  Varying the density of the wool effects shrinkage rate and can provide more control to sculpt desired forms.  In addition, textural elements such as pockets and flanges will be covered.  This is a more advanced class and felting experience recommended.  Please note that this is a labor-intensive workshop. $75 per person Or call 740-363-2548 Additional materials you can bring: A waterproof apron…

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Family Farm Chores

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 2nd Saturday (April – October), 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month - Advanced registration required Call 740-363-2548 to register. Confirmation IS NOT CONFIRMED until payment has been received. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7…

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Meet the Bees

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Head out to the bee hives with Stratford’s Beekeeper Apiary Dave and learn about how the bees live and what their role is on the farm, and in our lives.  Weather permitting, we will even open up the hives and get a look at what goes on inside the colony! $10 per family Or call 740-363-2548 Limited Spots- Advanced registration required

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Herbal Study Group

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic/Activity of June - Herb Garden Beautification (aka weeding) This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs.  During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs.  The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Members share in the harvest from the garden.  Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. No registration required - $10 for the year 2nd Tuesday of…

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Story Time on the Farm

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month starting in March, 10am – 11am

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Photography Workshop for Kids

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Young photographers of all skill levels will have fun with instructor Pat Henneforth as they tap into their own creativity.  A photograph is meant to tell a story, and in this class students will learn how to use their camera to accomplish this goal.  There will be a brief presentation including key elements of photography, before participants head outside to capture pictures of Stratford's farm animals, gardens, forest, and fields.  Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a…

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More Felted Vessel Techniques

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Series on Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 This is a continuation of the template resist method to create vessels.  Varying the density of the wool effects shrinkage rate and can provide more control to sculpt desired forms.  In addition, textural elements such as pockets and flanges will be covered.  This is a more advanced class and felting experience recommended.  Please note that this is a labor-intensive workshop. $75 per person or call 740-363-2548   Additional materials you can bring: A waterproof…

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Photography Club

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club.  Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more.  All skill levels welcome!  Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. 3rd Thursday of each month, 1pm – 3pm $20 for the year

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More Felted Vessel Techniques

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Series on Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 This is a continuation of the template resist method to create vessels.  Varying the density of the wool effects shrinkage rate and can provide more control to sculpt desired forms.  In addition, textural elements such as pockets and flanges will be covered.  This is a more advanced class and felting experience recommended.  Please note that this is a labor-intensive workshop. $75 per person Or call 740-363-2548   Additional materials you can bring: A waterproof…

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Book Talks – Celestial Events

June 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  Topic of June - Celestial Events Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading.  If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month No registration needed - $10 for the year

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July 2017

Family Farm Chores

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 2nd Saturday (April – October), 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month - Advanced registration required Call 740-363-2548 to register. Confirmation IS NOT CONFIRMED until payment has been received. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7…

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Herbal Study Group

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic of July - Herbal Teas & Refreshing Drinks This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs.  During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs.  The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Members share in the harvest from the garden.  Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. No registration required - $10 for the year 2nd Tuesday of…

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Story Time on the Farm

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month starting in March, 10am – 11am

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Small Farmers

July 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Bring your little one out to discover Stratford as they become a farmer for a day.  You and your child will interact with the animals as you help with morning chores. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companion. Also offered May 2 and October 17 $10 per session for child/adult pair Or call 740-363-2548

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Garden Tea Party

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A tea party that lives up to its name as girls and boys venture into the Stratford garden to harvest fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and collect fresh eggs from the hen house.  Participants may brew their own choice of herbal tea, create a flower arrangement for the tea table, prepare sandwiches from scratch, and enjoy homemade delights. Bring a special tea cup. Tea party attire optional. $20 for a child (5– 12yrs) with an adult limited spots -…

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Photography Club

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club.  Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more.  All skill levels welcome!  Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. 3rd Thursday of each month, 1pm – 3pm $20 for the year

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Meet the Bees

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Head out to the bee hives with Stratford’s Beekeeper Apiary Dave and learn about how the bees live and what their role is on the farm, and in our lives.  Weather permitting, we will even open up the hives and get a look at what goes on inside the colony! $10 per family Or call 740-363-2548 Limited spots- advanced registration required

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Book Talks – Canoeing

July 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic of July - Canoeing Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading.  If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month No registration needed - $10 for the year

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August 2017

Bees in Your Backyard

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bees in Your Backyard and the Plants They Visit Workshop and book signing featuring Olivia Carril, Biologist and Author Learn from Bee expert Olivia Carril at this native bee workshop. Participants will learn about bee biology, practice hands-on bee identification through microscopes and will explore plants and bees in field activities with Olivia and a team of biology experts. This is one of four day-long workshops at various locations. The August 3rd workshop will be held at Stratford. To view…

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Herbal Study Group

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic of August - Swags and Wreaths for Fall & Festive Occasions This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs.  During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs.  The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Members share in the harvest from the garden.  Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. No registration required - $10 for the year…

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Story Time on the Farm

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month starting in March, 10am – 11am

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Stratford’s Enchanted Evening

August 10 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Attend Stratford's Enchanted Evening for an elegant summer affair at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Africa Event Center, featuring a beautiful vista over the savanna. The event features a buffet of delicious food tasting stations, a cash bar, live jazz music, and a silent and live auction. The Master of Ceremony will be singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, host of national public TV series "Songs at the Center". Event proceeds go towards the children's programs at Stratford. Social hour, live jazz music,…

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Family Farm Chores

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 2nd Saturday (April – October), 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month - Advanced registration required Call 740-363-2548 to register. Confirmation IS NOT CONFIRMED until payment has been received. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7…

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Photography Club

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club.  Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more.  All skill levels welcome!  Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. 3rd Thursday of each month, 1pm – 3pm $20 for the year

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Meet the Bees

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Head out to the bee hives with Stratford’s Beekeeper Apiary Dave and learn about how the bees live and what their role is on the farm, and in our lives.  Weather permitting, we will even open up the hives and get a look at what goes on inside the colony! $10 per family Or call 740-363-2548 Limited Spots- Advanced registration required

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Book Talks – Arctic Wildlife

August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic of August - Arctic Wildlife Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading.  If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month No registration needed - $10 for the year

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September 2017

Felted Journal with Coptic Binding

September 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Series on Thursdays, September 7, 14 & 21 Design felted book covers using a single motif, a repetitive pattern, or an abstract composition.  Book board will be stitched into the felted pockets to create the covers.  Journals will be sewn together using the Coptic stitch binding.  The finished dimensions of the journal is roughly 5” x 7”.  Therefore, the template size is roughly 9” x 11.5”.  Participants might want to outline the motif to be used, keeping it within the…

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Family Farm Chores

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 2nd Saturday (April – October), 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month - Advanced registration required Call 740-363-2548 to register. Confirmation IS NOT CONFIRMED until payment has been received. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED…

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Arm Knitting

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Have you too seen those comfy chunky arm knitted blankets?  Come and learn how to make one yourself! Enjoy this class and leave with the skills to make blankets and scarves. What to bring: chunky yarn size 5 or 6 $10 per person, ages 10 and up - Advanced registration required. Call 740-363-2548 to register

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Story Time on the Farm

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month starting in March, 10am – 11am

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Herbal Study Group

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Topic of September - Harvest Festival Booth ideas & Herbal Harvest This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs.  During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs.  The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Members share in the harvest from the garden.  Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. No registration required - $10 for the year 2nd…

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Felted Journal with Coptic Binding

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Series on Thursdays, September 7, 14 & 21 Design felted book covers using a single motif, a repetitive pattern, or an abstract composition.  Book board will be stitched into the felted pockets to create the covers.  Journals will be sewn together using the Coptic stitch binding.  The finished dimensions of the journal is roughly 5” x 7”.  Therefore, the template size is roughly 9” x 11.5”.  Participants might want to outline the motif to be used, keeping it within the…

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Photography Club

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club.  Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more.  All skill levels welcome!  Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. 3rd Thursday of each month, 1pm – 3pm $20 for the year

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Felted Journal with Coptic Binding

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Series on Thursdays, September 7, 14 & 21 Design felted book covers using a single motif, a repetitive pattern, or an abstract composition.  Book board will be stitched into the felted pockets to create the covers.  Journals will be sewn together using the Coptic stitch binding.  The finished dimensions of the journal is roughly 5” x 7”.  Therefore, the template size is roughly 9” x 11.5”.  Participants might want to outline the motif to be used, keeping it within the…

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Book Talks – Nature Arts & Craft

September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic of September - Nature Arts & Craft Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading.  If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month No registration needed - $10 for the year

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Harvest Fair

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 23, 10am – 4pm Help us celebrate the harvest at one of Stratford’s biggest events of the year! Kids of all ages can discover their inner farmer at this family friendly event.  Climb a tractor, paint your face, feed the chickens, ride a horse drawn wagon, and hike the trails. It is a great opportunity to get the kids outside to have fun with the Stratford family! $5 per person/ $15 family - No registration needed.  

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October 2017

Arm Knitting

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Have you too seen those comfy chunky arm knitted blankets?  Come and learn how to make one yourself! Enjoy this class and leave with the skills to make blankets and scarves. What to bring: chunky yarn size 5 or 6 $10 per person, ages 10 and up - Advanced registration required Or call 740-363-2548

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Story Time on the Farm

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month starting in March, 10am – 11am

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Herbal Study Group

October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Topic of October - Historical Folk & Herbalism Across Cultures This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs.  During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs.  The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Members share in the harvest from the garden.  Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. No registration required - $10 for the year 2nd Tuesday…

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Fall Family Campfire

October 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Arrive at 5pm to visit the animals before taking a wagon ride at 6pm along the pastures, prairie and woods to the campfire beside the pond.  Explore the prairie paths and banks of the pond before roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.  Settle down with a cup of hot cider to listen to a story and join a sing-along.  Return in the dark on an optional night hike to the patio where each child may choose a pumpkin to take…

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Family Farm Chores

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Expose your family to where their food really comes from by joining Stratford’s Farmer during morning chores.  Take a turn feeding the goats and sheep, put your hand under a hen while collecting eggs and pacify the hungry hogs with homegrown grains and more! 2nd Saturday (April – October), 9am – 11am $15 per family, limit 6 families per month - Advanced registration required Call 740-363-2548 to register. Confirmation IS NOT CONFIRMED until payment has been received. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7…

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Scout Day

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join Stratford’s education team for a day of hands-on activities and earn community service project hours.  Boy and Girl Scouts, leaders and parents will start the day with a guided tour of Stratford’s 236 acre working organic farm and nature preserve.  While visiting the vernal pool, forest, prairie, gardens, greenhouses and farm animals, Scouts will be introduced to ecological concepts.  After lunch scouts will work as a team to accomplish a community service project.  Please dress for dirt and bring…

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Supporting Sustainable Living with Home Canning

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn how to turn out the very best home canned foods of your own. When your garden flourishes and all your produce ripens at the same time and you have too much to eat fresh, canning is a great way to preserve those foods you love the most. You'll be able to eat your favorite foods year round by the process of canning. Whether you live in the city or in the country you can always reap the rewards of…

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Small Farmers

October 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Bring your little one out to discover Stratford as they become a farmer for a day.  You and your child will interact with the animals as you help with morning chores. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companion. $10 per child, advanced registration required Or call 740-363-2548 Confirmation IS NOT CONFIRMED until payment has been received. Cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED 7 DAYS PRIOR to program date for full refund.

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Photography Club

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club.  Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more.  All skill levels welcome!  Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. 3rd Thursday of each month, 1pm – 3pm $20 for the year

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Adult Farm Camp

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - October 21 @ 4:00 pm

Bring a packed lunch or arrive as time permits on Friday.  Come prepared to spend the night on the farm either indoors, outdoors or in the hayloft. During this adult program geared toward making apple butter, you will have a unique hands-on experience, from peeling apples to cooking over an open fire to canning. Along the way there will be ample opportunity to learn about the inter-workings of our 236 acre organic farm and nature preserve. Participants will leave with…

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Book Talks – Trees & Wood

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic of October - Trees & Wood Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading.  If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month No registration needed - $10 for the year

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November 2017

Story Time on the Farm

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm.  Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required - $5 per family 2nd Tuesday of each month March - Nov., 10am – 11am

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Herbal Study Group

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Topic for November- Herbal Medicine Kit & Selecting study topics for 2018 This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs.  During the December in-home luncheon members brainstorm to create the following year’s monthly programs.  The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Members share in the harvest from the garden.  Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. No registration required - $10 for the year…

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Photography Club

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club.  Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more.  All skill levels welcome!  Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. 3rd Thursday of each month, 1pm – 3pm $20 for the year

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Book Talks – Animals & People Companions

November 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic of November - Animals & People Companions Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading.  If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month No registration needed - $10 for the year

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December 2017

All Natural Cookie Decorating

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to make All Natural Food Color from the goodness of earth while decorating festive and fun cookie cutouts. This class is enjoyed by all ages 6 & up. So bring a friend, son, daughter, grandchild, etc.  When you arrive you will be greeted by nature’s abundance of color. You’ll see a demonstration of how to use everyday fruits and vegetables to naturally color your frostings, icings, and glazes. You’ll leave with recipes, a bunch of cookies that YOU have…

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Book Talks – Citizen Scientists

December 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic of December - Citizen Scientists Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading.  If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month No registration needed - $10 for the year

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