Homesteading may sound romantic, but doing it well requires knowledge and the benefit of others' experience. If you have ever wanted to cook with maple or grow mushrooms, harvest honey or stock a root cellar, make your house more energy-efficient, or raise sheep, pigs, goats, cows or turkeys, the Homesteading Fair in Lowville, N.Y., scheduled for September 6-7, 2013, is the place to learn from those who have done all that and more.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Lewis County and Mother Earth News are sponsoring the event at the Lewis County Fairgrounds. Featuring more than 40 educational workshops, the event will take place on Friday, September 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 7, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission on Friday is free to enjoy vendors, food booths and musical entertainment.
On Saturday, the second annual Homesteading Fair will present six 45-minute workshops in each of six major areas: sustainable energy, backyard poultry, livestock, maple and forestry entrepreneurship, growing your own food, and using live horsepower.
Presenters at the two-day event include veterinarians, a horse chiropractor, commercial-scale on-farm food processors, a beekeeper, a solar energy equipment provider, the northern New York regional local foods specialist, and Jean O'Toole of the NY Beef Industry Council.
Demonstrations include the Monday Morning Knitters and Safety Specialist Robert Coscomb with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Live animal exhibits include the award-winning draft horse hitch of Randy Nichols of Copenhagen, N.Y. Nichols will be presenting on draft horse driving.
The Homesteading Fair takes place rain or shine. Workshops will start at 9 a.m.; breakfast will be available at the American Maple Museum booth from 7 to 9 a.m.
Parking is free. Saturday admission is $10 per person by advance sale and $15 at the gate. Children under 17 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County office and at the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce in Lowville. Tickets can be purchased online at http://blogs.cornell.edu/ccelewis/
. Credit card tickets can be purchased through CCE Jefferson County by calling 315-788-8450.