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OSLSS DARN IT! Mending and Patching

Learn and share ways of mending clothes, from darning socks to patching pants to replacing buttons. For those interested in machine mending, we'll have a few of our tried-and-true sewing machines available for use. Start collecting your holey clothes now for a wholly satisfying workshop from 10:30 until 1:30, Saturday, April 9, 2016.  Share your [...]

By | 2016-01-12T20:14:05+00:00 January 9th, 2016|OSLSS|0 Comments


Learn to use a sewing machine to create a handy apron for kitchen or barbecue OR a (more complicated) covered-dish carrier. Brightly colored dish-towels from Natural Habitat are the perfect size for either project. We'll provide the towels and designs so you can make your own as a delightful gift to yourself or your loved [...]

By | 2015-11-09T13:05:40+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|OSLSS|0 Comments


Sauerkraut, beet kvass, ginger carrots, kim-chee, traditional dill pickles, and other foods fermented with the help of lacto-bacillus are chock-full of health-supporting enzymes and probiotics. Learn how to make your own with Tal Hadani Pease as we hone our Old-Style Life-Skills of all-natural lacto-fermenting food preservation. 10:30-1:30, Saturday, Sept. 19 at Local Farm, 22 Popple [...]

By | 2015-08-17T23:17:43+00:00 August 10th, 2015|OSLSS|0 Comments

OSLSS The WHEY of Cheese-Making

From cow to cupboard, learn the basics of home cheese-making. After greeting the Local Farm cows, we'll discuss types of milk, rennet, heat, cultures and acid used in cheese-making, and then try our hand at making panier, mozzarella, fromage blanc, ricotta, and MOOre! Bring a cheesy dish to share for a pot-luck lunch. Go home [...]

By | 2015-05-11T22:43:32+00:00 May 11th, 2015|OSLSS|0 Comments

OSLSS HOPpenings: Raising Rabbits

Motherhouse's Old Style Life-Skills Series presents a workshop on raising rabbits. Meet at 10:30 to visit a local backyard rabbitry and then drive to Local Farm for more discussion, demonstrations, and a pot-luck lunch. Learn about breeding, raising, and harvesting your own meat rabbits. Talk with  experienced backyard rabbit raisers. Hear about Margaret's experiment tanning [...]

By | 2015-04-30T11:07:46+00:00 April 13th, 2015|OSLSS|0 Comments

Grow Your Own Meadow a la Kathy Connolly

Join landscape designer, Kathy Connolly for a two-hour seminar on how to establish and care for a flowering meadow in place of your lawn or empty lot. She will discuss the high ecological value of native plants and their role in supporting birds and pollinators. Learn about meadow ecology, native species, and helpful tools to [...]

By | 2015-02-03T11:51:02+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Special Events|0 Comments

Rachel Gall – Dance Caller

Rachel Gall of NW CT teaches, fiddles and calls Traditional New England Country Dances. Call her at 860-824-8404 for lessons and homespun organic music entertainment. Rachel Gall has been playing violin since she was 3 years old. As a young adult she began fiddling around with folk music and teaching violin lessons. Thanks to a [...]

By | 2017-09-15T19:45:09+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Featured|1 Comment

OSLSS Get Your Goat & Sheep

Visit Rachel Gall,  her backyard flock of sheep and Camp Isabella Freedman's herd of dairy goats. Learn about raising and keeping both. Witness a fine example of neighborly cooperation in small livestock management. ....All our Old Style Life Skills Series workshops run from 10:30 to 1:30 and include a pot-luck lunch. Read blog reports on [...]

By | 2014-04-21T11:13:19+00:00 February 13th, 2014|OSLSS|0 Comments

BeeKeeping Bee

Buzz on over to the Taghhannuck Grange Hall to bee with other beekeepers: novice, experienced, professional, and wanna-bees! Todd Shearer will talk about his experiences using top bar hives designed by the Barefoot Beekeeper, Alton Earnhart will demonstrate making bee candy and syrup to feed one's bees, Wyatt Whiteman will show his homemade solar wax [...]

By | 2014-02-21T17:03:39+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Special Events|1 Comment

OSLSS WoolsWorth

Crafty area “SPIN-sters” will be on hand to demonstrate carding, spinning, knitting, weaving, crocheting, felting ... EWE name it ... with natural wool. RAMble by and try your hand at these soothing traditional arts. Go home with the fruits of your loom! View past Wool Gatherings on our blog. All our Old Style Life Skills [...]

By | 2016-09-30T21:22:39+00:00 January 24th, 2014|OSLSS|0 Comments