The Grange Farm School would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Aromas Grange and the Sebastopol Grange who joined Little Lake and Anderson Valley Granges by donating funds to our scholarship program. These Granges are actively empowering the next generation of food producers! We owe so much to our surrounding community and Granges for being the support and motivation needed to launch this school into its’ first few years.
It may be wet outside but in California, fire safety is always a priority. At the Grange Farm School, student tents come with a wood stove. When it’s cold (not that often) we burn a lot of wood, resulting in a lot of potential disasters. Today we had Little Lake Grange officer Mike Burgess give a lesson on fire efficiency, safety, and techniques.
One method he stressed is TOP DOWN. If you burn wood throughout the cold winter months, I highly encourage you to experiment with this method. The general idea is that you disregard everything anyone ever told you about how to build a fire i.e. log cabin, teepee…and instead put your big logs on the bottom, newspaper on top of that, and then kindling above the newspaper. This all may seem counterintuitive but it is actually the most efficient way to make a fire. Continue reading
Eva King is an over wintering intern at the Grange Farm School
It’s winter time at the Grange Farm School and it has been raining non-stop. With California being in a pretty serious drought, I’m not allowed to complain, especially to the farmers. This El Nino is welcomed here and it’s making itself so at home, it is literally inside of my home. I live in a canvas wall tent, 10 by 12 feet, raised on a platform and complete with a wood burning stove. Its a pretty cozy lifestyle but the chimney top was installed a little crooked so water began building up and then there was a hole in the ceiling and the outside quickly became the inside. My tent looked little like a scene from Jumanji or more accurately, how my father imagines I’m living: outside, wet, muddy, and cold. Continue reading
With new years resolutions just beginning to sink in, we encourage you to add another: to think holistically, act holistically, and manage your land holistically. If you want to learn more about holistic management, there are some really incredible opportunities coming up including more from Holistic Management International, and a collaborative workshop between the Savory Institute’s Jefferson Hub with Mark Shepard, famed for his work in restoration agriculture.
The Grange Farm School works to improve the future of farming by training the next generation of farmers. We recognize how important community support is in that endeavor, and are constantly stressing the fact that a network is key to success in farming.
From the moment of this school’s inception, there has been a herculean amount of help from the community, families, and friends. This school would not be possible without the expanding team of people involved. We’d like to take this time, around the holidays and new year, to thank every one of those people — small and large contributors alike – that helped us through 2015 and launched us towards a productive 2016.
With this in mind, we’d like to share the work of another incredible non-profit, Kiva and KivaZip. Continue reading