Archives: August 2013

Camp Life: Jessa Blades, swimming, and near-by farms

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Photographs by Hazel Kiesewetter.
On the same day as the dream pillows (see below), we visited a neighboring farm which had chickens, horses and pigs (as well as piglets!!). We saw different farming techniques and  possibly the biggest sunflower in the world. In the group photo above, the cast of characters from left to right are: Dana (camp councilor), Kenya, Jonesy, Clyde, Ever, Tallulah, Leif, Beatrice, Sara (me!), Lucia, Atreya, Melanie (camp councilor), Willow and Miss Jessa Blades!
After the farm we went to Lake Garfield and got to go swimming! The water was warm, but the air turned chilly- Brrrrrr.

Camp Life: Herb dream pillows with Jessa Blades

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Jessa Blades joined us at LDBA Farm Camp, bringing with her an assortment of witchy herbs and flowers for a Dream Pillow workshop on Wednesday. She made teas and tinctures, showed us how to sew, and filled our heads and noses with ancient herb wisdom. Here are some breath-taking photos from the day, with more to come! (Photos by Riley Salyards).

Camp life: Pit fired ceramics with Alexis Rose

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Photographs by Hazel Kiesewetter.

Camp life: pit fired ceramics with Alexis Rose

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(Photographs by Riley Salyards).
On the second day of LDBA farm camp, after we said goodbye to some roosters (see below), we gathered around a dirt pit and learned about pit-firing ceramics. Our wonderful visiting artist for the day, Alexis Rose, (pictured above), taught us how to make this all natural, breathtaking finish to ceramics using plants, string, banana peels, pine cones and wood. She began by giving us all little pots that she hand-threw and fired a few days prior, and then took the campers on a treasure hunt around camp and in the forest to find the necessary ingredients needed to wrap around the pots, (we also used our banana peels from breakfast). After lighting the fire, the wrapped pots baked all night, and we dug them up the next morning to reveal this gorgeous, smoky exterior.

Farm Life…rooster day

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Part of living on a farm is coming to terms with the cycle of life and death. On Tuesday, with Coq au Vin in mind, we experienced this cycle first hand: some more than others. For this visual essay, I have used both Hazel Kiessewetter’s and Riley Salyard’s photos. (Hazel’s are color and Riley’s are black and white). Pictured above: Mark Firth, Scarlett, Clyde, Leif, Kenya and some other lucky spectators. Enjoy!