Every morning the hen, Isabella and her chicks, who live in the tiny purple chicken tractor near our bedroom window – touch my heart. As Isabella waits to see if I will bring her some greens, her chicks rest on her back and next to her, reminding me (as if I need reminded) that everybody needs a mama.
There have been lots of young chicks, and by this I mean young people of all sexes, in our lives this summer. Our two interns were a constant joy to share our lives with as they learned, and taught. We also had an abundance of young people visit for field trips and tours. They’re about to be in charge of the world – and it makes me feel confident that we’re going to be just fine.
This autumn promises to be busy as we role our the new solar installer webinars online, and prepare to publish The Business of Goat Herding book. The Level II Solar Design and Installation book is waiting for me to finish the last edits so it can be a part of our new product line. Check out our podcasts or register for one of our fall classes (University of Dayton Solar Installer in October and Rural Action Athens Solar Installer in November) on our website.
The news might be full of gloom and doom, but opportunity abounds. So turn off your TV or radio (or news feed) and join us soon either in person for a tour or consult, or online to share in a great community of people who have an agenda that will keep the earth (and our souls) alive. Stay tuned for opportunities to become a member of Blue Rock Station and enjoy our podcasts, webinars and Ask the Expert. More to come…
Where you can find us for solar training:
There are still a couple of slots for the October class at the University of Dayton, Dayton OH OR at Rural Action, Athens, OH. You can register at www.bluerockstation.com.
Upcoming Workshops at Blue Rock Station:
Check out some of our other upcoming classes. Please register early because all of our events have limited space.
- September 29th-30th – Tiny House Weekend wrap up for winter…pound some tires, plaster a little and get her ready for the long sleep.
- October 4th – 8th – Solar Installer Level 1 Certification Class, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
- October 11th: John McIntire Library – Annie will be giving a talk on “Stories of a Woman Who Learned to Thrive – Growing through and beyond the #MeToo Experiences” 6:30 pm. Free of charge.
- October 13th – Open House Tour 1 pm to 3 pm
- October 20th – FREE SCHOOL: Join Eduardo Sandavol for the second annual Day of the Dead workshop. Learn the real history of the celebration, make some authentic food, and help set up the official Day of the Dead alter.
- October 27th – BRS Goat College afternoon…Rural Action sponsored (part of the SARE grant series). Register early to avoid disappointment.
- October 27th: Solar Generator Workshop – at Unitarian Universalist Church in Marietta, OH
- November 3rd – 4th: Earthship 101: The basics of Earthship building and living plus stay over in a strawbale cabin
- November 5th – 9th: Solar Installer Certification Workshop – Rural Action, Athens, OH
- November 10th: Open House Tour 1 pm to 3 pm
- November 17th: Learn to be an Activist in today’s world – BRS Free School – register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry (pronounced “on ree”) is quite a wonder. While still a young chick, he decided he wanted to live at the barn. Each morning he greets me at the chicken chalet gate, so he can walk with me to the milk room. Patiently he waits while I muck out the barn yard, and then he jumps onto the feed bin with a cute little coo, asking for food. I can point my finger to anything and he comes to see what is of interest. And, now he’s been practicing his crowing. Hoping to impress the ladies, who he just discovered this week. As the parade of hens came under the chalet gate, Henry’s world has turned upside down. Unfortunately he hasn’t figured out he has to dance to win their approval, so when he runs after them they turn and fight as if they’re roosters. He’s had his heart broken, and perhaps his ego damaged, each morning. He walks with me back to the milk room with his head bowed.
Food, the Heart of Sustainability:
There are still lots of delicious tomatoes available at farms and markets. Pack them into cool jars, add a little salt and place them in boiling water for about 40 minutes. It’s that easy. Or make up a big batch of sliced/diced tomatoes of various colors, add salt, pepper, and some fresh herbs (parsley, basil, thyme) and enjoy as a salad. But save enough for later in the week to put on top of a baked potato, a bean salad, or coleslaw. Bon Appetite!
Words that Guided:
Just for today I will speak the truth in the kindest way possible, but I will speak the truth about something that’s needed to be said.
Kindest Regards, Annie