Learn to scythe... and more

By: Simon Webster | January 25, 2013

The swish of the scythe, the clank of the blacksmith’s hammer and the splash of cow’s milk hitting a bucket will be the soothing soundtrack to a Scything Plus Workshop Festival near Mudgee, NSW.

 

Craftsmen and women from across the land (and over the oceans) will be descending on Hazelcombe Farm to share their skills in a weekend of demonstrations and workshops from April 12-14.

 

The exact line-up is still being finalised. Activities already locked in include:

 

  • Scything (and maintaining a scythe)
  • Horse-drawn ploughing and soil preparation
  • Making sauerkraut 
  • Milking the family cow
  • Making biofertilisers
  • Blacksmithing
  • Tool sharpening
  • Growing vegetables naturally
  • Breadmaking
  • Using herbs and weeds for medicine

 

Heaps more stuff is in the pipeline for what looks like a wild weekend of super sustainability.

 

“Big thing is we all have a lot of fun and teach each other skills,” says the host, farmer and scythe enthusiast, Dan Power.

 

Prices are $120 for the Saturday only, $200 for the weekend. Children aged 6-14: $50. All meals included. Early bird discounts apply for booking made before February 28.

 

Camping is available free on site, with more comfortable options nearby.

 

Book here.

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