Adirondack Rural Skills & Homesteading Festival


The Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival celebrates the talents of a bygone era with a distinctly Adirondack flair.

The festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by related workshops on Sunday.

SATURDAY 10am to 4pm:
Alpacas – Apple Pressing – Beekeeping – Blacksmithing – Butter Making – Cure Porch on Wheels – Does Your Life Fit In a Tiny House? – Hex & Hop Brewers – History of ADK Food – Home Canning & Food Preservation – Jersey Cows – Knitting – LogOX tools demo – Mushroom Walk – Primitive Skills & Shelter Building – PSC Draft Horse Club – PSC Woodsmen’s Team Expo – Soapmaking Over Fire – Making Milkshakes with Solar Energy – Spinning Demonstrations – Wild Edible Exhibit and Guided Walks – Water Purification – Winemaking

$5/person or $10/carload. Free with valid Paul Smith’s College ID.

SUNDAY Hands-On Workshops:
Please contact the VIC at 518-327-6241 or for registration.

Forest Bathing Walk
9:00am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Suzanne Weirich, Certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide
Develop a more intimate relationship with the land through this unique sensory journey. Forest Bathing is a guided sensory immersion experience, an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature. We will guide you through a process of heightening all your senses, followed by a series of sensory activities so you can experience all the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes of life in the forest. No goals, objectives or need to accomplish anything. Discover the practice that has become a growing global movement to connect people and nature. Suitable for children 6 and up. Mostly level terrain.
$35 for adults; $20 for children ages 6-12

Wild Edibles Identification, Preservation, and light “You Prep it Lunch” of wild edibles foraged right on the VIC property.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Pat Banker, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County
$35 per person. Space is limited to first 10 participants to register.

Overnight lodging at Paul Smith’s College is available. To inquire, please contact Josh Clemens at PSC.

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