Saturday, December 15 Horse Helpers is having a barn raising for new 36 x 20 hay barn. It will be a community built barn so they need anybody with some building experience or willingness to help hand over tools, etc. BREMCO linemen came out last Saturday on their day off and donated BREMCO equipment and skill to put in the footers, so this Saturday will focus on building the trusses, and going up with the walls and doors and everything else. The siding will be aluminum with a metal roof. Below find directions to the farm.
Horse Helpers, a 501c3 nonprofit has been working all year to raise funds for this barn and thanks to a grant from Pet Smart and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, an anonymous donation, and a final large donation made to them by the board of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, they have the funds to complete the barn. It must be finished by the end of this month to meet the grant requirements set by Pet Smart, so the 15th is going to be a really important day to complete at least the majority of the barn.
Directions: 421 north towards Mountain City, TN, LEFT on TATER HILL (Tater Hill crosses 421 at the Citgo gas station on the right corner) Go down Tater Hill till it dead ends into SILVERSTONE. Turn RIGHT. Take Silverstone to ODES WILSON Rd. on your left (it comes up fast on a curve and is a down hill dirt road) The farm is the 3rd house on the right, Pass the 2 story house and park in the gravel lot in front of the barn or past the barn in the grass along the road. Be sure NOT TO HAVE ANY PART OF YOUR CAR ON THE ASPHALT ROAD and DO NOT PARK ACROSS FROM TURN AROUND IN THE NEIGHBOR'S DRIVEWAY OPPOSITE THE FARM!!
Join them if you can! But if you can't, don't forget that winter is the peak time for calls for help with horses. This week alone they have been called by three different people about 7 horses. There is no way Horse Helpers alone can fill all the gaps, but they will meet each group and try to find ways to assist whether that is to take in the horses, help their owners care for them, or help to advertise these horses' availability. All of this will take time and money. Remember Horse Helpers in your holiday giving and for the new year!!
What: A day of Fiber Tours at Echoview Fiber Mill and an angora goat farm hosted by the Watauga County Cooperative Extension.
When: Thursday November 29. Leaving from the Watauga County Ag-conference center at 8 am and returning about 5 pm.
Why: This tour is a kickoff for trying to add value to wool grown in the high country by increasing the value of fibers from animals, with a goal of creating a high country grown garment to sell.
If you are interested please call 264-3061 to sign up.
Interested in helping on a small permaculture farm?
This Sunday, October 21, join our friends at Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm in West Jefferson for a fun day of work.
The afternoon will include foundational preparation for a bioshelter project and winter preparation for their garden. They'll also have their pipe bender out to show how easy it is to make hoop houses or row covers.
Also plan to do a little yoga with Karma Krew.
You bring the work gloves and closed-toed shoes, they'll provide the snacks and kombucha.
To learn more, please see the flyer or email Courtney@brwia.org.