Everything Aurora Farm Free Stay-at-Home Workshop Series

 

FREE! All are welcome to attend this free 10-week workshop series at Aurora Farm every Saturday afternoon at 2pm from February 6th to April 10th.

 

Join us live on Zoom with lots of  hands-on opportunities for people to try things out at home.  You can watch and learn or gather up some basic supplies and try things out yourself. Some materials and ingredient kits you will be able to purchase from us.  Schedule for this week is posted below!

 

Meet our animals up close, learn all kinds of family-farming skills, enjoys stories and laughter, lift up your spirits! This workshop series is all about taking a few more steps away from consumerism and learning the simple joy of making things with your own hands, connecting with nature and making the most of this special time. 

 

Week 10 Workshop (April 10):

 

Backyard Chickens

 

On Saturday, April 10th at 2pm, we will meet our flock of friendly hens and discuss how to raise your own hens for eggs and keep a healthy, happy flock.  

To join the workshop on Zoom, please click the button at the top of the page.  Or watch us on Youtube after the live broadcast.

Be well and look forward to sharing with you.  

 

 

 

Week 7 recipes (aired March 20, will be up on Youtube):

 

Natural Painting

Follow along with Louise as she uses different natural painting techniques to paint her home and artwork. If you’d like to follow along at home and make Egg Tempera paint, pick up a pigment kit here:  https://aurorafarm.ca/product/natural-pigments-kit/ ‎

Basic Natural Paint Recipes

Egg Tempera Paint

Egg Yolk

Water

White Vinegar

Dry Pigments

1. Begin by separating the egg yolk from the white by hand. To do this, roll the yolk gently on a cloth or paper towel getting as much of the white off as possible.

2. Over a container, puncture the yolk gently with scissors or pinch with your fingers. Discard the outer sac of the yolk.

3. The yolk needs to be sealed and stabilized with vinegar.  The amount of vinegar required is down to personal preference, ranging from eight parts vinegar to one part egg yolk, right up to equal quantities of both. The general rule is this: the more vinegar used, the drier the paint will be; the less vinegar used, the shinier and oilier the paint will be.

4. Now, take equal quantities of pigment and your egg-vinegar mixture, and mix them in a little paint well. You might add a tiny bit of water at this stage. Once the pigment has been mixed with the yolk it can then be thinned with water as required.

5. Egg tempera cannot be stored. The egg dries really quickly so add tiny quantities to pigment as you go. One yolk goes a really long way.

White Wash

6-8 cups of Hydrated lime also called Builders or Masonry lime. Note: don’t get garden lime because this is a different substance.

2 cups fine grade salt

4 litres warm water

A large bucket

A dust mask, protective eyeglasses, and gloves

1.Make sure to wear a dust mask and protective eyewear to minimize the risk from breathing in the lime powder.

2. Mix salt with warm water and stir to dissolve

3. Add the hydrated lime to the salt water

4. Mix well until the lime is dissolved.

The mixture should be thinner than traditional paint. Use a paintbrush or roller to paint.

Allow the whitewash time to dry completely. It will turn white as it dries.

Milk Paint

1 litre skim milk

2 Tbsp of Lemon or vinegar

Sieve

Approximately 4 Tbsp Dry colour pigment

Mix the juice of a lemon or vinegar with milk in a pot.  Heat until curdles 

Pour it through a sieve lined to separate the solid curds from the liquid whey

Add dry colour pigment to the curd and stir until the pigment is well blended

Milk paint will spoil quickly, so it should be applied within a few hours of mixing

Clay Paint

1 part clay

1 part fine sand

6 cups flour paste

Instructions to make paste here:

Bring 4 cups water to a boil. While water heats up, add 1 cup white flour to 2 cups cold water.

Stir well to remove chunks. Once 4 cups of water comes to a boil, add water & flour mixture, and stir well.

Paint mix:

Dilute 1 part flour paste with 2 parts water.

Add clay (bought as a clay powder or it can be found naturally near a riverbed– though needs to be cleaned and strained before use). Mix enough clay into the paste so that it becomes like a thick cream.

Add pigment (optional: if you like the color of the paint this is not necessary). You can find natural pigments, in powder form, at art supply stores. 

Use a brush to apply to wall. When paint is nearly dry (but still moist), it can be polished with a damp tile sponge.