Successful Garage Sale 2017

Thank you to all who contributed or came out to shop at our annual Garage Sale this weekend! It was our best yet. All proceeds go towards our work in the community and we truly couldn’t do this without the community. Thank you again!0422171452 0422171452a

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Homesteading In the 21st Century 

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Gaining more control over your life.
October 1st 2016, 10am-3pm

Going back to the land means different things to different people.  For some its planting a garden and for others its living completely from their own means.    The modern homesteader can provide food, fuel, and shelter for themselves and family.    A new age of homesteader is embracing a mixture of technology and traditional wisdom to expand their skills and gain control of their lives.   Whether you have a small plot of land or several acres you can benefit from the upcoming program sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County and Milton Grange #685.   Information will be available on many topics including but not limited to:   gardening, equipment, livestock, wood harvesting, the local environment, trapping, and traditional skills, as well as, educational programs during the day.
Site: 4-H Training Center, 556 Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, 1/4 mile north of Rt 67
For more information contact Kirk Shoen kjs264@cornell.edu   or  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County (518) 885- 8995
Classes and demonstrations planned
Bee keeping, how to get started  and an advanced Q & A after the talk
Making Butter, Making Ice cream the old fashion way by Milton Grange members
Solar power how it works, current applications and how to get started if you want to take advantage of “clean power”
 
Try a tractor for yourself,find out what size may be best for you
Blacksmithing experience the sounds and smells of a blacksmith shop
See plain iron bend to the will of fire and a smith’s hand
Animal feed and nutrition, ever wonder why pigs get 16% protein and turkeys over 20%? How are feeds formulated and the science behind them.
Shooting sports
Learn about gun safety, how skill and practice can make you a successful marksmen.
Food Preservation
Fruits always taste better when your preserved goodies are eaten as the snow flies, or given as a gift to a friend. Learn how to start and where to get more information on future classes
Trapping
A skill long utilized by outdoorsmen.
See the experts skin and put up the hide.
Talk to experienced trappers to learn  proper fur handling techniques, which will bring more $ in your fur check.
Chain saw safety
See how to “buck up” wood. Types of wood. Ask the experts about sharpening and taking care of a valuable homestead tool fairsign
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Making Ice Cream at the Farmer’s Market

Milton Grange had a great time Saturday 8/20 at the Ballston Spa Farmer’s Market showing kids (and their parents) how people used to make ice cream using an old fashioned hand cranked ice cream bucket! 20160820_095509 20160820_095708 20160820_100202 20160820_101711

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Town of Milton Farmland Protection Plan – Adopted 6/1/2016

Below is the Town of Milton Farmland Protection Plan which was adopted on 6/1/2016 by the Town of Milton.

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Free Backyard Chicken Workshop 2/21

The Milton Grange will be hosting a free backyard chicken workshop on February 21 from 9-noon at the Milton Community Center 310 Northline Road in the town of Milton.

Please call 885-6906 to register.

Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/713201082127964/

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2012 Wine & Cheese Tasting

It’s that time again.  This year the Milton Grange #685 is teaming up with the Greenfield Grange #807 to host another Wine and Cheese Tasting event at the Saratoga Winery.

Once again, our friends at Willow Marsh Farm and Saratoga Crackers are coming with their most excellent cheese and crackers.

You can click on the poster at left for a large version.

 

 

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Hope to see you there!

 

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Wine/Cheese/Cracker Tasting Wrap-Up

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Thanks to everyone who came out a couple of weeks ago to our/Greenfield Grange’s Benefit event to help out farmers in the Schoharie Valley.  It’s just amazing to see such an outpouring of support for the region’s farmers.

Drumroll please…

The final number is: $2024.34 !(Full Disclosure: Revised down $30 as some previously hidden expenses popped up)  This is a fantastic number, and in all honesty, we could have never gotten to that number without the generous donations made by The Saratoga Winery, Willow Marsh Farm and Saratoga Crackers.   We hope you patronize these excellent local businesses after sampling what they have to offer.

A representative from Schoharie County Community Action Program (SCCAP) will be attending our next pancake breakfast meeting on December 10th to accept the check.  As always, the public is welcome.  The breakfast begins at 8am on December 10th at the Old Stone Church, Milton.

Again, a sincere thank you to all that came out.  We hope to have this type of fundraiser become an annual event for both Granges, though we do not want to see the likes of Irene and Lee again for a long, long time.  Whatever the cause, we hope to see you next year.


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Wine, Cheese and Cracker Tasting

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The Milton Grange #685 in collaboration with the Greenfield Grange #807 will be hosting a Wine Tasting at the Saratoga Winery on Saturday November 12th at 7pm to benefit the Schoharie County Community Action Program in the wake of Irene and Lee .  The funds will be earmarked for farm recovery.

We will have cheese from Willow Marsh Farm and Crackers from Saratoga Crackers.  If you haven’t tried either of these, then you don’t know what you’re missing.  Amazing stuff.

We hope to see a lot of you there!

You can contact Shana at 518-744-3834 or via email at gfldgrange807@hotmail.com to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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Sundae on the Farm recap

Greetings.  Sundae on the Farm is always a special and amazingly fun event that the Milton Grange participates in every year.  It always falls on Father’s Day, and is a great time for families to come out and see the operations of one of our Saratoga County farms.

This year the event was held at Clear Echo Farm in Northumberland and the weather could not have been better.  The event seems to get better every year with respect to organization and layout.  Clear Echo’s layout definitely lent itself well to the event.

Milton Grange #685 was proud to be raffling off both our usual basket as well as the chicken coop that we built for last year’s Saratoga County Fair exhibit.  When you build something like that, you never know what kind of interest you’ll get.  We knew that someone would win it, but we didn’t know that we would get as many entries for it as we did. This is exciting for a lot of reasons.  First, it shows that there are people out there that want to make a closer connection with the food that they eat.  It’s great to see that connection being made.  I don’t know if raffling a chicken coop would have been as much of a success 5 years ago.

Thanks to all who came out and said hi.  We hope to see you all next year.

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Chicken Coop and Basket Raffle at Sundae on the Farm

Greetings.  The Milton Grange #685 will be attending Sundae on the Farm at Clear Echo Farm in Schuylerville, NY.  We will be raffling off a basket full of wonderful things provided by grange members as well as the chicken tractor pictured at left.  This coop was built by grange members as a part of our 2010 Blue Ribbon Saratoga County Fair exhibit.  It’s designed for 2-3 chickens and designed to be moved around a yard.  It will need a few things (a feeding and watering system and winterization if you intend to overwinter your birds), but it’s a good small scale starter coop.  We encourage you to check your local laws to see if you’re allowed to keep chickens in your town/village/city.

We’ll have two buckets, so you can choose which prize you want to try and win.  We hope to see you out at this amazing event.

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