Past Events

2017

~April~

Monday Movie Night:
13th
Rescheduled for Monday, April 24th
Gather at 7:30, press play at 8
Popcorn and tea provided

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Watch the trailer here

Monday Music Night!
Monday, April 17th
Jam starts at 7:00

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack or drink or dessert to share with everyone! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments, with a special place in our hearts for folks learning how to create music together. Don’t worry if you’ve never jammed before. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

Monday Makerspace!
Monday, April 10th
Gather at 7:00pm
On the 2nd Monday of the month we open our home as a Makerspace! Part stitch n bitch, part crafternoon, bring your projects and come create together! We have a sewing machine, serger, and basic sewing supplies available, a loom, a spinning wheel, a drum carder, hot glue gun, iron and ironing board, rotary cutter and cutting mat, and some general art and craft materials such as paints, brushes, collage materials, etc. Please bring a potluck dish to share, supplies or crafting tools to share if you have them, and your winter projects to work on!

As we hope to continue offering this every month, we will sometimes have themed projects or skillshares, and in the warmer months the Makerspace will also include use of our woodshop and building tools.

Lydia Doleman of Flying HammerWomen’s Building Workshop with Lydia Doleman
Sunday, April 2nd 10am-5pm
$50 per person, this is a hands-on class, so space is limited
Contact elizabeth@squawkinghawk.com to reserve a spot

We are excited to have Lydia Doleman, of Flying Hammer Productions, joining us for this hands-on building class. Lydia is a natural builder and activist with two decades of experience combining her passions for art, ecology, and social justice, as a natural and sustainable builder, cabinet maker, teacher, and author. She has taught carpentry and natural building at Solar Energy International in Colorado, and was the lead ecological builder for the City Repair Project for several years. This hands-on workshop is for women interested in gaining skills in basic building, including design and construction, measuring and layout, and using power tools. Participants will build a picnic table, which will live at Squawking Hawk Acres, and leave empowered with the knowledge and skills to keep building on their own!

For more about Lydia, and her work, visit her website at http://theflyinghammer.com/

~March~

Monday Music Night!
Monday, March 20th
Jam starts at 7:00

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack or drink or dessert to share with everyone! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments, with a special place in our hearts for folks learning how to create music together. Don’t worry if you’ve never jammed before. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

Monday Makerspace!
Monday, March 13th
Gather at 6:30pm
On the 2nd Monday of the month we open our home as a Makerspace! Part stitch n bitch, part crafternoon, bring your projects and come create together! We have a sewing machine, serger, and basic sewing supplies available, a loom, a spinning wheel, a drum carder, hot glue gun, iron and ironing board, rotary cutter and cutting mat, and some general art and craft materials such as paints, brushes, collage materials, etc. Please bring a potluck dish to share, supplies or crafting tools to share if you have them, and your winter projects to work on!

As we hope to continue offering this every month, we will sometimes have themed projects or skillshares, and in the warmer months the Makerspace will also include use of our woodshop and building tools.

Grey+Water+SystemGreywater 101 with Malena Marvin
Monday, March 6th, 7pm
Suggested donation $5-15 sliding scale

Join greywater geek Malena Marvin for an informational slideshow presentation and question and answer session about all things greywater, including simple laundry to landscape systems you can build yourself! Topics covered will include Greywater Basics, Types of Systems, Permits, Costs and Materials, and Design and Installation! A Jill-of-all-trades, Malena trained in greywater installation with Greywater Action! and has designed and installed several systems in and around the Ashland area.

~February~

Swale_PathwaysSwale Tour
Tuesday, February 28th
3:30-5:30pm

Curious about swales? Thinking of installing some on your property? Join us for a swale tour! This informal tour will meet at Squawking Hawk Acres to see our swale system, which was established in early 2016 and is still being developed. Then we’ll caravan up to our friend’s homestead on Tyler Creek Rd to view their system, which is of a larger scale, and slightly more established than ours. Dress appropriately for the weather, with comfortable waterproof shoes (muck boots recommended!), bring a water bottle and your questions! We will meet at Squawking Hawk Acres (3:30-4:00), then carpool to Aiyana Green’s place (4:30-5:00). We’ll leave around 5, arriving back in town around 5:30.

Monday Movie Night:
If You Build It
Monday, February 27th
Gather at 7, press play at 7:30
Popcorn and tea provided

IF YOU BUILD IT is “a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education, following designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible.”

Watch the trailer here

tree graphicNeighborhood Harvest:
Spring Potluck and Planning Gathering
Sunday, February 26th
3-5pm, at the Guanajuato Room at the Ashland Library

Squawking Hawk Acres is happy to be part of the local organization Neighborhood Harvest, which is a volunteer-led group that harvests fruit and nuts from urban trees in and around Ashland, that would otherwise go to waste, and redistributes the surplus to community volunteers and those in need. Neighborhood Harvest is hosting a Spring Potluck and Planning Gathering to celebrate the beginning of spring and vision into the next season. Location in or near Ashland, TBA. Please RSVP to info@neighborhoodharvest.org to let us know if you’ll be able to join. You can also find and follow Neighborhood Harvest on Facebook

Monday Music Jam!
Monday, February 20th
Jam starts at 7:00

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack or drink or dessert to share with everyone! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments, with a special place in our hearts for folks learning how to create music together. Don’t worry if you’ve never jammed before. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

Monday Makerspace!
Monday, February 13th
Gather at 6:30pm
On the 2nd Monday of the month we open our home as a Makerspace! Part stitch n bitch, part crafternoon, bring your projects and come create together! We have a sewing machine, serger, and basic sewing supplies available, a loom, a spinning wheel, a drum carder, hot glue gun, iron and ironing board, rotary cutter and cutting mat, and some general art and craft materials such as paints, brushes, collage materials, etc. Please bring a potluck dish to share, supplies or crafting tools to share if you have them, and your winter projects to work on!

As we hope to continue offering this every month, we will sometimes have themed projects or skillshares, and in the warmer months the Makerspace will also include use of our woodshop and building tools.

~JANUARY~

Monday Movie Night:
Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Monday, January 23rd
Gather at 7, press play at 7:30
Popcorn and tea provided

“The invention of synthetic plastic created an era of disposable products. Watertight and endlessly malleable, plastic is the perfect invention, yet its miraculous durability is also its curse because it never goes away. In the early 21st Century, rumors about an island of garbage somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, started to rise. TV host and filmmaker Angela Sun, decided to investigate. Her journey takes her thousands of miles from human civilization. There, in what should be a remote tropical paradise, she discovers an ecosystem inundated by plastic waste. Exposed to seawater and sunlight, tons of discarded plastics are breaking down into smaller fragments resembling food to fish and birds. The images Angela uncovers, combined with the latest evidence from researchers, shows that the truth behind the myth is much worse than imagined. A growing toxic confetti is transforming the oceans and is also working its way up the food chain that humans depend on… Angela’s journey is one that everyone living in a disposable society needs to see.”

Watch the trailer here

Monday Music Night!
Monday, January16th
Jam starts at 7:00

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack or drink or dessert to share with everyone! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments, with a special place in our hearts for folks learning how to create music together. Don’t worry if you’ve never jammed before. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

makerspace-sewing-bannerMonday Makerspace!
Monday, January 9th
Gather at 6:30pm
On the 2nd Monday of the month we open our home as a Makerspace! Part stitch n bitch, part crafternoon, bring your projects and come create together! We have a sewing machine, serger, and basic sewing supplies available, a loom, a spinning wheel, a drum carder, hot glue gun, iron and ironing board, rotary cutter and cutting mat, and some general art and craft materials such as paints, brushes, collage materials, etc. Please bring a potluck dish to share, supplies or crafting tools to share if you have them, and your winter projects to work on!

As we hope to continue offering this every month, we will sometimes have themed projects or skillshares, and in the warmer months the Makerspace will also include use of our woodshop and building tools.

2016

~DECEMBER~

Monday Movie Night, Samsara
Monday, December 26th
Since this event is spilling from our Boxing Day Open House, timing is approximate. We will press play around 8pm, depending on who is here. Come! Join us!

Free! Popcorn and tea provided

“SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.  Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.”

Watch the trailer here

We’re diverging from our usual documentary movie night just a little, since movie night happens to fall on Boxing Day this month. So, join us for our 3rd Annual Boxing Day Open House, and then stick around for the movie, or come just for the film. Either way, we hope to see you on Boxing Day.

winter-door-wreaths3rd Annual Boxing Day Open House
Monday, December 26th, 3:00 till late
Farm tour at 3:30
Hot Cider and Mom’s Famous Rutabaga Soup provided, bring tasty treats to share

A long-standing Tobey family tradition, inherited from an English great-uncle and carried on ever since as a chance to gather with friends and family in the midst of all the winter holiday hullabaloo. Wikipedia says that Boxing Day is “traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesman would receive gifts, known as a ‘Christmas box’, from their bosses or employers.” We’ve also heard that is was the day to box up old and unwanted items and donate them to charity. Or it might just be a day to wear men’s underwear and punch each other wearing padded gloves! At any rate, we celebrate it with a big pot of Mom’s Famous Rutabaga Stew, hot apple cider, and doors open all day to friends and family who feel like stopping by and saying hi. Bring leftover holiday food and treats to share, or your new toys, or your favorite board games, and come say hi! Farm tour led by Elizabeth at 3:30pm. This event with segue right into movie night, so plan to stick around, or join us just in time for the film.

music-artMonday Music Night!
Monday, December 19th
Jam starts at 7:00

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack or drink or dessert to share with everyone! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments, with a special place in our hearts for folks learning how to create music together. Don’t worry if you’ve never jammed before. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

Monday Makerspace!
Monday, December 12th
Gather at 6:30pm
On the 2nd Monday of the month we are excited to open our home as a Makerspace! Part stitch n bitch, part crafternoon, bring your winter projects and come create together! We have a sewing machine, serger, and basic sewing supplies available, a loom, a spinning wheel, a drum carder, hot glue gun, iron and ironing board, rotary cutter and cutting mat, and some general art and craft materials such as paints, brushes, etc. Please bring a potluck dish to share, supplies or crafting tools to share if you have them, and your winter projects to work on!

As we hope to continue offering this every month, we will sometimes have themed projects or skillshares, and in the warmer months the Makerspace will also include use of our woodshop and building tools.

~NOVEMBER~

Monday Movie Night, In the Light of Reverence
Monday, November 28th
Gather 7pm, press play 7:30, discussion to follow

Free! Popcorn and tea provided

Motivated by current events, in solidarity with the people at Standing Rock, and as part of our continued learning journey, we chose this month’s film In the Light of Reverence. Although it was produced in 2001, the issues contained within this film remain present today.

“In the Light of Reverence explores American culture’s relationship to nature in three places considered sacred by native peoples: the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest, Mount Shasta in California, and Devils Tower in Wyoming. Rich in minerals and timber and beloved by recreational users, these “holy lands” exert a spiritual gravity which pulls Native Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners, and rock climbers. Ironically, all sides see themselves as besieged. Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape.”

Read more here:
http://www.sacredland.org/index.php/in-the-light-of-reverence.1.html
Watch the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWCbYsAkGOw

heartbikeAnnual Thanksgiving Day Community Bike Ride
Thursday, November 24th
Departing from SHA at 9:30, or the Co-op at 10:00

If a jaunt through the hills and a bit of fresh air appeals to you before you sit down to whatever feast and family you’re celebrating with, then come join Squawking Hawk Acres and friends for our annual Thanksgiving Day Community Bike Ride. The route has yet to be determined, but will be moderate and take approximately 2 hours. Bike safety, road rules, and the dynamics of riding with a group will be discussed. Helmets strongly encouraged (let us know if you want to borrow one! This ride is weather dependent, and we will announce via the Facebook event page if we change our minds..

Monday Music Night!
Monday, November 21st
Jam starts at 7:00

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack or drink or dessert to share with everyone! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments, with a special place in our hearts for folks learning how to create music together. Don’t worry if you’ve never jammed before. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

king-roy-wingFourth Annual Birthday Cabaret! with King Roy Wing
Saturday, November 12th, 7pm till late

Can you believe it’s been four years?!

We can hardly believe it either, but we’re excited to celebrate the incredible journey that it has been learning, growing, gathering, building, and creating together at Squawking Hawk Acres! From gardens to workshops, crafternoons to rainwater catchment, movie nights to natural building we have accomplished so much over the last four years, and are grateful to continue getting to know this piece of land and the community that supports and surrounds it. We hope you’ll come celebrate with us!

We’ll start the evening with a Cabaret-style open-mic/open-stage beginning around 7:30, where everyone is encouraged to share their special talents whether it’s reading a poem, standing on your head, juggling chainsaws, or sharing a piece of art you made.

After that we’re delighted to have live music from local fantastic new band King Roy Wing, beginning around 8:30/9:000! Be prepared for a dance party to follow…

This event is family friendly and open to children of all ages. Bring your loved ones but please carpool, parking is limited. Potluck contributions encouraged, and BYOB. We can’t wait to see and celebrate with YOU!

we-are-waterClothing Swap for Standing Rock
Thursday, November 3rd 7pm
We love our clothing swaps at Squawking Hawk! And this time we are changing it up, instead of a Naked Lady Party we are inviting all people of all genders to join us, and instead of just getting clothes for ourselves we are collecting warm winter clothes to send out to Standing Rock to help keep the Water Protectors warm in the coming cold winter months.

So bring any old (but still clean and wearable) clothes that you want to get rid of, and at least one item of warm winter clothing to donate to our allies at Standing Rock. We will collect warm clothing to send with some friends that are headed to North Dakota in early November, and we will exchange clothes for ourselves as well. Please bring a snack or drink to share! Let’s give thanks for the fall rain, celebrate the changing seasons together, and send love to our water and the people fighting to defend it.

~AUGUST~

slaverySlavery By Another Name, Documentary Movie Night
Wednesday, August 6th
Gather at 7, press play at 7:30, discussion to follow

The PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.

Based on Blackmon’s research, Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon and with leading scholars of this period.

Watch the preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFFIkg7WoYo

~JULY~

upper rogue riverBig Trees, Wild Rivers- Hike and Write with KS Wild
Thursday, July 14th
Carpool from the Nature Shop in Ashland, leaving at 4:00, return 9:00

KS Wild and Squawking Hawk Acres are teaming up to offer this special Hike and Write evening to celebrate the unique beauty of the Klamath Siskiyou region. Come be moved by the Big Trees and Wild Rivers that this area has to offer. Guided hike near the Rogue River with Jeanine Moy of KS Wild (specific location TBA), and facilitated writing session with Elizabeth Tobey of Squawking Hawk Acres. Please dress for being outdoors, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle, notebook and fast writing pens. Snacks and drinks provided by the hosts. Nature, beauty, awe and inspiration provided by our public lands.

SHA Jam NightSHA Jam Night!
Tuesday, July 12th

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussion instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordion, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack/drink/dessert/dish to pass! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

Klamath-5Klamath, Documentary Movie Night
Wednesday, July 6th
Gather 7:30pm, press play 8:00, discussion to follow
“Hidden in the depths of the Klamath-Siskiyou mountains is a world few have seen. Complex geology, climatic conditions, and impassibly rugged river canyons have inspired some of the greatest technological feats of history — technology created by life over billions of evolutionary cycles to survive otherwise unsurvivable conditions. This film is a window into that world.”

We were delighted to find out about this beautiful new film by local artist, Aaron Moffatt. With epic shots of the incredible scenery of the Klamath-Siskiyou region this film is a perfect way to celebrate the unique beauty we are so fortunate to inhabit. Come bask in it with us.

Tea and popcorn provided! Note that we’ve moved Movie Night this month to Wednesday, because the First Monday of the month is the Fourth of July. We’ll be back to our regular schedule in August!

~JUNE~

SHA Jam NightSHA Jam Night!
Tuesday, June 14th

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack/drink/dessert/dish to pass! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

Sign Board croppedNeighborhood Harvest Season Kick-off
Potluck and sign painting
Saturday, June 11, 4-7pm

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The Wisdom to Survive; Climate Change, Capitalism, and Community
Documentary Movie Night, Monday, June 6th
Gather 7:30pm, press play 8:00, discussion to follow
“Climate change is here. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. The film includes interviews with activists Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Herschelle Milford, Quincy Saul, and more.”

Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/77314166

Come watch the whole things with us!
Popcorn and tea provided. BYO other snacks or drinks if ya like
All ages welcome, family friendly
Please carpool if possible!

~MAY~

photo 5Cob Building Work Party, Part Two! With Community Potluck Feast!
Sunday, May 22nd, Noon till we quit
Dinner, potluck, BBQ at around 6:30

Last week we had an amazing Plaster and Building Party. It was a joyous day with sunshine and rainbows and music and laughter and children running around. We put a new beautiful coat of plaster on our cob pizza oven, and started building a sweet new cob kitchen counter and cupboard for our outdoor kitchen area. Aaaaaand, there’s still more building to do! Sooooo… we’re doing it again! come on over on Sunday and join us for round two. More mixing and stomping and building and playing! As usual, food and drinks provided. We’ll work till 6ish and then feast together. You’re welcome to join us in the evening even if you can’t make it for the whole day. Bring a potluck dish to share and musical instruments for jamming. Family friendly, children welcome. Please carpool if possible, parking is limited.

FirstFirePizza Oven Plaster Party and Cob Kitchen Counter Construction!
Sunday, May 15th, Noon till we quit
Dinner, potluck, BBQ at around 6:30
Music from Katie Buttermore and Monica Smith at 8:00

We are re-plastering our wood-fired cob pizza oven, and building a new cob counter and cupboard into our outdoor kitchen area. Come play with us! Mix up some plasters, decorate our oven, and learn how to build a cool counter out of dirt! If you have cool broken bits of tile or other treasures that could be incorporated into a mosaic, feel free to bring them! Snacks, dinner and drinks provided for those attending the work party. Please bring clothes you can get grubby in (you’re welcome to wash up and change into clean clothes here after if you like) and a waterbottle. If you can’t make it for the whole day we invite you to join us around 6:30 for a dinner and BBQ, please bring a potluck dish to share, or something to throw on the grill. Fantastic musical entertainment from Katie Buttermore and Monica Smith beginning around 8:00. Family friendly, children welcome!

SHA Jam NightSHA Jam Night!
Tuesday, May 10th
Potluck at 6:30, Jam starts at 7:30

You are invited to Squawking Hawk Acres monthly Jam Night and Potluck! We have multiple acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass guitar, various percussian instruments (shakers, didgeridoo, small drums, etc.), a banjo, accordian, and flute. Please bring an instrument to play and a snack/drink/dessert/dish to pass! We welcome all levels of musical ability and any instruments. Invite your friends and let’s JAM!!

Cowspiracy_ScreeningPoster3Monday Movie Nights, Cowspiracy
Monday, May 9th
Gather 7pm, press play 7:30, discussion to follow
Free! Popcorn and tea provided

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

Check out the trailer here:
http://www.cowspiracy.com/

~APRIL~

swaleLineDrawingSwale Digging Day! First Work Party of the Season
Sunday, April 17th
12:30pm till dinner

Snacks, beverages, and dinner provided

We just plowed the whole field in front of our house and we are getting ready to plant it up! We are laying out swales on contour, mounding berms, mulching, cover cropping and planting fruit and nut trees. We need your help! This Sunday, come play in the dirt with us. Snacks, drinks and dinner provided. Please bring work gloves and water bottles if you have them. Extra shovels would also be useful. We will probably also take a mid-afternoon break to go jump in the lake!

River Between UsDocumentary Movie Mondays, A River Between Us
Monday, April 4th
Gather at 7, press play at 7:30
Discussion to follow
Free! Popcorn and tea provided
A River Between Us is the story of the Klamath River and a battle over water rights and usage. It “documents the largest river restoration project in American history. Nearly three hundred miles in length, flowing from southern Oregon to northern California, the vast communities of the Klamath River have been feuding over its water for generations, and as a result, bad blood has polluted their river and their relationships equally.

A RIVER BETWEEN US examines the complicated history of this conflict: how anger, fear and distrust have undermined the Klamath’s communities for decades. Balancing the sheer beauty of the river’s surface with its underlying ills of injustice and inequality, the film focuses on the personal stories of a group of individuals who finally chose to put the past behind them and came together to create a historic water rights compromise for the good of all.”

Check out the trailer here:
http://www.ariverbetweenus.com/trailer/

2015

~DECEMBER~

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2nd Annual Boxing Day Open House
Saturday, December 26th, noon till late
Farm tour at 2:00
Hot Cider and Mom’s Famous Rutabaga Soup provided, bring tasty treats to share

A long-standing Tobey family tradition, inherited from an English great-uncle, and carried on ever since as a chance to gather with friends and family in the midst of all the winter holiday hullabaloo. Wikipedia says that Boxing Day is “traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesman would receive gifts, known as a ‘Christmas box’, from their bosses or employers.” We’ve also heard that is was the day to box up old and unwanted items and donate them to charity. Or it might just be a day to wear plaid underwear and punch each other wearing padded gloves! At any rate, we celebrate it with a big pot of Mom’s Famous Rutabaga Stew, hot apple cider, and doors open all day to friends and family who feel like stopping by and saying hi. Bring your leftover holiday food and treats to share, and come on over.

Temple Grandin, (not a documentary) Movie Night!
Thursday, December 3rd
Gather at 7:00, movie at 7:30, discussion to follow
It’s not a documentary, but it’s a really good film about an amazing woman. Tea and popcorn provided as always, feel free to bring other treats to share if you’re so inclined.

“Before enrolling in college, famed animal husbandry expert Temple Grandin (Claire Danes) visits a cattle ranch owned by her aunt Ann (Catherine O’Hara) and demonstrates a brilliance for all things mechanical. Once classes begin, the autistic Grandin rises to meet the intellectual challenges — though the social ones are a bit more difficult. Grandin triumphs over prejudice to become an innovator in the field of animal care, and a lifelong advocate for humane slaughtering practices.”

Watch the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkN0JdXRpM

~NOVEMBER~

bikehopeThird Annual Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride
Thursday, November 26th
Meet Ashland Food Co-op parking lot at 10:30 for a moderate ride, we’ll be back in town by 12:30ish
However else you might be spending this day, a jaunt through the rolling hillsides in the crisp fall air with friends is a great way to start it off! The route for this year’s ride has yet to be determined, but it will be happening, and you’re welcome to join us! Ride will take approximately 2 hours, and bike safety, road rules, and the dynamics of riding with a group will be discussed. Helmets strongly encouraged!

bike maintenanceBasic Bike Maintenance with Jake Cox!
Sunday November 22nd
1:00-4:00pm
In preparation for our Annual Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride, we’re offering a chance to fix up your bike and make sure it’s ready to ride! Flat tire? Brakes need adjusting? Come learn how to take care of those basic bike maintenance tasks with UBI certified bike mechanic, and SHA homie, Jake Cox. Then come ride with us on Thursday! Donations gratefully accepted.

Porch Ponderings: Sex and Sexuality
Community Potluck and Discussion
Wednesday November 18th, Potluck 7pm, Discussion to follow
Topic: Male Anatomy
If you’re interested in joining, please contact Krista Love at kristal.hagman@gmail.com for more information.

SHAlogo1Happy Birthday Squawking Hawk Acres
SHA turns 3!
Saturday, November 14th
It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already on this land, but it’s true! Come celebrate the journey of connecting to place with us. Sing, dance, show pictures, read poems or in any other way share your talents in the Birthday Caberet Show! BYO drinks and snacks to share. Birthday cake will be provided! Help us blow out the candles and make wishes for SHA in the next year. Feel free to invite friends. Children (of all ages) welcome. Carpooling encouraged, (biking preferred!) parking is limited.

~OCTOBER~

occupy the farm filmOccupy the Farm, Documentary Movie Night
Thursday, October 22nd
Gathering at 7, Movie a 7:30, discussion to follow
OCCUPY THE FARM tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly-owned research farm and plant two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development. This direct action set up a vibrant tent village on land destined to become condos, while their crops blocked the development plans of a cash-starved public institution, the University of California, Berkeley. Their confrontational, yet hopeful tactic raises important questions: What are the most effective ways to bring healthy food to hungry, urban neighborhoods? And, who should control research and education at the world’s most important public university: private interests or the public good?
Popcorn and tea provided, donations accepted. BYOB or bring snacks and drinks to share if you feel so inclined.
Watch the trailer here

 ~SEPTEMBER~

Porch Ponderings: Sex and Sexuality
Community Potluck and Discussion
Wednesday September 30th, Potluck 7pm, Discussion to follow
Topics: Sacred Sexuality, Tantra and Orgasmic Meditation
Looking forward to sharing sweetness with you all! If you’re interested in joining, please contact Krista Love at kristal.hagman@gmail.com for more information.

~AUGUST~

Porch Ponderings: Sex & Sexuality
Community Potluck and Discussion
Friday, August 28th, Potluck at 7pm, discussion to follow

A group of kind, compassionate and sexually intrigued adults seeking to discover more about sex and sexuality through open, honest discussion. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Krista Love at kristal.hagman@gmail.com for more information.

Botany of Desire, Documentary Movie Night & Community Potluck
Thursday August 27th
Bring snacks to share and join us for potluck dinner at 7pm, or
Come just for the movie at 8pm
Discussion to follow
Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world, seen from the plants’ point of view. The program shows how four familiar species — the apple, the tulip, cannabis and the potato — evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.
Watch trailer here

Yoganic Gardening
Saturday, August 8th
Garden Playtime 8am-11ish
Relaxing Yin-style Yoga on the Shadey Porch 11am-noon
Potluck Brunch to follow

Garden Day + Yoga! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. Garden Playtime activities vary each month as the farm dictates, check our facebook updates the week before for current happenings. Gentle yoga/movement session led by one of us on the lovely shadey porch to relax and restore. Stick around for potluck brunch afterwards, or drop by just for that! Happy Saturday!

~JULY~

inhabit movieINHABIT, A Permaculture Perspective, Documentary Movie Night and Community Potluck
ThursdayJuly 30th
Bring snacks to share and join us for potluck dinner at 7pm, or
Come just for the movie at 8pm
Discussion to follow

A feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible – what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

Watch the trailer here: http://inhabitfilm.com/

garden yoga tree poseYoganic Gardening
Saturday,July 11th
Yoga at 9, Gardening 10am-1pm
Garden Party + Yoga! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. Gentle yoga/movement session led by one of us to warm up our bodies and open our minds, followed by a mellow day working and playing in the garden and on the farm… read more

~JUNE~

Fertility Awareness Class Series with Sarah Bly
Fourth of Four Sessions, Monday June 29th
Pre-registration required

Green Fire, Documentary Movie Night & Potluck
Thursday June 25th
Bring snacks to share and join us for potluck dinner happenings at 7pm, or
Come just for the movie at 8pm
Discussion to follow
The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.
Watch the trailer at http://www.greenfiremovie.com/

Check out our line up of upcoming Documentary Movie Nights

compost-hands-sproutGettin’ Dirty Garden Day
Thursday, June 25th, 3-7pm
And the last Thursday of every month

Garden Day! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. A great chance to learn about general gardening and get hands-on with various projects we’ve got going on, from building birdhouses to digging swales to planting fruit trees. It’s best to learn by doing. And it’s always better to work together! So come learn along with us… read more

Fertility Awareness Class Series with Sarah Bly
Third of Four Sessions, Monday June 22nd
Pre-registration required

garden yoga tree poseYoganic Gardening
Saturday, June 13th, and the 2nd Saturday of every month
Yoga at 9, Gardening 10am-1pm
Garden Day + Yoga! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. Gentle yoga/movement session led by one of us to warm up our bodies and open our minds, followed by a mellow day working and playing in the garden and on the farm… read more

~MAY~

Queen of the Sun, Documentary Movie Night & Potluck,
Thursday May 28th, and the last Thursday of every month
Bring snacks to share and join us for potluck dinner happenings at 7pm, or
Come just for the movie at 8pm
Discussion to follow

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.queenofthesun.com/

compost-hands-sproutGettin’ Dirty Garden Day
Thursday, May 28th, 3-7pm
And the last Thursday of every month

Garden Day! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. A great chance to learn about general gardening and get hands-on with various projects we’ve got going on, from building birdhouses to digging swales to planting fruit trees. It’s best to learn by doing. And it’s always better to work together! So come learn along with us… read more

Fertility Awareness Class Series with Sarah Bly
Second of Four Sessions, Monday May 25th
Pre-registration required

horizon leap, erin goodbyeSpring Celebration and Going-Away Party Cabaret
Friday, May 22nd
7:30pm til Late
A chance to celebrate spring and the departure of one of our dear housemates who is off to new adventures. Cabaret style show featuring the talents of our lovely community. Bonfire to follow. Invitation only (please contact us if you think you should be invited and you haven’t been yet!)

Applegate Clouds!Living Room Conversation with KS Wild
Hosted by Squawking Hawk Acres
Tuesday, May 19th
7:00pm
Will our ancient forests continue to stand tall, or will they be clearcut? Will our wild rivers remain clean and rich with salmon, or be filled with silt from eroding roads? Will wolves, fishers, and other wild plants and animals live in abundance, or lose their homes to bad policy? Will smart management like thinning and prescribed fire make our communities safer from wildfire, or will clearcut logging create tree plantations that burn too hot? Join KS Wild and Squawking Hawk Acres for a presentation and discussion of the future of our BLM Backyard Forests. The Bureau of Land Management has just released a draft management plan that will guide the next twenty years of over 2.5 million acres of forests in western Oregon. We have just ninety days to help thousands of southern Oregonians understand the massive plan and help them share their vision for the positive future of our forests. This is an incredible opportunity to ensure the BLM values clean water, ancient forests, and wildlife moving forward.

Come enjoy appetizers, beverages, and join in this important conversation about the future of Our BLM Backyard Forests. Please RSVP tomorgan@kswild.org or call (541) 488-5789.

apple_pickingNeighborhood Harvest Community Potluck
Hosted by Squawking Hawk Acres
Saturday, May 16th

4:30-7:00pm
Neighborhood Harvest is a grassroots organization based in Ashland Oregon, that is dedicated to harvesting fruit, nuts, and produce that would otherwise go to waste from yards, gardens and farms in the Rogue Valley. If you’d like to help Neighborhood Harvest continue to grow and flourish, save food from going to waste and share it with the community, please join us for a Community Potluck and Neighborhood Harvest Meeting. Bring a light potluck dish to share, and your own plate or bowl and utensil. Mingling and munching from 4:30-5, followed by meeting from 5-7:00 to discuss the future of Neighborhood Harvest and how YOU can get involved!
https://neighborhoodharvestashland.wordpress.com/

fertility awareness classFertility Awareness Class Series with Sarah Bly
First of Four Sessions, Monday May 11th
Mondays, May 11th & 25th, June 22nd & 29th
Pre-registration required
Learn to chart and track your cycles for gauging gynecological health, self awareness, contraception, aiding in conception. Sarah Bly, FAE, DEM, reproductive and sexual health educator. 541-821-2522. sarah@graceofthemoon.com

Klamath Siskiyou Women’s Permaculture Group, monthly meeting
Hosted at Squawking Hawk Acres
Sunday, May 10th
3:00pm

Invitation only

garden yoga tree poseYoganic Gardening
Saturday, May 9th, and the 2nd Saturday of every month
Yoga at 9, Gardening 10am-1pm
Garden Day + Yoga! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. Gentle yoga/movement session led by one of us to warm up our bodies and open our minds, followed by a mellow day working and playing in the garden and on the farm… read more

Full Moon Nanaked lady partyked Lady Party
Clothing Exchange and Fire Circle
Sunday, May 3rd
6:00pm, invitation only

You can read about why we love Naked Lady Parties, and how they’re changing the world in our recent blog post:
http://www.squawkinghawk.com/naked-lady-parties/

~April~

Symphony of the Soil, Documentary Movie Night & Community Potluck
Thursday April 30th
Bring snacks to share and join us for potluck dinner at 6pm, or
Come just for the movie at 7pm
Discussion to follow

Check out the trailer here:
http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/

“Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance of soil. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.”

compost-hands-sprout

Gettin’ Dirty Garden Day
Thursday, April 30th, 3-6pm
And the last Thursday of every month

Garden Day! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. A great chance to learn about general gardening and get hands-on with various projects we’ve got going on, from building birdhouses to digging swales to planting fruit trees. It’s best to learn by doing. And it’s always better to work together! So come learn along with us… read more

garden yoga tree pose

Yoganic Gardening
Saturday, April 11th
Yoga at 9, Gardening 10am-1pm
Garden Day + Yoga! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. Gentle yoga/movement session led by one of us to warm up our bodies and open our minds, followed by a mellow day working and playing in the garden and on the farm… read more

~March~

tales from the hiveTales from the Hive, Documentary Movie Night & Potluck
Thursday March 26th
Join us for potluck dinner happenings at 6pm, or
Come just in time to press play at 7pm
Discussion to follow

It’s time for another Documentary Movie Night at Squawking Hawk Acres! Popcorn and tea provided as always! Feel free to bring adult beverages if you like.

This documentary, produced by NOVA “chronicles a year in the life of a bee colony with stunning images that take viewers inside the innermost secrets of the hive. The documentary team spent a year developing special macro lenses and a bee studio to deliver the film’s astonishing sequences.”

Check out more information about the movie, and the amazing process of filming it here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees/

compost-hands-sproutGettin’ Dirty Garden Day
Thursday, March 26th, 3-6pm
And the last Thursday of every month

Garden Day! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. A great chance to learn about general gardening and get hands-on with various projects we’ve got going on, from building birdhouses to digging swales to planting fruit trees. It’s best to learn by doing. And it’s always better to work together! So come learn along with us… read more

garden yoga tree poseYoganic Gardening
Saturday, March 14th
Yoga at 9, Gardening 10am-1pm
Garden Day + Yoga! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. Gentle yoga/movement session led by one of us to warm up our bodies and open our minds, followed by a mellow day working and playing in the garden and on the farm… read more

~February~

dirt the movie verticalDirt! The Movie- Documentary Movie Night & Potluck
Thursday February 26th
Gather and eat 5:30-6:30, movie at 7pm, discussion to follow

We’ve been having such a great time this winter with our documentary movie series that we decided to keep it going. This month, in celebration of spring we’re watching Dirt! The Movie. Potluck first, movie next, lively discussion to follow.
Popcorn and tea provided. Bring a dish to share and adult beverages if you want em.

“DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.”

Watch the trailer here:
http://youtu.be/iWaabJ2JxUM

We’ll also be hosting a Getting Dirty Garden Day earlier that afternoon, so if you actually wanna come play in the dirt, you can join us from 2-5:00 for that, and then just stay for dinner and a movie. (http://www.squawkinghawk.com/garden-days/)

compost-hands-sproutGettin’ Dirty Garden Day
Thursday, February 26th, 2-5pm
And the last Thursday of every month

Garden Day! Come join the SHA crew in the garden and on the farm. A great chance to learn about general gardening and get hands-on with various projects we’ve got going on, from building birdhouses to digging swales to planting fruit trees. It’s best to learn by doing. And it’s always better to work together! So come learn along with us… read more

shovelDigging Day- Work Party
Sunday, February 8th, 11am-6pm
we’ll work for a while and then eat drink and be merry
In case you hadn’t heard, 2015 is The Year of Water at Squawking Hawk Acres. We’re working on our comprehensive Water Resiliency Plan, and the first big project is installing two 5000 gallon water tanks to catch and store the rainwater that falls on our roof. And we need your help! We’ve done the layout and design, and now it’s time to dig. We need to level the area where the tanks will go, in preparation for building a solid foundation for them to sit on, and dig a swale for the overflow.

Snacks, beer, drinks, music, shovels and other digging tools provided. Bring work gloves, a water bottle, and a shovel if you have. Dress for gettin dirty and being outside in the weather. Dinner to follow. Bring instruments if you play em, there will be time for jammin.

Come learn about what we’re doing to conserve water on our homestead, and help us take steps towards installing our rainwater catchment system!

~January~

flow_posterFLOW: For the Love of Water, Documentary Movie Night
Tuesday, January 27, gathering at 6:30, pressing play at 7, discussion to follow
It’s the Year of Water, at Squawking Hawk Acres. We’ve chosen to dedicate 2015 to this precious resource, to focus on it in all the ways we can, to become more aware of it, to appreciate it, conserve it, and find ways to make our homestead more resilient to the changing water supply in our valley. In the spirit of this, our first Documentary Movie Night of 2015 is all about water. Tea and popcorn provided. Feel free to bring other snacks or beverages to enjoy.

View the trailer here: http://www.flowthefilm.com/trailer

2014

~ December ~

Boxing Day Open House
Friday, December 26th, noon-6pm
A long-standing Tobey family tradition, inherited from an English great-uncle, and carried on ever since as a chance to gather with friends and family in the midst of all the winter holiday hullabaloo. Wikipedia says that Boxing Day is “traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesman would receive gifts, known as a ‘Christmas box’, from their bosses or employers.” We’ve also heard that is was the day to box up old and unwanted items and donate them to charity. Or it might just be a day to wear plaid underwear and punch each other wearing padded gloves! At any rate, we celebrate it with a big pot of our mom’s famous Rutabaga Stew, hot apple cider, and doors open all day to friends and family who feel like stopping by and saying hi. Bring your leftover holiday food and treats to share, and come on over.

sewing-a-buttonSewing and Mending, a basic sewing skills class
Monday, December 8th
$5-10 suggested donation for materials and instructor appreciation
Bring your holey pants, your torn t-shirt, the skirt you want to re-hem, or the one with the missing button. You know all those things, that would be perfect, and you would totally wear them… if only? Bring them. Bring them all and let’s fix them! Terry and Elizabeth Tobey, mother and daughter, and sewer/crafter/menders extraordinaire will pool their knowledge to show you how to finally patch those pants, fix that shirt, and hem that skirt. Or whatever your project may be! Sewing machines, needles, thread, and basic supplies provided. You bring the problem projects, leave with new skills!

DamNation dvd

DamNation, Documentary Movie Night
Monday December 29th, gather at 6:30, we’ll press play at 7, discussion to follow
Free event! Tea and popcorn provided, you’re welcome to bring other snacks and drinks
Our first movie night at Squawking Hawk Acres was a great success and we’re looking forward to doing it again.

DamNation- “This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.”

Watch the trailer:
http://damnationfilm.com/trailer

Writer’s Brunch, a seasonal celebration of self-expression
Sunday, December 21st, invitation only
A relaxed time to gather with notebooks and fast writing pens, to eat and drink and let thoughts pour on to paper, to welcome in the new year and lengthening days with reflection and reading and sharing. For those who write regularly and have participated in Elizabeth’s weekly Tuesday writing group. If this intrigues you, contact her at elizabeth@squawkinghawk.com and ask about it

~ November ~

Second Annual Thanksgiving Day Group Bike Ride
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th
Meet at Ashland Food Co-op at 10:30 for a moderate ride, we’ll be back in town by 12:30ish
It began last year, with a bike ride that was so splendid we instantly decided it had to happen again, and thus a tradition was born… read more

 

wrenchedWrenched, documentary movie night
Tuesday, November 25th, doors at 6:30, movie at 7:00, discussion to follow

Free! donations accepted to help us procure our own projector, in the meantime we’re looking to borrow if you know of one available!

The first Documentary Film Night at Squawking Hawk Acres. Join us for popcorn, pillows, and political action. “Filmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s… read more or watch the trailer

Fire Cider Circle
Thursday, November 20th 7:00pm
An invitation to come gather in circle and make a delicious simple fermented tonic to keep us warm and healthy through the winter months. If you’ve never had or made Fire Cider before, don’t worry. It’s a wonderful easy medicine to make and enjoy.

This will be an intimate event, so please RSVP accurately. Around ten people would be best. Please choose an ingredient to bring and share and we will prepare together. Possible ingredients include ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar, horseradish, onions, medicinal mushrooms, rosemary, sage, lemon, hot peppers…. If you’ve made it before and have other suggestions, feel free. Thank you!

cloth grocery bagsMake Your Own Reusable Grocery Bag!
A beginning sewing class

Sunday, November 16th
1:00-4:00pm

In case you didn’t know, Ashland is changing its shopping bag laws! Beginning November 6th, there will be a ban on plastic shopping bags. Customers will be encouraged more than ever to bring their own bags, and stores will have to charge for all disposable bags they provide. We’re thrilled that this is happening, and to celebrate are offering a beginning sewing class to teach you how to make a simple, sturdy, and beautiful reusable cloth grocery bag… read more

Anna-on-stairsCello Evening with Anna Fritz-
Celebrating Squawking Hawk Acre’s 2nd Birthday!

Wednesday, November 12th,
Doors at 7, music from 8ish-9ish with more party to follow

$5-20 donation suggested to support the musician

We’re turning two! Can you believe it? It’s been a fantastic ride so far, and we want to celebrate with you. We’re delighted to have our good friend Anna Fritz returning to fill our home with her beautiful, soulful, original cello music… read more

~ October ~

Thursday in the Garden, last one of the season
October 30th, 3-7:00pm,
Free Event!
Garden Day! Come join Elizabeth and the SHA crew in the garden. We’ve had a lot of interest expressed from people wanting to learn about general gardening… read more

Community Potluck
Thursday, October 30th, seats at the table are limited, please contact us if interested
Following our final Garden Day of the season, we will join together for a Fall Potluck Dinner celebrating the seasonal harvest bounty and the beautiful community in which we live.

October 10-12th- Water Resource Design Workshop with Siskiyou Permaculture
$300, includes organic lunch and some camping
Learn how to integrate and balance water resources on a small homestead or farm. We will explore strategies for drought proofing, rainwater harvesting, greywater, irrigation district water utilization, small scale carbon framing, and horticultural self-reliance based on careful use of water. It’s a great time to design water systems in preparation for doing earthworks in the fall to harvest rainwater for the next year. This course uses a design charette format and will result in student conceptual designs.
Click here for more information and to register

~September~

September 27th-
Natural Dyeing Workshop
10am-1pm, $5 suggested donation to cover material costs
If you love fiber (fabric, yarn, clothing) and you love flowers (or leaves, weeds, nuts, onion skins) then come see how much fun combining them can be!

Join Terry Tobey, of Sew Creative Ashland, for some playful exploration into the world of using natural materials to dye fabric. Experiment with using plant matter and found objects to create color and patterns on fabric, without using any chemical dyes or fixing agents. Terry has been playing with natural dying, as well as all manner of fiber arts, including spinning, knitting, weaving, sewing, and more for over 40 years. She will have samples of naturally died material for show and tell, and books to share. Please bring your own mason jar with a plastic screw-top lid. If you have any red or yellow onion skins to share, that would be great. Fabric provided. Extra jars and lids will be available for purchase if you don’t have one. Everyone will leave with their own dyed fabric creation!

September 20th-  Tumbleweed Peepshow, with Grin and Bear, a house concert
$5-10 donation suggested for the band
Tumbleweed Peepshow is coming to town to entertain us all with their original, soulful, acoustic, bluesy/bluegrassy tunes. Part house concert, part birthday celebration for Miss Elizabeth Tobey, the evening is sure to be an abundance of fun. New local duo Grin & Bear featuring Helen Vaskevitch and Richard Koehler, will be kicking off the evening’s musical magic with blues and gospel inspired original tunes. We hope to see you there!

Carpooling strongly encouraged, parking is limited!
BYO drinks and things
Check out music by the band here

~August~

August 16th-
Food Preservation and Canning, with Elizabeth 10am-1pm
$5-10, sliding scale to cover materials
Squawking Hawk Acres’ own Elizabeth Tobey will be sharing her love and passion for preserving the summer bounty. From pickles to chutney, and pie filling to relish, Elizabeth will discuss how to store and save the fruits and vegetables of summer for the long days of winter. Freezing, canning, drying, fermenting, as well as dry storage and root cellars,  will be discussed and the group will participate in a hands-on canning demo, with a chance for everyone to go home with a little jar of summer, and a handout of additional information.

$5-10 sliding scale to cover cost of materials

To register in advance, please email elizabeth@squawkinghawk.com or visit the Facebook event page

~June~

June 21st-
Mushrooms with Mitra, 10am-1pm
$15 includes handout, purchase a bag of mushroom spawn for an additional $10
Mitra Stricklen is the founder of Sporulate Learning Farm, just a few miles away from SHA, and is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of mushroom cultivation for food and medicine. Come join Mitra for a permaculture playshop featuring delicious mushrooms. We’ll learn about fungi layer design and installation through a permaculture lens, and practice growing two species of mushrooms in two distinct niches at Squawking Hawk Acres. You’ll meet Pleurotus (oyster) and Stropharia (wine cap) mushrooms, and practice growing each by feeding the species their ideal foods.

~May~

 May 17th-
Herbalism 101! 10am-1pm
Sliding scale $10-15 no one turned away

Max Binstock spent last year interning at Oshala Farm as part of the Rogue Farm Corps, FarmsNext young farmers training program, and then followed it up with a fall residency at the Herb Pharm in Williams. He’s currently working full time in the fields at Herb Pharm and studying herbalism through the lens of Ayurveda with local herbalist Tyler Wauters. He’ll be sharing his love of plants and herbal knowledge with us, We’ll tour the gardens at Squawking Hawk Acres to meet some of these plants in person, and we’ll make some simple salves and lip balms so everyone can go home with something special!

 May 15th-
Fermentation and Micro-Communities, 6-8pm
$10 includes handout and a kraut jar
Join Mitra Stricklen from Sporulate Learning Farm for a choppin’ mixin’ saltin’ brewin’ evening at Squawking Hawk Acres. We’ll zoom in on our micro-buddies and discuss their life cycle and how we can grow their communities to improve the nutrition and storage life of many favorite farm foods! We’ll practice fermenting vegetables, dairy products and fruit, and you’ll taste finished kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, and kefir. Let’s grow it!

~April~

April 27th-
Primitive Skills & Awareness, 10:30am-1:00pm, Free!
Join primitive skills instructors and enthusiasts Steve Cossin and Katie Buttermore. This class will teach some wilderness awareness & movement techniques, as well as a few primitive skills. They will demonstrate fire-starting with a bow-drill, and we will learn how to craft fire-containers, and how to construct a tinder-bundle. Family friendly, children ages 8 and over are welcome to join with parental supervision. Sharp knives will be used. You are welcome to bring lunch and stay after to picnic on the deck or in the yard, until about 2:00.

April 19th-
Earth Day Celebration and CD Release Party for Kaahele, 7pm till late
Miss Kelly Kaahele Hyde is releasing her first album, entitled Incredible Journey. It’s also Earth Day! Come celebrate EARTH with us, and the incredibly journey of our lives here.  Party starts at 7, music at 8, on-going fire circle and community Pledge to the Earth art project/installation happening throughout the evening. Tell your friends, bring your loved ones, and let’s come together, sing songs, and celebrate mama terra.

~March~

 March 15th-
Tree Grafting Skill-Share, 1:30-4:30pm
Free!

Asa Cates, born and raised Ashlander, has been experimenting with tree grafting for the last few years, and has offered to share his experiences with us. He will be demonstrating a variety of different grafting techniques, including Whip and Tongue, Saddle, Cleft, Rind/Bark and T-bud or Chip-bud grafts. Bring your questions, curiosities, and any knowledge or experience you have to share. Participants will get some hands-on time as we experiment with grafting a couple different varieties of apple onto our old crab apple tree. Bring a water bottle, dress for changeable spring weather, and bring a notebook or camera if you like for recording what we learn.

~February~

February 15th-
New Year New Fence! 10:30am-whenever we quit
Our first official work party. Come help us put up a deer fence to surround out perennial edible landscaping and the future site of our forest garden. Using Doug Fir round wood timbers, sustainably harvested from fire mitigation work in the forests surrounding Ashland, we will set up gate and corner posts and braces, supplemented with t-posts, to support 8′ woven wire deer fencing to enclose and protect the area that will become our perennial edible forest garden landscape.

~January~

GET PSYCHED! Community Party, Friday January 24th. 7:30pm.

Our “Happy New Year at SHA” party this event is a chance for us to share our plans and projects for the new season, to celebrate with old friends, and bring new people in to our community. The winter has been a very productive time of planning and dreaming and we are excited to be leaping into 2014 with a bunch of fun things on the horizon. So we’re having a party to celebrate and tell you all about it.

We will have live music from talented singer/songwriter/social and environmental activist/storyteller Sara Tone, followed by an open music jam. Bring your instruments for jamming, hands for clapping, and your feet for dancing.

Potluck style. Bring tasty (and preferably local, organic, homemade/grown) treats to share. We’ll have local delicious beer available on tap for a small donation, or feel free to bring your own beverage.

All welcome, family friendly. Carpooling strongly encouraged, parking is limited. Biking even better!

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