2023 Traditonal & Green Skills Workshops!
Saturday, March 11, 9am-3pm

The Traditional and Green Skills event is scheduled to return to Prairie Farm High School on Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. after a three-year COVID-enforced break. This year we are back with a full slate of 17+ speakers spread over four sessions—two in the morning and two in the afternoon. The day will be punctuated by a conversation-filled lunch hour enjoyed over bring-your-own sack lunches in the cafeteria. Beverages will be provided by the Hay River Transition Initiative. 

Come brush up on chainsaw safety, learn about foraging for wild food, gain insights on landscaping for energy efficiency, and much more. This is a unique opportunity to learn from neighbors and share our knowledge and skills as we get to know one another better. The cost is a mere $8 per person or $15 for a family of four. We are able to keep fees low thanks to Prairie Farm High School donating the space, speakers donating their time, and volunteers running the event. 

An area for local vendors will be available. Spaces may be rented for $10 by community members. Presenters will also have a vendor space available for their use.

This event is sponsored by the Hay River Transition Initiative (HRTI). We are one chapter in an international effort to be better prepared for upheaval erupting from our accelerating climate crisis, peak oil (when consumer demand exceeds supplies), and our government’s inability to adequately prepare for these challenges. The Transition Initiative lifestyle suggests that we will be better able to respond to these opportunities by getting to know our neighbors and, most critically, sharing our own survival skills as well as learning theirs. We will be stronger and more resilient as we gain this wisdom and understanding. There are no restrictions on who can join the fun. It is not required that you live close to Prairie Farm.

Let us know if you would like to volunteer to help with any of the following: 

Volunteers are free to attend classes at no charge when they are not working. If interested, contact Nancy Frank 715-651-7840.

Deep appreciation is extended to the small committee of planners who met these past winter months to ensure a successful day learning from one another and growing the strength of our community. They include: George Adams, Anna Brown, Kay Curtin, Nancy Frank, and Suzanne Gaines.