Patterson’s First Newletter

The News of The Patterson School was first published in November 1909. It consisted of 4 pages and covered such topics as the opening of the school, the number of boarding and day students attending, some history about Samuel Patterson and his wife, the mission of the school, life at the school, and the needs of the school. The newsletter is a fascinating read and look into life in 1909. We are fortunate to have obtained a copy of this first newsletter and believe you will find it as interesting and enlightening as we did.

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 1

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 2

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 3

The News of The Patterson School, November 1909, Page 4

High Country Farm Tour

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Farm Tour PosterThe Patterson School Foundation is pleased to be a part of the High Country Farm Tour sponsored by the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA). Four farms are featured in the tour, with the Patterson Estate being the first of the four. Tickets are available here or at the Patterson School grounds the day of the event. The 4 page Tour Guide is available for viewing or downloading here. For complete details visit the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture website. The event runs from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Come tour the Patterson School Foundation property, bequeathed for agricultural educational purposes by Samuel Legerwood Patterson, the first elected NC Agricultural Commissioner. His great, great niece will share the Permaculture plans to regenerate this land, organic farm management of horse hay, the newly re-opened Patterson Equestrian Center and Riding Club, and the Caldwell County Public School’s STEAM program’s campus site. Enjoy this resource-rich land which includes an old hydro-electric dam, the Yadkin River and Ripshin Mountain’s peak.

Patterson Courses – Something from “The Kitchen”

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Deneice GuestSafe and Easy Home Canning
June 13 – 9:00 AM
Instructor: DeNeice Guest
Class will be $35

Safe and Easy Home Canning – Learn the basics of home canning with DeNeice Guest, co-author of the new book Drink the Harvest, as she introduces the time honored tradition of preserving food from the garden. Discover how safe, easy, and economical it is to preserve food and beverages by canning. Nothing makes a family more secure than having a well-stocked pantry, and canning ensures that no one runs short even during paralyzing blizzards, power outages, or other disruptions. And this proven method helps cut energy use and curb global pollution: why drive to a grocery store when you already have your favorite foods as close as your cupboard! Canning the surplus cuts waste when you have an extra large harvest, and provides a way to combine and preserve your best crops in imaginative ways. The workshop covers equipment, sanitation practices, and step-by-step techniques. (minimum of 10 students)

Make your own Garden Wine and Mead!
June 13 – 1:00 AM
Instructor: DeNeice Guest
Classes will be $35

Make your own Garden Wine and Mead – Learn the basics of making garden wine and mead with DeNeice Guest, co-author of the new book Drink the Harvest, as she introduces the little known world of herb wines and honey meads. Tap into the little known world of homemade garden wines, which combine health benefits with delicious flavor. Celebrate fruit and herbs in a pure yet long-lasting form, and learn which herbs are best to use as wines, how to harvest and handle them, and how to begin the wine making process. Here’s an inexpensive way to boost your herb garden’s potential. (minimum of 10 students)

Cheese Making
June 20 – 9:00 AM
Instructor: Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Cheese Making class – Dawn Matthews will present the process to make Mozzarella and Chevre cheeses in a fun and informative class. Learn the steps to making Mozzarella in 30 minutes with only three ingredients. Class attendees will have the opportunity to sample this cheese while still hot and gooey! This cheese can also be made with regular cow’s milk out of the store. Chevre cheese is a standard farmers milk cheese. It tastes like buttermilk that has been made into cream cheese. This process takes approximately 24 hours but is so easy you will wonder why you have never made it before. During the class we will shorten the processing time so you see each step demonstrated in front of you. There will also be a website and information given so you can purchase items needed to prepare these cheeses at home. (minimum of 10 students)

Summer Homesteading Classes offered at Patterson

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Dawn matthews thankful goat

Dawn Matthews, founder and owner of The Thankful Goat, lives on a micro-farm near Lenoir.  Featured in Mother Earth News, Dawn’s business started with a mistake.  They had just gotten their first goat Athena, when she ate some laurel leaves that are toxic to goats.  An inoculation made her milk undrinkable, so Dawn turned the undrinkable milk into soap!  She homeschools, manages her micro-farm, makes cheeses, soaps, and bath products, and found time to write a book about her experience!

Cheese Making
June 20 – 9:00 AM
Instructor: Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Cheese making class  – Mozzarella and Chevre cheese will be presented in a fun and informative class.  Learn the steps to making Mozzarella in 30 minutes with only three ingredients.  Class attendees will have the opportunity to sample this cheese while still hot and gooey!  This cheese can also be made with regular cow’s milk out of the store.  Chevre is a standard farmers milk cheese.  It tastes like buttermilk that’s been made into cream cheese.  This process takes approximately 24 hours but is so easy you will wonder why you’ve never made it before.  During the class we will shorten the processing time so you see each step demonstrated in front of you.  There will also be a website and information given so you can purchase items needed to prepare these cheeses at home.   (minimum of 10 students per class)

Soap Making
June 20 – 1:00 PM
Instructor:  Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Soap making – We will talk about the history of soap spanning back over 8,000 years.  A batch of soap will be made as a demonstration and each person attending will be given a bar to take home.  Soap making precautions will be addressed and questions answered concerning additives you can use to make a batch with your own flare!   (minimum of 10 students per class)

Drop Spindle Class
June 20 – 3:00 PM
Instructor:  Dawn Matthews
Class will be $35

Drop Spindle Spinning – Drop spindles have been around in every country for thousands of years.  This age old process uses sheep, goat, llama, alpaca, cotton, flax, and other natural fibers and turns it into yarn for weaving, crocheting, and knitting.  We will demonstrate the processes used to make yarn out of roving.  The class will include roving, and spindles will be available for purchase for $14.00.   (minimum of 10 students per class)

PSF Announces Summer Programs

The School For Regenerative Culture at Patterson announces “summer offerings”!!  Headlining our new offerings for this summer will be a week long Rice Diet Retreat at Patterson the week of 07/20-07/25, led by best-selling author and Nutrition Director at the Rice Diet Program, Kitty Rosati. Our ‘Healing at the Roots’ educational offerings will seek new depths, explore new terrain and expand our understanding of conscious
consumption.

Other offerings and short courses include:

06/06            –    Bread and Jam class in kitchen

06/13            –    Safe and Easy Canning/Making Wine and Mead

06/20            –    Soap and cheese making drop spindle classes

07/18            –    Growing Our Way Home Again: Applied Permaculture Design

07/19            –     Land is Ecosystem: Permaculture Design and Practice

07/20-07/25  –     Healthy Heart Seminar

08/15            –     Pollinator Class

For more details about each class (pricing and time), please click on our Courses links.

 

REUNION 2015 – Registration

GYA2P 2015 ~ PATTERSON SCHOOL REUNION
The Morgan School at Patterson Preserve
July 31 – August 2

Don’t Miss Early Bird Rate – Postmarked by June 1 !!

NAME _______________________________________________

YEARS ATTENDED_________________________ GRAD. YEAR ________

ADDRESS ________________________________ PHONE _____________________

CITY/STATE/ZIP ___________________________ PHONE _____________________

EMAIL ___________________________________ FACEBOOK _________________

PLEASE CIRCLE THE PLAN(S) YOU WANT – Full Plan includes all meals and events

EARLY BIRD RATES APPLY TO RESERVATIONS POSTMARKED BY JUNE 1.

.                    Early Bird         Early Bird            After June 1         After June 1
.                    Full Weekend   Full Weekend     Full Weekend       Full Weekend
.                    (with room)       (no room)           (with room)           (no room)
________________________________________________________________

YOU                  $75                   $50                    $100                      $75

SPOUSE
Name                $50                   $50                     $75                       $75

CHILD 1
Name                $25                   $25                    $50                        $50

CHILD 2
Name                $25                   $25                    $50                        $50

CHILD 3
Name                $25                   $25                    $50                        $50

TOTAL

All rooms will be in Wiese Dorm. Please BYO linens, pillows and towels (fan).
Availability for Weise is first come, first served.
Prices are for full weekend, no Saturday only prices.

Please send payment and registration to:
Patterson School Foundation, PO Box 500, Patterson, NC 28661-0500

Remember, Early Bird Rates must be postmarked by June 1, 2015!

SEE YOU THERE!

Patterson Equestrian Center Horse PULL

Horse pull picturePatterson School Equestrian Center
Address:    2039 Hwy 268, Lenoir, NC  28645
Date:          April 4, 2015
Time:         2:00 start  –  Gates open at 12:00
To register horses to participate, please arrive before 1:00
Current Coggins required.

PAYOUT
First place for light and heavy weight is: $250
Second place:          $200
Third place:              $175
Fourth place:           $125
Fifth place:               $100

For your comfort, bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Food Vendor available onsite.
Hotdogs, Hamburgers, BBQ, Chips, Drinks, Desserts

For more information, contact:
IRA GREENE   at   828-266-1208        or      282-493-3210

Save the Monarch!

monarch_800Since the 1990s, the number of Monarch butterflies has decreased an incredible 90% due in part to the widespread spraying of toxic herbicides, made by Monsanto and other agro-chemical manufacturers, which destroys their main breeding habitat.  Monarch butterflies exclusively lay their eggs on milkweed, and their caterpillars rely on the plant as their only food source.

I just took action to stand with progressive champion Rep. Chellie Pingree to demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.

Please consider signing this petition too!

Sign the petition here:

https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/save-the-monarch-butterfly-from-xtinction?sp_ref=99090154.4.11444.e.44904.2&source=mailto_sp