Build a Botanicals Press & Demo * Homestead Potluck & Farm Tour!

Tour the horse-powered farm and visit exotic animals, build a plant press & learn about pressing botanicals too!

Saturday, October 21
Shared Meal at noon (optional but please join in!)
Build a Plant Press (followed by a demo pressing botanicals) 1 pm
Tour of farm (optional - to follow)


Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Our philosophy of sustainablity is making your own food from your own land for your own children.  This includes getting in the kitchen to make wholesome food straight from the garden, canning, making your own pasta and bread. 
This means we work with our horses instead of tractors.  Why?  Less emissions into the atmosphere, less parts to repair and discard and the kids get to join in the fun and learn about animals. 
Most of the animals bred on Arielle Acres have more then one purpose, which is also ideal in a permaculture enviroment. Our plants are selected for their heritage qualities and are free of GMO's, chemicals and pesticides.

Optional meal to kick off the afternoon - bring a dish to pass!!


Learn how to make a 12"x12" plant press to make your own pressed flowers and plants. Great for candles, cards, you can even make your own botanical guide book. After you make your press we will share a demo of how to use it for the flora of the season.  Great for wildcrafting herbs or edibles.
Option to build your own press to take home, additional $30 materials fee.
(Press shown is just as an example)

TOUR THE FARM!  optional, to follow
Check out haying with horses, crops, wildcrafting, herbs, flowers, Tibetan yak, English Angora rabbits, Brabant horses, Icelandic sheep, Chinese geese, Peking ducks, Phoenix chickens and other interesting poultry! 

Arielle Wolter and her dad Merle work together on Arielle Acres, striving towards an ecologically sustainable lifestyle. On their 520-acre farm in Macomb they grow heritage breed livestock, have a newly erected cold frame with a raised bed vegetable garden inside and are working on many of the factors that impact the environment and the farmer.  They believe that the farmer must work with the ecological surroundings including wildlife, nature and even the microbes in the soil (they may even be the most important part.)

When Arielle is not farming she is either attending SUNY for her bachelors degree, cooking, or spending time with her daughters. Merle can usually be found amongst his technical drawings during his down time, working on ideas to for ecologically sustainable farming.


  • For this unique learning experience, a $20 general public ($50 total if building a press to take home), $10 student ($40 if building a press) donation is requested for material costs, to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation. 
    Participation in the potluck alone is free of charge, come share a meal!
  • Donations can be made by cash or check to "Local Living Venture" and will be collected on site during registration. Reduced Rate / Scholarships are available upon request.
  • Please note that our generous Presenters are volunteers donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, and this is a major means of support for our community organization.
Please RSVP for location and details.
Contact or (315) 347-4223
We need the Workshop Name, your name(s), phone numbers, and number in party.
Please note if you wish to build your own press, for materials planning.
Partial scholarships are available upon request.


Arielle Acres

Co-sponsoring the event is the Potsdam Food Co-op at 24 Elm St., Potsdam, NY. They strive to provide a pleasant shopping experience, with an emphasis on education and sharing information with the community.
The Co-op ( carries local, natural and healthful foods and is open to the public (no membership required) from 8 a.m to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

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We collaborate in presenting these life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share.

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 Local Living Venture
315. 347. 4223    *     PO Box 736  Canton, NY 13617
A 501(c)(3) non-profit, made possible with support from North Country Savings Bank
Website made possible by the Northern New York Community Foundation

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October 21st, 2017 2:00 PM   through   4:00 PM
Macomb, NY 13642
United States

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Phone: 315-347-4223
Mobile: 315-261-1926

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