Fest Wishlist

 
We love producing this fest. From day one, we believed it to be a truly special event – with an amazing community. We believe that even more today. We’ve also realized that moving forward, we have to choose between running the fest so that others can learn new skills, or we can dig into our own homesteading projects like raising animals and growing food. It’s not possible for us to do both, as running the fest is quite literally a full-time job, between the two of us. On top of bill-paying-jobs and homeschooling. Even with our amazing team of volunteers.

But, rather than settling for one or the other, we’ve decided to trust in community and learn to be okay with asking for help! In this spirit, we’ve created this wish list that will help us to pull off the festival and free up some time to check an item or two off of our farm to-do list. A donation of a shed that can become a composting outhouse saves us hours of building time. A donation of a wood stove, or wood-chipper saves hours of kijiji-hunting. Plus, a lot of these items are just not in the fest budget, as we are still barely breaking even. These are simply some of the realities of this event, and we are optimistic for years to come. We’re still just a toddler of an event. Practically newborn.

Thanks for digging in with us and checking to see if you or anyone you know has any of these items collecting dust that could be donated – or loaned. We’d be happy to brush them off and pour new life into them!

360L wheeled garbage/recycling bins

The kind Wpg uses for garbage and recycling in back lanes!

– For DIY high capacity composting toilet outhouses for the festival grounds

Wish granted? Email us!

Cooking Class Mirror

Or materials to DIY it!

– The type of mirror rig that you see at cooking classes, that help the audience see what’s going down at the teacher’s table.

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Wagons

Preferably wood or metal

– These will be used for campers to cart their belongings to their campsites, and for parents, attendees, workshop teachers to use throughout the weekend.

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Bike Wheels

good condition

– To be made into a DIY rickshaws/wagons for campers to brings supplies to and from the campground, and for general use on fest grounds

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Large Tarps

No holes

– For rain shelters as backup location for workshops that take place outside

– Also for dining areas for campers

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Large Screen / Dining Tents

Good condition

– For campground community fire pit areas

– For campground dining area

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Shipping Container/s

decent condition

– To be made into a DIY stage

– More than one = outdoor demo shelters or lounges

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Market Tents

good condition, 10 x 10

– For workshop demo booths

– For community activity station shelters

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Generator/s

– Generators to power tools that are needed at locations away from sources of electricity and to power workshop venues, stage, etc.

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Plywood

Various sizes

– This will be used to construct the housing for the DIY humanure composting toilet outhouses

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Wood Stoves or Cook Stoves

To code or not!

-Old wood or cook stoves that are not up to code, for outdoor use
– Large enough flat top surface for a couple of large pots for cooking demos
– Also looking for one that is to code for the Summer Kitchen workshop space

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Small Buildings

In "meh" to good shape!

– Sheds, gazebos, quonsets, other outbuidings

– Small = transformed into composting toilet outhouses

– Medium = ticket or demo booth, first aid shelter, etc.

– Large = shelters for workshops

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Campers

In ok shape or better

– We’d fix these up for accommodations for out-of-town teachers and coordinators who aren’t into tent camping, or rent them out and use the income to improve the campground facilities

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Outdoor Shower

Hardware and/or shelter

– This will be set up in a special, private space for use by campers

– Water hook-ups, stand, shower head unit

– Wood or other shelter

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Picnic Tables

Any size and colour

– For Fest Food Lane, the Poplar & Pine Campground dining area, and the DIY Kids’ Area

– We can stabilize, sand, and stain/paint them!

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Hammock/s

All shapes, sizes, colours...

– We’re working hard to set up loads of relaxing rest spaces for attendees and campers. This includes hanging hammocks around the festival grounds for rests between learning experiences!

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Riding Mower

In working order

– We actually don’t have grass in our yard site at all… but loads of pasture on the fest grounds that we need to trim to make the weekend enjoyable for attendees.

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Gas Push Mower

In working order

– A gas powered push mower will help us tidy up those hard-to-reach areas, to make the fest grounds more comfortable and pest-free for attendees!

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Straw Bales

Various sizes

– Small Square/Rectangular – for stage seating

– Larger for playing

– Various for permaculture workshop projects

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Old Hot Water Heater Tank

No holes in tank

– Your old junk can help us build a DIY solar hot water heater for the campground shower!

– We’ll also need reflective foil foam insulation & an old glass door

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Solar Panels

Various sizes, working condition

– Would be used for portable solar trailers, outhouse lighting, phone and walkie-talkie charging stations, and more for the fest grounds

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Bicycles

working condition

– We’d like to have simple bikes available for volunteers & teachers to get where they need to be on time.

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Large Camping Tents, Dining Tents

Those too big to actually stay warm ones...

– Large group sized camping and dining tents that can be placed in the campgrounds for little ones to play or nap in as needed, and possibly to provide some bug-free shade and rest areas around the fest grounds

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Wood Chipper

In working order

– We’ve got loads of downed wood and would love to make some beautiful walking paths for you on the festival grounds

– We also need wood chips for some of the workshops taking place on fest weekend

Wish granted? Thanks! Email us...