Our Guild Summer Trip this year will be a visit to Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, NH.
Sanborn Mills is a traditional New Hampshire farm and nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability, creativity, and preserving folklife and agricultural knowledge so that the best of the past can help shape our future. It’s a place for people to learn how to work the land in ways that are sustainable and self-renewing. Using the model of a traditional New England diversified working farm (agricultural fields, managed forests, timber framed barns for animals, sawmill, grist mill and blacksmith shop), the farm serves as a place to apply the lessons learned from the past to current needs for sustainability and community.
A century and more ago, Sanborn Mills Farm was a bustling, thriving center of agricultural activities that supported an extended family and served the community. Today, the farm has a group of instructors, farmers, craftspeople and historians dedicated to teaching the traditional skills that were commonplace then. They provide opportunities for people to learn old-fashioned ways and explore how they can be integrated into modern life and believe that these skills and a vital connection to the land continue to be important and relevant
Our visit will include a history of the farm and a tour of the main structures – the wood shop, sawmill and blacksmith shops - and the gardens. There may be an opportunity to view one of the water-powered mills in operation, timber framing projects, and possibly plowing, haying, and/or logging with oxen and draft horses.
The tour is approximately 2 hours, starting at 10 am. Bring a picnic lunch and we can find a spot to enjoy our food and chat.
Note: Registration is required; sign up on the Guild web site. Directions to the farm can be found here. Note that some GPS directions may take you in on the wrong end of Sanborn Road (which is not passable) so be sure to follow the directions on the web site.
Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!
I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.
If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.
The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.
The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.
The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.
A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.
If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.
I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.