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Saturday, June 29, 2013


Mark, Kate and Julie from Canticle Farms have been wonderfully hospitable. Not only do we have a place to park, we also have access to the market building for lab space and the ever-important restroom facility. We will have to park off to the side of the building on Tuesdays and Fridays, when the farm market is open. For volunteers and visitors who may have a hard time walking to and from the excavation site, we can allow one or two vehicles to drive down in (please ask for the correct route before driving down in, as there are serious plow furrows on some of the lanes), if they agree to make bathroom runs from time to time. Unfortunately, this will only work on days when there is no rain, as it is easy to get stuck in the field when it's wet. Labs will generally be held on rain days other than Tuesday and Friday, and perhaps later in the season we can schedule a weekly lab day on Sunday or Wednesday (or both), for folks who want to help out, but may not want to spend the day in the field. Come on out to volunteer or visit! We're at the new Canticle Farms facility at 3809 Old State Road (formerly Bockmiers Market) in Allegany. If we get enough students enrolled, the field school will begin July 8. If not, there will be that much more room for volunteers!

Field Season 2013!

OK, so we've been off to a VERY rainy start at the Bockmier One site at Canticle Farms. I managed to get the supply tent set up, as well as relocating the site datum from 2009 (in between bursts of heavy rain), and we will begin preliminary testing tomorrow (probably in between bursts of heavy rain). Yesterday after one of the many downpours throughout the day, I snapped this photo... a sign of good things to come?

Should we be digging for a pot of gold instead of science?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Field Season 2013

Field Season 2013 is nearly upon us! Funding for this season's equipment and supplies comes mainly from donations from A. Altenburg, J. Patton, T. Sherman and C. Isbrecht, as well as several supporting members. Though we have a field school scheduled, but there are still ample opportunities for volunteers to participate. This year, on non-field school days, walk-on volunteers are welcome. This includes the entire week prior to the field school and Saturdays and some Sundays thereafter (see calendar below). If you'd like to volunteer on a field school day, a limited number of positions are available for which to schedule in advance on a first-come-first-serve basis (days are filling up, so schedule as soon as possible). Email or visit the site to schedule. It promises to be an exciting season!
This blog will again serve as a communications window during the field season, with updates at least every few days. Any scheduling changes that may occur will also be posted here.

     28 – site preparations
     29 – 9-11am: field workshop
             11am-5pm: field volunteer shifts
     30 – site closed/rain day


     1 – 9am-6pm: field volunteer shifts
     2 – 9am-6pm: field volunteer shifts
     3 – 9am-6pm: field volunteer shifts
     4 – 9am-2pm: field volunteer shifts
     5 – lab preparations
     6 – 9am-6pm: field volunteer shifts
     7 – field school preparations
     8-12 – 8am-4pm: field school*
     13 – 9am-6pm: field volunteer shifts
     14 – 11am-4pm: field volunteer shifts
     15-19 – 8am-4pm: field school*
     20 – 9am-6pm: field volunteer shifts
     21 – site closed/rain day
     22-26 – 8am-4pm: field school*
     27 – field volunteer shifts
     28 – 11am-4pm: field volunteer shifts
     29-31 – 8am-4pm: field school*


     1-2 – 8am-4pm: field school*
     3 – 9am-6pm: field volunteer shifts
     4 – 11am-4pm: closing volunteer shifts

*The JCC field school requires a minimum number of registered students. If the minimum is not met, the field school will be cancelled. In that event, all registered students will be refunded their tuition fees through JCC. Any students that had registered and planned to attend the field school will be welcome to participate as unpaid AVP interns, to gain valuable field experience. In the event that the field school is cancelled, the project will be open to walk-on volunteers every working day.