Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Holiday Herbal Gift-Making: Pine Sachets and Herbal Sugar Scrub

Sunday, December 16
1-2pm
$10 per person

Join us this holiday season for a workshop to make your very own Maine pine sachets and an herbal body scrub. Perfect to give as gifts to your family and friends.

Ages 10 and up.  Held in the Little River Room.

Herb Workshop: Immune Berry Syrup

Saturday, January 5
1-2pm
$10 per person

As we approach colder weather and flu season, it’s time to get ready with your own herbal remedies. This Immune Berry Syrup will keep your body healthy by supporting your immune system. Craft your own syrup to take home using blackberries, farm-grown ginger, and more!

Ages 10 and up.  Held in the Little River Room.

Winter Growing Tour & Talk

Saturday, January 12
1-4pm
$20 per person

Come out to the farm and explore best practices for winter growing. Participants will tour our year-round growing infrastructure and then venture inside to talk about extension practices for the backyard grower (weather depending).

Note: The workshop includes a tour through our fields to the greenhouse. These are not plowed or shoveled and you should dress warmly for the outdoors.  This workshop is best suited for adult learners.

Topics Covered:
What do plants need to grow all winter?
Understanding photoperiod
Microclimates
Greenhouse components explained. Why incorporate mobility?
Maintaining soil fertility in a closed environment
Designing your winter garden

Understanding Integrated Pest Management

Saturday, February 23
1-3pm
$15 per person

Are the bugs and weeds in your garden getting you down? This workshop digs into integrated pest management and integrated weed suppression management practices. We’ll focus on organic solutions to help you get out of the weeds.

Topics Covered:
Pest identification
Crop rotation & interplanting
Deep organic pest control
Timing crops according to pest life cycle

Past Workshops

Composting on the Farm

If you think you generate a lot of compost in your household, imagine what it looks like on a farm scale! In this workshop, we’ll discuss what it takes to manage food waste and biomass (leaf piles, grass clippings, etc.), both in your own gardens and on our farm. Learn the science behind what’s in your compost pile, followed by a walking tour of compost in action. The workshop will include both a lecture and a walk around barn and chicken tractor.

Topics Covered:

  • Building the perfect compost for your home garden
  • Understanding the ingredients: Carbon to Nitrogen ratio
  • How do invertebrates & bacteria help us compost
  • How our laying hens provide more then just eggs, nutrients too!
  • How our “Egg mobile” works
  • Why our ” Egg mobile” follows our cows
  • How we compost here on the farm
  • What does it take to manage a farm scale compost?
  • How does vegetable compost differ from the compost we spread on our hay fields?

Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting

Always wanted to grow healthy fruit trees of your own?  This workshop will cover the science and techniques for grafting and pruning fruit trees in Maine, including a hands-on demonstration in our orchard. You’ll even leave with a tree to cultivate in your home garden.

Topics Covered:

  • Lesson on fruit tree grafting and pruning
  • Grafting science and techniques
  • Pruning young apple trees
  • Proper grafting in the field

 

Draft Power Workshop & Demonstration

Not everyone is burning fuel and using tractors to get the job done around the farm. Some farmers still work their land the old fashion way, with horses, oxen and walk-behind or ride-along equipment.  In this workshop & demo, we will learn how the farmers communicate with, instruct and train the animals.  We will also learn about the equipment used to perform tasks in the forest and field.

Topics Covered:

  • How the oxen are rigged up for work
  • How the oxen respond to commends
  • Low impact forestry
  • Demonstration of animal powered equipment

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