Workshops

Herb Workshop: Immune Boosting Cider Tonic

Saturday, November 17th from 1-3pm

As winter approaches and the nights start to get cooler, it’s time to get ready with your own herbal remedies. Join one of our farm educators to make your very own version of a cider tonic! Cider tonic is a unique immune boosting tonic made with apple cider vinegar, herbs and more. Use farm grown turmeric, ginger, onion and more to craft you own fire cider to help you get through the chilly months ahead! Ages 10 and up!

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Backyard Gardener Workshop Series

This new series is designed for the aspiring small-scale farmer.  Each session offers an in-depth exploration of a specific topic through lectures and hands-on activities, granting you the skills needed to confidently and successfully cultivate your own garden space.

Past Workshops

Winter Growing Tour & Talk

This workshop explores best practices for winter growing. As long as the weather allows, participants will tour our year-round growing infrastructure and then venture inside to talk about extension practices for the backyard grower.

Topics Covered:

  • What do plants need to grow all winter?
  • Understanding photo period
  • Micro climates
  • Greenhouse components explained. Why incorporate mobility?
  • Maintaining soil fertility in a closed environment
  • Designing your winter garden

Winter Greenhouse

Understanding Integrated Pest Management

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

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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