2016 FARM WORKSHOPS

Prices as follows, except where indicated:
Adults: $10
Children (under 17): $5 (must be accompanied by an adult)
CSA & Supporting Members: FREE

SAT ­– April 30 ­– 2:00 pm
MAKING INFUSED OILS & SALVES from WILD MEDICINAL PLANTS
Learn the secrets of creating infused oils from wild plants and turning your oils into medicinal salves. Workshop taught by Rockland Forager, Paul Tappenden. Each attendee will take away oil and a salve.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

WED – May 11 ­– 6:00 pm
TRANSFORMING DAIRY – Elana Fine
Cow’s milk can be transformed into many things  In this workshop, we will learn some simple ways to work with dairy.  We’ll be exploring some of the many forms that milk can take.  In this introductory class we will be turning  cream into butter, butter into ghee, milk into yoghurt, and milk into fresh cheese. Of course we will get to taste test what we make.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SAT – May 14 ­– 12:00 noon
STARTING A BED
Start your gardening season off right, with instruction on how to improve the quality of your soil, when to plant your favorite crops, what to consider when choosing a bed location and plenty more.

SUN – May 22 ­– 2:00 pm
DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH! – Joy Buckhout
Learn to infuse herbs into your life every day by drinking them. Go beyond the art of just making Tea! We’ll learn to create the herbal foundations: infusions, decoctions, herbal honeys & syrups and then we’ll talk about how to transform these into something more. Then you get to sample the myriad of drinking delights you can create!  From smoothies, broths, probiotic sodas, kombucha, water kefir… even popsicles! Bring the kids to this creative demonstration and let’s get sipping!
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

WED – June 1 ­– 6:00 pm
KITCHEN BEAUTY – Elana Fine
So many of the things we have in our kitchen can do double duty, for example, we can use baking soda to clean our teeth.  In this class, we will learn about, as well as demonstrate, preparing items we can make from the “stuff” most of us have in our kitchens.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SAT – June 11 (Rain Date June 18) ­– 11:00 am
NATURAL REMEDIES TO KIDS’ SUMMER WOES – Suzanne Barish & Paul Tappenden
Did you know that many natural solutions for stings, bites and rashes can be found right in your back yard? Discover the beneficial native plants right at your fingertips, and learn how to unlock their potential in repelling insects, soothing poison ivy, healing minor cuts and scrapes, and treating bee stings. At the end of the class, you will know how to identify these plants in your yard and in the wild, and you will know how to transform them into remedies for you and your family.

This class includes a brief foraging excursion to find native plants, hands-on demonstrations, and  a few informative coloring sheets for kids.  You will leave the class equipped with empowering knowledge and your own jar of infused oil to treat poison ivy.  This is a family-friendly class, so you are invited to bring along children aged 4+. Each family will be able to make one jar of poison ivy treatment together.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SAT – June 25 ­– 2:00 pm
DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH! Part 2 – Joy Buckhout
In this second workshop in the series of healthful drinks, we will learn to make Kombucha, Water Kefir & Probiotic Lemonade. These fermented delights can be the basis of adding more beneficial probiotics into your life! There are endless possibilities of flavor combinations! And why stop there? We will bring back some of the medicinal syrups from the first class and incorporate many wild & medicinal herbs to our drinks as well. The sky is the limit! And if you want one you can leave with your own Kombucha SCOBY to start the process at home! Cheers!
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SAT – July 9 (Rain date ­SUN – July 10) – 11:00 am
GETTING TO KNOW GRAPE LEAVES – Lisa Caccamise & Paul Tappenden
In this workshop, we will gather the wild grape leaves – and any other tasty foraged foods –  from the land at Cropsey Farm.  We will then bring them back to the kitchen in order to make three hearty entrees with our harvest. As we prepare, we will discuss the nutritional value of the leaves as well as the benefits of picking them from the wild vs buying them in a jar.

Chef Lisa Caccamise will be leading the workshop as well as expert forager, Paul Tappenden best known as The Rockland Forager.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SAT – July 16 ­– 12:00 noon
COMPOSTING
Learn nature’s best-kept secret! How to build, amend and mix your compost to keep your soil healthy and your gardens plentiful.

SUN – July 24­– 4:00 pm
DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH! Part 3 – Facto-Fermented Sodas
In the third & final workshop of the series, we will learn to make homemade probiotic sodas. These fizzy, fermented sodas are delicious AND healthy!! We will first learn to create our own “ginger bug” to start the fermentation process. Then we will create the flavors, put it all together and bottle it up to get fizzy!
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SUN – Aug 21 – 11:00 am
5 COMMON WILD MEDICINAL PLANTS & HOW TO USE THEM – Paul Tappenden
In this workshop we will learn how to recognize and harvest useful wild 5 plants that can make up the basis of a your herbal medicine cabinet.  We will explore how they can be of use in your daily life and the best ways to prepare them.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SAT – Sept 10 – 2:00 pm
CANNING & FERMENTING YOUR FALL HARVEST – Becky Denenkamp & Paul Tappenden
Becky Denenkamp and Paul Tappenden will demonstrate canning and fermenting techniques, to help in preserving the abundance of foods available during the fall season.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SUN – Sept 18 – 2:00 pm
MAKING DANDELION COFFEE – Paul Tappenden
We will dig Dandelion roots at the farm and prepare them for roasting.  Using pre-dried, ground root, we will roast the root and make some “coffee”. For those who haven’t sampled this delicious beverage, it tastes like a combination of coffee, chocolate and caramel.
Price: $15
CSA & Supporting Members: $5
Materials Fee: $5

SAT – September 17 ­– 12:00 noon
PERMACULTURE ZONES
Follow Jose, our Agricultural Director, through an interactive demonstration of how to work with nature and utilize your existing ecosystem by designing the ideal permaculture system for your garden space.

SAT – November 12 ­– 12:00 noon
FOUR-SEASON FARMING
Keep your growing season active in any weather with these farmers’ tips on when to prepare for the next season, how to regulate soil temperatures, and much more.

Watch this space for additional workshops on raw cooking, beekeeping and more! Dates to be announced.