The Southport Globe Onion Initiative: Reviving the Prolific Heirloom in Westport with Sefra Alexandra
Come peel back the layers with us at the Farm for an evening with The Seed Huntress, Sefra Alexandra, as she discusses her quest to revitalize the noble Southport Globe Onion, a regional staple heirloom that brought wealth and prominence to our historic agricultural area.
Sefra, a Cornell-educated ethnobotanist and Greens Farms resident, is is on a perennial expedition to breathe new life into both the regional onion culture and create renewed excitement about planting and stewarding the heirloom Southport Globe Onion variety. She will bring some heirloom seeds to share with attendees and show us how to germinate them indoors and then plant them in gardens in and around Westport.
Let's all get our hands on the land this season, for a community-wide effort to welcome this heirloom back to its native soils for the first time in 130 years!
Join us in Tim's Kitchen on March 4th, as we march forth on our quest to promote bioregional seed "hubs," with a lively discussion and demonstration about seed saving, including light allium-inspired refreshments (think onion tarts and wine). PHOTO: Jonathan R. Beckerman Photography
Join Linda Fleming, a master at both gardening and storytelling, as she shares lessons about herbs, seed starting, seed saving, growing, propagation and harvesting, all with an eye to luring a parade of pollinators to your yard. Although this class is FREE, please register HERE
This very special dinner experience features an informative and lively conversation about our sustainable seafood system with a gorgeous meal. It will be presented by Rowayton Seafood owner and avid fisherman Kevin Conroy and Rowayton Seafood’s fishing community partners whose mission it is to support healthy oceans and promote species regeneration. A glorious tasting menu will be prepared by Chef Charles Hoffman. Click HERE to register
Perennials that Bees love & Deer don’t
Learn what to grow for a garden thats not only beautiful but beneficial, season after season. Nathalie Fonteyne, UConn master gardener, UConn master UConn master composter, perennials chair of the Westport Garden Club (and Wakeman Town Farm perennials whisperer) will suggest perennials that, based on her own experience, will attract pollinators and birds to your garden (and not so many deer!)
This Class is FREE, but registration is required. Please click HERE to register.
Going Native – The How & Why of Native Plants in the Landscape
Want to turn “go native” in your landscape, but not sure where to start? Wondering which of your current trees and shrubs get the environmental ‘green light?’
Learn the whys and hows of using native plants in your yard to give Nature a hand, welcome in more birds and beneficial pollinators, and add beauty, too. Find out which native plants make good substitutes for exotics that may do harm.
Talk by Bill Kenny, landscape architect, wetland and soil scientist and owner of NATIVE plant nursery in Fairfield. This class is FREE, but registration is required. Please register HERE
Join Westporters Marge Perry and David Bonom as they discuss their new book, Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day. Learn how to make delicious, well-balanced meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients—all in just one sheet pan or skillet. The wizardry behind these complete meals is in super smart, innovative and simple techniques that ensure you won’t end up with muddled flavors and textures. Every recipe truly makes a complete meal, including protein and a vegetable or grain—and usually both.
In Partnership with the Westport Library
Get a jump on Spring and attract Monarch Butterflies to your garden this Summer!
Make your own “mini-greenhouse” in a bottle to start milkweed seedlings.
Instructions and supplies provided.
Although this class is FREE, registration is required. Click HERE for more info and to register
What does it really mean if something is GMO, or organic, certified organic, all natural, local, no hormones added, etc. It doesn’t have to be as confusing as it seems. Join us for some hot cocoa and discussion in Tim’s Kitchen to break down what all of the labels really mean for our planet, our food, and our families. All Ages Welcome!
Free, but please register HERE
You take care of your family, children, partners, manage your career and community. You might even fit in exercise, social time with friends and eating healthy. That’s great.
But something is missing.
Three essential components are often overlooked by women: financial well-being, legal well-being, and self-care.
* Does dealing with your finances seem intimidating?
* Are you prepared legally for today .. and for what may lie ahead?
* Do you know how to stay grounded and attuned to your inner compass while juggling all of the above?
We will cover Financial Health, Legal Health AND Self Care and Balance.
Join a team of experts who will help you navigate it all. You’ll leave armed with a plan and the confidence to tackle it, mindfully, with direction, understanding and support … your own personal inner compass!
Galia Gichon - Independent Financial Expert with over 20+ year financial services experience
Margie Jacobson - Attorney, trained Mediator and Nutrition Coach.
Michelle Didner - Meditation and Yoga Teacher, Nutrition Coach and Workshop/Retreat Leader
click here for more info here
Bored by the same old salad? Learn to think about vegetables creatively from Ilene Rosen, co-author of Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way with Vegetables.
In her first book, Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way with Vegetables, Rosen reveals her genius approach to mixing vegetables, nuts, grains, and cheeses so they add up to something better than a salad.
Rosen is the chef, creative director, and co-owner of R&D Foods, a specialty grocery shop featuring her prepared foods that opened in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, in 2013. Previously, Rosen spent fifteen years as the savory chef at City Bakery, where she honed her craft of creating a seasonal salad bar that gained a cult following.
FREE. NO REGISTRATION
Partner: Westport Library
The B.I.G Girlfriends Guide to Marriage and Divorce is an empowerment series designed to help women make well-informed decisions and choices at every stage of their marital status.
Featuring professionals from Merrill Lynch and Costello, Brennan and DeVidas P.C.
$25.00 includes Lunch
For more info or to register, click here
Join us at the farm for an intimate cooking/dining event featuring a three-course seasonal menu created by Tavern on Main's Chef Polo Ramirez and John Zervos. Limited to 16 guests. BYO wine/adult beverages.
Hypertufa pots are perfect for cactus, alpine rock gardens, plant trays and bird baths. Attendees will learn to mix the hypertufa and then pack it into molds made from every day objects. Students will take their pots home to cure. The pots should be ready to use in a couple of weeks. Myriad forms of decoration will be discussed. Attendees will take home 1 or more pots that they have created. Come prepared to get a bit dirty.
In this class, learn how to suite, plant, prune and care for herbaceous, intersectional and tree peonies. This will be followed by a demonstration of how to divide and plant an herbaceous peony. We will also demonstrate how to graft a tree peony branch to an herbaceous peony root, the most common form of tree peony propagation. Adults only please.
Roots & Bones with Matt Storch Play, Watch, Eat & Drink in Wakeman Town Farm's gorgeous new chef's kitchen with Matt Storch, the Chef/Owner of Match, Match Burger Lobster, Nom- eez and the winner of "Chopped!" on the Food Network. A cooking class and dinner event in one!
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Sweater weather, crisp fall air, and an Oktoberfest vibe on the farm? How can you beat it. Bring the kiddos and friends for corn hole and animal encounters and pumpkin painting, listen to some live acoustic music, enjoy a New Belgium Craft Brew on tap, and dine on award-winning Bobby Q’s barbecue. It’s all happening at the farm. FREE ADMISSION! NO REGISTRATION. Park along Wakeman Drive.
The farm's biggest fundraiser/dinner/party, now in its sixth year. We're talking local chefs serving farm-inspired fare, a rocking cocktail hour with signature drinks, a sit-down feast, live and silent auctions and live music—all to support your town farm. Tickets go on sale after Aug. 15 and sell out fast. Just sayin'... for more info and tickets, click here
Food Rescue US will host a panel discussion and Q&A at Wakeman Town Farm and Sustainability Center on Monday September 17th, 2018, 6pm-7:30pm. The public is invited to attend and learn about food rescue and how the community can come together to reduce food waste. The panel includes Nicole Straight, Food Rescue US Fairfield County Site Director, Chef Jes Bengtson of Terrain Garden Cafe, Chef Jeff Taibe of Taproot Restaurant, Jonathan Kirschner of Ambler Farm and will be moderated by Sustainne founder and green food advocate Analiese Paik. The event will also feature local food donors from farms, restaurants and grocery stores, light refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $25 with all money going to Food Rescue US to continue building the Fairfield County operation and can be purchased here. Local Food Rescue US volunteers will receive a discount code for a $15 ticket. Each ticket will also get attendees into the screening of Anthony Bourdain’s documentary Wasted! which will be held at Westport Town Hall on October 21, 2018 at 6pm.
Founded in January 2011, Food Rescue US is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Food Rescue US is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need.
An annual down-home family event for kids and families of all ages. Activities include: a Farmyard Olympic games with sack races, tug-of war, and balloon toss, as well as face painting, pickle making, birdhouse decorating, and crafts. There will even be a photo-op for kids with one of our live barnyard friends! For the littles, Melissa & Doug is providing a Fun Play Zone chock-full of amazing tactile toys and hands-on activities for exploration and creativity!
Enjoy music by School of Rock, and learn about the wonders of the sky with the Westport Astronomical Society. For lunch, enjoy a variety of delicious foods at the Hoe Down Grill, sponsored by Westporter Robin Tauck. Frosty ice cream treats will be for sale by our friends at Saugatuck Sweets.
Check out our organic gardens, picnic on the grounds, meet the farm animals, and engage in all of the events of the day. All proceeds benefit the programs and upkeep of Your Town Farm. Fees: $5 kids, $10 adults, under 2 is free, $20 cap for families. Select food/drink and activities are available for purchase.
We’ve got more than organic veggies growing in our gardens. Join us on the farm for our first-ever Beer Garden event on Sat. June 9, featuring live music, corn hole and lawn games, artisan vendors, plus low and slow BBQ from Bobby Q’s, frosty beer on tap by New Belgium Brewery and tasty treats from Saugatuck Sweets.
Anxiety is all too common in children these days. In this this community-outreach project sponsored by Epidemic Answers, you can learn more about what you can do to help your child without medication.
Join us at Wakeman Town Farms in Westport, CT for a panel discussion/Q&A session with:
* Stephan J. Quentzel, MD
* Jennifer Boyd, PA
* Roseann Capanna Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN
* Vicki Kobliner, RD
Suggested donation: $25
Integrative/holistic practitioners who treat children for anxiety are welcome to introduce themselves during a portion of the evening.
Green Day: 12:00-3:00
$5 per person, kids under 4 free
Join us at Wakeman Town Farm to celebrate Mother Earth and sustainable farming.
Watch as our friends from Alpacaboose Farm will shear our sheep, Cookies and Cream, and then local fiber artisans demonstrate how to spin and weave the wool. Local Master Bee Keeper, Jeff Schwartz, will share wisdom on saving the honey bees, and how kids can help. Learn about how to return nutrients to the soil through composting, either creating your own compost bin with advice from a UConn Master Composter, or channeling your food waste into commercial compost, via the experts at Curbside Compost. Hear from C-Tec Solar how solar energy can help you be more sustainable every day. And, of course, we'll all take part in the traditional Maypole dance with local caller Bill Fischer at 2 pm. Enjoy lunch for purchase by Moo Oink Cluck, a gastro-pub on wheels specializing in locally sourced, seasonal fare (named one of the best food trucks in Fairfield County by CTbites!).
Join us at Wakeman Town Farm as we host, along with our friends at the Westport Library, NYC-based gluten-free chef and author Phoebe Lapine for an evening of seasonal super foods that taste as good as they are good for you. Phoebe will demonstrate recipes from her bestselling memoir, The Wellness Project, which chronicles her journey with autoimmune disease and how she finally found the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one month at a time. She will share how adopting an anti-inflammatory diet drastically improved her health, actionable steps for incorporating new ingredients into your daily life, and techniques for making the most out of fermented foods that promote good gut health.
Meet experts and hear about business successes that can help open doors for you to open a food establishment or get your product into the marketplace.
Wakeman Town Volunteers rock. They lend a hand on all sorts of tasks, from helping in the gardens to caring for our animals. They help us set up and organize our fun family events, and they create fun programs on our Teen Council, and they share their talents in everything from social media and marketing to finance and fundraising. Join us for our kick-off to the season. We will be providing an overview of the exciting things happening this year around the farm, and explaining how you can get involved. We will serve some light breakfast refreshments. Interested in sticking around and volunteering for a part of the day? Bring some old shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty, we’ll provide the rest!
This new family-centric event celebrates some EGGcellent traditions, including an Egg Hunt, an Egg-Toss, a farm-y craft, hot chocolate, and coffee. In addition to this, kids will get a chance to get up close and personal with the farm's new chicks and bunnies. There will also be a visit from the Big Bunny! 10:30-12:00. $20 per family. Pay at the gate. Checks/cash. This event will cancel for rain. Please check our website the day of for cancelation information.
Our summer programs offer children ages 3-17 the chance to have daily hands-on interactions with our farm animals, learn about and help care for our organic garden beds, and even try their hand at simple recipes using our bountiful harvest. We invite you to join us at our OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9 AM-12 NOON. Come on by, bring the kids, and see what we are all about!
The Westport Front Porch's fabulous holiday gift fair at Wakeman Town Farm was held on Tuesday 12th. All proceeds from the event were donated to Homes with Hope. Jewelry, ceramics, pillows, organic skin lines, more jewelry, botanical products, children's clothes, art, a bit more jewelry, recycled bags, candles, a cookbook, did we mention jewelry? All from local artists, craftsmen and vendors. Hundreds joined us for a glass of hot apple cider to celebrate our community, and the holidays.
Westport's Wakeman Town Farm's Tree Lighting has local soul. We bring in student singers and musicians to provide a little festive holiday music, and we pour hot cocoa and serve cookies and stoke up the bonfire. As the sun goes down, we light the Wakeman Tree, a tradition for three generations of the Wakeman family. Date is Fri. Dec. 8, starting at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public! Come one, come all to this wonderful community event! 134 Cross Highway, Westport.