Maple Sugaring/Tree Tapping

Sunday, March 4

$40 (includes $20 materials fee for tapping kit)

Instructor: Westporters Carl McNair and Julie Beitman

Join us at Wakeman Town Farm for a fun and informative experience with maple sugaring enthusiasts Carl McNair and Julie Beitman. Carl and Julie will teach young and old alike about the joys of backyard maple sugaring and tree tapping. Participants will learn how to identify different maple trees, and what type of trees are best to tap. We will also cover when to tap and the collection, evaporation, and bottling process. The fee includes materials to tap your own tree, which we will practice during the course. Class is mainly outdoors; please wear boots or shoes that can get muddy/wet. Ages: 12 and up


Cooking with Essential Oils & Spring Cleanse

May 5


Instructor: Michelle Didner

Michele Didner, Certified Holistic Health Coach and yogi, explains what essential oils are, and how they can be used with seasonal spring foods to support cleansing and a healthy lifestyle.

Participants will prepare clean, vegan dishes with local ingredients enhanced with essential oils. These include a delicious chocolate-peppermint smoothie that aids in digestion and a fresh dandelion salad with lavender and lemon that naturally detoxes the immune system.


Butterfly Gardening & Habitats

May 19


Instructor: Alice Ely

Learn how to help save the Monarchs, right in your backyard & leave with some milkweed seedlings to help you get started! Alice Ely, flower aficionado, master gardener, certified Monarch Habitat creator, and mother of Monarchs, wants to show you how to bring a bevy of butterflies to your garden.


Container Gardening

June 30


Instructor: Westport Garden Club's Ellen Greenberg

Herbs are aromatic plants that make culinary dishes savory and intrigue all of our senses. They have many benefits and have been valued throughout the world for centuries. Best of all, they are easily grown in containers. Join us at the farm to plant your own herbal container to take home and learn the basics of growing herbs. We will also explore vinegar and oil infusions as well as herbal teas.


Peonies: How to Divide, Plant and basic care

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$25 rain or shine

Instructor: Westport Garden Club's Ellen Greenberg

Enjoy learning to make Peonies have a reputation for being finicky to plant, and particularly tricky to move or divide. But, with a few simple rules, they are easy to establish and keep growing for years. Ellen Greenberg, past President of the Westport Garden Club, has dug and replanted or potted more than 100 peonies over the years. In this class, participants will learn the basics of fall cleanup and spring care. Then the group will go outside and "dig" a large peony that we will then divide and replant.

We will be dividing a "Cheddar Charm” peony, a hardy, lightly fragrant, mid-season peony originally purchased at White Flower Farm over 10 years ago. This will be its second major division. Small bags of peony fertilizer will be for sale for $5, and the peony divisions will be raffled for $5 bare root or $15 potted. Optional supplies to bring: gloves, clippers. Dress for the outdoors and getting dirty.