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.
Butterfly Gardening & Habitats
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.
Photography for the Food Business
Join professional photographer Ashley Skatoff for a discussion about the importance of photography in the food business. Appealing images are paramount when presenting food to consumers, as one food shot can entice or repel customers. Knowing what to expect from a professional photographer and how to best manage the process of hiring a photographer will help to ensure that the images you get are the very best reflection of the business into which you are pouring your time, money and heart. Skatoff will shed light on the importance of using evocative images, selecting photographers, creating a strong “mood” or brand with your imagery, creating a typical food studio setup, as well as what to expect from the shoot process, fees, and managing the image selection.
Maple Sugaring/Tree Tapping
$40 per family (includes $20 materials fee for tapping kit)
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: 7 and up
Peonies: How to Divide, Plant and basic care
$25 rain or shine
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.