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Seed Bomb Crafting

Saturday November 10
11:00am-12:oopm

Cost: Free, but please register. All Ages

Instructor: UConn Master Gardener Alice Ely.

Milkweed Seed Bombs: Kids and parents alike can dig right into making seed bombs. This earth-friendly, family friendly activity is designed to protect our threatened Monarch butterflies by helping spread milkweed plants. All Ages Welcome!

 
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Navigating Food Labels: GMOs, Organics, and “natural”

Saturday December 8
9:30-10:30am

Cost: Free, but please register. All Ages

Instructor: Farm Director, Corey Thomas

Join Farm Director Corey Thomas in creating a road map to help navigate our way through the food labels throughout the grocery store. What does it really mean if something is GMO, or organic, certified organic, all natural, local, no hormones added, etc. The list goes on and on! But 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!

 
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Resolve to COmpost

Monday January 14
7:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: Free, but please register. Adults only please

Instructor: UConn Master Composter, Alice Ely

Want to turn over a new leaf to help the planet in 2019? How about turning over some compost? Learn how you can save water, reduce pollution and save your garden, too, when you start making ‘black gold’ at home. It’s easier than you think! Taught by UConn master composters. Adults only please.

 
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Winter Sowing

Monday February 4
7:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: Free, but please register. Adults only please

Instructor: UConn Master Gardener, Alice Ely

Description: Winter Sowing: Get a jump on spring in the dead of winter, with this easy and inexpensive technique for sowing seeds. Do the sowing indoors – we’ll have everything you need – even the seeds.

 
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Animal Care in the Winter Months

Saturday November 3
10:00am-12:oopm

Cost: Free, but please register. All Ages

Instructor: Wakeman Town Farm Steward, Corey Thomas

This FREE workshop will cover the basics of caring for your outdoor animals during the winter months, and how to provide the best care for your them in uncertain weather. We will cover poultry, rabbits, sheep, and goats. All Ages Welcome!

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Crafting HyperTufa Pots

Saturday October 20
10:00am-12:00pm

$15.00 per person Ages 14+

Instructor: Westport Garden Club's Ellen Greenberg

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.

 
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Peony Division and Propagation

Saturday October 13
10:00am-12:00pm

Cost: Free

Instructor: Westport Garden Club's Ellen Greenberg

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

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The Simple Way to Compost

Monday October 8
7:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: Free, but please register

Instructor: Uconn Master Composter, Alice Ely

Yes, even you can compost! Learn simple approaches that will make composting as easy as taking out the trash – and a whole lot better for the planet (and your garden!). Newbies and current composters welcome. Taught by UConn master composters.

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Container Gardening

June 30
10:00am-12:00pm

$40.00

Instructor: Ellen Goldman

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.

 
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Butterfly Gardening & Habitats

May 19
10:00am-12:00pm

Free

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.

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Photography for the Food Business

May 20
10:00am-11:30am

$45.00

Instructor: Photographer Ashley Skatoff

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.

 
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Maple Sugaring/Tree Tapping

Sunday, March 4
10:00am-12pm.

$40 per family (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: 7 and up