Teaching both through community outreach and on the farm is incredibly important to me. Gardening encourages you to be active, learn from nature, and eat healthier. Research has shown that gardening improves both your mental and physical health, plus you get beautiful flowers and delicious tasting food.
I continue to offer courses through our local community education program throughout the school year, and I encourage anyone interested in visiting the farm to contact me to set up an appointment for a tour. Here is a brief list of some of the classes I have to offer throughout the year.
GARDENING WITH KIDS
Are you interested in gardening with your kids? Learn how to get your kids involved in different types of gardening, why this is important, and how to make it fun for the family without feeling like a chore. We will explore fun ways to get all ages involved, understanding where our fruit and vegetables come from, and start to grow something of your own through a hands-on activity. For adults and children; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Gardening with Natives with Special Focus on Pollinator and Wildlife Habitat
Are you interested in adding native plants to your landscape? Do you enjoy watching wildlife, bees, or birds, but have trouble with rabbits or deer munching on your precious ornamentals? This class will focus on those plants that will attract a variety of wildlife and beneficial insects to your landscape, but help to keep the deer and rabbits from destroying those plants you appreciate so much.
Gearing Up for Growing Season
Do you have an interest in gardening and are looking for ideas and tips to get your growing season off to a good start? Learn why gardening is important, the different types of gardens, and how to have success in our short growing season. For beginners through experienced gardeners.
Are you interested in what it takes to have a garden. If you've thought about starting a garden, but aren't sure where to begin, this is the class for you. We will discuss the basic needs for having a successful garden, and how to keep things low maintenance. This class will help you to decide what kind of garden space will work for you, and a variety of methods to help achieve healthy happy plants.
Are you constantly looking for a better way to snack for you and or your family? Have you had trouble encouraging your kids to eat healthier? This session is designed to help you find ways to incorporate your own grown produce into your diets. I will focus on those vegetables, fruits, and flowers that are easily grown and grabbed out of your own backyard. Simple growing methods both in containers, or in different types of gardens will help you decide what is manageable for you and your wallet. We will touch on some simple preserving and storage methods, and why knowing good resources for locally grown goods can make a big impact on your overall health.
Tours on the Farm
I truly believe we all learn best when we get involved in that which we are trying to understand. Tours can be designed around a great many topics I focus on, here at the farm. If you are interested in working with me to design an educational tour of the farm please contact me. Tours are typically offered throughout the growing season, but I can arrange tours based on your educational interests throughout the year.
Intro to Honey Beekeeping I & II
Have you thought about becoming a beekeeper, or pondered about having a beehive on your property? This class is a two part series on honeybees and their care in the Northland. Honey beekeeping is a fascinating hobby, but there are some key concepts to caring for them throughout our changing seasons. If you are interested in learning the basics of beekeeping, the first session will focus on introductory beekeeping, helping you to decide if this hobby is right for you. Intro to Honey Beekeeping II will focus on the more in-depth details of honey production, swarming, and over-wintering. You must take Intro to Honey Beekeeping I to register for the second session.