We offer community education workshops to enrich and empower area residents who may not be able to participate in our residential programming. The workshops are designed to offer the skills & knowledge people need for their journey toward sustainable living. Offered on Sundays, either as a half-day or a full-day of lecture and hands-on training, we invite experts to come to our campus and teach in their area of expertise, from small animal husbandry to wildcrafting, beekeeping to medicinal herb gardening.
Community education is offered on a donation-basis and a sliding scale basis, depending on an individual’s ability to pay. Please see your event description to see which tuition rate is listed for your event. Some workshops, classes, or discussions are donation-based, while half-day workshops (4 hours) on hard-skills are $25 to $50 in advance when you register, and $30 to $55 day of the event, and full-day hard-skills workshops are $45 to $90.
We really appreciate people offering as much as they are able, so that we can continue to offer these learning opportunities to the public. However, if an individual doesn’t have the funding and the course is already filled to meet expenses, we can offer scholarships on a case-by-case basis. Please request a scholarship by submitting a description of your circumstances on our Community Education Registration page.
During the summer months, our workshop programming slows down due to low participation. We will be hosting a few workshops during the warm sunny months, but our regular programming runs from October to April.
- Supervised children under 12 are free!
- Herbal tea and water provided. Please bring a snack!
- Please register in advance to get the early bird rate.
- Please wear warm clothing and bring workshop-appropriate gear such as gloves, etc.
NOVEMBER 2016 EVENTS
Sunday, November 20th, 2016, 9am-12:30pm
You will learn about the options for the various aspects of a sustainable home water supply and become familiar with the basic design of each of these aspects including potable water systems from springs, wells, and water tanks, and other water sources for landscape and livestock including ponds, constructed wetlands, and wastewater recycling. REGISTER HERE.
Sunday, November 20th, 2016, 1pm-5pm
INTRO TO SOIL MICROBIOLOGY AND COMPOSTING (“Soil Husbandry”)
Experienced gardeners will tell you, we are not farming the plants and crops for productivity and health, but rather, the soil itself; and most importantly, the organisms dwelling within that soil.
Come learn the basics about what those soil microorganisms do, who they are, how they work, and most importantly how we can become better soil farmers and microbe managers. Compost is a big part of this story, so we will learn about the composting process, what works and what doesn’t, and then practice making a demonstration compost pile. We will also discuss compost teas and amendments, vermiculture, and other ways to improve the vitality within our soils and therefore in our foods. REGISTER HERE.
Sunday, November 27th, 2016, 9am-12:30pm
In this workshop you will become familiar with sustainable approaches to both timber-based forestry and agricultural forestry systems. Agroforestry provides multiple yields including fruit, nuts, valuable hardwoods, and animal incorporations while providing a restorative function in farm landscapes. You will leave this class prepared to consider which of these forestry practices may be implemented in your neighborhood, farm, or woodlot. REGISTER HERE.
Sunday, November 27th, 2016, 1pm-5pm
This workshop will give you an overview of how aquaponics works, system design, best practices, fish and crop selection, using black soldier fly larvae as a food source for fish, and the place of aquaponics in a future-ready localized sustainable integrated agro-ecological system, with hands-on practice diagnosing nutrient deficiencies. REGISTER HERE.
DECEMBER 2016 EVENTS
Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 1pm-5pm
RETHINKING INVASIVE SPECIES: THEIR FUNCTIONS & USES
This workshop will delve into understanding invasive species from a holistic perspective. We’ll discuss the various yields for human use that invasive species offer, as well as their ecological functions, so that as citizens and land stewards we can make long-term ecologically sensitive management decisions. Bring gloves and sturdy boots for a hands-on management session and walkabout. REGISTER HERE.
Saturday December 10th & Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 10am-5pm
INTRODUCTION TO TIMBER-FRAMING
Timber and pole framing is a timeless tradition among the owner/builder. In this weekend workshop you will learn the craft of joining timbers by building a timber-frame sawhorse over two days. Participants will learn not only the craft of cutting and chiseling timber frame joinery, but the important details necessary to properly lay out joinery on square timbers. This workshop is a 2-day course from 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Early bird tuition rate is $60 to $90, and $75 t0 $110 the day of. REGISTER HERE.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER HERE FOR ANY WORKSHOPS YOUR WISH TO ATTEND. Thank you!