Growing with Food on Two Pond Farm 2023 176 Weaver Road, West Milford, NJ 07480
What's it all about? From farmyard to backyard to urban homesteading, these workshops provide concrete, hands-on experiences that will enable you to make a shift, one step at a time in a direction that will facilitate a lifestyle that will move you toward living a more sustainable and ecologically mindful way. This program was designed to give you an inside look at the year long, seasonal process of operating a small farm by sharing our knowledge, experiences, insights, and stories. What is especially wonderful about all of this, is that you don't need to have a farm to apply what is being presented. These workshops will provide you with the encouragement, support, and skills to connect to the Earth's seasonal cycles. Each workshop will begin at 10AM with a light refreshment and meet and greet. The sessions will be held in the farmhouse, the barns, the fields, and gardens as appropriate to the season and class topics. Each workshop will provide you with hands-on experiences and a take-home gift that you will have made yourself. A light lunch is included and the workshops will end at 2:30PM unless otherwise noted. Cost: $80.00 per workshop. A deposit of $40 is required to secure your reservation.
Your Instructors Allison Hosford: firstname.lastname@example.org Judy DeJosia: email@example.com Allison and Judy started working together over 10 years ago teaching farm-to-table workshops. After years of people requesting that they offer them again, they're back and presenting this new workshop series for 2023. Allison has been managing and working her farm, Two Pond Farm, with her husband Roger Knight, for over forty years. Judy is a recently retired middle school science teacher, school and community garden director. Two years ago she created a productive kitchen garden on the farm. Together they bring a unique perspective to these workshops along with many years of experience and expertise that they are excited to share with you. Please contact either Allison or Judy to sign up for a workshop(s) and to sign up for our email list so you can get more information about all of the workshops and... to see what else we are up to!
Workshop Schedule 2023 February 18 - So you want to start an Organic Vegetable Garden? Let us get you started. Starting your vegetable garden beginner basics: sun, soil, water, fencing, and your garden layout plan. March 11 - Digging Deeper into the Garden. Starting seeds, saving seeds, Composting, April 1 - Have a Garden? Want to make it better? Take your garden to the next level with this workshop: companion planting, succession gardening, crop rotation, building the soil... June 10 - Eat your Weeds. Nettles and other wild edibles will be identified, harvested, and prepared. July 8 - A Farm without Animals is just a Garden. Spend some time with the chickens, sheep, and pigs and learn about the importance of animals on the farm from start to 'finish' in the most sustainable and humane way. August 26 - Preserving the Harvest. The gardens are in full swing, so what do you do with all of that produce? You will learn how to can tomatoes, pickles, peppers, and get the most out of your herbs by actually doing it. October 14 - Pumpkin Pies from Scratch. Make Pumpkin Pies from start to finish. From roasting and preparing the pumpkin, rendering lard, making the dough, preparing the custard, and finally baking a small pie to take home. November 4 - Putting your Garden to Bed. Your garden has worked hard for you all season. Learn how to get it ready to rest over the Winter so it is ready to go to work for you again in the Spring. It's also garlic planting season!
Workshops are limited to 10 participants so register early to hold your spot.