midsummer Farm



Crafting with Herbs Workshop

For more info, please click here! 


Four afternoon sessions - we will work with herbs from a craft and artful perspective.


Workshop days will be completely hands-on and you'll be going home after each session with a variety of creations. 

4  Sessions - 1 pm - 4 pm

Saturday afternoons: 

February 8th, February 22nd, March 7th, and March 14th 2020

$220.00 per person; all the herbs and materials are included in price 
Registration in advance required; registration due by February 1st 2020.


Register here, or you can send us a check by mail. 


Registration for Seed Starting Workshop IN PERSON/ON FARM
Using Biodynamics Workshop Registration


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 12/1/20

Two ways to register:

1) $55.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.
2) Or you can register online ($57.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:


Weed Walk - Looking for Wild Herbs -

at Midsummer Farm


Purslane, Plantain, St. John's Wort...
We'll forage and find a wide diversity of wonderful edible and medicinal "weeds" that have sprung up and volunteered around our garden-farm. (We did encourage them a bit!) These same "weeds" are probably growing in your yard and garden too! And now you'll be able to safely recognize and identify them.

Friday, June 5th 
10 am - 12 noon


$20 per person - Please register in advance by 6/1/20


Two ways to register:

1) $20.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $20/person.

2) Or you can register online and pay using PayPal:

January 3rd 2020  - Herbal Guild Work Begins

SORRY ALL FULL FOR 2020!!


For more info on becoming a member of the Midsummer Farm Herbal Guild, please click here.


Starts Friday, January 3rd  - 17 hands-on project-based sessions. 1-4 pm


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 12/1/19


Regular pricing $832  (or 3 installments of $285 - first payment due at registration, 2nd due on March 1st, and 3rd due on June 1st.)


And as a Guild Member, you also get to be a member of the new Midsummer Farm Herbal CSA for Free!!

​You can register here, using PayPal:
(or feel free to email me for other registration options or any questions you may have barbara@midsummerfarm.com)


​Early bird discount of $50 if you register before 11/30/19. - Cost would be $782 and still include the CSA membership!




Successful Seed Starting Workshop

More info, click here

Saturday, January 18th

11 am - 1 pm
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 1/14/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:









Start Date Moved! Our 8th Annual Living with Herbs Course Begins Sunday, February 9th


This is a chronological learning experience where I share what I do with herbs throughout the entire course of a year. Propagating, seed-starting, growing, harvesting, storing, cooking, making healing teas, tinctures, salves, and more! 


More info on this season-long course, click here



Includes supplies, two books, and lunch.


Takes place on Sundays this year.


Classes begin Sunday, February 9th 2020 - see schedule to right for rest of class days.


10 am to 3 pm


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 2/5/20

 


Register here, through Pay Pal:









Herbal and Compost Teas for the Garden Workshop Registration
Registration for Seed Starting Workshop IN PERSON/ON FARM

Successful Seed Starting Workshop

More info, click here

Friday, January 10th

10 am - 12 noon 
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 1/9/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:









Holiday Wreath Making 


3 hrs 
December 5th 2020

1-4 pm 


Participants will go home with their own fabulous wreath made from various evergreen trimmings and dried herbs. 

Workshop is hands on and takes place in the greenhouse over wintery and festive refreshments at Midsummer Farm.


Cost is $55 and includes all materials | Current Schedule | Registration  



Pollinator Fun! 

​Native Bees, Good-Wasps, and Friendly Flies


More info, click here

Friday, April 17th

1 pm  - 3 pm
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 4/10/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:

Grounding with Plants Sessions Registration

Celebrating the Light Greenhouse Party for Herbalism Students

By Invitation Only!

Sunday, March 8th

11 am to 2 pm 

Dates for our 2020 Living with Herbs Course:


Sundays, 10 am - 3pm


2/9/20

2/23/20

3/15/20

4/5/20

6/28/20

7/12/20

8/9/20

8/23/20

9/13/20

10/11/20

11/8/20

11/22/20




Registration for ON LINE VERSION of Seed Starting Workshop

Let's Talk Small Business Building  


We're putting aside some time to talk about our experience with creating and developing a small sustainable and natural business!


Monday, August 3rd from 11 to 1 - Bring your lunch and we'll eat and chat! 

I'm imagining this as a way for me to share with people planning to start or just starting a new sustainably-minded business. I created Midsummer Farm 15 years ago and have been running it successfully ever since. We currently have 5 main enterprises making up our organic farm business. I will be sharing the processes I used in developing them as well as my mistakes and successes.


I am also seeing this as a way to network among like-minded local businesses. Should be a fun and useful long lunch! 


11 am to 1 pm, Monday, August 3rd 2020


FREE - but you MUST RSVP via email or use the form below if you are attending this workshop! If you end up not being able to make it, you also MUST email us and let us know! PLEASE be conscious and respectful of our time! 


How we use Biodynamics here at Midsummer Farm​


We have been experiencing the beauty and regenerative qualities of biodynamic agricultural practices since 2001. It has played a huge role in getting our farm into the energetically healthy state that it now has.


Biodynamic Agriculture is a form of natural growing that goes way beyond organic practices, paying attention to energy and natural rhythms, and consciously viewing the farm itself as an organism.


In this workshop, we'll be going over what we do here, biodynamically on a yearly basis. There will be a lot of hands-on intentional work for all to participate in.

Growing and Using Herbal Nervines Workshop Registration
Tree Herbalism Workshop Registration

Elecampane Workshop: Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medicine 

More info, click here

Friday, September 11th 2020
10 am to 12 noon
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 9/3/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:









Backyard Organic Poultry Rearing Workshop

More info, click here

Saturday, January 11th 2020
11 am to 1 pm  
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 1/10/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:









Pollinator Gardening for Butterflies Workshop Registration

Herbs for Winter Wellness Workshop

More info, click here

Friday, November 20th 2020

1 pm  - 3 pm
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 11/12/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:


Herbal Apothecary Registration Options:

Building a Sustainable Herbal Apothecary Course 

More info, click here


​Starting Fridays in June 2020:
10 am to 3 pm:
Session 1: Friday, June 26th 
Session 2: Friday, July 10th
Session 3: Friday, August 28th
Session 4: Friday, September 25th 
Session 5: Friday, October 16th ​


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration Closes 6/15/20


Register here:

(please email for other registration options)

This intensive course costs $485/person


Drawing and Painting Holy Basils Workshop

More info, click here

Friday, August 7th 

10 am - 1 pm
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 8/1/20


Two ways to register:

1) $44.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. 

2) Or you can register online ($46.00 with fee) and pay using PayPal:

Registration for Seed Saving Workshop
Homemade Pet Food Workshop Registration
Registration:

Allium and Brassica

Pre-SALE

Saturday and Sunday - April 25th and 26th

9 am to 2 pm 


Encores - to be announceed


We designed this Allium and Brassica Pre-Sale for our gardener and farmer friends who want to plant in stages. So, we'll have a nice variety of cold-hardy plants and seedlings for sale that are ready to go in the ground! (Or you can hold them for a bit too.) We'll also have some hardy perennials for sale and other awesome plants. 

The Brassicas are all the dark leafy greens: kales, collards, cabbages, pak koi, broccoli, raabs, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustards, etc.


The Alliums are all the onion-flavored plants - leeks, chives, scallions, welsh onions, walking onions, bulbing or regular onions, etc. (We've again expanded our collection of perennial scallions this year!)


We'll also have chards, escaroles, endives, Chinese cabbages and broccolis, radicchios, chicories, parsleys, lettuces, many thymes, oreganos, sages, cilantro, cold-hardy flowers, celeries, cresses, dill, lovage, mints, many of our hard-to-find European greens like erba stella and agretti. We will also have asparagus crowns and seed potatoes as well. And we plan to have a lovely selection of cold hardy perennials and native plants and berries.


For all the details on our annual Plant Sales and varieties and species offered, click here. 

12 Fishes Workshop Registration

Saturday, June 27th 2020 from 10 am to 1 pm (Bring your lunch!) 
$46 - Registration must be received by 6/20/20


These workshops are taught by Barbara Taylor-Laino, who has been growing food organically since the 1970's. She has extensively studied and researched in Biodynamic, Bio-intensive gardening, Permaculture-styled food production systems, etc., but she has also actively experimented and implemented this information in real-world environments. She has been gardening for and consulting on various levels and sizes of food production enterprises for over 15 years, growing for extensive plant & seedling sales for 14 years, and running her own organically grown CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm since 2006. These courses and workshops take place at her farm, Midsummer Farm, in beautiful Warwick, NY, about 1 hour from New York City.  

2020 events at midsummer Farm !

(Updated 12/31/19)​ 



Refund Policies: 


If you register for a workshop, but cannot make it to the class... we understand - things happen.


But please do give us the courtesy of a call or email letting us know that cannot make it! Especially during the growing season every minute counts for us - and we often run workshops with very few participants. So we may find ourselves first getting all prepped and ready for you and then sitting around waiting for you to show up. This is a very hurtful waste of farming time. So do let us know if you aren't going to show up! 


We will usually be able to let you use the workshop fee as a credit toward another workshop or for when the original workshop you signed up for runs again. We CANNOT offer a credit if you don't give us at least a day's notice that you won't be able to attend. OUR POLICY IS NO REFUNDS.


RESCHEDULING AND CANCELLATIONS

We usually send out an email reminder a day or so before the workshop. If there is bad weather or a cancellation for some other reason, we will let you know through email.


SO BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL!

Organic farming workshops and education as well as courses on using and growing herbs at our farm in Warwick, NY and on-line.


This page is regularly updated to reflect the current offerings and open days at Midsummer Farm.


Events and Workshops are listed below in chronological order. Dates are subject to change!​


A note on Midsummer Farm Workshops: 
Classes are taught from a strictly Holistic and Organic standpoint. Class size is kept small to ensure individual attention. Fees include all materials and supplies needed. Children are welcome; children under 5 are free. If more than one person from a single household is taking the workshop together, the second person may deduct $5 from the cost of the workshop.


Participants must register in advance for workshops. 


Please see our notes at the bottom of the page on refunds/cancellations...


More on our farm

Current Schedule and Calendar 

Thinking about getting A greenhouse? 


We're putting aside some time to talk greenhouses!


We'll talk about our experiences with greenhouse growing - we'll discuss types, styles, possibilities for growing, limitations, balancing light and heat, cooling, heat sinks, succession planting, and season extension techniques, and all kinds of special considerations for growing under plastic or glass.


10 am to 12 noon
Friday, August 14th 2020


FREE - but you MUST RSVP via email or use the form to the right if you are attending this workshop! If you end up not being able to make it, you also MUST email us and let us know! PLEASE be conscious and respectful of our time! 


Drawing and Painting Holy Basils Workshop Registration

Making Herbal Infused Salves, Ointments, and Lip Balms Workshop

More info, click here

Saturday, November 14th 2020

10 am - 12 noon 
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 12/11/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:









10 Common Herbs that Make Life Sparkle Workshop


More info, click here

Monday, June 6th 

10 am to 12 noon 
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 6/1/20


$10.00  - You can register right here using PayPal:








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Pollinator Fun!  Butterflies


More info, click here

Friday, May 1st

1 pm  - 3 pm
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 4/25/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:

Registration for Pollinator Gardening for Bees, Wasps, more

Seed Saving 101


One of the most sustainable and rewarding things gardeners can do is save their own seeds! 


We've been saving seeds from a variety of vegetables as well as herbs and native plants for many many years and during this workshop we will share our experiences as well as provide you with all the ins and outs of genetic selection and rules for seed saving so you get pure beautiful heirloom and open-pollinated seeds to use year after year. 


Making Homemade Pet Food Workshop 

More info, click here

Saturday, October 17th
10 am - 12 noon
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 10/10/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:


We'll discuss varieties, seed-starting needs, seed catalogs, and spend some time hands on winnowing!


Monday, August 17th 2020 

from 10 am - 12 noon 

$36 / $38.50 PayPal
Registration must be received by 8/10/20


Grounding with Plants Sessions  


More of an experience than a workshop, sessions will be an opportunity to put your feet on the earth reconnecting electrically with the earth current. 


Each of the six sessions will be in a different location on the farm. And adding to the benefits of simple grounding with awareness and/or meditation, we will be adding a plant focus to each session as well. 


Sessions are 9 - 11 on Saturday mornings. Plan to arrive by 9 to be settled by 9:15. 


$60 for the 6 sessions.


Starting on the first day of summer, June 20th, July 11th, July 25th, August 8th, August 22nd, and September 5th 



fourteenth Annual Plant and Seedling Sale

Open 9 am to 2 pm 

May 8th through May 17th 


Or email us to schedule an appointment to come by and buy plants!

info@midsummerfarm.com

This is our Big Farm Event of the year! We will have our full variety of organically-grown plants and seedlings available. Over 200 different varieties of heirloom and hybrid vegetables, over 500 culinary and medicinal herbs, plus annual flowers, native and pollinator-friendly flowers, over 20 different ferns, native woodland medicinals, unusual and collectible perennials! 


Every year we grow more and more of each variety, and we add over a hundred fun new varieties of herbs, veggies, annual flowers, natives, and perennials! All kinds of great things for your summer vegetable and herb gardens!

We also have rare and hard-to-find herbs and perennials for those of you with more eccentric tastes. And we added a lot more berry plants to our offerings this year, as well as perennial food plants. 


Strawberries, red, yellow, and purple raspberries, a wonderful medicinal black berry, gogi berries, aronias, grapes, mulberries, black and red currants, gooseberries, cold-hardy kiwis, sea-berries, nanking cherries, and more.


We will also have plenty of baby figs! And a couple fun semi-tropicals that have to be planted in pots and brought indoors - like papaya, pandan, and more!


In 2020, we will be doing a huge assortment of plants and herbs that make great dye! We will have the plants as well as the dyed materials on view at the Plant Sale! 


Check out our current variety listings! 


Click here - All details on our Plant Sales!

Pick Ups Start Thursdays in

January 2020:​


January 23rd

February 20th

March 12th 
April 2nd 
May 28th
June 18th
July 23rd
August 20th 
September 10th  
October 8th 
November 5th

December 10th

Making Herbal Salves Workshop Registration
Bread Baking Workshop Registration
Crafting with Herbs Workshop Registration

Tree Herbalism Workshop

For more info, click here! 


A 3-day workshop focusing on using trees as medicines. 
Workshop class meetings are spread across the 3 important time periods of seasonal tree growth.


Timing is 11 am to 2 pm


Takes place on Thursdays - March 19th, May 21st, and July 2nd 2020


​$108.00  per person - Registration must be made in advance. Registration closes March 10th


Register here, or you can send us a check by mail. 





12 Fishes Christmas Eve Dishes Workshop

More info, click here

Saturday, December 19th 
11 am - 1 pm/2 pm or so...
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 12/9/15


Two ways to register:

1) $42.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $42/person.

2) Or you can register online ($44.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:

If a workshop is not currently on schedule to run, but you are interested in taking it -  please feel free to send us an email and let us you are interested!


Also, we love feedback! Please send us your thoughts and reviews of our workshops! 


Herbal and Compost Teas for the Garden Workshop Registration
Succession Planting Second Spring Workshop Registration

Growing and Using Herbal Nervines Workshop


More info, click here

Saturday, August 15th 

10 am to 12 noon 
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 8/10/20


​​Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:

Herbal Primer: 25-30 Important and Easy to Grow Herbs for your Herb Garden

More info, click here

3 Mondays
April 20th, 11 am - 1 pm
April 27th, 11 am - 1 pm
May 18th, 11 am - 1 pm 
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 4/10/20


Two ways to register:

1) $108.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $108/person.

2) Or you can register online ($114.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:



Starting Fridays in January 2020, 1-4 pm :​


1/3/20
1/24/20
2/7/20
2/21/20
3/13/20
4/3/20
5/29/20
6/19/20
7/3/20
7/24/20
8/7/20
8/21/20
9/11/20

10/9/20
10/23/20
11/6/20
12/11/20

Midsummer Farm Herbal CSA Program

Midsummer Farm is a CSA farm, a plant and seedling nursery, and a teaching and demonstration farm. The main gardening practices or styles are unique to this farm, but are applicable from a raised 8x10' bed in a suburban backyard, to a community garden endeavor, to a rooftop garden in a city, to a micro-farm, to any multi-acred production farm... They are a combination of great food production techniques that work together to restore fertility, revitalize the land, and that create abundance. 

On-Line Registration for 10 Common Herbs that Make Life Sparkle
Creating Salad Dressings Workshop Registration
Midsummer Farm Herbal Guild Membership

Seed Starting Workshops


Can't make our Seed Starting Workshop in person? Take it online! You can view the videos and content at your own pace and feel free to ask me any questions you may have! 


More info, click here             



Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Registration
Backyard Organic Poultry Rearing Workshop Registration
June Weed Walk
Living with Herbs Registration options (choose appropriately)

Herbal and Compost Teas for the Garden Workshop

More info, click here

Saturday, June 27th 

1 pm - 3 pm
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 6/20/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:

Dressing Your Salad - Creating Salad Dressings Workshop

More info, click here

Saturday, September 5th 2020

1 pm  - 3 pm 
Advanced Registration is Required | 

Registration closes 8/29/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:









Elecampane Workshop Registration

Midsummer Farm Herbal CSA Program 


We are doing an Herbal CSA Program in 2018! Get a taste of our home-crafted and locally and organically grown herbal preparations and products on a monthly basis! Our herbs are grown in a respectful environment right here in Warwick and crafted into safe and effective healing salves, soothing balms, medicinal tinctures, tasty teas, and more. As an herbal CSA member, you'll collect 6 different herbal products each month! Take a look at the details here...


For more info, please click here


Starts Thursday, January 23rd 


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 1/15/20


Cost is $495 - if you register with full payment - you get 1 pick up free!

​You can register here, using PayPal:
(or feel free to email me for other registration options or any questions you may have  - barbara@midsummerfarm.com)









Plotting Out Your Home Organic Garden Workshop


More info, click here

Wednesday, May 13th  

​9 am - 12 noon at the Plant Sale


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 5/5/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:


Plotting Your Organic Garden Workshop Registration

Baking Bread Workshop

More info, click here

Thursday, December 17th 2020

10 am - 12 noon 
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 12/8/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:


Succession Planting: Doing a "Second Spring"


More info, click here


Friday, July 3rd 2020 from 10 am - 12 noon 
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 6/26/20


Two ways to register:

1) $36.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. This workshop costs $36/person.

2) Or you can register online ($38.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal: