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.

     

Sunday, June 12th

10 am - 12 noon


$20 - Please register in advance by 6/8/16



BASIC Organic gardening  Course

This is basically an Organic Gardening 101. This class is consists of 5 sessions. The first 3 hours of each day are structured in content, then we will break for lunch, and a more informal question and answer period of 2 hours will follow. 


If you have been wanting to start your own organic garden, have been trying to garden organically but have been struggling, or have been gardening and want to use more organic practices and get more produce, this course would be great for you!



More Info and Full Details 



Register Here - $395.00

THE ART OF SOIL BUILDING FULL DAY COURSE


Creating Tilth - Our focus in this workshop is on soil building, not on fertilizing plants. When I talk about soil building, I am specifically focused on the good of the soil itself not on its outcome production-wise for the plants. Of course, the plants planted in this well-built soil will thrive and be healthier, more disease resistant, more productive etc. but the mindset is different - we're not forcing plants to produce in adverse conditions. We're building the perfect conditions and letting the plants thrive. 

Our Art of Soil Building Workshop is an all-day intensive workshop and is very hands on. It is one thing to read about building tilth and another to dig in and see it and experience it. 

10 am to 3 pm, with a couple short breaks and a break for lunch.

Cost is $145.00 for the day. (Two people from the same household/farm can take $20 off the second person's tuition.)

Click here for more info and outline of what will be covered

We will have lots of different types of berry plants available for sale at our Spring 2016 Plant Sales! 


2016 Berry Plant Variety Listing (TO COME) and A Quick Tips Berry Guide (TO COME)

Successful seed starting Workshop


Visit our Seed Starting Workshop Page for in-person as well as on-line versions of this workshop. 

Four Chances to take it In-Person at the farm:

Thursday, January 28th, 11am to 1pm
Sunday, February 7th, 10am to 12 noon
Monday, February 22nd, 10 am to 12 noon
Saturday, March 5th, 1 pm to 3pm 


Advanced Registration is Required | Price is $36.00 by check / $38.50 online | Two ways to register - visit our Schedule Page to register.




More Seed Starting Tips, Sourcing your Seeds, and Timing the Sowing...

BEYOND SUSTAINABLE: BACKYARD SERIOUS VEGGIE PRODUCTION 

Registration options (please choose appropriately)


Plotting Out Your Home Organic Garden Workshop

With a strong emphasis on Bio-Intensive Methods. This is an interactive workshop - bring you garden plans and seed catalogs. We'll create a garden plan for you to grow your favorite veggies in less space for a longer season! We'll discuss seed starting, creating a new garden bed, companion planting, boosting the efficiency of an old garden and so much more! Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm.


Sunday, March 6th 

10 am to 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Registration:

This is an Organic Gardening Class geared toward people who are already gardening successfully and have experience in Organic Practices. 

We will be covering a variety of topics that take gardening to an artform! ​ Two different editions:


raising organic Backyard Chickens Workshop


For anyone who has dreamed of walking out to your own chicken coop and collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, this course will guide you through starting up your own flock of laying chickens and in organic and natural rearing methods. 

We will discuss all of our secrets to Organic chicken care that we have discovered over the years. Chickens are wonderful stewards of the earth; and kept in proper conditions, chickens are valuable assets to the garden, lawn, and compost pile. They also provide backyard joy. They are easy to take care of, are not noisy or smelly, and are an important part of the Organic garden. (Please be sure to check with your town to make sure that chickens are allowed where you live.) Workshop takes place takes place in the farm kitchen and outside (dress appropriately - wear boots). 


Thursday evening, July 7th 2016
6 - 8 pm 


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Visit our Poultry Page for Tons of Resources and Info on raising successful and healthy, happy birds!


3 EVENING sessions:


Thursday, June 9th
Thursday, June 16th  
Thursday, June 23rd  


6 - 8 pm


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 6/6/15


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:

Best Ever Egg Techniques and Recipes inspired by the Best Eggs Ever! 


Your own fresh eggs or our eggs truly are the best eggs one can taste. So we needed to create the best techniques and recipes for cooking such awesome eggs! 


This workshop will cover everything from simple tips like how to tell the freshness of an egg, how to hard-boil a freshly laid egg, techniques for scrambles, omelette styles, and frittatas.


We'll also be sharing the building process of some of our favorite egg recipes like Niçoise Salad, Luscious Acadian Style Scrambled Eggs, a Amazing Seasonal Combinations for Frittatas and Omelettes, Shirred Eggs with Spring Greens, Shredded Leeks with Eggs, Carbonara Sauce, and and more! 


Workshop is hands on and tasting is encouraged; takes place at Midsummer Farm.


Sunday, March 6th 2016 
10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  



Herbal Apothecary Registration Options:

MID-JUNE WEED WALK ~

Growing Your Own Organic Mushrooms


This workshop will be a great general overview of styles of mushroom growing, including various species - we will go over how to grow shitake, maitake, oyster, reishi, and King Stropharia (Wine Cap Agaricus). 


We'll be demonstrating log inoculation, totem inoculation, maitake stump inoculation (with pressure cooker), wood chip beds, and raft-log inoculation. You'll also inoculate your own log with shitake spawn to take home.

March 20th 2016


Workshop will begin promptly at 10 am. It will take 2-3 hours in all, depending on number of participants. 


The spawn we'll be working with in the workshop is from Field & Forest Products, a great resource for organic mushroom propagation supplies and spawn.

$50.00 /person


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 3/16/16


Two ways to register:

1) $50.00 - 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 ($52.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:

Growing Successful Organic Berries 
WorKshop


Growing your own organic berries is probably the very best and most efficient way to use your garden space, time, and effort. Organic Berries in supermarkets are very expensive and tend to be half rotten before they get to the store. Non-Organic Berries are some of the most sprayed fruits around - little poison bombs really. 

But berries are super foods - full of anti-oxidants and amazingly nourishing and healing. Many berries are used medicinally as well. Berry bushes also support other plants, beneficial insects, song birds, and other native fauna. 

Berries are also pretty easy to grow and can be grown quite successfully in this area organically. I recommend to everyone to plant lots of berries as you really can't seem to get enough when they are ripe and fresh!  

Most berries are perennial - so you spend the time and effort now and then harvest for years to come. They don't need tons of care either. In this 3 hour long workshop, we'll go over the growing requirements for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, and mulberries. We will also spend a little time on blackberries, wineberries, gooseberries, elderberries, gogi berries, aronia berries, and juneberries.

Participants will be prepared for planting berry plants this spring, which is perfect timing! 


Friday, February 26th 
11 am - 2 pm


Advanced Registration is Required | Price is $45.00 by check / $48.50 online | Two ways to register - visit our Schedule Page and register before 2/22/16.


Sunday, July 10th 2016 
10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Visit our Poultry Page for Tons of Resources and Info on raising successful and healthy, happy birds!


raising organic Backyard Chickens Workshop


For anyone who has dreamed of walking out to your own chicken coop and collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, this course will guide you through starting up your own flock of laying chickens and in organic and natural rearing methods. 

We will discuss all of our secrets to Organic chicken care that we have discovered over the years. Chickens are wonderful stewards of the earth; and kept in proper conditions, chickens are valuable assets to the garden, lawn, and compost pile. They also provide backyard joy. They are easy to take care of, are not noisy or smelly, and are an important part of the Organic garden. (Please be sure to check with your town to make sure that chickens are allowed where you live.) Workshop takes place takes place in the farm kitchen and outside (dress appropriately - wear boots). 


Saturday May 28th 2016
10 am to 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Visit our Poultry Page for Tons of Resources and Info on raising successful and healthy, happy birds!


raising organic Backyard Chickens Workshop


For anyone who has dreamed of walking out to your own chicken coop and collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, this course will guide you through starting up your own flock of laying chickens and in organic and natural rearing methods. 

We will discuss all of our secrets to Organic chicken care that we have discovered over the years. Chickens are wonderful stewards of the earth; and kept in proper conditions, chickens are valuable assets to the garden, lawn, and compost pile. They also provide backyard joy. They are easy to take care of, are not noisy or smelly, and are an important part of the Organic garden. (Please be sure to check with your town to make sure that chickens are allowed where you live.) Workshop takes place takes place in the farm kitchen and outside (dress appropriately - wear boots). 


Saturday, March 5th 2016 
10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Visit our Poultry Page for Tons of Resources and Info on raising successful and healthy, happy birds!

Sunday, July 31st 2016 
10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Visit our Poultry Page for Tons of Resources and Info on raising successful and healthy, happy birds!

Spring and Summer 2016  Workshopping

This Spring, we are offering this course on Thursdays:

     Session 1: Thursday, February 25th
     Session 2: Thursday, March 17th  
     Session 3: Thursday, March 24th
     Session 4: Thursday, April 7th
     Session 5: Thursday, April 28th 

​10 am - 3 pm
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 2/20/16. 


Herbal Primer:

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

3 sessions. This class is for the beginning and developing herb garden grower. We'll discuss how to grow, harvest, and use 25-30 herbs that no herb garden should be without. All of these herbs are easy to grow and fun to use in cooking, teas, salads, and as medicinals. A great way to get inspiration and plan your spring herb garden! Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm 


Cost is $108 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Growing Organic Mushrooms Workshop Registration

Birds & Permaculture

SUNDAY EDITION:
     Session 1: Sunday, February 28th 
     Session 2: Sunday, March 6th 
     Session 3: Sunday, April 3rd
     Session 4: Sunday, April 17th
     Session 5: Sunday, May 1st 
10 am - 2 pm


FRIDAY EDITION:
​     Session 1: Friday, June 17th
     Session 2: Sunday, July 1st 
     Session 3: Sunday, July 22nd
     Session 4: Sunday, July 29th
     Session 5: Sunday, August 12th
11 am - 3 pm


Price is $395


Advanced Registration is Required.

Register here!


June 5th,  2016 

​​10 am - 3 pm 


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 6/2/16


Two ways to register:

1) $145.00 - Click here to register for this workshop using our downloadable form and send with check by regular mail. 

2) Or you can register online ($149.50 with fee) and pay using PayPal:


NOTE - All workshops must be registered in advance. Take note of deadlines for registration.  Registration forms and options can be found on our Current Schedule Page. Info on refunds and more can also be found on the Current Schedule Page. Please email me with any questions you may have! 


Workshops are informal in style and designed to be a fun outing where you also learn and socialize! We hope you'll join us soon! 

Dual-Purpose Poultry: Meat, Eggs, Profit, and more from a small flock! 

Building a Sustainable Herbal Apothecary Course

More info, click here


Mondays this Spring:

10 am to 3 pm:
     Session 1: Monday, April 11th 
     Session 2: Monday, April 25th 
     Session 3: Monday, May 16th 
     Session 4: Monday, June 13th
     Session 5: Monday, June 27th


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 4/8/16


Register here:

(please email for other registration options)

This intensive course costs $485/person









Mid-June Weed Walk

This workshop is meant for people who want to raise birds for both meat and eggs in their backyard, homestead, or small farm. We'll compare the effectiveness of raising heritage dual purpose breeds to keeping two flocks of production-specific breeds. Timing, feeding, space and housing will all be fully covered. We'll also discuss breeding. We won't do any processing during this class, but we'll discuss options. We will also cover selling poultry products. And we'll discuss raising other types of poultry including ducks, turkeys, and the elegant and compact quail! Get real information so you can create an educated balance between idealism and ethical and nutrient-dense production.

Workshop takes place takes place in the farm kitchen and outside (dress appropriately - wear boots).



Birds can be an excellent resource for the permaculturist, and are valuable and effective additions to permaculture projects and designs, homesteads, and small farms. They can act as a layer of extra diversity on a large scale project. Or they can act as the main animal-element for a small scaled project. Poultry are food sources and many do well on forage. Birds grow fast, demand a short time commitment, and have good feed to food efficiency. We'll be discussing raising birds from a beyond sustainable standpoint, go over options for fitting birds into various permaculture structures and projects, and discuss the physical structures needed. We'll cover good old fashioned chickens as sources for meat, eggs, soil aeration, fertilizer, insect control, and more. And we'll also talk about other 'alternative' poultry species, including quail which could very well be the penultimate small scale urban livestock, goose-troughs for orchards, ducks as vegetable garden companions, and more.

Workshop takes place takes place in the farm kitchen and outside (dress appropriately - wear boots). Check Schedule for Availability | Cost: $36 | Please register in advance.


Check out our otherPermaculture Workshops and Courses.