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. Many classes take place outside in the gardens and are weather-permitting. Participants must register in advance. Cooking classes take place in the farm kitchen or in the greenhouse and are hands-on; tasting is encouraged. NOTE: times and dates of workshops are subject to change.

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Info and Registration for our two longer Organic Gardening courses can be found by scrolling down .... sorry for the clunkiness - after March 1st it will be much better!

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You can register for a workshop either using the Paypal drop down menu:

Spring 2015 Workshop Registration:

Or by simply clicking here:

Workshop Registration Form

Please download and print out the form, fill it out, and send it, with your check to:

Midsummer Farm, 156 East Ridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990

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Plotting Out Your Home Organic Garden

Friday, February 27th

10 am to 12 noon

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! Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 2/23/15.

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Seed Starting for your Organic Garden Workshop

Saturday, February 28th

10 am - 12 noon

For over 8 years, we have been perfecting seed-starting, and I have come to realize that most of what home gardeners are told about it isn't complete and actually leads to failure or weak, unsatisfying seedlings. In this workshop, we'll demonstrate and go over how to start your own seeds professionally and successfully. We are also doing this organically and biodynamically - using herbal teas to prevent damping off, using organic nutrients, etc. For anyone planning a big garden, starting your own strong and healthy seedlings is imperative! Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 2/24/15.

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Seed Starting for your Organic Garden Workshop

Friday, March 6th

10 am to 12 noon

For over 8 years, we have been perfecting seed-starting, and I have come to realize that most of what home gardeners are told about it isn't complete and actually leads to failure or weak, unsatisfying seedlings. In this workshop, we'll demonstrate and go over how to start your own seeds professionally and successfully. We are also doing this organically and biodynamically - using herbal teas to prevent damping off, using organic nutrients, etc. For anyone planning a big garden, starting your own strong and healthy seedlings is imperative! Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 3/2/15.

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NEW!!!! Herbal Primer: 25 herbs for your Herb Garden

3 sessions, from 10 am to 12 noon:

Monday, March 9th

Monday, March 30th

Monday, April 20th

This class is for the beginning and developing herb garden grower. We'll discuss how to grow, harvest, and use 25 herbs that no herb garden should be without. All 25 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 (online cost is $114.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 3/5/15.

You can register for this Herbal Primer either using the Paypal drop down menu:

Registration:

Or by simply clicking here:

Workshop Registration Form

Please download and print out the form, fill it out, and send it, with your check to:

Midsummer Farm, 156 East Ridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990

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NEW!!!! Intro to Permaculture Workshop

Saturday, March 14th

10 am - 1 pm (3-hours)

Permaculture can be succinctly defined as sustainable and artisanal living. Midsummer Farm has always used the words, sustainable and artisanal, as a tagline for our values even before I ever heard the word, permaculture. Permaculture is notoriously hard to clearly define as you always feel like you're leaving something out of the definition. And indeed, Permaculture is a broad concept. But one of the main focuses is on food production in conjunction with nature, working in all aspects of the landscape, creating and designing spaces for humans to thrive without depleting natural resources, supporting structures of human community, etc. Permaculture is about sharing, not using or taking; this sharing applies to the land, to the garden, to other people. There is a set of Permaculture design principles that can help guide people in integrating Permaculture into a small backyard, a vegetable garden, or into a whole forest or college campus, or entire country.

In this workshop, we'll go over the main themes of Permaculture and the elements of designing with Permaculture. We'll focus on real-life uses of Permaculture concepts on a small scale. The goal is for each participant to go home with a bunch of working ideas and processes that can be applied to making a backyard or small farm or homestead more productive, sustainable and artisanal. You'll have a clear idea of what Permaculture means and whether you'd like to further pursue learning about Permaculture Design.

Hardcore permaculturists participate in PDCs or Permaculture Design Certificate Courses. We will be offering an official 72-hour PDC here at Midsummer Farm with a focus on small scale food production and micro-farming as a business starting in September.

Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $45 (online cost is $47.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 3/7/15.

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NEW!!!! Dual-Purpose Poultry: Meat, Eggs, Profit, and More from a Small Flock!

Sunday, March 15th

11 am - 1 pm

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). Cost: $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 3/12/15.

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Seed Starting for your Organic Garden Workshop

Thursday, March 19th

10 am - 12 noon

For over 8 years, we have been perfecting seed-starting, and I have come to realize that most of what home gardeners are told about it isn't complete and actually leads to failure or weak, unsatisfying seedlings. In this workshop, we'll demonstrate and go over how to start your own seeds professionally and successfully. We are also doing this organically and biodynamically - using herbal teas to prevent damping off, using organic nutrients, etc. For anyone planning a big garden, starting your own strong and healthy seedlings is imperative! Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 3/16/15.

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Plotting Out Your Home Organic Garden

Friday, March 20th

10 am - 12 noon

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! Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 3/17/15.

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Kitchen Dooryard Garden Workshop

Saturday, April 11th

10 am - 12 noon

This workshop takes the traditional garden style called the Colonial Dooryard Garden, which is designed around convenience and usefulness, and updates it for today's flavors and kitchens. We'll be discussing how to grow a variety of herbs, greens and compact vegetables that fit into this convenient and easy to care for growing model. Container and Raised Bed techniques will be major focuses. Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 4/8/15.

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Gardening For Good Bugs Workshop

Saturday, April 11th

12:30 - 2:30 pm

This is one of our big gardening passions - we love bugs. The focus of this workshop is to garden for your good bugs - provide them what they need (and maybe a little extra) and regain balance in your garden to prevent the bad bugs from damaging your harvest. We'll get into native pollinators, honey bees, butterflies, predatory bugs and mites, etc. Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 4/8/10

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Seed Starting for your Organic Garden Workshop

Thursday, April 16th

11 am - 1 pm

For over 8 years, we have been perfecting seed-starting, and I have come to realize that most of what home gardeners are told about it isn't complete and actually leads to failure or weak, unsatisfying seedlings. In this workshop, we'll demonstrate and go over how to start your own seeds professionally and successfully. We are also doing this organically and biodynamically - using herbal teas to prevent damping off, using organic nutrients, etc. For anyone planning a big garden, starting your own strong and healthy seedlings is imperative! Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $36 (online cost is $38.50 to cover fees) | Registration closes 4/13/15.

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10 Common Herbs that Make Life Sparkle

Saturday, April 18th

10 am - 12 noon

This workshop focuses on 10 common herbs that you probably have growing in your yard (or, if not, are easy to grow!) that can add SO MUCH to your household's health and well being:

These are all easy to grow (some have been classified as weeds). I find them to be cornerstones of herbal well-being, and I want to share how I use them in my household and everyday life. We'll go over identifying, how to harvest, drying, tincturing, freezing, etc. And we'll create some remedies, teas, and recipes using them to their fullest potential. Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $36 ($38.50 online) | Registration closes 4/15/15.

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Backyard Organic Poultry Rearing Workshop

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - 10 am - 12 noon

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 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.)

This is one of our most popular workshops, here is an outline of topics we cover:

Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm |Cost is $36 ($38.50 online)| Registration closes 4/16/15

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Herbal and Compost Teas for the Garden

Thursday, April 30th

10 am to 12 noon

Plants enjoy tea too! Just as with human skin, plants can absorb many nutrients through the pores on their leaves. Plant teas are applied by spraying the plants foliar areas with nutrient dense brewed liquid fertilizer - or tea. We'll go over the basics of brewing plants teas made from aged manures, compost, and various herbs. And we'll also discuss the Biodynamic 500 prep. Making your own teas is simple and easy. The cost is minimal. And the whole process is so much more clean, graceful, and effective than buying expensive commercial fertilizers. Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $36 ($38.50 online) | Registration closes 4/26/15.

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You can register for any of these workshops either using the Paypal drop down menu:

Spring 2015 Workshop Registration:

Or by simply clicking here:

Workshop Registration Form

Please download and print out the form, fill it out, and send it, with your check to:

Midsummer Farm, 156 East Ridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990

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Basic Organic Gardening Course

5-Session Course

Spring 2015

This is a new course for 2015, and it is basically an Organic Gardening 101. This class is consists of 5 sessions. The first 3 hours of each session are structured in content, and then we will break for a field-to-table lunch and question and answer period of 2 hours.

Session dates:

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!

$385.00 / person

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at info@midsummerfarm.com.

You can register for the Basic Organic Gardening Course by simply clicking here:

Registration:

Topics we'll be covering will include:

Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $385 | Registration closes 3/5/15.

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Beyond Sustainable: Organic Gardening Course

5-Session Course

Spring 2015

A 5-Session Hands-On Experience in growing your own nutrient-dense food, organically, abundantly, intensively, and beyond sustainably.

This course covers all the major aspects of growing food organically that have successfully been working for us, here at Midsummer Farm.

When taking this course, you'll experience a comprehensive and hands on learning opportunity in how to grow organic food. We have been certified organic since 2005 and we follow all the National Organic Program rules. However we also go way above and beyond the standard organic standards, producing an abundance of food on a small footprint of land and designing our growing program using nature as a guide and inspiration.

We used to say we garden sustainably, but now we find ourselves feeling compelled and even encouraged by the natural balance we've achieved to go beyond sustainable, and we garden to enhance vitality so we can address the toxic environment that we find ourselves in as a culture. The garden becomes a sanctuary, an expression of art, a healing force for the earth, and more... A garden should not be about the work you put into it or the harvest, but rather about the process itself.

Cost of the 5-Session Program is $385.00

Session dates:

Classes run from 10 am to 3 pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at info@midsummerfarm.com.

You can register for the Beyond Sustainable: Advanced Organic Gardening Course by simply clicking here:

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General Outline of the Five Sessions:

Session One:

Session Two:

Session Three:

Session Four:

Session Five:

(NOTE: In an effort to provide the best learning experience, this schedule is subject to change depending on weather and other natural factors...)

Please call or email us with any questions you may have - info@midsummerfarm.com | 845-986-9699

Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm | Cost is $385 | Registration closes 3/19/15.

Registration:

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You can register for a workshop either using the Paypal drop down menu below the workshop descriptions or by simply clicking here:

Workshop Registration Form

Please download and print out the form, fill it out, and send it, with your check to:

Midsummer Farm, 156 East Ridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990

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