Our 9th Annual Living with Herbs Course Begins Saturday, June 4th
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!
Includes supplies & two great books.
Takes place on Saturdays this year.
Classes begin June 4th - see schedule to right for rest of class days.
10 am to 3 pm
Advanced Registration is Required
Register here, through Pay Pal:
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 2022
from 1 pm - 2:30 pm
$20 per person
May 7th - Permaculture Free Info Session - If you are considering taking our Permaculture Design Course, it's important to us that this course is exactly what you are looking for!
So we are doing a free and no-obligation "Permaculture Course Info Session" this spring for people who are considering registering for the upcoming Permaculture Design Course and just want a bit more info!
May 7th -11 am to 1 pm
You'll receive more info on what to expect from the course, and we'll be able to answer all your questions!
If you'd like to come by the farm and get a better idea of what it would mean to take a Permaculture Design Course - Please simply RSVP by filling out the form on our Session Page.
Starting March 24th
A 3-day workshop focusing on using trees as medicines. Trees are majestive and powerful plants - they could be seen as the old souls of the plant world. Brimming with amazing energy, trees offer healing that is intrinsically and beautifully distinct from other herbs.
We will be discussing the classic tree-herbs as well as other locally growing trees that can be used medicinally. We will be exploring how to use them in traditional herbalism as well as from an energetic perspective. We'll also be exploring trees from the perspective of their ancient role and relationship with human beings.
Workshop is spread across the 3 main time periods of seasonal tree growth.
Timing is 1 to 3 pm
Takes place on Thursdays - March 24th, April 21st, and June 23rd 2022
$108.00 - Register here.
June 3rd 2022 - Herbal Guild Work Begins
Starts Friday, June 3rd - 17 hands-on project-based sessions.
Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 5/15/22
$832 (or 3 installments of $285 )
You can register here, using PayPal:
(or feel free to email me for other registration options or any questions you may have - email@example.com)
Our 2022 Permaculture Course will start on June 11th and take place over 13 Sundays.
10 am to 4 pm
Advanced Registration is Required
Cost is $985 - see our registration page for discount opportunities.
We have a great panel of Guest Teachers:
See our Testimonials page:
What exactly is Permaculture?
2022 COVID UPDATE
We will be running a select group of workshops and courses that we feel are important and worth while. We are limiting the number of students though and the course structure is changing to be mostly outside. So prepare for weather! Safety is our number one concern - proper social distancing will be required as well as other safety precautions as recommended at the time. Workshops are fun social experiences and we love the groups who come together when we do these classes. During these strange times, we are more grateful than ever for safe and positive social experiences...
Covid has changed much of our day to day lives - but it is also an opportunity to refocus and redirect our energies and our lives. We cannot even express how good we felt that we were growing our own clean and densely nutritious food right at our home. And we felt such gratefulness with how much our farm and the nature-inspired landscape helped to protect and energize us. We regretted that we were not able to share and teach through this period when people really needed it!
The courses we teach are designed to give you the info and experience to successfully create sanctuary, health, and nutrition for your selves, for others, and for the environment at large. Hope you will find the opportunity to join us.
We do a big selection of organic farming workshops and education as well as courses on Permaculture and 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.
Participants must register in advance for workshops.
Please see our notes at the bottom of the page on refunds/cancellations...
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.
Dates for our 2022 Living with Herbs Course:
Saturdays, 10 am - 3pm
Day 1 - June 4th 2022
Day 2 - June 18th
Day 3 - July 16th
Day 4 - July 30th
Day 5 - August 13th
Day 6 - August 27th
Day 7 - September 10th
Day 8 - September 24th
Day 9 - October 9th
Day 10 - October 22nd
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!
17 Friday afternoons, starting in June 2022, 1-4 pm :
Note - We will resechedule if there is inclement weather.
We'll be meeting 13 Sundays
10 am to 4 pm
June 5th - Day 1
June 26th - Day 2
July 10th- Day 3
July 17th - Day 4
July 31st - Day 5
August 14th - Day 6
August 28th- Day 7
September 11th - Day 8
September 18th- Day 9
September 25th- Day 10
October 9th - Day 11
October 16th - Day 12
October 23rd - Day 13 (Student Presentations)
November 6th - Possible Make-Up Day
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.
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!