2020 Adult Workshops

Monday 7/20 5-6:30pm

Welcome Party/Address

Monday 7/20 7-8:30pm

Growing Biennials for Seed

Zoom Room A

Covering the basics of growing a seed crop from a number of biennial vegetables (i.e. vegetables which flower and set seed on their second season of growth.)

Bill Braun, Farmer at Ivory Silo Farm; Executive Director of Freed Seed Federation.

Got Biology? The "What's Next" After Soil Testing & Amendments

Zoom Room B

We tested and amended our soils to balance our minerals and micronutrients, now we want to ensure that the soil biology is thriving and making nutrients available to plants. We will discuss spring no-till bed prep, utilizing inoculants, spring to fall cover cropping, natural mulches, weed guard, plant sap analysis and foliar sprays, addressing crop and soil limitations.

Laura Davis, Certified Organic Vegetable Grower at Long Life Farm in Hopkinton, Organic Inspector, Soil Technical Advisor.

Pasture Math: Developing a Rotational Grazing Plan

Zoom Room C

Do you want to step up your grazing game, but feel overwhelmed trying to figure out how to manage stocking rates, paddock sizes, and regrowth periods? This workshop will teach the core concepts and thought process to develop a tidy, year-round plan for your farm and animals.

Samantha Glaze-Corcoran, Researcher and agronomist at UMass; New England Grazing Network southern New England coordinator. PhD.

Vermicomposting - For Home or Farm (Canceled)

Zoom Room D

This interactive workshop will offer the basic concepts of worm bin composting. We will also discuss strategies for farm scale systems. You will learn about bin design, care and feeding, worm ecology, castings separation and use, and some pretty cool things about worms. Please bring your curiosity, questions, and experiences.

Ben Goldberg, Has enjoyed playing in mud puddles all his life. Now he enjoys keeping worms.

Julia Latady,  Farm educator currently on a year-long exploration into growing good food at home with help from a workforce of worms, cockroaches, an aquatic axolotl, chickens, and a rabbit named Senator Bunny Sanders. 

Wednesday, 7/22 5-6:30pm

Making Homesteading a Lasting, Viable Way of Life

Zoom Room A

While not necessarily experts on growing fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains, tapping maple trees and keeping bees, heating with solar energy and wood, riding bicycles for transportation and foraging wild food Kristin and Daniel would like to share how they've integrated these activities, while raising three children, into their day to day lives.

Kristin Brennan, 16 years of keeping bees, growing flowers, building fences and making ice cream in Springfield, MA.

Daniel Staub, 15 years of growing vegetables, tapping trees, fixing bicycles and sawing wood in Springfield, MA.

Edible Wild Plants Walk (Workshop interrupted, no recording available)

Zoom Room B

We will find and identify native and naturalized plant species that can be used for food and drink in this 90-minute program. Distinguishing characteristics, uses, seasons of availability, and nutritional and medicinal value of plants will be discussed.

John Root, Has studied botany at the graduate level and presents nature programs throughout New England.

Hand Pollination of Seed Crops

Zoom Room C

Spend a morning channeling your inner worker bee! Learn and practice the important seed saving (and potential plant breeding skills) of Hand Pollinating plants at the Hampshire College Farm. Cucurbits, tomato, corn, and others will be our dance partners during the "rubbing of the flowers". This workshop follows on the heels of our Botany of Seed Formation workshop, from classroom to field.

Heron Breen, Plant breeder; Trials Manager at Fedco Seeds; program manager at Freed Seed Federation.

Beyond Soil Conservation: 21st Century Soil Health Policy takes Root in the Northeast

Zoom Room D

In this session, we’ll explore two state-level programs that are exploring pathways for supporting land managers to protect and regenerate soil health. Keith Zaltzberg will share the process, findings, and recommendations from the 18-month planning process for The Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan, and Connor Stedman will give updates on the NY State Soil Health Initiative, Pilot program and related legislation. Discussion will focus on leverage points identified in these initiatives for protecting and enhancing soil ecosystems and soil carbon sequestration. 

Keith Zaltzberg, Principal, Regenerative Design Group & MA Healthy Soils Action Plan Project Lead

Connor Stedman, Planner and agro-ecological designer with AppleSeed Permaculture; policy organizer and advisor, NYSH

Wednesday 7/22 7-8:30pm

Finding Balance: Soil & Plant Nutrient Dynamics

Zoom Room C

You have taken your soil test and received your results....now what?  Getting the soil fertility in balance is the key to a bountiful harvest. This workshop will cover the basic steps to understanding the soil test and management practices to increase soil fertility. We will also discuss the synergistic and antagonistic relationships that control plant nutrient uptake.

Janel Ohletz, Doctoral candidate in soil science researching sustainable agriculture and nutrient dynamics of soil/plant interface.

Five Big Lessons from 30+ Years of Farming

Zoom Room D

Started from scratch, starting over three times, but made my living farming for 30-plus years. I will reminisce about startups, distill what I learned into the top five, and lead discussion on how we can contribute to expanding number/diversity of people who get to grow food for their communities.

Elizabeth Henderson, Retired after 35 years of farming, still busy helping build our movement.

Keeping Sheep Organically

Zoom Room A

Basics of keeping sheep organically in the northeast.  We will cover the fundamentals of caring, feeding, housing, parasite and predator control using organic methods. 

Kimberly Mastrianni, Raising sheep organically in NH.

Municipal Planning for Food Access

Zoom Room B

In this interactive workshop, we will share a new toolkit, “Local Planning for Food Access: A Toolkit for Vermont’s Communities”  and work with participants to identify how municipalities and community allies can better target their food access efforts by addressing observed barriers and gaps within town plans, common implementation challenges, and funding constraints.

Faye Mack, Advocacy and Education Director at Hunger Free Vermont.

Sarah Danly, Farm to Plate Network Manager at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

Friday 7/24 5-6:30pm

Korean Natural Farming - An Introduction to Cultivating Indigenous Microorganisms

Zoom Room A

This is a journey into a world of microbiology. Discover the incredible intricacies of how our indigenous microorganisms play a massive role in our soil and plant health. We will discuss how we can responsibly capture these amazing workers in our own backyards and local forests, and how to use these IMOs in your cultivation.

Benjamin Morgan-Dillon, Background of medicine/science blends with a future in agriculture/education, to improve the world we live in.

Andrew DaSilva, Hobby grower who found a deeper passion in the cultivation of plants and sustainable agriculture.

Starting a Holistic, Homestead Apple Orchard

Zoom Room B

Learn the fundamentals of site selection, variety and rootstock selection, planting, nourishing and pruning.  I will also cover the 4 main apple pests and how to make peace with them. There will also be a review of grafting techniques and my top 10 list of must have varieties.

Jack Mastrianni, A platinum gold, card carrying member of Apple Addicts Anonymous.

Pasture Plant Identification & Interpretation for Healthy Soil & Quality Feed

Zoom Room C

A healthy, diverse pasture stand can consist of over 20 different plant species; each playing an important role in a dynamic pasture sward. Learn to identify some of the more common desirable pasture plants (grasses, legumes, forbes), and some undesirable ones too. Find out what these plants are telling us about our pasture.

Lisa McCrory, Organic, regenerative farmer at Earthwise Farm and Forest. Grazing and Whole Farm Planning consultant, artist.

Cannabis & CBD Medicine Making

Zoom Room D

In this class you will learn how to create the most effective Cannabis/CBD remedies in your own home kitchen. We will explore the cannabis/hemp plant’s phytochemistry and extraction techniques, and learn how to accurately dose finished products. Participants will take part in a demo making a hemp-based herbal remedy, and get to take home their creations.

Stephanie Boucher, VT-based clinical herbalist and cannabis coach, specializing in CBD products.

Monday 7/27 5-6:30pm

Envisioning an Alternative to the Agricultural Industrial Complex

Zoom Room A

The U.S. Food System - built on colonial systems of white supremacy, patriarchy and racial capitalism - has been broken from the beginning. In this workshop, we will analyze the oppressive foundations of this food system, and through consideration of our own lived experiences, envision what a transformative food system can look like. 

Douglass DeCandia, Queer, abolitionist grower of European descent - committed to the work that moves us in the direction of freedom.        

NOFA-Interstate Council Policy Meeting

Zoom Room B

In this time of COVID Your Participation Needed to Help Move NOFA’s Policy Agenda Forward! NOFA's grassroots policy voice on climate change, organic integrity, and other issues central to the organic movement regionally, nationally, and internationally, is more important than ever in this pandemic time. Come learn what your Chapter is doing and contribute your input for where we go in the future.

Steve Gilman, Interstate NOFA Policy Coordinator.

Soil Carbon: Raising More, Better Food while Easing Climate Stress

Zoom Room C

A radical shift in our farming practices over the past 6 years has resulted in more and higher quality food, clamoring customers and farmer satisfaction. We'll discuss the practices on our diversified animal, vegetable and fruit farm, all in the context of emerging scientific discovery about soil carbon.

Jack Kittredge, Certified organic farmer, editor of The Natural Farmer, and soil carbon author.

Julie Rawson, Organic farmer of 37 years.

Monday 7/27 7-8:30pm

Incorporating Foliar Feeding on YOUR farm

Zoom Room B

Foliar feeding has gone from an occasional afterthought when there's nothing better to do, to a foundational management tool that dovetails inseparably with soil-based fertility programs on successful farms. However, many details go into making it work on each unique operation. Equipment, landscape, crop choices, water quality, materials, rates, and timing all matter. Determining what to spray through observation and data collection is critical. Foliars must fit into a regular and manageable pattern so that it actually happens, in order to reap the benefits. Nathan will provide helpful insights on these points as well as sharing background science on the concepts involved in foliar feeding.

Nathan Harman, Consultant for Advancing Eco Agriculture with a breadth of experience working with growers in many crops and climates.

How to Start or Convert to a Co-operative Business

Zoom Room C

Want to establish your food/farm business as a legacy and retain jobs? Co-ops root business in communities, strengthen buy-in, build a resilient & sustainable economy. Learn how co-ops work, the start-up process, benefits of conversion & track record. Hear from those who’ve converted their business to the co-op model, members from worker co-ops, and co-op developers.

Bonnie Hudspeth, Co-op Developer, Neighboring Food Co-op Association.

Adam Trott, Executive Director, Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops & Shared Capital Co-operative, Member Relations Director.

Growing Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes for Yield & Flavor

Zoom Room A

Want to learn how to grow award winning tomatoes? This workshop covers the technical information needed to grow great greenhouse tomatoes in New England. We will cover heated vs. unheated structures, variety selection, bed prep, seeding, grafting, planting, pruning, trellising, irrigating, side-dressing, weed, pest and disease control, and harvesting.

Chuck Currie, Freedom Food Farm won 1st and 3rd place for cherry tomatoes in the MA Tomato Contest.

Wednesday 7/29 5-6:30pm

Expanding Outlets for Your Farm Products

Zoom Room A

Our food co-ops make a priority of supporting local farmers and producers. We build sustainability through long-term relationships, transparency, and our sales channels complimenting direct marketing, offering volume, marketing, and stable, year-round markets. Explore what’s entailed in having your products in co-ops and innovative ways co-ops foster farmer sustainability.

Suzette Snow-Cobb, Sourcing Coordinator, Neighboring Food Co-op Association.

Food Processing: An Integral Part of the Food System

Zoom Room B

A variety of farms and food businesses partner with the Western MA Food Processing Center (WMFPC) to make value-added products. Kate & Liz will provide an overview of WMFPC's Farmer Value-Add Program and share info about how farms can get involved. This workshop is an opportunity for farmers and entrepreneurs to learn about making shelf-stable products.

Kate Venne, Food Business Coordinator for the Western MA Food Processing Center.           

Liz Buxton, Director of Operations for the Western MA Food Processing Center.

Working Toward a Robust Agricultural Land Access System in New England (Canceled)

Zoom Room B

To meet regional goals for increased local food production in RI, SCLT has been spearheading an initiative known as the Rhode Island Land Access Working Group to match more farmers with available land faster and more sustainably. In this workshop, we will look at case studies of successful matches, and work with participants to develop their projects.

Sebastian Interlandi, Director of Farmland Access at SCLT - Farmer, teacher, environmental engineer.

Raising Kids on the Farm

Zoom Room C

Family farming is easy to romanticize, but what does it actually take? Come listen, learn, and talk with parents who are raising children on the farm. This panel will give you an honest look into the challenges and joys of farming with children, along with insights and tips to help you raise food and children at the same time.

Kate Spring, Farmer and writer at Good Heart Farmstead in Vermont.  You can find her at thegoodheartlife.com.

Wednesday 7/29 7-8:30pm

Storytime: Growing Up in the Organic Landcare Movement

Zoom Room B

A story, sans PowerPoint, about my journey from where I was to where I am in life and the the Organic Landcare Movement. How I got involved and stayed involved for 50+ years; lessons learned; what I might do differently. I will facilitate; you will elaborate.

Mike Nadeau, A long-time student of Nature trying to apply what she has taught me.

Farm Succession as a Pathway For Beginning Farmers

Zoom Room C

With nearly a third of all farmland due to change hands over the next ten years, Farm Succession is an un-tapped entry-point for our region's numerous beginning and established farmers looking to access land.

Jae Silverman, Massachusetts field agent for Land For Good, and a first generation hay farmer.

Building Justice Through Food: The Future of Food in Mason Square

Zoom Room A

Now in its 3rd year of operation, Gardening the Community would like to share successes and challenges of operating a farm store in the Mason Square area of Springfield, MA.

Ibrahim Ali, Co-Executive Director of Gardening the Community in Springfield, MA. 

First Aid Homeopathy & Rescue Remedy

Zoom Room D

Learn how to use homeopathic remedies for first aid issues - relieve pain and sore muscles, speed the healing of sunburns, rashes, diaper rashes, summer colds and coughs, bug bites and more. Join us to learn more about homeopathic natural remedies and Rescue Remedy for you, your family and your animals.

Jeanne Deignan-Kosmides, Lay homeopath, licensed psychotherapist and yoga therapist, biodynamic beekeeper/gardener, grandmother, Bach Flower practitioner.

George Kosmides, Lay homeopath.

Friday 7/31 5-6:30pm

Climate Change Impacts Bees & Pollinators, Agriculture & Humanity

Zoom Room A

Discuss impact of climate change on bees, pollinators, agriculture, and humanity and what we can do to mitigate the negative effects.

Mel Gadd, Beekeeper for 14+ years. Mass Beekeepers Association Beekeeper of the year 2017. Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm beekeeper.

Growing Annuals for Seed 

Covering the basics of growing a seed crop from a number of annual vegetables.

Tevis Robertson-Goldberg, Farmer, Seed Saver for 20 years, Plant Breeder.

Petra Page-Mann, Life-long seed saver, author & storyteller, co-founder of Fruition Seeds.

Holistic Management Grazing Plan (Canceled)

Zoom Room C

This workshop will provide an introduction to holistic management and will provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to create a grazing plan. Examples from Stonewall Farm's dairy will be used to help demonstrate application of concepts.

Julie Davenson, Executive Director of Stonewall Farm, a Savory Institute Hub. 

Successes & Stresses- Plants & People in a Jail Garden

Zoom Room D

This workshop will consist of: 1) A philosophy on student centered education. 2) A Social Permaculture design lesson on finding multiple stakeholders. 3) A listing of plants that create discussion and learning opportunities in a jail garden. 4) A list of plants we’ve learned we shouldn’t grow, and why.

Tony Hall, A student of many farmers, teacher and facilitator of Garden Programs at Franklin County Jail.

Saturday 8/1 4-5:30pm

Growing Beneficial Herbs for Bees

Zoom Room A

Many herbs provide copius amounts of nectar that honey bees are drawn to, but there's an increasing amount of research that suggests that herb plants provide health benefits to the bees in their pollen and nectar.

Ed Szymanski, Homesteader, beekeeper, gardener, nature photographer

Marian Szymanski, Avid homesteader, gardener and beekeeper

Regenerative Agriculture in Urban Planning

Zoom Room B

A discussion of urban planning from a regenerative design perspective, looking at how regenerative agriculture principles can advance climate change resilience, urban ecological restoration, and environmental justice in housing.

Michael Hollis, Farms Director for NYC supportive housing developer and co-founder for regenerative art/design non-profit.

Cover Cropping Strategies for Five Acres or Less

Zoom Room C

Learn how to incorporate cover crops into an intensive market garden without tillage or machinery. Daniel will present his human-scale methods of cover cropping within the no-till system at Frith Farm. He’ll go over his preferred 'cocktail' for each season and the specifics of how he manages each mix, including photos covering each step of the process.

Daniel Mays, Runs Frith Farm, an intensive no-till human-scale veggie operation in southern Maine.         

Glyphosate - the Killer Chemical That Must be Stopped

Zoom Room D

There is a need the for major pesticide policy reform and glyphosate will be used as the “poster child”. How bad is glyphosate? How is it that MA has so many registered pesticides?How does MA compare to the US EPA and the EU? What does this mean to public and environmental health? How do such lax policies contribute to the climate crisis?

Stephen Frantz, Dr. Frantz is a research pathobiologist who has been studying glyphosate and its consequences for the last 6 years.

Monday 8/3 5-6:30pm

Planting for Pollinators

Zoom Room A

We hear a lot about honeybees, but less about the myriad of other pollinators that also support our agricultural and ecological systems. Find out about planting to create habitat for these hard-working pollinators, and why flowers are just a small piece of the puzzle. We'll start in the classroom and then head outside to find pollinator powerhouse plants around campus.

Anna Fialkoff, Program Manager at the Wild Seed Project

Urban Soils & Eco Justice

Zoom Room B

City soils are often non-existent, degraded, or contaminated which is a significant barrier to developing urban food sovereignty and the advancement of environmental justice goals. We will examine specific tools- including spent mushroom substrate, bio-drilling, and compost remediation- that can be used by communities to proactively analyze and regenerate soil health, resulting in both nutritious food production, carbon sequestration, and enhanced socio-ecosystem services.

Scott Kellogg, Educational Director of the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany, NY.

Ecological Farming at Gaining Ground (Canceled)

Zoom Room C

In this workshop we will discuss the regenerative agricultural practices Gaining Ground uses on its 3 acre no-till farm.  Topics will included how to continue to increase soil fertility, bio-diversity, and crop production on the farm.

Doug Wolcik, Managing Gaining Ground, a no-till, nonprofit farm in Concord, MA for the last 8 years.

Botany of Seed Formation

Zoom Room D

This workshop will present the essential botany necessary to understand how and why flowering plants create fruits and seeds. We will cover the anatomy of various types of flowers, pollination mechanisms, and the many mating strategies plants employ in their reproductive processes.

Hannah Traggis, Plant physiologist and works as the Scientific Advisor to the Freed Seed Federation.

Monday 8/3 7-8:30pm

Growing & Preserving Onions & Garlic

Zoom Room A

Understanding the life cycle and day-length sensitivity of onions is key to growing, harvesting and storing them.  Skills presented will include starting seeds indoors, and transplanting into the garden, harvesting and “curing” bulbs and providing conditions best for long term storage, as well as saving seeds of favorite heirloom onion varieties.

Christie Higginbottom, Coordinated the historic horticulture program at Old Sturbridge Village for 20 years.

Farming & Gardening on the Wild Side

Zoom Room B

Ecologists, farmers and authors Nancy and John Hayden will talk about the evolution of The Farm Between over 28 years into a regenerative organic fruit farm and nursery. Learn how to add pollinator and bird habitat, manage pests, sequester and use carbon for soil fertility, improve water quality, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Nancy Hayden, Engineer, farmer, artist and co-author of Farming on the Wild Side, (Chelsea Green 2019).

John Hayden, Has been a practicing farmer, entomologist, researcher, educator and consultant for over 35 years.

Production Hemp 101

Zoom Room C

Agricultural production of industrial hemp for food, fiber, and resins will be the main focus of the workshop. Focus on variety selection, planting strategies, fertility, weed control, pest management, and harvesting will be included for the various types of industrial hemp. Harvest management and post-harvest handling will also be covered.

Heather Darby, University of Vermont Extension: Agronomist and head of the Northwest Crops and Soils Program. 

Scott Lewins, University of Vermont Extension: Entomology Extension Educator with the Northwest Crops and Soils Program.

Wednesday 8/5 5-6:30pm

Maximizing Culinary Herb Production, Preservation, & Creation of Value Added Products

Zoom Room A

Learn about growing basic and interesting culinary herbs: seeding, transplanting, and good growing practices. Experience hands on pruning techniques showing the basic methods that will improve growth.  Explore the many different ways to efficiently preserve and use your harvest.  I'll share recipes, and I invite everyone to bring their own inspiration and recipes.

Amy Frances LeBlanc, Maine organic farmer, world traveler, and enthusiastic cook. Owner/grower at Whitehill Farm.

Fundamentals of Coppice Agroforestry

Zoom Room B

Harvesting woody plant resprouts—coppicing—provided fuel, fodder, medicine, building materials, and more to many cultures for millennia.  Coppice agroforestry can meet these and other needs, sequester atmospheric carbon, and help re-establish a healthy carbohydrate-based economy.  In this workshop we’ll explore coppice history, systems, products, species and establishment.

Dave Jacke, Resprout researcher, coppice correspondent, part-time practitioner, wondering woodsman.

Glyphosate (Roundup) & Human Health

Zoom Room C

Glyphosate, the herbicidal ingredient in Roundup, is not only in the news, but also in our bodies. The safety of glyphosate and its commercial formulations (namely Roundup) is controversial. Learn the major ways glyphosate enters our bodies and what diseases are scientifically linked to it. This multimedia presentation will also discuss how to avoid glyphosate.

Ed Stockman, Biologist, 4th generation farmer, cofounder Regeneration Massachusetts.

Wednesday 8/5 7-8:30pm

Invite Invasive Species to Fund their own Removal

Zoom Room A

Invasive species are often presented as an endlessly inconvenient, psychologically draining, and completely negative issue on landscapes. There are, however, economic opportunities; generating income can direct funding to management efforts.  Join us as we explore paper-making with Japanese knotweed, the multiple uses for common buckthorn, and other artistic possibilities.

Michael Bald, Founder of Got Weeds? located in central Vermont and operating throughout New England since 2011.

Your Mind's Nutrition Requirements

Zoom Room B

Key nutrients are required for proper brain function both intellectually and emotionally. Get these nutrients from your diet, supplements and specific lifestyle practices. Some natural diets, and dieting in general, can make unpleasant emotional swings. Properly nourished, your mind will assist in creating a happy mental state.

John Kozinski, MEA, FSMA Clinical Nutritionist/EW Diagnostician/Healing Arts Teacher since 1976, IDx Diagnosis®, Kushi Institute 1986-2014.

Hands-On Soil Health Assessment for Farmers & Gardeners

Zoom Room C

Healthier, more lively soils store more carbon and are more resilient to weather extremes. You can learn to evaluate the health of your soil with some simple physical soil tests. Using videos and photos, Caro will explain how to conduct and interpret tests that will improve your understanding of soil carbon dynamics, fertility, and resilience. Attendees receive a link to a downloadable test manual and workbook.

Caro Roszell, Education Director & Soil Carbon Program Coordinator, NOFA/Mass.

Regenerative Farming at Freedom Food Farm

Zoom Room D

What can we do to mitigate the climate crisis? How will we feed ourselves during the climate crisis? The answer to both questions is regenerative farming. This workshop covers regenerative systems used at our farm: no-till crops, livestock integration, rotational grazing, biodiversity, soil preservation, input reduction, and more!

Chuck Currie, Runs Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA with his partner Marie Kaziunas.

Friday 8/7 5-6:30pm

From Barn Processed to USDA Plant: Issues with On-Farm Processing

Zoom Room A

Explore the range of options for slaughter facilities for both poultry and four-legged animals: USDA inspected, custom slaughter, on-farm processing and mobile/itinerant slaughter. Discuss the challenges farmers are facing and how/why farmers choose to specialize in their operation (inspected or otherwise). Regulatory compliance and the details of putting out a food safe product will be a focus.

Bruce Hennessey, Diversified grass farmer for over 20 years, producing grass fed beef, pasture-raised pork, poultry and eggs.

Farm to Institution

Zoom Room B

This session will provide an overview of the growing institutional market in New England and highlight opportunities for regional producers to engage with and sell their products to those institutions looking to increase local food procurement. Attendees will have an opportunity to share perceived challenges and workshop ideas for combatting those challenges.

Hannah Leighton, Research and evaluation manager at Farm to Institution New England (FINE).          TBD college campus rep/Farmer

Gardening Like A Forest: Applied Ecological Design for Homesteads

Zoom Room C

Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves. Forest gardens mimic natural forests while growing food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun. We can meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems simultaneously! We’ll explore forest gardening’s vision, and some underlying science, real-life examples, and useful perennial plants.

Dave Jacke, Longtime ecological designer and author of Edible Forest Gardens.

Saturday 8/8 4-5:30pm

Herb-Infused Bone Broth

Zoom Room A

Broth provides a great vehicle for immune-enhancing herbs, mushrooms, and seaweeds. In this class we'll learn the process for adding herbs to your broth, discuss potent herbs to add, and make one together in class. Handouts and recipes will be provided! 

Jade Alicandro Mace, Community Herbalist at Milk & Honey Herbs 

Beginning Maple Syrup Making

Zoom Room B

How to start a small, organic maple syrup making operation at your home, or on your homestead or farm.

Kate Whelley McCabe, Attorney-turned homesteading entrepreneur co-founded and runs Vermont Evaporator Company, speaks on beginning sugaring.

Lean Farming & Effective Pasture-Based Livestock Production

Zoom Room C

The idea of Lean is to look for opportunities to both eliminate waste and add customer and owner value to your operation.  What is it that you are currently doing that does not serve an essential need for your customers?  Learn about ways that pasture-based farms are eliminating waste in their processes, from moving animals to processing orders.

Bruce Hennessey, Diversified grassfarmer for over 20 years, producing grass fed beef, pasture-raised pork, poultry and eggs.

Luscious Landscaping, with Fruiting Trees, Shrubs & Vines

Zoom Room D

Luscious landscaping beautifies your yard while putting (very) local, healthful, flavorful food on the table. Introducing some of the plants offering fruits as well as beauty. These low-maintenance plants are pest-resistant and need little or no pruning. Small yards are no problem with correct choice of plant, site and maintenance.

Lee Reich, PhD, is a scientist, writer, and farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer).