03 Feb Our Five Workshop Tracks
This winter we have been further defining our workshop and education plans: Read below for information on our five education tracks: Homesteading, Permaculture, Herbalism, Art/Mindfulness, and Family/School events.
The Homesteading track is for the DIY folks out there. It will offer workshops that focus on self-sufficiency, the skills that a 19th-century farmer (or a 21st-century renaissance woman) would use to craft a wholesome life. Homesteading workshops will often bring in unique historical perspectives. For example, we are developing a beer brewing series that will also cover the home brew processes used in 19th-century homes.
Another homesteading event is our upcoming workshop Open Hearth Cooking and Brick Oven Baking. Its traditional cooking styles are for anyone desiring to step back in time and experience a taste of cooking from a slower age.
Our Permaculture track is filled with tools and knowledge that a backyard gardener or serious farmer can use to increase their yields while caring for the ecosystem. You can read more about permaculture at ifarm here.
We will be rolling out a suite of permaculture courses for the common backyard gardener – ways you can achieve more (with less work) by understanding native plants and natural ecosystems. They will include an understanding of the local plants, animals, insects, fungi, and soil bacteria. Our first permaculture workshop this year is on Hugelkultur, a German method of using fallen sticks and logs to create swales that retain water and boost soil health.
The Herbalism track is focused on educating the home herbalist or the advanced practitioner in herbalism for mental and physical wellbeing. The workshops utilize our extensive permaculture garden for a journey into the green world of herbal scents, tastes, and colors alongside practical knowledge and theory.
We are currently working with herbalist Hannah Sparks to develop a suite of classes that will encompass teas, skin salves, tonic herbs and more.
Art and Mindfulness
Creativity, mental health, and community wellbeing are essential parts of our mission. The old Towne Farm is too picturesque a place to leave out the possibilities of art in any case! We will be creating workshops for local artists and yogis. In some workshops the twin disciplines of art and mindfulness will be linked, like our upcoming Japanese Calligraphy workshop with master calligrapher Michiko Imai.
Family and School Workshops
Last, though not least, we will be working with regional schools and offering many family events. We have already partnered with Essex County Greenbelt to bring two exciting low-cost workshops, our Winter Tracking Hike, and Eyes on Owls, a program with six live owls and a naturalist-photographer team. We will also be rolling out a suite of family workshops over the coming months, including wagon rides with Pitch and Patch and ice skating (if the pond ever freezes), to help parents and kids get outside and enjoy all that our natural world has to offer.
Whew! It’s going to be a full year! We will keep you updated on the workshop tracks as they unfold.