Frush Farm Workshops
We offer several classes and workshops designed for groups of all ages, interests, and needs to include: cheese-making, gardening for children, all about native wildflowers. native insects, food preservation, and pie-making! We also offer a 6-hour gardening course specifically designed for those people who want to really learn the basics of gardening. See below!! Please call or text us at 717-627-3397 or email us a firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will see what we can do for you!
This 4-hour hands-on seasonal course (May-September) will cover the basics of making cheese. After completion, the student should be able to make their own mozzarella or cheddar cheese. Topics include: utensils, kettles, tools needed; terminologies such as whey, rennet, and starter cultures; and samples. $35 per person, maximum 4 people per class.
Learn how to preserve foods by drying, freezing and canning! Using a dehydrator, we like to dry our herbs, tomatoes for eating and cooking, and apples for apple snitz. But there are many other fruits and vegetables you can dry. We like to freeze berries, beans, peas, corn, and peaches. Our favorite foods to "can" include tomatoes, tomato sauces, jams, and beets. This is a seasonal course and varies depending on what fruits and vegetables are available at any time. Price varies from $15 -$30.
To make a great pie, you need a great crust. And to make a great crust, it's important to understand humidity and the barometric pressure. Making a great crust requires knowing what it "feels like" when your hands are working the dough! We teach our grandchildren when they are young!!! Our favorite pies to make include: lemon meringue, apple, berry, rhubarb, strawberry, pumpkin and egg custards. Come join us for some real fun!!! Allow 1.5 hours for the class. $15 per person. To make a pie to take home using our ingredients is another $15.
Gardening for children
Our grandchildren love to help in the garden! Picking berries is one of their favorite things to do!! You know why! Yum!
This seasonal course can be anything you want it to be - identifying bugs, birds and butterflies; picking peas, beans and other vegetables; making rows and planting seeds; hoeing and pulling weeds! It can be 30 minutes or 2 hours, depending on the age of the children. Based on farm activity schedules. Free.
Native Wild Flowers
What would the world be like without flowers? Can't even imagine. There are flowers on our table most of the year. We have planted many native wild flowers on our farm. Why? Because the bees, butterflies and birds love them! And these creatures pollinate our world! You will learn about these flowers and how they benefit our world.
Our series of gardening workshops are available for group sizes of at least 6 and a maximum of 12 people. Each workshop is 1.5 hours. The workshops are offered only in the spring, prior to the start of the garden season. Price varies.
Here is a list of topics that are covered:
Workshop I - Getting Started, An Overview
naturally or organically grown
herbicides, pesticides and fungicides
annuals and perennials
understanding seasonality - when to plant
understanding environmental "hazards" - weather, insects, weeds, rabbits
understanding the earth - earth worms and organic matter
Heirlooms - the ups and downs
GMO's - what's the buzz!
Workshop II - What, Where, When
early spring planting - peas, leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard, beets, etc) , onions, kohlrabi, broccoli and more
the sunny side - location, location, location
the garden layout - highs and lows
preparing the soil - manure, compost, lime, magnesium sulfate
late spring planting - beans, corn, okra, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and more
tubers - carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, radishes & turnips
perennials - asparagus, rhubarb, sunchokes
Workshop III - The Pests
what insects eat what plants
what do garden insects look like - eggs, larvae and adults
damage to the plants
what you must do - vigilance, powdered lime, soap, hand picking, pesticides
weeds - the good, the bad, and the ugly
weed control - cardboard, newspapers, straw, hand pulling, the rototiller, the pitch fork
other pests - rabbits, squirrels, ground hogs, you name it!
fungus - on tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash
Workshop IV - Daily Care, Maintenance, and Harvest
the weather - wet and dry times
daily scrutiny - weeding, pest management, documentation
when to harvest
how to harvest
garden clean up - do's and don'ts
tying up loose ends
questions and answers
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