Our spring workshops are part of Needham Continuing Education’s “Living Green in Needham” series. To register, contact Needham Continuing Education at 781-455- 0400 x235.
- Year-Round Backyard Gardening – Monday February 25, 6:30-8:30pm: We typically think of the New England gardening season as short, starting on Memorial Day and ending around Septemer. But with a little planning, you can be growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden 12 months of the year. And you can do it without an expensive greenhouse or even a cold frame. This course will teach you how. Instructor: Babette Wils. Class Fee: $35.
- Creating Herb Gardens – Monday, March 11, 6:30-8:30pm: Are you interested in incorporating more fresh herbs into your cooking and meals? Looking for plants that you can make into tasty teas all year long? In this workshop we will talk about creating herb gardens for our backyards and patios. Whether you want a few pots outside your door or a plot along your house, this workshop will give you the basics for growing a variety of culinary and medicinal herbs. Instructor: Heather Borkowski. Class Fee: $35.
- Eating Habits of Locavores – Monday, April 1, 6:30-8:30pm: Eating local food, produced close to home, is fun, healthy, good for the environment, good for farmers (and the local economy) and helps maintain our beautiful farm landscapes. It can also be challenging, especially after the Farmer’s Market’s close for the season. This workshop will teach you about the many ways in which you can fill your pantry with good food grown close to home, year round. Instructor: Babette Wils. Class Fee: $35.
- Parent/Child Backyard Gardening – Saturday, April 6, 10am-noon: Would you like to start gardening with your child? In this class you will learn about basic backyard gardening with a focus on fun things you can do in the garden with your kids (For example, bean teepees, 3 sisters garden and sunflower houses). Adults and children will split up for part of the class and then will come together to work on a special hands-on project. This class is for parents with children ages 5-7. Instructors: Heather Borkowski and Babette Wils. Class Fee: $59 (total for parent and child).
About our Workshop Instructors:
Heather Borkowski is the farmer and an educator for the Needham Community Farm. She grew up helping her family grow vegetables on their land in Maine, and has since studied, farmed and taught in a wide variety of environmental and agricultural settings, spending time on both the East and West coasts, the UK, Italy, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and British Columbia. She has a degree in geology, her Permaculture Design Certification, and has studied with a variety of herbalists including an apprenticeship with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain. When not in the garden, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and sailing.
Babette Wils is a member of the Needham Community Farm Board of Directors and has a long standing Commitment to sustainable living. This has included three green building projects, a large sort-of permaculture garden, and thinking of new ways to eat local food year-round in New England. She has worked as a policy consultant at UNICEF and the World Bank.