Farmer Knowledge Series
This class would teach the introductory principles of beekeeping. The class could also be expanded into a series that would emphasize the environmental importance of bees, and how and why they create honey. The series could also continue to discuss the behavioral patterns of bees, and explore conservation methods the community can engage in.
Backyard Chickens 101
Join Veronica, Frontline Farming's chicken farmer nd Chickenologist Sherry Gillespie as they guide you through the ins and outs of raising chickens. Engage in an in depth conversation about the importance of animal husbandry and the effects of raising your own chickens and meet the nine new, beautiful chickens she is raising at Majestic View Farm!
Classes would teach the fundamentals of making herbs we grow on the farm into medicines. It would discuss the ways in which we use herbs, and how we can utilize these practices for daily life. If the community wanted the class expanded to a series, we could delve more deeply into how to make specific tinctures, salves, balms, and syrups.
In this class, participants would learn basics of plant parts to aid plant identification skills. The class could include a walking tour of some common plants to begin the identifying journey. If wanted for a series, each class could focus on a specific family of plants, according to the needs and wants of the community.
For those more advanced community members who have a farm or plot of their own, this class would discuss and explain the method we use at the end of each season to rejuvenate the soil: cover cropping. At the end of the season, community members would have the opportunity to learn methods our farmers typically use, and alternative methods as well.
Compost/ organic fertilizers
In this class, we would educate the community on which organic fertilizers are effective, and how they work. The class will outline the steps we take to create compost, and how anyone can be involved in this process. For those interested, the instructor can also allow opportunities for community involvement creating our compost, too.
Weed/ pest management
Since we are an organic farm, we have an integrated weed management system. This class will not only explore the different ways and systems we control or remove weeds organically but, we will also explore weed identification via farm tours and walks. Some of the main topics of weed management discussed would include; why we line our beds and create pathways, mulching, weed mats, cover crops, crop rotation, limited tilling and digging and physical labor.
This class would teach the essentials of canning. As the season ends, knowing how to can is abundantly important for the preservation of produce through the winter months. Farmers will show our methods of canning, as well as some fun new recipes for desired products.