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HOMESTEADING WORKSHOPS AT LITTLE CITY FARM

How to Register for our Workshops:

Location: All classes are at our Little City Farm location, 508 Duke St. West in Kitchener, unless otherwise noted. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Read the full WORKSHOP REGISTRATION POLICIES HERE for Little City Farm workshops.



HOMESTEADING CLASSES FOR 2017

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INTRO TO SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP:
BEGINNER ORGANIC VEGAN COLD PROCESS SOAP


Dates: Choose one: Saturday April 1, OR May 6
NOTE: ALL SOAP CLASSES ARE NOW FULL

Time: from 1-4 pm on each date
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, local herbalist & soap maker

Description: Learn to make beautiful, long-lasting, natural soap that is free of additives, preservatives, sulphates and other nasty chemicals that can be found in commercial soaps. In this busy hands-on workshop you will be walked through the entire process of making traditional all-natural cold process vegan soap using organic vegetable oils, lye, pure essential oils, natural clays and organic botanicals.  We will briefly cover the chemistry of soap making, plus lye safety, calculating recipes, properties of oils, measuring ingredients, preparing soap molds, cutting and curing soap, and sourcing ingredients.

Each participant will make their own 1 lb batch of organic vegan soap to take home (aprox. 5 large bars). All ingredients, tools, including a take-home wooden handcrafted soap mold & cutter, instructions, handout notes and recipes will be provided.

Please note: Participants are asked to bring an old towel, wear old clothes and an apron as soap making can be messy.

Cost: $125 + HST (INCLUDES YOUR OWN 4 LB WOODEN HANDCRAFTED SOAP MOLD TO TAKE HOME, plus a stainless steel soap cutter, all materials & safety gear for the class, instruction, handout notes and resources, and your own 1 lb take-home batch of custom soap!)

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STARTING YOUR OWN GARDEN SEEDLINGS


Date: Sat, March 18
Time: 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Angie Koch, local organic farmer, owner of Fertile Ground CSA

Description: Grow your own garden seedlings from seed this year! It's not too late to get started. During this informative workshop local organic farmer Angie will walk participants through all the basics in growing seedlings successfully - including using organic methods, grow lights, preparing proper soil mixes, where to source seeds and supplies, seed starting charts, germination guidelines, transplanting tips, and trouble shooting. Take home two packages of your choice organic non-GMO seeds, plus handout notes and charts.


Cost: $30 + HST (includes all materials, instruction, handout notes, and take home samples)

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2-DAY CHICKEN-KEEPING INTENSIVE


Date: Sat, March 25 AND Sun, March 26
Time: both days from 1-3 pm
Facilitators: Michelle Morin & Karin Kliewer, local urban chicken-keepers

PART 1 (SATURDAY): GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR OWN BACKYARD HENS

Have you been curious about keeping backyard chickens? Want to meet others who also long to keep their own small flock of hens? Join this two-part "chicken immersion" workshop with local urban chicken keepers, Michelle and Karin, to learn all you need to know for getting started with your own backyard hens. In part one we'll discuss what to consider when deciding if hens are right for you. You'll want to think about the number of chickens that will work for your space, best breeds for backyards, dimensions and style of coop, coop cleaning guidelines, winter care, dealing with heat in summer, vacations (for you), chick handling and raising, how to keep hens in your yard, rodent control, and city bylaws. We'll see the coop and hen yard at Little City Farm, and meet the friendly chickens here.

PART 2 (SUNDAY): KEEPING YOUR BACKYARD HENS HEALTHY, SAFE & HAPPY

We want you to feel confident keeping your backyard flock healthy, safe and happy. In part two of this workshop we'll talk about potential health issues and hazards that will come up for your hens. For example, parasites, predators, handling sick or wounded chickens, egg eating, and molting. Learn basic chicken first aid for stressful situations, herbal remedies and feed supplements made with herbs you can grow in your own garden, how to sprout grains for a healthy hens diet, making your own herbal chick feed, benefits of dust baths for hens, and creative tips for preventing coop boredom (especially in winter).

Cost: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL (includes all materials, instruction, handout notes, resources). Please dress to be outdoors!

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BAKING IN A WOOD-FIRED COB OVEN


Date: Sat, April 15
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, from Little City Farm

Description: Cob is a wonderful natural building material made from clay, sand and straw. It is used around the world to make all types of projects, from benches to ovens, and even homes! Cob ovens are great additions to backyards and community spaces, as they can be built with low cost and no previous building experience. They offer unique outdoor baking opportunities, and they provide delicious wood-fired breads and pizzas! Join us for this workshop to learn what you need to know for building your own cob oven - such as making the right cob mix, things to consider when planning your oven, the stages of building your oven, and firing and baking in the oven. During this workshop participants will get to handle samples of cob mix, help with firing the oven here at Little City Farm, and then enjoy a snack of fresh wood-fired pizza that we'll make together.

Please note: this is an outdoor workshop - please dress for the weather and wear old clothes for this workshop.


Cost: $30 + HST (includes all instruction, handout notes, and wood-fired baked pizza snack).

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BEEKEEPING WITH INTENTION

Date: Sat April 22
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Michelle Morin, local beekeeper

Description: Several species of bees have recently been added to the endangered species list for the first time in history. Find out more about what this means for us, and what you can do to help. The Top-Bar method of beekeeping provides a holistic, respectful and purposeful approach to beekeeping. Top-bar beekeeping is less expensive, less work, and less intrusive than other beekeeping methods. Join this workshop to learn more about the Top-Bar method of tending bees, which is focused not so much on yield of honey but on natural hive management, organic practices, and the relationship a beekeeper can develop with the amazing organism that is a beehive. We will specifically be discussing the responsibilities of an urban beekeeper. Viewing top-bar hive construction and learning about basic beekeeping tools will also be part of this class. Check out the website Gaia Bees to see if this approach to beekeeping appeals to you.

Please note: this is an outdoor workshop so please dress for the weather.

Cost: $30 (includes all instruction, handout notes)

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THE HOME HERBALIST: MAKE A HERBAL FIRST AID KIT

Date: Sat April 29
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Karin Kliewer, local herbalist

Description: Get prepared for the summer with your own herbal first aid kit! You can handle most simple first aid situations with basic herbal remedies made at home. Join herbalist Karin Kliewer to discover remedies for healing minor cuts & scrapes, bumps & bruises, sore muscles, headaches, bug bites, sunburn, poison ivy, and more. In this workshop you'll learn how to make liniments, salves, poultices, and healing sprays, using herbs and basic natural ingredients. During the workshop we'll make several remedies together, including an all purpose antiseptic healing salve, a plantain poultice, and a lavender mist. You'll take home samples of each remedy we make, plus plenty of other recipes to complete your first aid kit.

Cost: $50 + HST (includes all instruction, handout notes, and your own first aid remedies to take home)

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WILD FORAGING FOR EDIBLES OF SPRING

Date: Sat, May 13 and May 27 (choose one date)
Time: 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Jackie McMillan, local educator and wild foods enthusiast

Description:Join us for our annual spring wild foraging workshop to learn what you need to know about how to find, safely identify, carefully harvest, and prepare wild spring edibles for eating. We'll talk about wild foods such as wild leeks, dandelions, fiddleheads, wood sorrel, violets, burdock root, and many other commonly found edible greens, flowers, roots and herbs. Taste delicious samples as part of this workshop.

Please note: dress for the weather as this is an outdoor workshop (rain or shine).


Cost: $30 + HST
(includes all instruction, handout notes, and wild foraged samples)

Please choose one date:
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SUN-ART FROM THE GARDEN!
MAKING BOTANICAL CYANOTYPE PRINTS ON FABRIC WITH PLANTS + SUNLIGHT

Date: Sun, May 28
Time: from 1-2:30 pm
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, from Little City Farm
Description: Late spring and summer is the time to make garden art using the power of the sun! Explore the traditional cyanotype (or "sun-art") process, an early print-making method dating back to the 1840's which has remained nearly unchanged since it's invention. Cyanotypes are also the origin of blue prints, and the early photography process.

For more than a century botanists have used the cyanotype process to create beautiful prints of plants and you can too! In this workshop each participant will have the chance to make several of their own cyanotypes on fabric, using the power of the sun and herbs and wild plants from the Little City Farm property. The finished printed fabric can be made into gorgeous wall art, pillow covers, clothing patches, quilt pieces, and more! Please dress to be outside.

This is a family-friendly workshop! Children age 5+ are welcome to join (if you bring a child please let us know in advance, and you will make your set of art prints together).

Cost: $35 + HST (includes all materials, instruction, and two of your own completed cyanotype botanical prints to take home)

Registrations:

LITTLE CITY FARM
508 Duke Street West, Kitchener, ON, N2H 3Y8
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Phone: (519) 575-9174
Email: info@littlecityfarm.ca