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A Little Bird Told Me Annual Handmade Holiday Sale 2016

Sat Dec 10 from 4-8 pm
at Little City Farm

You will find unique locally handmade artisan goods, foods, chocolates, crafts and more! Mark your calendars!

Look forward to seeing you there!

We are at 508 Duke St W, Kitchener Phone: 519-575-9174 info@littlecityfarm.ca --------------------------------

HOMESTEADING WORKSHOPS AT LITTLE CITY FARM

How to Register for our Workshops:

Location: All events are at our Little City Farm location, 508 Duke St. West in Kitchener, unless otherwise noted.

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



FALL WORKSHOPS & EVENTS FOR 2016



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

Dates: ALL SOAP CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY 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 (includes all materials & safety gear, instruction, handout notes, your own 1 lb take-home batch of custom soap, a take-home handcrafted wooden soap mold and stainless steel soap cutter!)

ALL SOAP CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY FULL. MORE CLASSES COMING IN JANUARY 2017.

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HERBAL SALVES & BALMS

Date: Sunday, Oct 16
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Karin Kliewer, local herbalist

Description: Learn to make all natural medicinal salves & balms to heal yourself and your family from minor cuts, scrapes, burns, bruises, insect bites, and other skin irritations. Create soothing lipbalms that heal dry chapped lips and protect you from sun, wind and cold weather. In this workshop we will cover a basic history of herbalism in the "simper tradition", where simple pure ingredients are used to make medicinal herbal salves and lipbalms using organic oils, beeswax, butters, essential oils and botanicals. We will talk about guidelines for using herbal remedies externally, introduce a selection of wonderful herbs that can be used for the skin, discuss herbal salves for children, demonstrate how to make herbal medicinal oils, salves and balms (using solar infusions and other methods), and where to source ingredients. There will be a hands-on component where participants make their own simple medicinal salves and balms to take home. Our focus herbs will be calendula, lavender, red clover, marshmallow root, comfrey and plantain.

Cost: $40 (includes all materials, instruction, handout notes, and take home samples)


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HERBAL HAIR CARE: SIMPLE DIY HERBAL SHAMPOOS, RINSES, CONDITIONERS

Date: Sunday, Nov 6
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Karin Kliewer, local herbalist

Description: We can create affordable, healthy, restorative hair care products at home using simple ingredients: herbal infusions, castille soap, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, pure essential oils and other natural ingredients. Best of all this herbal homemade haircare is free of parabens, SLS, and other nasty chemicals. In this workshop we'll make a herbal tea shampoo and hair conditioning oil, and talk about best herbs to bring out natural hair colour highlights and shine. Please bring along two small mason jars to take home your handmade samples.

Cost: $40 (includes all materials, instruction, handout notes, and take home samples)


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ORGANIC GOATS MILK SOAP MAKING CLASS

Date: Sat, Nov 19
Time: from 1-4 pm
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, local herbalist & soap maker

Description: Why use goats milk soap?  Goats milk makes a lovely creamy soap that has long been used as a to effectively moisturize and rejuvinate the skin.  It naturally exfoliates the skin, and creates a mild soap that is ideal for sensitive skin including children, and those prone to dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.  Using goats milk in soap making has a few tricky challenges.  In this busy hands-on workshop you will learn to make your own organic goats milk soap using organic oils, lye, local organic goats milk, pure essential oils and organic botanicals.  We will briefly cover the basics of cold process soap making (soap chemistry, lye safety, measuring, molds) BUT in this class we do expect participants to already have made cold process soap before.  We highly recommend taking our Intro to Cold Process Soap Making Class before taking this workshop. 

Upon registration for this class, you will receive an email with further workshop details.  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: $80 OR $125 (includes all materials & safety gear, instruction, handout notes, your own 1 lb take-home batch of custom soap, optional purchase of take-home wooden soap mold and soap cutter!) If you already have a wooden mold please choose the "Class Only" registration option.

Registration options:

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HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING: WINTER HEALTH REMEDIES

Date: Sat, Nov 26
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, local herbalist

Description: Create your own natural herbal remedies to keep your family healthy all winter long! In this class you will learn to make soothing remedies for coughs, sore throats, and congestion that can be used by everyone in your household. Participants will help prepare a soothing bath treatment for loosening congestion, a sore throat tonic, an elderberry immunity syrup, and winter wellness tea, and leave with the knowledge and confidence to prepare these recipes on your own throughout the winter. Take home samples to stock up your own herbal medicine chest. Each participant is asked to bring along one mason jar.

Cost: $50 (includes all materials, instruction, handout notes, and take home samples)


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DIY NON-TOXIC HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS & FELTED WOOL DRYER BALLS

Date: Sun, Nov 27
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Karin Kliewer, from Little City Farm

Description: Learn to make all natural household cleaning products, using basic kitchen ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, sea salt, castille soap, and olive oil. We'll talk about greenwashing and toxic ingredients to avoid when reading so-called "green" clean product labels. Participants will each make several simple cleaning products to take home samples (a sink scrub, liquid laundry soap, and an all purpose cleaning spray), take home plenty of recipes. We'll also talk about using soap nuts for washing, and demonstrate how to make felted dryer balls to cut down on dryer use time. Please bring along 3 small mason jars to take home your handmade products.

Cost: $40 (includes all materials, instruction, recipe, and take home samples)


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HANDMADE HERBAL GIFTS: WOOL-FELTED SOAPS


Date: Sat, Dec 17
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, soap maker and local herbalist

Description:  Learn the art of wet-felting using all natural merino wool roving and handmade soap to create your own bars of lovely felted soap art. Perfect for gift giving this holiday season!   This workshop is a great hands-on class for kids or adults - wool felting is easy to do, relaxing, creative and beautiful.  It is a simple satisfying project, and just right for a cold winter's afternoon!  In this class learn techniques for making your own felted soap, which combines a handmade wool felted "washcloth" with soap all in one.  Learn about natural dyes for wool, and also where to source quality materials.  Each participant will get to make 2 bars of felted soap to take home, during this hands-on workshop.  We will be wet felting the bars, but opportunity will be available to learn needle-felting techniques for adding extra designs to your finished soap bars!

Workshop fee includes instruction, hand-outs, wool roving, and all other tools/materials for making your 2 bars of soap.  Additional wool felting kits will be available for purchase after the class if you wish to make more at home!  Please wear apron or old clothes that can get wet, and bring an old towel along - wool wet felting can be a messy process.  Parents are welcome to sign up with a child aged 5+ for this class (1 parent + 1 child pay one registration fee - in this case you will share supplies and each make one bar of soap to take home).


Cost: $35 (includes all materials for your own take-home felted soaps)

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HANDMADE HERBAL GIFTS: BATH BOMBS, LOTIONS, SCRUBS

Date: Sun, Dec 18
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Karin Kliewer, local herbalist

Description: Make handmade healthful, beautiful gifts for your friends and family this holiday season. In this hands-on workshop participants will help make a variety of herbal goodies for pampering and skin care, including herbal bath bombs, herbal scrubs, rose water facial lotions, and herb-infused lipbalms. Take home samples ready for gift-giving. Please bring along two mid-sized mason jars with lids.

Cost: $45 (includes all materials, instruction, handout notes, and take home samples)


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COMING IN JAN-FEB 2017! REGISTRATION NOW FULL.

ORGANIC GARDENING INTENSIVE - 6 PART SERIES

Are you serious about gaining more knowledge for developing a productive organic garden? Join us this winter for this very exciting 6 part intensive organic gardening workshop series. 10 participants will have the opportunity to take part in this series, which will include 6 guided workshops, with opportunity for each participant to develop and complete an individual garden plan. Classes will be facilitated by local organic farmer Angie Koch, from Fertile Ground Farm.

Facilitator Bio:
Angie started farming as a full-time occupation 9 years ago and has been running Fertile Ground ever since. Starting as a 2 acre market garden, she now manages 12 acres of garden space and raises chickens and ducks for eggs, all of which are sold to the farm's 250 CSA members. Angie has facilitated a host of training events over the years, from intensive new farmer training courses to afternoon workshops on garden planning, seedling starting and bio-intensive gardening here at Little City Farm. In her off season, Angie works for Seeds of Diversity Canada as their seed library coordinator. Read more about her farm here: www.fertilegroundcsa.com


Dates: Wednesday evenings, January 18-February 22, 2017
Time: 7-9 pm
Cost: $270 ($45/per class). Option to pay in installments.
Location of Classes: held at Little City Farm

Pre-registration required. Non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot.
Our class size is limited to 10 participants. Preference will be given to those who sign up for all 6 classes.


Week 1: Seed and Seedling Starting - including basic plant botany
Week 2: Garden Planning Part One - succession planting for continuous harvest
Week 3: Garden Planning Part Two - using space effectively
Week 4: Soil Biology, Fertility & Pest Management - using organic methods
Week 5: Seed Saving, Attracting Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
Week 6: Individual Garden Plans Wrap-Up - final developing, feedback and completion of individual garden plans

REGISTRATION NOW FULL!
Contact Karin to be added to waiting list at: info@littlecityfarm.ca


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