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Annual
Organic Seeding Sale 2016
Sat May 21 from 9-12
at Little City Farm


You will find organic heirloom seedlings for all your garden needs - veggies, herbs, flowers, medicinal herbs, and more! Also wood-fired baking, kids activities, urban farm tours, and live music!

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

Since 2007 we have offered over 200 workshops & events 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


MAKING FLOWER ESSENCES

Date: Sat, July 23 (rain date Aug 27)
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Heather Cain, local herbalist

Description: Looking for a way to support mental and emotional health and well-being? Flower essences are remedies made from flowers, water, and sunshine that can help release stuck energy, negative thinking, and emotional pain. Flower essences can be used on their own or combined safely with other therapies to create a holistic approach to healing. In this workshop you will learn how to make and work with flower essences (choosing, dosing, etc) as well as prepare a remedy to take home.


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



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COMMUNING WITH PLANTS IN AUTUMN

Date: Sat, Sept 24
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Heather Cain, local herbalist

Description: This workshop is an invitation to slow down, sync into earth rhythms, and feel your heart open to the beauty and serenity of plants. Through ecological observation, and sensory and intuitive perception, we will wake up our innate ability to relate deeply with plants. We will look at specific plants to support and balance our energy at this fall equinox time. You will learn simple rituals to centre, ground, and cleanse that can be done at home with the remedy you make in class. We will be making smudge sticks and room and body sprays.


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


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HERBAL SALVES & BALMS

Date: Saturday date to be announced
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Karin Kliewer, from Little City Farm

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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MAKE YOUR OWN SAUERKRAUT & KIMCHI!
INTRO TO LACTO-FERMENTATION WORKSHOP


Date: Saturday date to be announced
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Jackie McMillan, local whole foods educator

Description: Lacto-fermented foods are the current health rage, although these foods have actually been around for centuries in various cultural traditions. There is good reason for the enthusiasm over these live cultured foods - from kimchi to sauerkraut to crock pickles to homemade mustards and more - these foods are brimming with nutrition, filled with digestive enzymes that are wonderful for our gut health, preserve well without canning, and are easy to make. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn the secrets of how to make these irresistible and delicious live cultured foods at home. We'll be making a lacto-fermented vegetable kraut, so come prepared for tasting and samples to take home.Please bring an apron, cutting board, good knife for chopping vegetables, and a 1 litre mason jar to take samples.

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


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HERBAL WINTER REMEDIES: COUGH SYRUPS, LOZENGES, TINCTURES

Date: Saturday to be announced
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, Traditional Herbalist

Description: Create your own natural herbal remedies to boost your immune system, and keep your family healthy all winter long! In this class you will learn to make three different winter herbal remedies, including herbal cough syrup, herbal lozenges, and herbal tinctures. We will also cover guidelines for using herbal remedies internally, general dosage information for children and adults, 10 great herbs for building immunity against cold and flu. During the class participants have the chance to make several winter remedies by hand, with take-home samples included. Our focus herbs will be sage, elderberry, rosehip, slippery elm, fennel and echinacea.

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

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BEGINNER ORGANIC VEGAN COLD PROCESS SOAP MAKING CLASS

Dates: More dates coming for Sept-Dec 2016
Time: from 1-4 pm on each date
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, Traditional Herbalist and 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, soap mold & cutter, instructions, handout notes and recipes will be provided. Participants will be asked to bring an old towel, wear old clothes and an apron as soap making can be messy.


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WILD FORAGING FOR FALL EDIBLES

Date: Saturday date to be announced
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: Jackie McMillan, local wild foods enthusiast

Description: Back by popular demand - Jackie led us through a spring wild edibles class and will now cover the different roots, barks, leaves and flowers that are abundant in the fall season.  We'll do some tasting and explore what's growing wild at Little City Farm, and also discuss proper plant identification and ethical wild-harvesting strategies. 

Cost: $28 (includes all materials, instruction, handout notes, and samples)  


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ORGANIC GOATS MILK SOAP MAKING CLASS

Date: Saturday to be announced
Time: from 1-4 pm
Facilitator: Karin Kliewer, Traditional Herbalist and 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 Beginner Cold Process Soap Making Class before taking this workshop.  Each participant will make their own 1 lb batch of organic goat milk soap to take home (aprox. 5 large bars).   All ingredients, tools, instructions, handout notes and recipes will be provided.  Upon registration for this class, you will receive an email with further workshop details.  Participants will be asked to bring a few simple items from home (e.g. a small shoe box or basic soap mold).  OR feel free to purchase one of our custom handcrafted wooden soap molds here.  Wear old clothes and an apron as soap making can be messy.

Cost: $68 (includes all materials for making your own 1 lb batch of soap to take home)
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DIY NON-TOXIC HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS & FELTED WOOL DRYER BALLS

Date: Saturday date to be announced
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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HERBAL HAIR CARE: SIMPLE DIY HERBAL SHAMPOOS, RINSES, CONDITIONERS

Date: Saturday date to be announced
Time: from 1-3 pm
Facilitator: with Karin Kliewer, from Little City Farm

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