Adult and Family Programs

Build Community and Learn Skills

Land's Sake is excited to offer Adult and Family workshops in the 2018 season.

Check back here for more information as we schedule this year of programming.

Workshops at Land's Sake are an excellent way to connect to the community around you, meet people who share similar interests, learn practical farm and outdoor skills, spend time in nature, express creativity, and have fun! Advance registration is required for Adult and Family workshops.

Family workshops offer activities accessible to all ages and designed to engage adults and children together in projects that encourage teamwork, skill building, and hands-on fun. Make family memories as you create crafts, make food, get moving, and more! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult workshops welcome local experts on a range of topics to share their skills and expertise with the Land's Sake community. Learn cooking, history, flower arranging, and more through our year of workshop offerings.

Tu B’Shvat and the Local Trees

Join Ganei Beantown to explore Tu B’shvat in New England

What’s in season? Maple syrup!

Tu B’shvat is traditionally a time to assess our field and fruit trees. Led by the Land’s Sake educators, we’ll explore the sugaring process, from tree-tapping, wood splitting, boiling and bottling. Making local maple syrup is highly weather dependent, so our exact activities will be determined closer to the program date. Be prepared to be outside. 

Date: Sun. Feb. 4

Time: 3:00-4:30

Where: Meet at Bill McElwain Sugar House, 456 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493

Cost: $10/person (non-member) / FREE for 2018 Land's Sake Members.

Medicinal Plant Walks at Land’s Sake

Join Land's Sake Education Manager and Herbalist Anna Cohen for a walk of the local and cultivated medicinal plants at Land's Sake! There is an amazing variety of natural medicine growing all around us. This plant walk will feature a variety of medicinal plants in season, both cultivated and wild. Expect to meet different plants each season. This is a great opportunity to connect to our ecosystem in an inspiring, empowering way! Anna will discuss plant ID, common growing conditions, and the traditional medicinal use of each plant. Everyone from new beginners to seasoned herbalists are welcome.

Spring: Tuesday, May 8 

Early Summer: Tuesday, June 19

Late Summer: Tuesday, August 21

Fall: Tuesday, October 16

Spring and Summer walks will meet from 5:30-6:30. The fall walk will meet from 5:00-6:00.

Meet at Land's Sake Farm, 90 Wellelsey St. in Weston, MA

Cost: $10/person (non-member) / FREE for eligible 2018 Land's Sake Members




Past Programs Include:

Pickling and Fermenting Workshop

Learn to preserve delicious Land's Sake produce by pickling and fermenting! Land's Sake's Education Manager Anna Cohen will teach you the ins and outs of safely and successfully pickling vegetables and making lacto-fermented sauerkraut. Each participant will be able to bring home a pint of pickles, a pint of sauerkraut, and the know-how to continue to preserve the fall harvest at home. These versatile skills last a lifetime! 

Friday, October 13 


Located in the kitchen at the Weston Recreation Center.

Registration will be capped at 12 participants. 

$35 per person

Backyard Beekeeping with Nancy Mangion

Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping with "Nancy the Beekeper!" Nancy Mangion of The Beekeeper's Warehouse will teach you everything you need to know about caring for your own hive of backyard bees through hands-on learning. Nancy will bring her demonstration beehive to teach you about bee care, honey harvesting, and the ecological significance of bees. Whether you want to become a beekeeper or just learn more about bees, this workshop will leave your mind buzzing! 
For ages 14+

Saturday, October 28

1:00-2:00 pm 

Meet at Land's Sake Farm, 90 Wellelsey St. in Weston, MA

Cost: $8 per person for members, $13 per person for nonmembers 

Build A Gourd Birdhouse Workshop for Families

Fall is the best time to hang a new birdhouse, and we have all the materials necessary for you to build a dream home for a house wren! Adults and children will work together to create a beautiful, functional birdhouse from a gourd grown at Land's Sake. Learn how to best meet bird needs while learning new skills and getting creative in your (bird-approved, nature-inspired) decoration! 
Each adult may bring up to three children. Land's Sake will provide one birdhouse gourd per registered child. Additional adults may attend free of charge, but will not recieve additional gourds. We only have seven large and nine small gourds available, so register now to resevre your birdhouse! 

Saturday, October 21

1:00-2:00 pm 

Meet at Land's Sake Farm, 90 Wellelsey St. in Weston, MA

Member Cost: $25per adult/child pair, $10 per additional child, $5 addional charge per "large" gourd

Nonmember Cost: $35 per adult/child pair, $10 per additional child, $5 additional charge per "large" gourd

Flower Arranging with A Natural Arrangement

Professional florists Trish Scozzafava and Jessica Pohl from A Natural Arrangement invite you to join them to learn flower arranging skills as you create your own seasonally inspired arrangement from Land's Sake's award winning flower garden. Bring your friends and create, chat and nibble the evening away with all that the farm has to offer. Attendees will create and take home a seasonally inspired arrangement. Instructions will include, picking, conditioning, arranging ideas and the mechanics behind building arrangements from non cultivated, seasonal flowers. This hands-on workshop is perfect for the flower lover in your family!
Light food and beverages will be provided
Containers and clippers will be provided 
Flowers and foliage will be provided from Land's Sake Farm 
$60 per person 
July Flower Arranging Workshop
July 16, 5:00-7:00 pm
September Flower Arranging Workshop
September 10, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm  
December Wreath Making Workshop 
December 2, 2017, 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Plein Air Painting with Larry Grob

Saturday Morning Demo/Coaching 
Spend a Saturday morning seeing the Farm through an artist’s eyes. Local landscape artist Larry Grob will help you take your first steps or hone your skills in plein air painting, as we focus on the rewards of outdoor painting…with tips on picking your subject, composition, technique, materials, ‘survival’ skills, and more. Larry will create a demo painting and be your coach as you try your hand at bringing the beauty of Land’s Sake to life. All media are welcome. Bring your own drawing board, sketchpad, canvas, paper, pencils, or paints…and a field easel if you have one. Larry will be demonstrating using pastels. Morning coffee and snacks will be provided.
Saturday mornings
8:00 to noon
Workshops available on June 3July 8August 26, and September 23
Great for beginners to intermediate painters
Fee: $55 per session
Thursday Evening Pastel Painting 
Spend a Thursday evening with us as late afternoon leads to sunset…one of the most beautiful and dramatic times of the day for plein air painters. Local landscape artist Larry Grob will help you explore the potential of pastels as we work quickly to capture the changing light. Larry will demo, share tips on subject selection, composition, and technique...and coach as you work on your own painting. Sanded paper pastel boards and foam core sleeves (for pastel transportation) will be provided. Bring your own pastels (Larry will have a starter selection available to share) and field easel if you have one. 
Thursday evenings
June 22July 20, August 24 4:30, and September 7 4:00
June and July dates will run 5:30 to sunset 
August 24 will run 4:30 to sunset 
September 7 will run 4:00 to sunset 
Fee: $65 per session

Tomato Canning Workshop

Learn to preserve delicious Land's Sake tomatoes to enjoy in the winter! Land's Sake's Education Manager (and canning enthusiast) Anna Cohen will teach you the ins and outs of safely and successfully processing and canning tomatoes. Each participant will be able to bring home a pint of their very own preserved tomatoes, and the know-how to can more at home. Make the most of this season of tomato abundance! 

Friday, September 8 


Located in the kitchen at the Weston Recreation Center. (20 Alphabet Lane, Weston, MA 02493)

Registration will be capped at 12 participants. 

Fee: $35 per person


Infusing Herbal Honey Workshop

Come to Land's Sake and learn about all the wonderful magical abundant HERBAL plants that grow amongst us and how to make medicinal HONEY with wild or cultivated herbs! Land's Sake Education Manager and Herbalist Anna Cohen will teach participants about the delicious and health-promoting herbs that grow in Land's Sake's gardens. Each participant will be able to harvest their own blend of medicinal herbs and infuse them in a 16-oz jar of local Land's Sake honey to take home. Class limited to 20 people. Teens welcome, children welcome with an adult.

Tuesday, September 26


Located at Land's Sake Farm

Fee: $30/person for Land's Sake Members / $35 per person for Nonmembers 


Tips and Tricks for Gardening with Kids

Want to learn tried and true practices for gardening with kids? Join Land's Sake Education Manager Anna Cohen to learn practical methods of keeping gardening engaging, exciting, and productive. Anna will guide you through the Land's Sake Education Garden, explaining how and why the garden is designed the way it is, and sharing crop and activity ideas to make the most of the childhood garden experience. Whether you garden with your children, your class, your grandchildren, the kids you babysit, or your friends, this workshop will give you advice and inspiration to grow! 

Wednesday, September 13


Located at Land's Sake Farm

Cost: $10/person (non-member) / FREE for 2017 Land's Sake Members.

* Youth/Senior and Individual Members can reserve 1 free spot in the program; Family Members and above can reserve spots for all members of their family.



Aromatherapy Workshop with Irischa Valentin

 From calming our stress to uplifting our spirits, essential oils possess many healing qualities.  Essential oils are used to support our emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, blessing us with their plant magic. Join aromatherapist and herbalist Irischa Valentin on an exploration of your strongest sense.  Through a guided meditation, you will create an aroma spritzer. Spritzers are a beautiful way to enjoy the pleasures of essential oils- refreshing and rejuvenating you and your surroundings! 

Thursday, July 27
5:3-7:30 pm 
$45 per person 
Located at Land's Sake Farm
90 Wellesley St, Weston MA

Green Power: Farm to Table

Does your middle schooler love cooking? Join Green Power: Farm to Table, a three day cooking workshop that involves youth entering grades 6-9 in every step of the farm to table cooking process. Youth will tend crops in the field, plan menus based on what is in season, harvest the freshest produce available, and work with a local chef to prepare delicious meals. In addition to working with food, Green Power: Farm to Table youth will also work with our adorable and friendly farm animals.

July 5-7
For students entering grades 6-9
$350 for three days

Poetry Workshop with Celia Lechtman

Join Celia to flex your creative muscles after this grey, rainy winter! We will be finding poetic inspiration from warm-up prompts, each other, and the farm itself in a supportive, process-focused environment. Whether it's your first time picking up a pen or you just need a fresh perspective, you will leave with seeds (or even blossoms!) of poetry you can be proud of. 
Sunday, July 9
11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
$45 per person 
Located at Land's Sake Farm
90 Wellesley St, Weston MA

Interested in Sharing Your Expertise?

We are looking for partners who have skills to share to build our 2017 workshop series. If you are interested in leading a workshop at Land's Sake, email education@landssake.org or call 781-893-1162.

It is our goal to offer a diverse array of workshop topics, so let us know your skill set and interest, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor exercise and fitness
  • Plant and animal ID
  • Art and photography
  • Nature based crafts
  • Garden technique and design
  • Culinary skills and food preservation
  • Healthy living
  • And much more!