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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.

Volunteer Days at Land’s Sake

Free, drop-in Volunteer Days at Land's Sake Farm! Come spend time outdoors, practice farming and land management skills, give back to the community, and make connections with like-minded people. Open to all ages, youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, April 22 from 10:00-12:00
Thursday, May 24 from 10:00-12:00
Monday, June 18 from 4:00-6:00
Tuesday, July 24 from 4:00-6:00
Tuesday, August 7 from 3:00-5:00
Saturday, September 29 from 10:00-12:00
Sunday, October 21 from 10:00-12:00

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

Cost: FREE

Medicinal Plant Walks at Land’s Sake

Join Land's Sake Education Manager and Herbalist Anna Booth 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. Open to all ages, youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Early Summer: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Late Summer: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fall: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Folk Roots

Join Lorraine Fitzmaurice to explore the folk traditions of the British Isles and Appalachia in a pastoral setting! Many songs were created to be sung while working on the farm, or feature herbs, animals (especially birds), and the turning of the seasons as themes. We'll sing ballads, dance tunes, and work songs and each participant will receive a booklet of what you've learned to practice at home. You do not need to read music for this course.

Ages:  Adults and teens. Anyone under 14 must be accompanied.
Price: $20, $10 for each additional family member

Friday, May 11 6:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 5 6:00-7:30 pm

Songs for Seedlings

Join Lorraine Fitzmaurice for a song and dance hour for families with young children. Come sing (and dance to!) songs about seeds, plants, farms, and animals. Some you may already know, some will be brand new! Take what you learn home with you in a little booklet and start growing your own family singing tradition.

Ages: Toddler through elementary-aged kids with accompanying adult
Price: $30 for one kid plus one adult, $10 for each additional person in that family

Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 9 1:30-2:30 pm

Mindfulness in Nature

Reduce stress and connect to nature through gentle guided and silent meditation in a quiet corner of the farm. Sip herbal tea, listen to the beat of the drum and the sounds of the meadow, and let the stress of your week slip away. Each gathering will begin with a check in then move into a guided meditation with herbal tea. Participants will be invited to reflect after the first meditation before opening the space to quiet mindfulness, guided by a drum beat. The gathering will end with a reflection and check out. Open to all ages, youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring: Monday, May 14, 2018

Early Summer: Monday, June 25, 2018

Late Summer: Monday, August 13, 2018

Fall: Monday, September 17, 2018

Spring and Summer sessions will meet from 5:30-6:15. The fall session will meet from 5:00-5:45.

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

Eat Your Medicine: Spring Wild Edibles

Join Land's Sake Education Manager and Herbalist Anna Booth Cohen to learn about our local, wild "superfoods!" Participants will learn about the nutritious and medicinal wild plants that grow abundantly in spring. This experiential, hands-on program will include information and practice in harvesting and plant ID, traditional medicinal use, and preparation for several local medicinal plants. Everyone from new beginners to seasoned herbalists are welcome. Open to all ages, youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time: 5:30-6:30

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

Plein Air Pastel Painting Workshop with Larry Grob

Learn pastels at our Saturday morning plein air workshops…

Learn how to capture the farm’s beauty with pastels. All are welcome as local landscape artist Larry Grob helps you explore the potential of this wonderful medium, working on various scenes around Land’s Sake. Larry will demo, share tips on subject selection, composition, and technique…and provide coaching as you work on your own painting. You don’t have to be an experienced pastelist…come find your inner artist!

Sanded paper pastel boards and foam core sleeves for transporting your work will be provided. Do bring pastels and a field easel if you have one. Larry will have a starter selection available to share if you don’t have your own. Morning coffee and snacks will also be provided. Advance registration is required.

Saturday mornings

7:00 to 11:00 am

June 16, July 14, and August 18, 2018

Fee: $65 per person (includes materials and nourishment)

Plein Air Painting ‘Drop-Ins’ with Larry Grob

Spend an evening—that very special, dramatic time of day—seeing the Farm through an artist’s eyes. Drop in for a demo, some coaching, and a chance to find your ‘subject’, from long views to closeups. Weston landscape artist Larry Grob will introduce you to plein air and then circulate, providing individual coaching and critique. No prior experience is necessary, but seasoned artists are welcomed as well.

Bring you own materials and supplies…from pencils to oils. Larry will supply you with a handy ‘composition’ guide.

No advance registration or payment is required…just drop in (though you may pre-register if you choose.) Please, however, check the Land's Sake website (here) for weather related cancellations.

 

Thursday evenings

6:00 to Sunset: May 17, 2018

6:30 to Sunset: June 14 and 28, 2018

6:00 to Sunset: July 26, 2018

5:30 to Sunset: August 9 and 23, 2018

$20 payable to Larry Grob at drop-in

Fairies, Gnomes, and Elves Festival

Celebrate the magic of summer at Land's Sake's Fairies, Gnomes, and Elves Festival! We will have stations set up around the farm that offer fun, creative activities for children to enjoy. Build fairy houses and gnome homes, make your own magic wand and fairy/elf crown, drink fairy tea, and visit with our resident chickens and rabbits. Enjoy stories, games, and more! Free parking available onsite. Backpack babies are welcome free of charge.

  • Sunday June 17, 2018
  • 9 am to 12 pm 
  • Activities will be geared toward ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome! 
  • Cost: Non-Members: $10 per child / Members: $7 per child 

The Medicine of Flowers

Join Land's Sake Education Manager and Herbalist Anna Booth Cohen to learn about wild and cultivated medicinal flowers! This experiential, hands-on program will include information and practice in harvesting and plant ID, traditional medicinal use, and preparation for several medicinal flowers from the garden and the meadows. Everyone from new beginners to seasoned herbalists are welcome. Open to all ages, youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Time: 5:30-6:30

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

Making Herbal Medicine

Join Land's Sake Education Manager and Herbalist Anna Booth Cohen to learn several methods of herbal medicine preparation. This experiential, hands-on program will include information on local medicinal plants and practice in creating herbal teas, glycerites, vinegars, and oils. Each participant will be able to take home the herbal medicine they prepare in the program. Everyone from new beginners to seasoned herbalists are welcome. Open to all ages, youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time: 5:00-6:00

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

Cost: $30/person

Herbal Medicine for Winter Immunity

Join Land's Sake Education Manager and Herbalist Anna Booth Cohen to make herbal medicine to support the immune system during the cold time of year. This experiential, hands-on program will include information on local medicinal plants and practice in creating Fire Cider, a traditional preparation for immune system health. Each participant will be able to take home the herbal medicine they prepare in the program. Everyone from new beginners to seasoned herbalists are welcome. Open to all ages, youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time: 10:00-11:00

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

Cost: $20/person

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Past Programs Include:

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.

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN to Sun. Feb. 25, 2018

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.

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, 2017

10:00-11:00

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017 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, 2017
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, 2017

10:00-11:30

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, 2017

5:30-6:30

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, 2017

6:00-7:00

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, 2017
5:3-7:30 pm
$45 per person
Located at Land's Sake Farm
90 Wellesley St, Weston MA

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, 2017
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!