Farm Workshops 2014

In 2014, we held one on-farm workshop:

Growing Shiitakes on Logs

Come learn the basics of fungi and how they grow during an interactive presentation on how to cultivate shiitake mushrooms from oak logs. In the workshop, participants will learn how to properly inoculate logs with shiitake spawn as well as how to take care of these logs so they will bear mushrooms for years to come.

Mushroom growing can be a fun activity for a family interested in learning about these organisms, for people trying to save some money on the tasty fungi, or a chef looking for a new source of gourmet ingredients.

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $30/25/20 sliding scale
Location: Colchester Farm (31285 Georgetown Cemetery Road, Galena, MD 21635)

Farm Twilight Workshops 2013

Twilight Workshops are now concluded for 2013. See below for descriptions of 2013 workshops. These 1.5 hour evening workshops on the farm are designed for those interested in the background behind the ecologically-minded farming that is practiced here at Colchester Farm. Each month of the summer we will explore a new topic through lecture and discussion while taking a walking tour of the farm, led by our farmers. Don't miss it--this is a great opportunity to see firsthand the various methods we use, and interact with our farmers!

All Twilight Workshops take place at Colchester Farm, 31285 Georgetown Cemetery Rd, Galena, MD 21930.

Bug Off!: Managing Pests Sustainably on Colchester Farm

How do farmers manage pests without using synthetic chemicals? This combination lecture-style and hands-on workshop gives participants an overview of pests and their interaction with various crops on Colchester Farm, along with discussion and demonstration of principles and techniques of natural pest management (including beneficial insects, companion plants, and crop rotations). Bring your curiosity, and you may just leave with some tips and tricks for your own vegetable garden! This workshop will take place outdoors and will involve walking around the farm. Please dress for the weather; bugs don't take a rain check and neither do we.

Date: Wed, June 5 2013
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Suggested Donation: $15/10/5 sliding scale

Ecological Weed Management

Managing weeds is of prime importance for sustainable farms and gardens of any scale. Come join us for this workshop where we investigate the many facets of weed control on Colchester Farm, including crop planning, plant competition and mulches. We will also demonstrate and discuss the various forms of manual and mechanical cultivation used here on the farm, and show you how life without herbicide IS possible! This workshop takes place outdoors rain or shine; please dress appropriately.

Date: Wed, July 10 2013
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $15/10/5 sliding scale

Soil Farming: More Than Just Dirt

This workshop introduces participants to the soil-building principles and practices that Colchester Farm employs to raise vegetables without synthetic fertilizers. On this walking tour, we will scratch the surface of soil classification and characteristics, and dig deeper to understand the facets of composting and cover cropping ("green manure") that are integral to building healthy soils that will ensure healthy vegetables and the fertility of land for future generations. Come ready to observe and you might just leave with some pointers for your own backyard! This workshop takes place outdoors rain or shine; please dress appropriately.

Date: Sat, Aug. 10 2013
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $15/10/5 sliding scale

Colchester Farm | P.O. Box 191 | Georgetown MD 21930 | (at 31285 Georgetown Cemetery Rd)
Updated July 8, 2014