Adult Education Programs

Wright-Locke Farm’s education programs for teens and adults are a great way to learn practical skills related to healthy living, small-scale agriculture, and the wonders of nature. All workshops take place either in our historic 1827 Barn on the Farm (unheated / not air conditioned) or in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish (50 Ridge Street- right down the street from the Farm) and are open to individuals ages 14+ unless stated otherwise. We hope you can join us for one or more workshops this growing season!

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for workshops is required. If you can no longer attend a workshop for which you are registered, the Farm will refund your tuition fee until 10 days prior to a program. No refunds are provided within 10 days of a workshop.

Instructions for Adult Program Registration
We have a new and improved online registration system set up for all Wright-Locke Farm program and event sign ups. In order to register for education programs, you will need to:

1. Create or log into your account via WLFarm.org. Making an account is quick and easy! We just need some basic information about yourself. If you would like to change any of these pieces of information at any time, you may do so by logging into your account.

2. Register for an adult program! Click on the REGISTER NOW! links below to sign up for a program. You will be asked to enter the number of people you wish to register for the program (including yourself or children, if applicable) and enter the first and last names of those being registered in the Guest Information fields. You will be given the option to pay immediately by credit card or to pay later; we recommend opting to “pay later” if signing up for multiple programs so that you may pay for all programs with one credit card transaction at Make Payment (check payment can also be mailed in lieu of credit card payment).

Contact our Education Director with any questions.

Fall Programs

Brittney Burgess in 1827 BarnFall Yoga Sessions with Brittney Burgess

Select dates in September at the Farm

Register Now: Tuesday, September 26
Evening Session
(6:30 – 7:30pm)

Our popular early morning and evening yoga sessions in the farm’s historic 1827 Barn are back this fall. Set to the backdrop of the fields, these classes are appropriate for all levels of yoga experience. Local instructor Brittney Burgess will guide students through a vinyasa flow emphasizing a balance of power and flexibility through the dynamic combination of breath and movement. Be sure to dress for the outdoor temperature (the barn is unheated / not air conditioned); please be sure to bring a mat, towel (optional), and water. Tuition fee: $10 per person per session

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Going into the farm's hives (Rebekah Carter 2015)Backyard Beekeeping Workshop
with Nancy Mangion

Wednesday, September 27 from 6 – 7:30pm at the Farm
Register Now

Join host Nancy Mangion of the Beekeepers’ Warehouse for an introductory class on the fundamentals of keeping honey bees in your backyard. Small scale “backyard” hives are great for honey production as well as the benefit of additional pollinators in your home gardens and the natural habitats in your neighborhood. The beginning of the workshop will include Nancy opening a hive for participants to (safely) see the farm’s bees, brood, and honey. The remainder of the workshop will take place in our historic 1827 Barn and include discussion of critical beekeeping supplies needed to get started- including the bees themselves- as well as required care and how / when to harvest honey from your hives’ frames. Nancy is an experienced master beekeeper with a passion for introducing individuals to the practice of small scale beekeeping, and is more than happy to answer any questions participants bring to the workshop. Nancy will also be bringing her own raw honey for any interested participants to purchase. Tuition fee: $10 per person

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Fall flower arrangements (Ferriss Donham)Fall Flower Arranging Workshop
with Ferriss Donham

Saturday, September 30 from 3 – 4pm at the Farm
Register Now

Join host Ferriss Donham to make an autumn-inspired floral arrangement in the farm’s historic 1827 Barn. Ferriss will provide the class with the fundamentals of arranging and ideas to get started, allowing participants to create a unique arrangement according to their tastes. Each participant will bring home a gorgeous vase full of beautiful local and seasonal flowers cultivated and foraged by Ferriss herself. Self-selected cuttings from the farm’s education garden and of wild plants around the farm will also be allowed! If you have a favorite vase, please bring it; otherwise a vase will be provided. Also bring clippers if you have them; clippers and scissors will also be provided during the workshop. Tuition fee: $40 per person

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Fall cocktailsFall-Inspired Cocktail Workshop
with Erick Donoghue

Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30 – 8pm at the Farm
Register Now Participants must be ages 21 or older

Learn how to make creative and fun cocktails that showcase the local and seasonal flavors of fall with bartender Erick Donoghue of Tempo Bistro. In this workshop, Erick will demonstrate how to make your very own allspice liqueur, intriguing flavor combinations for unique syrups, and how to play with fire to incorporate aromatics into your homemade cocktails. Tastings of cocktail ideas will be sampled throughout the workshop and served with locally-sourced appetizers. Tuition fee: $40 per person

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Local apples (Rebekah Carter 2012)Fall Canning Workshop

Saturday, October 7 from 10:30am – 12pm
in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish

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Join Education Director Rebekah Carter to learn how to safely prepare and can homemade jams, jellies, whole and half fruits, pickles, relishes, chutneys, and other seasonal preserves using the hot water bath canning method. Featured topics to be covered include selecting the best ingredients, necessary canning equipment, preserve making techniques, and proper canning procedures that ensure a safe shelf-stable end product. Each participant will help make and take home a jar of cranberry apple butter to enjoy. Tuition fee: $25 per person

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Dandelion root (Steph Zabel)Herbalism with Roots Workshop
with Steph Zabel

Thursday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8pm at the Farm
Register Now

This fun and informative class hosted by herbalist and botanical educator Steph Zabel will cover an array of locally-available medicinal plants that participants will learn to use and enjoy in practical, everyday ways. Our roots-focused workshop will feature three common plants (chicory, marshmallow, and elecampane) with in-depth discussions and tea tasting of each, information about traditional uses and healing properties, and herbal medicine-making demonstrations and hands-on preparation. Each participant will take home an herbal tea or decoction. Tuition fee: $35 per person

Please note: this is one of four classes herbalist Steph Zabel will be leading at Wright-Locke Farm this year; class focuses include leaves (May), flowers (July), fruits (September), and roots (October). This is a wonderful introductory series for anyone who is new to the world of herbalism. Classes can be taken individually or as a whole series.

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Echinacea (Rebekah Carter 2013)Herbal Cold and Flu Care Workshop
with Marija Hamed

Sunday, October 15 from 11am – 12:30pm at the Farm
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This workshop, hosted by farm friend Marija Hamed, is full of indispensable herbal knowledge that will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones this cold and flu season. Learn how to properly and effectively use herbal medicine to treat and reduce the duration of cold and flu symptoms. You will learn about easy to use herbs that grow locally, how to prepare and source herbs, and which herbs are best for each symptom, such as fever, cough, sinuses, etc. Each participant will also blend a custom herbal tea (certified organic or wild crafted) to take home and savor if cold or flu strike. Tuition fee: $30 per person

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Red cabbage in the garden (Rebekah Carter 2013)Fermenting Fall Vegetables Workshop

Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish

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Join Education Director Rebekah Carter to learn how to safely prepare and ferment local seasonal produce into healthy probiotic-rich pickles, salsas, sauces, and more using lactic acid fermentation (also known as lactofermentation). Featured topics to be covered include selecting the best ingredients, necessary fermenting vessels and useful kitchenwares, ferment making techniques, and open-air ferment troubleshooting. Each participant will make and take home two jars of veggies to ferment and enjoy; items will include a pint jar of shredded / grated veggies (choice of sauerkraut, sauerruben, or sour beets) and a pint jar of “firecracker” pickled carrots. Tuition fee: $30 per person

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Stargazing with telescopeFall Stargazing Workshop with Josh Roth

Friday, October 20 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Farm
Register Now Kids ages 8 and up may sign up with an adult!

With its early sunsets, crisp bug-free nights, and the Milky Way overhead, autumn is an ideal time for New England stargazing. This year Saturn joins the party for an extra-special view. We’ll learn about planets, stars, nebulas, and galaxies during this introduction to the night sky. Weather permitting, we’ll identify constellations, gaze upon the Andromeda Galaxy, and feast on glittering star clusters. We’ll learn how to use star charts and the basics of choosing and using telescopes. Dress warmly, in layers, and bring binoculars if you have them. If you have a telescope you want to bring and use, please arrive 15 – 20 minutes early to set up before the workshop starts. Tuition fee: $10 per person

Please note: This workshop will be hosted rain or shine. The entire workshop will be held in the 1827 Barn and end at 8pm in the case of overcast skies or rain.

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Fall 2016 wreath making workshop (Rebekah Carter 2016)Fall Wreath Making Workshop
with Ferriss Donham

Sunday, October 22 from 11am – 12pm at the Farm
Register Now

Join host Ferriss Donham to make an autumn-inspired wreath in the farm’s historic 1827 Barn. Ferriss will provide the class with the fundamentals of wreath making and ideas to get started, allowing participants to create a unique wreath according to their tastes. Each participant will bring home a finished wreath full of beautiful local and seasonal plant cuttings cultivated and foraged by Ferriss herself, including ivy, hydrangea, sedum, berries, dried flowers and other gathered natural beauties. Self-selected cuttings from the farm’s education garden and of wild plants around the farm will also be allowed! If you have clippers, please bring them; clippers and scissors will also be provided during the workshop. Tuition fee: $40 per person

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Chicken soupMaking Healthy Stocks
and Soups Workshop

Saturday, November 11 from 10am – 12pm
in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish

Register Now

Homemade soups are not only a delicious and satisfying way to eat local veggies during the cool weather months- they can also be packed full of nutrients your body craves and needs. Join Education Director Rebekah Carter to learn how to make delicious nutrient-dense stocks and soups before the cold weather settles in. This class will include discussing how to make gelatin and mineral-rich chicken and beef-based stocks, and how to incorporate such stocks into soups featuring local and seasonal vegetables and herbs. Two pots of soup will be made using chicken stock (hearty chicken soup and curried lentil soup); soups will be served at the end of the workshop with delicious fresh breads from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery and grass-fed butter from Walden Local Meats (butter available in our farm stand). Tuition fee: $40 per person

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Programs in Partnership with the Jenks Center

  • Jenks Garden Club at the Jenks Center
  • Registration for these programs is through the Jenks Center

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