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 on the Farm or in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish (50 Ridge Street) 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.

Spring Programs

flower_propagationPropagating Perennial Flowers Workshop
with Ferriss Donham

Sunday, April 23 from 1 – 2pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW!

Learn how to fight weeds and create a enchanting perennial spring cut flower supply by propagating ground covers with experienced flower gardener Ferriss Donham. Each participant will be provided a clump of primula (primrose) and a batch of muscari (grape hyacinth) to divide and take home to plant. Tuition fee: $35 per person (includes primula and muscari plants)

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Spring harvest (Rebekah Carter 2014)Spring Inspired Culinary Workshop with Françoise Matte and Cecile Penot-Dietrich of French in the Kitchen

Tuesday, April 25 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish

REGISTER NOW!

Join the farm for a spring-inspired culinary workshop hosted by Françoise Matte and Cecile Penot-Dietrich of French in the Kitchen. Featured dishes prepared by the chefs for the class to enjoy include a chilled spring pea soup with rosemary gougeres, savory stuffed puffs with arugula and onion, an avocado, kiwi, green apple, and celery tartare, and chocolate profiteroles. Tuition fee: $45 per person

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Spring violets (Rebekah Carter 2014)Farm Field Foraging Walk: Early Spring

Saturday, April 29 from 10 – 11:30am at the Farm
REGISTER NOW!

Join Education Director Rebekah Carter to take a stroll around the farm fields and pastures to learn about the many wild edible and medicinal plants that can be commonly found on yards, farms, open lots, and fields throughout eastern Massachusetts and beyond. The program will focus on in-the-field plant identification, edible or medicinal properties, harvesting, and common uses and preparations. Bring a basket/vessel and scissors to collect samples or harvest a bit while you are here! Children ages 8 and up may be registered to attend with an adult! Tuition fee: $10 per person

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Blue oyster mushroomsCultivating Edible Mushrooms
Workshop with David Weintraub

Sunday, April 30 from 2 – 4pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW!

Mushrooms are a delicious and nutritious fungi that can be easily cultivated on a small scale at home. Local mushroom cultivator David Weintraub of Urban Mycology will explain the fundamentals of home gourmet mushroom cultivation during this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn how to cultivate a variety of mushrooms using common, inexpensive and easy-to-use materials. Workshop activities include a group construction of a “laundry basket” outdoor growing setup and preparing individual sawdust blocks for indoor blue oyster mushroom cultivation at home; additional spawn and substrate materials will be available to make a second block at home. Tuition fee: $30 per person (includes materials for blue oyster mushroom cultivation)

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Young chickens at the farm (Rebekah Carter 2014)Raising Backyard Chickens
with Demetra Tseckares

Thursday, May 4 from 6 – 7:30pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW!

Ever wonder what it takes to raise a flock of your own? With a little planning and preparation, you could be collecting your own eggs daily. Experienced gardener and chicken owner Demetra Tseckares hosts this workshop teaching the fundamental aspects of raising backyard chickens. The program will include discussion of the chicken life cycle, ideal breeds for laying, how and when to purchase birds, diet and care, coop and pen considerations, and troubleshooting (including predator and health issues). Children ages 8 and up may be registered to attend with an adult! Tuition fee: $10 per person

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June greens (Rebekah Carter 2015)Organic Gardening Workshop with John Root

Saturday, May 6 from 10:30am – 12 noon at the Farm
Early bird organic seedling sale immediately after in the greenhouse!

REGISTER NOW!

Learn natural and effective methods for the organic cultivation of a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers during this home gardening workshop hosted by experienced landscaper and naturalist John Root. Topics include composting and mulching to promote healthy soil, using space efficiently, growing plants from seed, succession planting, inviting beneficial wildlife, controlling weeds and pests naturally, and preserving homegrown produce. Select perennial seedlings grown by John Root and Wright-Locke Farm’s organic annual seedlings will also be available for purchase following the workshop. Children ages 8 and up may be registered to attend with an adult! Tuition fee: $10 per person

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Wreath making (Rebekah Carter 2016)Spring Wreath Making Workshop
with Ferriss Donham

Sunday, May 7 from 10 – 11am at the Farm
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Learn how to create beautiful wreaths using foraged spring foliage and blooms with experienced gardener Ferriss Donham. Each participant will make one spring wreath using locally-sourced leaves, stems, and flowers to take home and enjoy. Tuition fee: $35 per person (includes materials for wreath)

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Farm pilatesSpring Pilates Sessions with Jennifer Ogonowsky

Mondays, May 8 & 22 and June 5 & 19 from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW for May 8: Session 1
REGISTER NOW for May 22: Session 2
REGISTER NOW for June 5: Session 3
REGISTER NOW for June 19: Session 4

Join local instructor Jennifer Ogonowsky for an hour-long pilates session in the historic 1827 Barn. The class is suitable for all levels (beginner to advanced) and focuses in improving strength, flexibility, toning, and endurance. Set to energizing and inspiring music, each session works the full body, especially the core. Featured movements are low-impact, slow, controlled, and can be modified for each and every person. Tuition fee: $10 per person per session

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Brittney Burgess leading a WLF yoga sessionSpring Yoga Sessions with Brittney Burgess

Tuesdays, May 9 & 23 and June 6 & 20 from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW for May 9: Session 1
REGISTER NOW for May 23: Session 2
REGISTER NOW for June 6: Session 3
REGISTER NOW for June 20: Session 4

Our popular early evening yoga sessions in the historic 1827 Barn are back this spring. 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.
Tuition fee: $10 per person per session

Summertime Stillness Yoga Workshop
Sunday, June 4 from 4 – 6pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW

This workshop will include guided meditation, journaling/inquiry exercises, and an asana practice that begins with a strong vinyasa flow, followed by a period of restorative poses. With a practice designed to balance strength and challenge with rest and ease, students are invited to step away from the external stressors of life in order to move toward creating inner calm and stillness. All levels welcome! Tuition fee: $30 per person

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Chef Karina Hines leads a cooking workshop (Rebekah Carter 2014)Spring Inspired Culinary Workshop
with Chef Karina Hines

Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish

REGISTER NOW!

Join the farm this May to taste and learn recipes that capture the freshness of the spring greens bounty, boost your metabolism, and reinvigorate your system. Chef Karina Hines will teach participants how to create dishes that will freshen up your spring table, awaken your taste buds, and nourish your body and mind. Featured recipes will include an assortment of fresh local and seasonal herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Tuition fee: $45 per person

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Stinging nettle (Rebekah Carter 2015)Herbalism with Leaves Workshop
with Steph Zabel

Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW!

This fun and informative class hosted by local 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. The leaves workshop will focus on three common wild plants (dandelion, nettle, and violet) 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 make an herbal infused vinegar and oxymel to take home. Tuition fee: $45 per person (includes materials for products made in class)

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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Fermented ginger beerFermented Beverages Workshop

Sunday, May 21 from 2 – 4pm
in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish

REGISTER NOW!

Learn how to make homemade fermented drinks like apple cider, kombucha, ginger beer and ale, kefir, and more with Education Director Rebekah Carter. This workshop will teach participants how to safely prepare, ferment, and store small-batches of probiotic-rich non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy this barbecue season. Samples of raw fermented beverages will be enjoyed and participants will prepare ginger beer to take home and ferment. Tuition fee: $35 per person (includes ginger beer to ferment and enjoy at home)

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Lamb's quarters (Rebekah Carter 2015)Farm Field Foraging Walk: Late Spring

Thursday, June 1 from 6 – 7:30pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW!

Join Education Director Rebekah Carter to take a stroll around the farm fields and pastures to learn about the many wild edible and medicinal plants that can be commonly found on yards, farms, open lots, and fields throughout eastern Massachusetts and beyond. The program will focus on in-the-field plant identification, edible or medicinal properties, harvesting, and common uses and preparations. Bring a basket/vessel and scissors to collect samples or harvest a bit while you are here! Children ages 8 and up may be registered to attend with an adult! Tuition fee: $10 per person

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Early summer harvest (Rebekah Carter 2014)Early Summer Inspired Culinary Workshop
with Françoise Matte and Cecile Penot-Dietrich
of French in the Kitchen

Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
in the kitchen at Saint Eulalia’s Parish

REGISTER NOW!

Join the farm for an early summer-inspired culinary workshop hosted by Françoise Matte and Cecile Penot-Dietrich of French in the Kitchen. Featured dishes prepared by the chefs for the class to enjoy include watermelon gaspacho, fresh herb crusted cod with ratatouille, and a strawberry rhubarb tart. Tuition fee: $45 per person

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Healthy fatsHealthy Fats: Foods for Health and Vitality
with Allison Lekstrom

Wednesday, June 14 from 7 – 8:30pm at the Farm
REGISTER NOW!

Though the food and diet industry have maligned fat-rich foods for decades, healthy sources of dietary fat are essential components of any healthy eating plan. Certified nutritional therapist Allison Lekstrom leads this informative workshop discussing the multifaceted role of dietary fat in human health, the best types and sources of such fats, and how eating high-quality fats can actually help you lose weight. Tuition fee: $10 per person

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Summer Solstice Walk with Boot Boutwell

Sunday, June 18 from 1 – 3pm at the Farm
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Join local naturalist Boot Boutwell at Wright-Locke farm in celebrating the approach of the summer solstice, the day when the midday sun reaches it’s highest point in the sky and we have our longest day of the year. We will celebrate the start of the season with solstice history and lore, poetry, a solstice story, and a short ceremony to welcome in the solstice. We’ll then take a leisurely walk through the meadows and woods surrounding the farm to enjoy the beauty of nature. Children ages 8 and up may be registered to attend with an adult! Tuition fee: $10 per person

Roland “Boot” Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches the core course in “Native New England Shrubs” and leads field trips for the New England Wild Flower Society. He is also a part time teacher/naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon society. In addition, he teaches nature programs and leads nature walks for a number of other organizations including: the Appalachian Mountain Club, Arlington Community Education, the Winchester public schools, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells and numerous other organizations.

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Programs in Partnership with the Jenks Center

  • Jenks Garden Club at the Jenks Center (Tuesday mornings starting April 25th from 9 – 10am or later)
  • Spring Educational Farm Tour with Education Director Rebekah Carter on Tuesday, May 23 from 2 – 3:30pm
  • Late Spring Wildflower Walk with Boot Boutwell on Wednesday, June 7 from 2 – 4pm
  • Registration for these programs is through the Jenks Center

Summer Programs

  • Hot Water Bath Canning Seasonal Foods Workshops with Education Director Rebekah Carter
  • Summer-inspired Culinary Workshops with Chef Karina Hines and French in the Kitchen
  • Monday Evening Summer Pilates Sessions with Jennifer Ogonowsky
  • Tuesday Morning and Evening Summer Yoga Sessions with Brittney Burgess
  • Culinary Herbalism Workshop with Chef Karina Hines
  • Summer Foraging Walk and Tasting with Russ Cohen
  • Seasonal Flowers Herbalism Workshop with Steph Zabel
  • Fermenting Vegetables Workshop with Education Director Rebekah Carter
  • Summer Flower Arranging with WLF Flower Farmer Ruth Trimarchi
  • Pressure Canning Workshop with Kimi Ceridon
  • Drying and Dehydrating Seasonal Foods Workshop with Education Director Rebekah Carter
  • Day Time Programs in partnership with the Jenks Center

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