Past Classes

 

Thank you to all of the leaders and attendees who participated in our workshops!

 

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Beekeeping Basics with D Mitchell

 

Sunday March 24, 2019

from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Rassawek

6276 River Road West

Columbia, VA 23038

$25

This workshop introduces participants to beekeeping basics. D Mitchell has raised bees for many years and will explain all the tools and equipment needed to get started. The program covers how to construct a hive and the proper use of the tools required. D will also discuss local and web based sources for materials and equipment.

Beekeeping Class

Managing Small Woodlots

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Saturday, October 20th, 2018

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Farm in Crozier

Goochland County, VA

Address to be given upon registration

Rain or Shine

NO CHARGE

Please register so we know you're coming

As a woodlot owner, the choices you make today will either improve the health of your woods in the future or cause damage from which it might not recover. Making the correct investments today can pay dividends for two to three generations to come.

 

Please join Paul Stoneburner and Chuck Wright (both experts in their field with the Virginia Department of Forestry) to discuss chainsaw use, safety, maintenance, as well as an in depth discussion on the general principles of woodlot management.

Questions About Event? Contact Sam Turner, 804-539-4295

Season Extension: Four Season Farming!

with Pam Dawling

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Grace Episcopal Church

2955 River Road West

Goochland, VA 23063

Indoor Event - Rain or Shine

$25 per person

By choosing crops wisely and providing some low-tech crop protection, you can feed people year round. Out of season crops can sell for higher prices, and you will benefit from happy, loyal customers.

 

We discuss the energy and economic balance points in extending the seasons. Options for hot weather include tricks to get seed germinated, keep crops cool and watered, and keep pests off. Techniques for cold weather include growing earlier crops in spring, later crops in the fall, and cold-hardy crops in the winter.

 

We look at four ranges of cold-hardiness and how crop protection, including hoop-houses, can help. The workshop includes vegetables to grow and store for out-of-season use, and methods of storage. Careful scheduling for extended seasons makes efficient use of resources, as does consideration of which crops are the best for you to grow.

The class is directed at serious backyard gardeners, homesteaders and small-scale farmers. It's not a beginner course in that it assumes basic gardening skills. However, new growers who apply themselves can get a lot out of it.

 

About Pam Dawling

Pam Dawling grows vegetables year round at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia. She and her colleagues grow enough produce to feed 100 people year round. She writes for “Growing for Market” magazine and is the author of two books: Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, and The Year-Round Hoop-house (publication November 2018)

Questions About Event? Contact Sam Turner, 804-539-4295

Goats on the Homestead
Sunday, June 24, 2018
1pm - 3pm
$25
(Rain Date: July 8, 2018 1pm-3pm)

at The Freckled Farm in Western Goochland
(address will be provided after registration)

Goats are an excellent addition to any homestead. They are versatile animals that provide many things without taking up much space.

 

Join Crystal Neilson-Hall of The Freckled Farm on her working dairy goat farm in Goochland to learn the fundamentals of raising goats. We will discuss housing, fencing, purchasing your goat, as well as basic care.

 

The class will be held at The Freckled Farm in Western Goochland.

Soil Fertility Discussion with Steven Miles of Shalom Farms
Saturday, March 31, 2018
1pm - 3pm
$25
At Shalom Farms Powhatan Site:
2676 Venita Road, Midlothian, VA 23113

This workshop will focus on increasing participants' knowledge of the physical, biological, and chemical factors that contribute to building soil health. Steve Miles will talk through the regenerative approach that Shalom Farms has used to build highly productive agricultural soils over the years. Participants are encouraged to bring soil test reports from their gardens for discussion. The workshop will be followed by a 30 minute walking tour of the Shalom Farms' Powhatan site.

Fruit Orchard Design and Selection
Presenter: Don Smith, Owl Orchard
Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 9-11am
Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
Price: $25

Success with fruit trees depends to a large degree on how you plan your plantings and how well you follow those plans. Don will review some of the basic principles of planning a successful fruit orchard, regardless of size, in our Central VA region. Recommendations on which fruit trees varieties to plant, where to purchase fruit trees, and tree management will also be presented. The program will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Goochland Courthouse.

Mead Making Workshop

Class lead by Ben McKean of Healthberry Farm

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

at VueMont

1304 Sports Lake Road

New Canton Va 23123

 

$25 (volunteers attend free)

Join Ben McKean, Beekeeper and Mead maker of Healthberry Farm. Ben will provide an overview of the Healthberry Farm honey operation that specializes in the production of varietal honey throughout the season. Ben’s expertise and experience come from his WV Healthberry Farm where he settled in WV after studying Sustainable Agriculture at Slippery Rock University in 1993. He has also completed an apprenticeship with Ferenc Androczi of Little Hungary Farm Winery from Buckhannon, WV in 1998. His program will review “Old World” style mead making techniques, terms and traditions.


At Healthberry Farm, Ben believes in the importance of working with nature to produce the finest products possible. His varietal honeys are raw and come to you straight from the hive, without pasteurization or processing. Honey River meads are aged for two years so they can be bottled without sulfites. His salves and candles are made with simple ingredients that are good for your body and the air you breathe. He does not add any chemicals, preservatives, colors or additives to any of our products, as they are unnecessary and often harmful.

Beekeeping Basics with Keith Flannagan

 

Saturday March 11, 2017

from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063

$25

This workshop introduced participants to beekeeping basics. Keith Flannagan raised bees for many years and sold his honey through Local Roots and Fall Line Farms. He brought with him examples of all the tools and equipment needed to get started. The program covered how to construct a hive and the proper use of the tools required. Keith will discussed local and web based sources for materials and equipment.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

A hands-on class lead by Don Smith of Owl Orchard

 

Saturday February 25, 2017

from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

at Owl Orchard

3174 Three Bridge Rd

Powhatan, VA  23139

 

$25

Late winter is the best time to prune fruit trees and ornamentals. By pruning, you improve the plant’s health, thus reducing the needs for pesticides and improving water quality. This workshop will touch on pruning most of the fruit tree types in our area: Apple, Peach, Plum, Pear, Asian Pear and Cherry.

 

Don Smith has been managing a fruit orchard the last six years and is welcoming us out to Owl Orchard where he will share his knowledge.
 
This is a hands on class! Please bring boots, pruning sheers and loppers if available. The workshop is Rain or Shine.

Solar Energy for your 
Farm, Home or Business

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016 

9:00-11:00AM

Manakintowne Specialty Growers
2570 Federal Hill Farms Road
Powhatan, VA 23139

 

The Sustainable Technology Institute discussed what's new in solar energy for farms, residences and businesses. Attendees learned about the latest in solar panel technology, ground mount options, REAP grants and federal tax credits.

Speaker Contact information:
Andrew Rich, Client Education
Sustainable Technology Institute 
Office: (804) 447-5263 
www.sustainabletechnologyinstitute.com

  

Spring Garden Planning and Preparation 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road west
Goochland, VA 23063

 

Ms. Betsy Trice (Sustainable Ag. at JSRCC) offered her insights on how to successfully garden organically in central Virginia. She covered many topics including; healthy soil requirements, companion planting, garden design, organic management techniques and many others.  

Season Extension with Simple Garden Structures

 

Bill Cox discussed and demonstrated the passive systems he uses at

Casselmonte Farm to extend the growing season, from weeks before to weeks after the typical frost dates in Central Virginia. Learn about plant growth requirements, crop selection, siting, and the pros and cons of using high tunnels, low tunnels and cold frames on the farm or in the garden.

 

Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:30 to 11:00

Casselmonte Farm

1405 Giles Bridge Road
Powhatan, VA 23139 

Planning a Fruit Tree Planting

Don Smith, Owl Orchard

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM 

 

Success with fruit trees depends to a large degree on how you plan your plantings and how well you follow those plans. Don reviewed some of the basic principles of planning a successful fruit orchard, regardless of size, in the Powhatan-Goochland area.

Tanning Hides Workshop 

 

Lee McLaughlin, a Goochland trapper, taught this workshop. He covered all aspects of the tanning process, from harvesting, fleshing, and stretching to the final pickling and breaking. Lee brought a couple of buckskins for demonstrating different steps so everyone could see the process from start to finish, as well as the tools and chemicals used. $25 per person.

 

Tuesday December 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

 

Rockcastle Farm
745 Rock Castle Road
Goochland, VA 23063

Deer Processing Workshop

 

This program covered all the basics, from the tools needed to the aging, cutting and packaging of deer. All too often venison is over marinated and tough because the proper cuts were not made and it was way overcooked! 

 

Johnathan Nadolski (Nadolski's Buthcher Shop ) led this program. His experience as a chef and butcher gives him skilled insight into the ways to cut and process deer. All cuts from standing rib roast to porterhouse steaks were discussed along with wonderful ways to cook and serve venison.

 

Monday November 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

Nadolski's Butcher Shop
2913 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063

Preserve the Harvest: Jams & Jellies

 

Discussions and demonstrations centered on traditional methods of making and storing jams, preserves and jellies. Participants learned the differences between jams, jellies and preserves and how to prepare each. Everyone helped prepare and process the fruits and went home with their own jars of delectable jams and jellies. 

 

Kieth Flanagan led the discussion sharing his many years of experience in making all kinds of jellies and jams. $20 per person.

 

Wednesday August 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

 

Virginia House
3052 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063

Small Flock Poultry

 

A well managed small flock can provide one or two dozen hormone and antibiotic free eggs a week. Chickens will also eat a large variety of bugs in the landscape. But there are many considerations you have to evaluate before beginning this adventure.

 

This informative workshop presented the basics about getting started raising chickens at home. Topics included space requirements, coop design, rearing chicks, feed, protection and egg production. We also discussed processing chickens.

 

Saturday June 28, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM 

 

Shalom Farm
1033 Rock Castle Road
Goochland, VA 23063-3910

Essential Oils in the Home

 

By taking advantage of the essential oils available for cleaning products, you can reduce the amount of harsh chemicals that you may be exposing yourself to. Robin Knight (Elizabeth Lord Naturals) discussed the uses of Essential Oils in the home. She explained their healthy effects for yourself and the environment. Participants made their own essential oil cleaners to take home and continue their journeys into the world of natural products for health and home.

 

Saturday May 3, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

 

Grace Eposicpal Church

2955 River Road West

Goochland, VA 23063

Soil Conditioning

 

Steve Miles, farm manager at Shalom Farms, discussed composting rules and techniques as well as green manures and cover crops. Becky Lillywhite discussed vermiculture and how to use this process to add fertility and structure to your garden soil. Instructors then helped participants make their own worm composter (all materials supplied) to take home and start producing worm castings to add to their soil.

 

Saturday April 5, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM 

 

Shalom Farms

1033 Rock Castle Road

Goochland, VA 23063

Shiitake Mushrooms at Home

 

Stu Doetzer, a long time mushroom producer, discussed the techniques for growing shiitake mushrooms on logs in Central Virginia. Some of the topics include: selection of logs, inoculation process, harvest, mushroom storage and use. He also took the group on a tour of Rock Castle Farm's production area to see the process in action. A hands-on class, each participant was given a log to innoculate with mushroom spawn.

 

Saturday March 29, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM 

 

Rockcastle Farm

745 Rock Castle Road

Goochland, VA 23063

Beekeeping

 

This workshop introduced participants to beekeeping basics. Keith Flannagan led the discussions. He has raised bees for many years and sells his honey at the Goochland Farmers Market on Saturdays. He brought with him examples of all the tools and equipment needed to get started. The program covered how to construct a hive and the proper use of the tools required. Keith discussed local and web based sources for materials and equipment.

 

Saturday February 22, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

 

Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road west
Goochland, VA 23063

Big Flavors, Simple Techniques:
Bitters, Tinctures, Shrubs, and Liqueurs

Featuring Powhatan Author Max Watman

 

April 20, 2019

from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Rain or Shine


Rassawek

6276 River Road West

Columbia, VA 23038

Max Watman lives and writes on an old farm in Powhatan, Virginia. He writes a column for the Daily Beast and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Max is also the author of Race Day, on the history of American horse racing, and Chasing the White Dog, on moonshine and small scale distilling. His most recent book was Harvest: Field Notes From a Far Flung Pursuit of Real Food.

Max has long been interested in bitter, tinctures, shrubs, and liqueurs. He'll be sharing his knowledge so that you can go home and try making your own. There will be samples (non-alcoholic).

The event was held in the beautiful and historic greenhouse at Rassawek in Western Goochland County. This program will be interactive, with plenty of opportunities for your questions and a chance to meet and speak with Max afterward. 

P.O. Box 639,  Goochland, VA  23063

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