Workshops

Your opportunity to learn a skill or expand your existing knowledge on a wide range of homesteading topics.
All our workshops are taught in a relaxed, hands-on interactive environment.  Our goal is to have you comfortable with your new found knowledge and that you'll practice your skills at home.  To accomplish this we limit the number of people attending each workshop, in most cases to 6 people maximum.
To Reserve a spot for any of our workshops please click on the "Reserve Your Spot" button.  Please indicate workshop and date you would like to attend.  We'll contact you shortly to confirm your reservation.
Looking for a fun activity for your group?
We can host you and your group for a private workshop on any topic we currently teach or we can work with you to customize your experience.  Email us for details.

Introduction To Backyard Farming

Taught in a relaxed, outdoor, interactive environment, you’ll learn how to plan, prepare, plant, and harvest your own fruit and vegetable garden, for truly local and organic produce!  With 35 years of organic gardening experience, we can guide you from beginning to end and share many of the tips we’ve learned along the way.

Special emphasis is placed on growing in small space gardens. We limit class size so people can ask questions freely and get a more personal experience.  Class size limited to 12 people.   

Saturday April 27, 11-3  SOLD OUT

Sunday May 19, 11-3 SOLD OUT

Cost includes a Clyde's Garden Planner- one of the most useful resources for timing your plantings and succession planting.  

$40/person or $60/couple (spouse, friend, stranger off the street).

Introduction To Food Preserving

Learn how to preserve your harvest!  Taught in an interactive, hands-on environment at the homestead.  Techniques covered include:  dehydrating; cold-storage made easy; freezing; and water bath canning. Water-bath canning allows you to preserve tomatoes, tomato sauces, pickles and fruits!  You'll learn which method is best for each veggie so that you can enjoy your own veggies all winter too! Class size limited to 6 people.

Saturday August 17, 11-2 SOLDOUT

Sunday, August 25, 11-2

$55/person

Advanced Food Preservation

By popular demand, we are offering a class dedicated to pickle making and pressure canning.  We'll cover the basics, while pickling beets, beans and cucumber (season-dependent).  The ability to pressure can food opens doors to the home-preserver that are amazing.  Soups, veggies, even meats can be canned safely for shelf-storage.  We'll cover the basics and provide tips and tricks while canning seasonal produce. Class size is limited to 6 people.

Saturday August 24, 11-2

$55/person

 Organic Bread Making

Ever wanted to try baking bread at home the old-fashioned way? During this hands-on class, you will learn the basics of organic bread-making without the use of bread makers or mixers.  Topics covered include: ingredient selection; proper tools; kneading techniques, sourdough basics and of course step-by-step instruction.  We will prepare several types of bread and participants will take a loaf home to try!   Class size is limited to 6 people,

Sunday November 3, 11-3

$60/person

Cheese and Ice Cream

Cheese-making is fun, fast and easy, once you know how.  Come out and learn how to make chevre (goat cheese), farmer's cheese and just for fun...Goat's milk ice cream!! It's hard to beat the flavour of homemade cheese. Class size is limited to 6.

Saturday April 13, 11-2  SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 20, 11-2 SOLD OUT

Saturday November 23, 11-2

 $60/person

Cheese Making 2

Spend a fun, relaxed afternoon learning how to make mozzarella, ricotta and hand churned butter.  Once you've tried home-made cheese, it's hard to go back! 

If circumstances (and goats) permit, participants will have the opportunity to hand milk one of our Nigerian Dwarf goats.

Class size limited to 6 people

Saturday May 11, 11-2  SOLD OUT

Saturday, June 1, 11-2 SOLD OUT

$60/person

Salsa Salsa Salsa

Add some zest to your food preserves!  Learn how to make 3 different salsas in one afternoon!  Piquante, a tomato-based spicy salsa and our top-secret peach salsa can both be canned to preserve your harvest for winter snacking.  Pico de Gallo is a salsa served fresh using vegetables fresh-harvested from your garden. Class size limited to 6.

Saturday September 7, 11-2

$50/person

Introduction To Backyard  Chickens

Have you ever thought about keeping your own backyard chickens? This course will tell you how and help you make the right decision whether chickens are for you.

Topics covered include:  choosing the right breed, proper feeding, coop design, free-ranging requirements, meat vs. eggs and much more. Class size limited to 6 people.

Saturday June 8, 11-2

$40/person

Introduction To Soap Making

Soap making can be intimidating, but with proper instruction and by following basic safety, it can be a great way to remove harsh chemicals from your family's life.  Participants will learn how to prepare cold-process soaps in a variety of scents and using a variety of oils.  Please note that we do use lye and safety equipment MUST be worn.   We will provide rubber gloves.   Participants must bring and wear safety glasses and long-sleeved shirts.  Students will take home a selection of soaps. Class size limited to 6 people.

Sunday October 6, 11-2

$60/person

Seed Starting and Seedling Care

Many gardeners are intimidated by the idea of starting their own plants from seed but with our help you'll be thrilled with your results.  After mastering the basics you'll be amazed at the variety of seed choices you have available. Topics include:  Where to obtain organic, heirloom seeds, what equipment you will need, what type of soil and containers to use and the many steps along the way to a successful seedling to plant into your garden! 

All participants will take home seeds they plant during class and some seeds to start at home. Class size is limited to 8 people.

Will be offered again in 2025

$50/person

Seed Saving and Winter Garden Prep

Saving your own seed is a great way to ensure seed supply, maintain biodiversity and save money!  Learn how to save all your veg seed from A-Z.  Autumn is a great time to get a head start on next year's chores and improve your garden's performance.  Spend some time in the garden with us and learn lots of ways to improve soil health, save time and money by getting it done in the fall. Class size limited to 10 people.

Saturday September 21, 11-2

 $40/person

Working With Beeswax

Nothing beats the soothing feel and scent of home-made beeswax products.  Why not join us for a fun, interactive, hands-on afternoon. You'll learn about working with beeswax, where to source supplies and take home an assortment of the products we make during the class. During this class we'll be making all-natural, organic candles; lip balm; a wonderfully soothing body lotion and reusable beeswax food wrap. This is a great for replacement for plastic wrap!! Class size is limited to 6 people.

Sunday March 24, 11-2

Saturday October 26, 11-2

$60/person

Home & Body Care Products

Want to remove some chemicals from your life?  Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and we expose it to a myriad of harsh, sometimes toxic chemicals every day. 

This class will help you to remove some of them by making your own household and personal care products. 

Room freshener sprays, vapour rub for decongestion, toothpaste, deodorant, elderberry syrup and more! Participants will take home an assortment of products. Class size limited to 6 people.

Saturday June 15, 11-2

Saturday November 16, 11-2

$65/person

Teas & Oils

This workshop will focus on a few different areas:  herbal teas, their uses and benefits; making infused oils at home (as well as home-made vanilla extract) and a few home-made remedies to replace store-bought chemical laced products.

Our focus for herbal teas is on plants that you can grow and harvest from your own garden to provide you with beneficial and tasty teas all year round. Participants will blend their own teas to take home and some to sample in class. Class size limited to 6.

Saturday September 14, 11-2

$50/person.

Get Your Goat

So many visitors to the homestead dream of one day owning their own small herd of cuddly Nigerian Dwarf goats. While goats are a great source of dairy products, they can be a daunting addition to your homestead. Come out and learn if these furry goofballs are a good fit for you and your family. Topics covered include:  housing, feed, hay selection, hoof care, breeding, goat behaviour and so much more.

When possible, participants will have the opportunity to milk one of our does and of course cuddle to your heart's content.

Saturday May 4, 9-12

$50 or  2 for $80

Christmas Traditions 2024

At the homestead, Christmas isn't about shopping, running around like crazy or the latest trends.  Join us to learn about some of the things that mean Christmas to us.  We’ll be making Chris's family secret Scottish shortbread (a Christmas staple at our homestead), learn how to make Grossvater Deisenroth's Egg Cognac (an amazing German eggnog recipe passed to us by a dear friend), and make your own Christmas Crackers for your holiday table (the kind that go POP with funny hats, jokes and toys inside). Class size is limited to 6 people.

Sunday December 8, 11-2

Saturday December 14, 11-2

$60