Participate in Our Programs: Adult Education

 

We're pleased to present our 2017 Spring and Summer offerings in Adult Education! Spaces are limited, so sign up online today.

 

For further information, please call our Education Department at 718-347-3276,
ext. 310 or 302 or email education@queensfarm.org. 

 

 

For Groups 
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INSIDER'S TOUR

Offered Year-round

This in-depth tour, led by a farm educator, explores our four season growing operation through visiting our greenhouses, cold frames, growing fields, annual & perennial gardens, and composting area. Get to know our heritage livestock and how they contribute to our integrated, sustainable practices. See what it takes to grow a wide variety of organic crops and to produce value-added items like honey, eggs, yarn, and more. 


FEE: $10.00 / person

For groups of 5-20 people, ages 16 & up

Book by appointment at 718-347-3276 ext. 302 or 310

Available weekday afternoons or weekends

 

 

For Individuals

 

March   

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VEGGIE GARDENING BASICS
Saturday, March 25, 2017

10:00 am1:00 pm
Interested in growing food, but not sure how to start? Learn the basics from our farmers so you can start gardening with confidence. Get useful tips on how to pick the ideal site, plan your crops, differentiate between direct seeding and transplanting, the how-to and why of weeding, harvesting, watering, and more! The class will emphasize organic methods so you can grow fresh, healthy food that's good for your body and good for the planet.

 

CLASS FEE: $30.00 Non-member;  $25.00 Farm Member
Sign up today! Click here to register.

 

 

May   

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NATURAL PAPERMAKING
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5:30 pm7:30 pm
Papermaking is a centuries-old craft that is practical and easy to learn. In this 2 hour workshop, participants will learn to recycle scrap art or office paper into beautiful new paper using materials easily gathered or found at home. We'll make pulp using a hand-held blender and form sheets of plain and decorative handmade paper. Pulp will be enhanced with color and special ingredients to create a wide variety of papers suitable for printing, book arts, painting, or drawing.

Instructor Rejin Leys is a Haitian-American mixed media artist based in New York. She has exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, and her drawings and prints have also been featured in such publications as Small Axe, Boutures, The North Star Fund's Annual Report, and the Bread & Roses Cultural Project Social Justice Calendar, as well as online publications such as Repeating Islands. She has been the recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

 

CLASS FEE: $45.00 Non-member;  $40.00 Farm Member
Sign up today! Click here to register.

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EXPLORING COLONIAL FLAVORS: 18TH CENTURY COOKING
Saturday, May 20, 2017

11:00 am2:00 pm
Join us in the kitchen of our historic farmhouse and learn how early settlers prepared food using an open hearth. Original 18th century recipes, seasonal ingredients, traditional cooking utensils, and warm embers of the fire will bring history to life as participants assist in preparing and sampling several delightful dishes. This class will be taught by Chris Lord-Barry, a veteran Queens Farm educator with a personal passion for historic cookery. Participants will receive modern adaptations of all recipes to try at home.

 

CLASS FEE: $45.00 Non-member;  $40.00 Farm Member
Sign up today! Click here to register.

 

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THE ART OF BOOKBINDING
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5:30 pm7:30 pm
Learn how to make your own artist book or journal! In this 2 hour workshop, participants will use a mix of papers including handmade sheets from our Natural Papermaking class on 5/16 to create simple and elegant hand-bound books that can be used for everything from journaling to sketching to notetaking. Be inspired by the different folds possible and see how easy it can be to become a pro!

Instructor Rejin Leys is a Haitian-American mixed media artist based in New York. She has exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, and her drawings and prints have also been featured in such publications as Small Axe, Boutures, The North Star Fund's Annual Report, and the Bread & Roses Cultural Project Social Justice Calendar, as well as online publications such as Repeating Islands. She has been the recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

CLASS FEE: $45.00 Non-member;  $40.00 Farm Member
Sign up today! Click here to register.

 

 

June

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FUNDAMENTALS OF WATERCOLOR
4 sessions: Thursday, June 15, 22, 29, & July 6, 2017

10:00 am1:00 pm
Experiment in the medium of watercolor with the farm landscape as your backdrop! Queens-based artist Denis Ponsot will provide instruction and demo all the "shop tricks" in watercolor painting. Beginning and experienced students are welcome and will explore a variety of techniques with an emphasis on developing one's own style. Demonstrations of color and design, wet-on-wet, and dry brush techniques will be included. Individual attention will be given.
Note: A supply list will be distributed upon registration for this course.

 

Denis Ponsot is a painter with over twenty years of instructional experience in watercolor and currentlly teaches at The School of Visual Arts, The Art League of Long Island, and the JCC of Manhattan.

 

CLASS FEE: $160.00 Non-member;  $155.00 Farm Member
Sign up today! Click here to register.

 

 

July

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THE FARM THROUGH THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LENS
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

5:30 pm7:30 pm
Enhance your skills and capture quality imagery while enjoying the natural beauty of Queens Farm! Led by nature photographer, Jeffrey Kollbrunner, this class will cover technical and compositional skills. Using specific subject matter around the farm, you will have the opportunity to practice techniques such as exposure, depth of field, and white balance with personal instruction. Class content is intended for those with an intermediate level of camera experience.

 

CLASS FEE: $50.00 Non-member;  $45.00 Farm Member
Sign up today! Click here to register.

 

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WILD EDIBLES OF QUEENS FARM
Saturday, July 22, 2017

10:00 am12:00 pm
Queens Farm is host to a variety of wild edibles in our woodlands, pollinator gardens, and pathway edges. Join expert Leda Meredith for this hands-on exploration of our grounds and learn to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and enjoy wild, seasonal ingredients. Leda will describe flavors, provide suggestions for preparation, and give tips on preservation for year-round use. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, and a notebook and/or camera to document your discoveries.

Leda Meredith
holds a certificate in Ethnobotany from the New York Botanical Garden, where she is also an instructor. She frequently leads foraging tours, food preservation demos, and teaches medicinal and edible plant workshops for organizations including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Slow Food NYC, and Just Food. She has authored numerous books on foraging, food preservation, and sustainable food systems.


CLASS FEE: $25.00 Non-member;  $20.00 Farm Member

Sign up today! Click here to register.