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Get Growing! Workshops at Arcadia Farm

Arcadia is proud to announce our new Get Growing! Workshops, designed to bring out your inner farmer and chef.  In the workshops, you will learn to grow your own food using sustainable methods; raise your own chickens; preserve your harvest; and cook delicious, nutritious recipes using fresh ingredients from your own garden.    

Chicken Demonstration

Workshop Descriptions

Planning and Designing Your Garden
Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Stephen Corrigan, Arcadia’s Farm Director
This beginner-friendly, interactive workshop will walk you through the steps you need to grow a bountiful, beautiful vegetable garden. We’ll talk about crop selection, planting dates, pest problems, and organic soil amendments as well as all your budget and space considerations. At the end of this workshop, you’ll be ready to get your garden on! Separate child-friendly activities are available for an additional fee. Fee: $30. 

Backyard Chicken Basics
Saturday, April 6, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Stephen Corrigan, Arcadia’s Farm Director
If you’re considering getting starting with backyard poultry or want to fine tune your current flock, this is the workshop for you. You’ll get an overview of how to care for chickens, learn about relevant local laws, and meet and interact with Arcadia’s laying hens. For an additional fee, bring your kids for separate chicken and egg activities! Family-friendly! Fee: $30. 

Seasonal Cooking Class for Families
Saturday, May 11, 10am-1pm (Please note date change from some printed schedules)
Instructor: JuJu Harris, Mobile Market Outreach Coordinator
At this fun, hands-on workshop, you and your family will harvest fresh spring produce from Arcadia Farm, and together we’ll create a delicious lunch with the best of what the season has to offer. Chef JuJu Harris will include family-friendly cooking tips and recipes. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. Fee for adults is $35. Fee for participating children is $15. Separate child-friendly activities are available for children under 4 years old. 

How to Compost
Saturday, June 1, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Stephen Corrigan, Arcadia’s Farm Director
Composting is a cheap way to reduce your household’s contribution to the landfill while creating a natural fertilizer for your garden. Farm Director Stephen Corrigan will discuss the basics of successful backyard composting and talk about a variety of easy home-scale compost systems. This workshop is great for those new to composting as well as those looking to troubleshoot issues with their current composting systems. Separate child-friendly activities are available for an additional fee. Fee: $30. Register now for this workshop.

Preservation Basics
Saturday July 13, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Rachel Bronson, formerly of the Farm School
‘Tis the season of abundance! Figure out how to preserve summer’s bounty at this interactive workshop. You’ll leave this workshop with a strong understanding of pickling, fermentation, dehydration, and freezing. Bring your questions and plan to eat well all year. Separate child-friendly activities are available for an additional fee. Fee: $35. Register now for this workshop. 

Canning
Saturday, August 3, 10am-2pm
Instructor: Maureen Moodie, Vegetable Manager at Moutoux Orchards and former Arcadia Farm Director
At the end of this workshop, you’ll be thinking: “Yes, I can!” We’ll cover pressure canners and boiling water canners, as well as important safety concerns, then demonstrate proper techniques and use of tools. Take home a kit of canning tools and a boost in your canning confidence. Separate child-friendly activities are available for an additional fee. Fee: $50. Register now for this workshop. 

Great Garden Recipes
Saturday, September 7, 10am-1pm
Instructor: JuJu Harris, Mobile Market Otreach Coordinator
Get inspired by Chef JuJu at this tasty workshop. Using fresh, local ingredients, she’ll show you how concoct a sumptuous meal, then we’ll share lunch on the farm. Bring your kids! Fee: $30. Register Now for this workshop.

Winterization and Season Extension
Saturday, October 5, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Stephen Corrigan, Arcadia’s Farm Director
How do I put my garden to bed for the winter? Should I use straw mulch, cover crops or both? How do I keep my gardening growing until Christmas and beyond? Get answers to these questions and more at this fall workshop. Farm Director Stephen Corrigan will discuss simple ways to winterize your garden as well as practical season extension techniques for the backyard gardener. Separate child-friendly activities are available for an additional fee. Fee: $30. Register Now for this workshop.

Online registration will be available for workshops approximately 3 months in advance.  To register now, please email info@arcadiafood.org

Get Growing! Workshop Policies:

  • All workshops are held at Arcadia Farm at the Woodlawn Estate (9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309).
  • Workshops are weather-dependent. If inclement weather (including thunderstorms) requires us to cancel, we’ll give at least 24 hours notice and we’ll offer an opportunity to attend a rescheduled workshop or another workshop. If necessary, we’ll provide full refunds for workshops canceled due to inclement weather.
  • We encourage participants to register early! We expect many workshops to fill up quickly. If at all possible, please register one week before the workshop date.
  • Arcadia can give refunds up until one week before the workshop date, minus a 10% deposit. Arcadia will not issue any refunds during the week immediately prior to the workshop.
  • Work trade positions available! Email info@arcadiafood.org for more information.

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