Harvest Wreath Making Workshop

Registration Required. Learn to build and decorate an autumnal wreath from scratch! We supply a reusable grapevine wreath form and natural decorations like ferns, dried chinese lanterns, and yarrow. Everyone will make their own 14 inch wreath to take home or give as a gift!

If you have wire cutters or sturdy scissors -please bring them along.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Soap-Making Two Ways

Registration Required. Nichole Gerding from Thankful Sage Farm School will be here to teach you the recipes and techniques for both cold process (lye based) and pour-and-mold soaps! Everyone will get hands-on, making melt-and-pour soaps that you’ll be able to personalize with herbs, botanicals, and essential oils. Nichole will also demonstrate how to make a traditional lye based soap. You’ll get a bar of each to take home with a reusable mold!

Nichole uses her knowledge of early American domestic skills and simple and time tested methods to make organic small batch soaps, heritage candles, and beeswax products. She enjoys integrating the past into the present and sharing her skills through her classes and products. You can find out more about Thankful Sage Farm School here.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Fire Cider Workshop

Registration Required. Fire Cider is a tonic that is traditionally made in the fall season, most notably used as a cold & flu preventative. It’s an old folk medicine, a digestive tonic, aiding in proper digestion and to promote circulation. This vinegar based infusion gets its name from it’s wild combination of ingredients that includes ginger, horseradish, jalapenos balanced with lemons, rosemary, turmeric and honey. This is a great time of year to gather the spicy roots, fruit and hardy herbs for this preparation so you can use them throughout the winter and spring. Makes a great gift too!

Everyone will get hands-on preparing the ingredients while our instructor, Nichole Gerding will discuss the simplicity and benefits of vinegar infusions and variations for your herbal medicine cabinet. You’ll make a quart of fire cider to take home along with the recipe. Please bring a quart jar if you have an extra at home!

Nichole’s background is in Early American Domestic skills. For most of her life, it has been Nichole’s goal to integrate the past into the present and educate the public on these skills. This lead to the creation of her business, Thankful Sage Farm School. For the past 7 years, Nichole has used her business to manufacture organic small batch soaps, heritage candles, and beeswax products using simple and time tested methods. You can find out more about Thankful Sage Farm School here.”

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Beekeeping 101

Registration required. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or in the thinking stage of starting a backyard hive, this workshop will take you through the ins and outs of managing honey bees. Don Shump, owner of the Philadelphia Bee Company and Greensgrow’s own beekeeper, will share his years of experience as an urban apiarist in Philadelphia and walk you through what to expect during a beekeeper’s typical first year. Don will also talk about local resources available to help you succeed. Plenty of time will be allotted for discussion; please be prepared to ask questions. The class will touch base on Bee Biology, Bee Behavior, Hive Management, Swarming, Equipment and Bee Products.

As we become increasingly aware of where our food is coming from, climate change, and honey bee loses more and more people are taking up beekeeping to make their own honey, have pollinators for their gardens, and to offset die offs of honey bee populations in recent years. Find out what the buzz is all about!

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Wreath Making Workshop

Registration Required. Learn to build and decorate a beautiful holiday wreath from scratch!  We supply a 12 inch reusable metal frame, various greens and decorations like pine cones and ornaments, and will have a supply of dried and high quality artificial flowers to select from. Everyone will make their own wreath to take home or give as a gift!

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Bitters Workshop

Registration Required. Learn how to make your own medicinal bitters at home with common plants like angelica and burdock. Instructor Kelly McCarthy of Attic Apothecary will teach us about the medicinal properties of local and abundant herbs and the history of bitters. You’ll get guidelines for creating great tasting cocktail bitters, sip on a seltzer and bitters while we get hands-on making our own tincture to take home. Long used as a digestive and overall health tonic, bitters are said to help stabilize blood sugar, normalize high cholesterol, and alleviate headaches and tension.

Kelly McCarthy is a west Philly based clinical herbalist, medicine maker, and educator with a decade of experience to draw from. She enjoys teaching people about common plants and how to use them in cheap and effective ways without a lot of fancy equipment.

All materials provided. Everyone gets an 8 ounce jar of bitters to take home.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Succulent Container Design Workshop

Registration Required. Make your own succulent container with one of Greensgrow’s resident master gardener and horticulturists, Donna Zagrapan. At this DIY workshop, you’ll learn about what succulents are, how to select the right varieties, and get design tips for a beautiful indoor container. Everyone will create their own container to take home as Donna discusses best practices for succulent care and maintenance; soil, sun requirements, grooming, watering, propagation for healthy plants.

The workshop takes place during our popular Twilight Market, all are welcome to join us for food, drinks & live music. Plants, containers and supplies are included. Your container will make a great table centerpiece or green addition to your bed or bath décor, or even to give as the perfect homemade gift.

Donna Zagrapan is a seasoned master gardener and horticulturalist who has worked with Penn State Master Gardeners.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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DIY Natural Skin Care with Barefoot Botanicals

Registration Required. Learn to make your own natural lotions and masks from scratch. Join Linda Shanahan from Barefoot Botanicals as she shares simple, inexpensive and easy techniques for making spa-quality creams and lotions with only herbs, herbal waters and organic oils. Tired of being unable to understand the ingredients label on store-bought skincare products? Put in what you want and leave out what you don’t! We’ll be using herbs from Barefoot Botanicals’ farm and other natural ingredients like olive oil, and beeswax. Everyone will leave with a one-to-two ounce glass container of fresh calendula lotion and a bag of a personalized blend of mask powder.

Linda Shanahan and her husband Eric Vander Hyde operate Barefoot Botanicals, an organic farm in Doylestown, PA specializing in the production of fresh and dried medicinal and culinary herbs, aromatic plant distillations and herbal cocktail syrups. Linda has been studying and using medicinal plants for nearly two decades and feels lucky that she has figured out a way to spend most of her time growing, processing and making useful products with them.  She believes that plants can provide a connection through which we can heal our fractured relationship with our beautiful planet.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Flower Pressing Workshop

Registration Required. Make your own pressed flowers and simple reusable press with Martha O’Neill, from Tooth of the Lion Farm & Apothecary. This is a nice way to preserve memories from your garden or foraging for journals, greeting cards, artifacts or gifts. We’ll learn basic how to’s and get hands-on making a press and your first greeting card to take home. Flowers and supplies are included and participants are encouraged to bring their own flowers and leaves too.

Martha O’Neill is a farmer, herbalist, and naturalist. She grows most of the plants she makes into pressings and enjoys them as field notes, preserving memories of the natural world. Martha is inspired by antique mounted flower pressings that are both art and a fun and simple craft that anyone can enjoy. You know her Flowers | Squished from the Greensgrow Farms Holiday Bazaar.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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Medicine Making Series

tinctures and salve

This is a two part series on March 24 & April 21. Attendance is required for both dates.

Herbal salves and tinctures can be used for a variety of things; learn how to relieve stress or a bug bite at our two part series. Participants will get hands on step-by-step experience making an herbal (alcohol based) tincture, and an infused oil, and use our oil to make a salve. We’ll troubleshoot some common issues that come up when practicing the art of medicine making and talk about the uses of tinctures. Everyone will go home with the tincture and a salve that we make together.

Participants can (but don’t have to) bring a 4–6 oz glass jar with a lid. All materials will be provided.

Kelly McCarthy of Attic Apothecary, is a west Philly based clinical herbalist, medicine maker, and educator with a decade of experience to draw from. She enjoys teaching people about common plants and how to use them in cheap and effective ways without a lot of fancy equipment.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.

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