Year Round Workshops
The Marshfield Fair offers daily opportunities for fairgoers to educate themselves on agricultural and horticultural topics.
Saturday, March 25th (Rain Date Sunday 26th)
10:00 am-12:00 pm
This outdoor hands-on workshop on pruning blueberries will help anyone already growing or ready to plant blueberries. Among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden, they produce best when pruned properly. The class includes a demonstration to identify diseased wood, beneficial insect signs and a discussion on pruning methodology and approach. Then participants will go hands-on in small groups to prune with an expert and ask questions. participants will get extensive hands-on pruning time until comfortable and confident with the process. Outdoors at Tree-Berry Farm in Scituate Tree-Berry Farm 135 Cornet Stetson Rd (Rte 123), Scituate, MA 02066
Quick link to buy tickets:http://blueberries.bpt.me
Seed Starting to Transplant
Saturday, April 1st
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Whether you have a small plot or a large garden for profit, it is rewarding and cost effective to grow your own seedlings. The first half of the workshop will be in the classroom learning about seed selection, materials, tools and basic goals to successful growing. The pros and cons of using soil blocks, various seed trays, starting mixes, seeding tools, germination, pest and disease mitigation, and transplant timing will also be covered. During the hands-on portion of the class participants will plant various seeds with these methods and tools. Participants may bring their own seeds if desired. A selection of certified organic High Mowing Seeds will also be available for purchase.
About the presenter: Scott Franklin earned a degree in environmental studies and plant and soil science from the University of Vermont. After graduation he volunteered at a biodynamic goat farm while teaching English in France. He learned that farming combined his love of food, working with his hands, and being outdoors. He worked in Long Island as a farmer and market manager on the eighty-acre farm and bustling farm stand. After a season of learning the ins-and-outs of a large CSA farm at Siena Farms in Sudbury, MA, Scott decided to set out on his own, landing happily at Norwell Farms where he has been farming successfully for 5 years.
Quick link to buy tickets:http://seedling.bpt.me
Saturday, April 22nd
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This class is designed for anyone wishing to learn about raising their own pigs. Peter Burrows of Vermont based Brown Boar Farm successfully grew from scratch a business raising pastured pork with his family. Their premium pork products have won awards and are sold direct to consumers and fine restaurants. Peter will talk about raising pigs with respect. Class will cover some breeds, methodology and care of the sow & piglets through market weight including, shelter, pens/space considerations, handling, health, feeding, processing and product options. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions too.
About the presenter: Peter Burrows, although relatively new to farming, created Brown Boar Farm after a successful career in Information Technology. Since 2007, Brown Boar farm has become recognized as one of the Industry leaders in producing all natural, pastured raised pork without the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics or GMO feeds. Peter was a delegate to the first Slow Meat Symposium in 2015, a delegate to the national Pork Forum in 2016 and 2017, and is currently chair of the Northeast Pork Association. Peter splits his time between Vermont and a home in Marshfield.
Quick link to buy tickets:http://pigs.bpt.me
Saturday, May 13th
12:30 - 3:30 pm
Dan Bensonoff begins with a classroom session followed by outdoor hands-on workshop. This course teaches the techniques necessary to grow edible mushrooms in your landscape, whether it be a vegetable garden, perennial orchard or forest. We will discuss and demonstrate a number of low-tech growing methods including totem stacks which fruit in just 3 months for Oyster and 6-12 months for Lion Mane varieties , Shitake log cultivation, and wine cap companion planting. Each participant may take home a shitake log. By learning these simple techniques participants will be able to cultivate a wide variety of gourmet and medicinal species. There may be logs/totems or other materials available for purchase at the event.
About the presenter: Dan Bensonoff began his mycelial adventures as a child while foraging with his grandparents in the woodlands of CT. Through his interest in ecology and local food production, he became attuned to the virtues of mushroom cultivation. Currently Dan lives in Roslindale and works as education events coordinator and policy director with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass).
Quick link to buy tickets:http://mushroom.bpt.me