3rd Sat, Monthly
10 am - 2 pm
underneath the grandstand
off Rt. 3A
140 Main Street
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Marshfield Agricultural and
Horticultural Society Sponsors the
Workshop Registration Options:
Note: $5.00 late fee to register day-of event
use quick links below near the descriptions
2. In person:
during Farmers’ Market -
see manager at Marshfield
10 am – 2 pm on Feb 18, March 18, April 16
3. Mail-in: Click
for the form - print,
fill out, and mail in.
Questions: call Lorrie (8 am – 8 pm only please) at 781-635-0889
Growing & Grafting Grapes
Saturday, March 11th
($25) 1:00 - 3:00 pm
An indoor/outdoor workshop.
Course Description: Growing grapes in the
backyard can be very rewarding. Grafting permits multiple varieties to be
planted in a wide range of soils, assists with pest control, and requires
less space. The first part is a classroom presentation covering
varieties, pest and disease control, shoot and cluster thinning, pruning and
grafting. Next participants will have the opportunity to observe pruning of
the on-site 3 year old vines and participate in a hands-on grafting
demonstration. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions.
the presenter: Elas Petit's original interest for grapes started
in Bordeaux, France where she studied agronomy for her MS. To expand her
view about viticulture and diseases, she moved to the University of
California, Davis where she studied an emerging disease of grape for her PhD
in plant pathology. Since, she has worked on different aspects of
disease ecology and evolution with Michael Hood at Amherst College. At
UMass, she is interested in doing research linked to the developing local
industry of cold climate viticulture. She teaches courses in
viticulture and plant diseases.
Saturday, March 25th
Date Sunday 26th- ($25)
Outdoors at Tree-Berry Farm in Scituate
Quick-link to Buy Tickets:
Description: 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.
Seed Starting to Transplant
Saturday, April 1st
Quick-link to Buy Tickets:
Description: 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
a degree in environmental studies and
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.
Saturday, April 22nd
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Quick-link to Buy Tickets:
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.
the presenter: Peter Burrows,
although relatively new to
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.
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
garden, perennial orchard or forest. We will discuss and demonstrate a
number of low-tech growing methods including Lion’s Mane
totem stacks which fruit in just 3 months, Shitake log cultivation, and wine
cap companion planting. 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
the presenter: Dan Bensonoff
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).