2023 Workshops & Events

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We are excited to share inspiration and learning in community! Here is our blossoming list of workshops for the 2023 season, all held live at Seeds of Solidarity. Some require pre-registration, as indicated. More to come, including our Women Healing Women Healing Earth series! Looking for our Women Healing Women Healing Earth Workshops? Click here for details and pre-registration info!

And, our farmstand will open for the season sometime in April, stay tuned! If you are not already on our enews list, please join here for monthly updates and inspiration.

Here is a colorful flyer with our events to read and share, or simply read on:

Solidarity Inspiration Series:

Free, hour-long presentations at 10.30 am.

Saturday April 29: Seed the Future: Planting Tips

Saturday Sept 9 (tentative date): Harvest for Health

Saturday Oct 28: Farm tour with Mocktails

No pre-registration. Enjoy our farmstand or new self-guided tour after the workshop.

Plus! Wednesday July 12th, 6PM: Join us for a potluck and “Passion and Purpose” conversation with Seeds of Solidarity founders Deb Habib and Ricky Baruch, and authors of Making Love While Farming, and be the first to hear about plans for the 2024 Passion and Purpose learning and living well opportunity! Send an email to deb@seedsofsolidarity.org if you might come!

Grow the Future! Intensive Workshops: Pre-registration required. Spaces limited. Read more about each workshop and to sign up below. BIPOC scholarships available for these intensive workshops, send an email to: deb@seedsofsolidarity.org. Enjoy local attractions such as hard cider at a beautiful orchard, hiking or kayaking while in the area!

Return of the Mighty Chestnut. Saturday June 10, 10am to 4PM Join us for a day filled with chestnut science, lore, planting, and cooking! Enthusiasts Lois and Denis, members of the American Chestnut Cooperators Foundation will inspire with ample knowledge, planting how-to, and recipes to help us all bring back these trees, so vital to food security, climate resilience, habitat and history. They’ll share updates on other regional chestnut efforts too! Pre-registration required, Sliding scale $35-$60, Proceeds donated to the American Chestnut Cooperators Foundation. BYO lunch, chestnut sampling included! Email deb@seedsofsolidarity.org to register.

Building Immersion, Life Tools. Saturday and Sunday Aug 19 and 20, 10am to 4.30PM both days. Come learn to use a variety of hand and power tools, and gain or expand your building skills, so helpful to farmers, artists, or to increase your own DIY skill set. Last year, we held a successful basic post and beam workshop. This year we build on that to cover more techniques including wall, roof and deck framing, insulation and sheet-rock. Proper tool use and techniques can inspire you to make furniture, a shed or studio, or even a tiny house! Along with plenty of hands-on experience, this weekend workshop includes conversation to envision a bountiful life forward, in a beautiful setting and in community with others. Facilitator/teachers are Seeds of Solidarity founders Ricky (he/him) and Deb (she/her), and farmer/builder Emi (they/them). Sliding scale $75- $175. ($250 value). Lunches included, rustic on-site overnight camping possible. Pre-registration required, space limited, capped at 20. Ages 18 and up welcome to register. Email deb@seedsofsolidarity.org to register or with any questions.

Rich and Healthy: No-till for Successful Farms and Gardens. Sunday Oct 29, 10am to 5PM, Seeds of Solidarity, Orange MA

Are you a farmer or experienced gardener seeking to start or transition to no-till methods that use simple tools, build healthy soil, reduce labor and cost inputs, promote climate resilience and increase your connection to the land? You’ll learn and practice several no-till techniques- cardboard method, tarping, and cover crops- in this experiential, day-long workshop.  Seasoned Seeds of Solidarity farmer Ricky Baruc will engage you in how to. Plus, terrific soil science researchers will discuss and demonstrate the impact of no-till agro-ecological methods on building healthy soil. Sliding scale $60-$90. Space limited, email deb@seedsofsolidarity.org to register. Soup and Salad lunch included.

And we are excited for…25th Annual North Quabbin Garlic &Arts Festival, Sept 30/Oct 1 As co-founders and long-time organizers, we are thrilled to report that the amazing committee has been meeting through the winter around the fire to plan yet another awesome event. Stay tuned to the festival website, www.garlicandarts.org for updates. And of course, we’ll be there with our famous seed garlic, garlic bread and other farm products along with some special features to celebrate 25th years!

After a Solidarity Saturday a visitor shared this moving reflection:

“Wonderful having the opportunity to meet you … and to see the extraordinary farm and lifestyle you’ve nurtured into existence. Inspiring and invigorating, your landscape engrained in my mind a positive perspective for future human settlements. Thank you for sharing your time and teachings.”

Contact us about 2023 Group Tours: We do a limited number of tours for groups each year. These must be scheduled well in advance, and an honorarium to Seeds of Solidarity is requested.  Custom Workshops and Presentations: We can provide ‘Grow Food Everywhere’ workshops, keynotes, presentations, and workshops at conferences, events and schools. We also do phone or in-person consults on vision and program development. Contact us to discuss workshop and consultation fees.