Workshops

Workshops

The Farmers’ Museum has long held a mastery of folk art traditions and ne craftsmanship among living history museums in the United States. Now, we have established a series of hands-on educational opportunities to match – the Americana Academy. With a vast array of workshops for every level of experience, the Americana Academy allows participants to develop real trade and craft skills from silversmithing to soapmaking and everything in- between. Taught by expert interpreters with years of experience under their tool belts, students will come away with exciting new knowledge and ability. Be a pioneer in your own life and discover what you’re capable of creating!

Herbal Remedies and Gardening

Saturday, September 16 • 1:00–5:00 pm

Stock your medicine cabinet with a variety of home-made remedies for everyday ailments – bruises, cuts, burns or sore muscles – all made from natural products! Learn about the properties of plants, from the back yard as well as from the spice rack, and how to make tinctures, extracts, balms, salves and rubs, then make your own to take home. It’s a cheap, natural and fun alternative to a trip to the pharmacy!

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Creamery Classroom

Class Fee: Members $40, Non-members $50, Juniors (12-16) $30. Materials included.

Requires advance registration, please call (607) 547-1461.

Please bring an apron or comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Saturday, November 4 • 1:00 pm–5:00 pm (Registration is required, please call 607-547-1461)

Discover how to make your own essences and fragrant waters like at Dr. Thrall’s pharmacy! Infuse lavender, rose, vanilla, lemon, almond and many more to flavor your desserts – these home-made extracts make great gifts, too! You will make your own fragrant waters to take home, learn the various techniques required for different plants, and the possible uses for your essences.

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Creamery Classroom

Class Fee: Members $40, Non-members $50, Juniors (12-16) $30. All materials included. Registration recommended by calling (607) 547-1461, though walk-ins are welcome.

Please bring an apron or comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Saturday, April 15 • 10:00 am–2:00 pm (Registration is required, please call 607-547-1461)

Jump-start your garden with this ancient technique that can beat the late winter cold! You will first construct your own 3 ft x 2 ft frame to take home, then learn how to set it up by working on the hot frames in our own historic gardens. We’ll even send you home with a hand-picked variety of heirloom seeds and seedlings to get started right away!

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Creamery Classroom, then Lippitt Farmstead

Class Fee: Class Fee: Members $30, Non-members $40, Juniors (12-16) $25. Hot frame kit $55.

Requires advance registration, please call (607) 547-1461.

Please wear comfortable and warm clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bringing gardening gloves is recommended.

Saturday, June 3 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Learn the techniques involved in this gardening method that is fun for the entire family! Find out how to set up your grid, which plants to select, and how to maintain them. This low-maintenance, high-yield method requires little room and is great to get children interested in gardening. We will even give you some of our heirloom seeds and seedlings to get started!

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Creamery Classroom, then Bump Tavern garden

Class Fee: Class Fee: Members $30, Non-members $40, Juniors (12-16) and Children (6-12) $25. Materials included.

Requires advance registration, please call (607) 547-1461.

Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Children must be accompanied by an adult.