Where soul meets soil 

Join us for nurturing and fun workshops around Poughkeepsie. No matter if you are coming to us or we come to you, we guarantee you'll leave having learned something new that you cam use everyday.   

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Farm & Food Classes for Kids

Workshops for Adults & Families

 

Professional Development for Educators

 


Farm & Food Classes for Kids

Is your child an aspiring chef? A budding homesteader? Or does she just like to get her hands dirty? If so, sign up for one of our farm and food skill-building series for kids. Each series offers five classes, where kids get hands-on experience growing and preparing food, identifying vegetables, herbs and flowers, making projects, and having fun!

Celebrating Our Roots
A celebration of the contributions of black farmers to agriculture. Poughkeepsie Farm Project educators will share the story of Dr. George Washington Carver and prepare a delicious sweet potato recipe in his honor. 

Eat the Rainbow

Celebrate of the rainbow of vegetables and fruits that you can grow in your own garden! Learn how to prepare colorful snacks using produce of all shapes and colors with educators from Poughkeepsie Farm Project.

Literacy in the Garden 
Garden educators from Poughkeepsie Farm Project will lead families in planting vegetables in a raised-bed garden.  Learn about plant and human health through planting activities and read alouds. For families with children Pre-K and up. Registration required.

Workshops for Adults and Families

Garden Polyculture: Companion Planting
Learn which garden vegetables benefit each other when grown together and which should be grown apart. The session will also touch on some flowers and herbs that can benefit your vegetable crops. 

Eating Well on a Budget
Discover the fun and value in cooking at home! In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore tasty affordable recipes and money saving strategies for planning and preparing nutritious meals and snacks.

Container Gardening Basics
Have you always wanted to garden, but do not have space? Learn how to grow food in tiny spaces like flowerpots on a patio or balcony. Find out about the local community garden plots that are available in the area. Participants will go home with a pot, soil, and something to plant.

Herbs for Health and Healing
Have you always wanted to know more about medicinal herbs and how to use them. Learn how to identify wild and cultivated herbs, their benefits, and how to prepare simple herbal products. 

Nourishing Winter Soups
In this hands-on soup-making workshop, participants will make and taste simple nourishing soups and leave with recipes and tips for making soups at home. 

Healthy Cooking in Season
Learn to prepare two dishes in this hands-on cooking workshop that can be prepared with different freshly harvested local ingredients depending on the season.

Kids vs. Vegetables
Do you want your kids growing up strong and healthy, but are stuck with the question: how do I get my kids to eat more vegetables?  You’re not alone!  Let’s uncover some solutions together through a fun, interactive cooking class.  We will discuss some of the research about how we learn to like the foods we do, and what contributes to a positive experience when trying new foods.  Get our hands messy with some simple after-school snacks that include fresh foods and are low on sugar and contain nothing artificial.  We will also review how to make substitutions for basic food allergies which a lot of kids face: nuts, gluten and dairy.

One World Kitchen
Travel around the world, without leaving your kitchen!  We will explore how to expertly flavor local summer ingredients with wisdom from global culinary traditions.  Our menu items include ingredients you can easily find, prepare in 20 minutes or less, are budget-wise, and completely delicious.  We make special effort to use flavors and foods that kids will actually eat!  Improve your knife skills as we review how to dice, julienne, and chiffonade vegetables.  Practice thinking like a chef to balance the 6 flavors in any dish.  

Saving Seeds: Relearning and Ancient Practice
Growing crops for their seeds is an ancient practice at the heart of food justice and sustainable gardening and farming. Learn how to grow and process seed crops to save money, develop locally adapted varieties, and maintain biodiversity.  Find out how they involve local teens in seed saving through their Seeds of the Food System project.

Professional Development for Educators

How to Run a Cooking Workshop for Kids

Learn strategies on how to facilitate hands-on educational cooking lessons and encourage even the pickiest eaters to gain a new appreciation for fruits and vegetables. From prep to eating, set yourself up for safe, fun, and foolproof success. Educators will receive an introduction to Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s best practices and come away with new curricular resources and seasonal recipes to implement right away!

How to Grow a Successful School Garden

Are you interested in starting or improving an educational edible garden at your local school? Learn step-by-step strategies in creating and sustaining a bountiful plot for students. Topics include identifying goals for the garden, site selection and soil health testing, creating a support network, and linking the garden to the curriculum to encourage long-term use.

 

Saving Seeds: Relearning and Ancient Practice

Growing crops for their seeds is an ancient practice at the heart of food justice and sustainable gardening and farming. Learn how to grow and process seed crops to save money, develop locally adapted varieties, and maintain biodiversity.  Find out how they involve local teens in seed saving through their Seeds of the Food System project.

Nutrition in the Classroom
School-based programs can play an important role in promoting lifelong healthy eating. The more positive exposure children have to nutritious foods, the more likely they are to incorporate these foods into their day. Learn practical strategies for effective health promotion in and out of the classroom.

Multicultural Children’s Literature in the Garden

Learn to use multicultural children’s literature to enhance your garden-based instruction and teach concepts in social studies, science, and nutrition. Discover great multicultural children’s literature and practice developing engaging learning activities that meet the goals of your program or school. Poughkeepsie Farm Project educators will share tips, a book list, and best practices for using literature to center your instruction.

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