Community Workshop Series

Small-Scale Composting with Worms

Saturday, June 22nd 10:00am-12:00pm

Indoor composting with worms is a great way to reduce household food waste and produce a high-quality soil amendment. Join us for an educational session about how to get started with small-scale worm composting. Guest presenter Russ from Giving Tree Gardens will be discussing what makes healthy soil and how to build and manage a worm bin to maximize benefits for gardens, lawns, and farms. Participants will have the opportunity to put together their own worm bin to take home!



Growing Oyster Mushrooms


Saturday, June 29th 10:00am-12:00pm


Learn from BRF farmer José how to grow oyster mushrooms on a small scale at home. Oyster mushrooms are one of the easiest mushrooms to grow for beginners, and can replace button mushrooms in most recipes. In this workshop, José will showcase his small-scale mushroom production system at Big River Farms, and walk through considerations to take at every step of the process: site preparation, materials, inoculation, care, and harvest. Then, José will lead the group in a hands-on process of inoculating mushroom starters for participants to take with them and grow at home! José is a first-year farmer at Big River Farms, but came to the program already experienced in growing artisan mushrooms in his place of origin, Mexico.



All About Monarchs

Saturday, July 27th 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn from the “Butterfly Lady” Janie O’Connor about the lifeycle of monarch butterflies and discover the facts about their unique migration story. Search for milkweed plants on the farm and learn to identify monarch eggs. Janie will also demonstrate how to rear caterpillars in your home, and how you can be part of reversing the trend of their declining population.




Open House & Co-op Farm Tour
Saturday, July 13th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
wagon ride

Harvest Potluck
Sunday, September 28th, 3 - 6 p.m.
autumn on the farm










See you on the farm!


Thank you for everyone who attended our Co-op Farm Tour & Open House in July!