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Backyard Farm & Garden Free Lectures
Marshfield Senior Center
Marshfield, MA
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Saturday Apr 02, 2016 8:30 AM - Saturday Apr 02, 2016 12:30 PM | Free


Backyard Farm & Garden Free Lectures
Pre-registration is closed - there is space in each class for walk-in registrations.  Please arrive at 8:45 to register.

Brought to you by The Marshfield Agricultural Commission

The Backyard Farm and Garden lectures are free and open to all!

It is a half day of fun education with lectures, vendors, door prizes and light refreshments.

 8:45 to 9:15 am
Registration, vendor booths, snacks
 9:15 am
- Opening Remarks/Introductions/First  session
          (select one of the following three lectures):
     Seed Saving      (90 min.)
     Pruning Demystified     (90 min.)
     Making Soft Cheese and Yogurt   (90 min.)

 11:00 to 11:20 am
 Break, vendor booths open

 11:20 am
 - Second session (select one lecture)  
     Heirloom Vegetables for Today's Garden   (60 min.)
     Horse-keeping, a Vet's Perspective     (60 min.)
     Making Jellies & Infusions       (60 min.)


Lecture Descriptions:

9:15 - Seed Saving:

Workshop for home gardeners teaching practical skills to save open pollinated varieties of annuals, perennials and biennials including    determining seed ripeness, harvest, preservation, maintaining heirlooms, genetic diversity, selection, insect and disease resistance and more.  Includes Q&A session with Christie Higgenbottom.

9:15 - Pruning Demystified:
Come away from this in-depth slide show with the confidence to prune all your trees and shrubs "like a barber not a butcher".  Class covers the when, why and how of it.        Includes Q&A with C.L. Fornori and her books will be available for purchase.

9:15 - Making Soft Cheese and Yogurt:  

Jim Bowser and Roger Savoy from Homebrew Emporium will demonstrate making mozzarella and ricotta cheese. These easy soft cheeses are ready to eat in an hour or less. You may participate in making mozzarella and samples will be available. Discussions, recipes, and samples of several soft cheese and yogurt will be available. Q&A session included, and cheese making kits available for purchase.

11:20 - Heirloom Vegetables for Today's Garden:

Centuries of careful selection by gardeners of the past provides today's gardeners benefits of NE climate adaptation, robust flavors, storage, extended harvest, and lend themselves to seed-saving.It's clear why they are making a comeback in popularity. Includes Q&A with Christie Higgenbottom

11:20 - Horse-keeping, a Vet's Perspective:

Talk is designed for the soon-to-be or recent horse owner, boarder, one wanting a backyard horse, or for those simply desiring more information.  Talk covers basic preventative care, when to call the vet verses what you can do yourself, critical vaccinations, dental care, common problems and poisons. Includes Q&A with Dr. Kendyl Forestall.

11:20 - Making Jellies & Infusions:

Learn how to preserve the harvest of fruits and herbs, infuse flavors, and yield delectable jellies. Slide presentation and demo session includes recipes, suggestions, samples and time for Q&A with Kristi Marshall

Speaker Biographies:

Christie Higginbottom
has worked with Sturbridge Village  since'81 and lectured at venues such as Monticello, the Seed Savers Exchange, the New England Wild Flower Society, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Spring Flower Show.  Recipient of the Thalassa Cruso Award. Presents on seed saving and heirloom vegetables.

C.L. Fornari
is a professional speaker , gardening expert, author, and radio host for Gardenline heard on  two stations.  She is well known for her dynamic, entertaining and thorough presentations.  Check her  website for more.  Presents on pruning.

Jim Bowser and Roger Savoy
- The South Shore Homebrew Emporium has helped people make cheese, wine, beer and other food products since'83.  They work with beginners and professionals and their store in Weymouth is the largest homebrew store in the Northeast. Presents on making soft cheeses and yogurts.

Kendyl Forestall, DVM
studied at Cornell University, received a Master's in Equine reproduction and her DVM at UC Davis. She also owns and shows working ranch horses.  Highland Hill Veterinary, her practice,  specializes in horses across Plymouth and Bristol Counties and beyond.  Presents on Horses.

Kristi Marshall
grows herbs, peppers, berries, garlic, and more in Marion, transforming them into a full line of artisan products sold at special events and markets throughout the South Shore.  She has a flare for blending new and unexpected flavors and is a dynamic and energetic speaker. Presents on making jellies and wet/dry infusions.

Location & Directions:
The Marshfield Senior Center,
230 Webster Street
Marshfield, MA 02050

Directions from Boston:
Take Route 3 South to Exit 12, bear right onto Route 139 East, Marshfield. Go 3.6 miles (Rite-Aid & CVS on left)  into town, turn right at traffic light at CVS onto Webster St. (Dairy Queen is after the turn). Senior Center is 1.8 miles on your left.

Directions from the Cape:
Take Route 3 North to Exit 11, Route 14 East, Duxbury.  Turn right onto Route 14/Congress St.  Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Route 14.  Stay on Route 14 for 0.7 miles, then keep straight to go onto Church St/Route 139 East. Continue to follow Route 139 East for 2.5 miles.  Turn left onto Webster St.  Stay on Webster St.  Senior Center will be 0.6 miles on your right.


Marshfield Senior Center (View)
230 Webster Street
Marshfield, MA 02050
United States


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Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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