Classes & Workshops

Sustainable Nantucket offers classes and workshops, often in conjunction with the Nantucket Community School, throughout the year. Class topics focus on issues of sustainability, agriculture, and small business including participation in the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market.

  • Successful Small Farmer Workshops February 4!

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  • Join Us For Two Special Farm & Food Presentations!

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  • Mushroom Growing Workshop October 16 at The Farm!

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    Postponed from September 25… Now part of the NantucketGrown Food Festival!

    Join mushroom-growing specialist Alden Lenhart in a hands-on workshop on How to install a Wine Cap Mushroom Bed in your yard or garden!

    Sunday, October 16,1:00 – 3:00

    Rain or shine (talk will be inside greenhouse if raining; wear appropriate work clothing for installation outdoors).

    Alden will also talk about mushrooms, their role in nature and different methods of growing them.

    At the Community Farm Institute
    168 Hummock Pond Road

    Free, and Open to the Public

    Click HERE for more info on the Food Festival

  • Market News

    DSCF7209Chef Greg Margolis of the Nantucket Culinary Center provided an interactive tour of the Market last Saturday in a farm to fork experience. First, participants gained Continue reading →

  • Meet Our Summer Team!

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    Sustainable Nantucket has 4 new members of our summer team, just in time for the start of the SN Farm to School Summer Program and the Market!
    Please join us in welcoming: Continue reading →

  • Organic Pest & Disease Management Workshop at the Farm Sunday!

    Andrew kneeling in crop row talkingAndrew Spollett, organic grower at Bartlett’s Farm and an adviser & board member for the Community Farm Institute, will teach a free public workshop on Organic Pest & Disease Management for growers and gardeners.

    Sunday, June 26
    At the Community Farm Institute
    168 Hummock Pond Road
    Rain or Shine
    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

  • Kids Activity with F2S at the Market this Saturday June 25!

    Join teachers and apprentices from the Farm to School program in a Seed Planting Workshop for Kids this Saturday at the Market!

    Participants of all ages will make paper pots, fill it with soil, and plant a vegetable seed to take home and grow.

    Free! At the Market from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. under the Big Yellow Tent.

  • Weed Management Workshop Sunday at the Community Farm Institute!

    Dylan Wallace, mentor farmer for the Community Farm Institute, will teach a free public workshop on Weed Management for growers and gardeners.

    Sunday, June 12
    At the Community Farm Institute
    168 Hummock Pond Road
    Rain or Shine
    2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Year-Round, Nutrient-Dense, Indoor Salad Gardening Workshop with author Peter Burke

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    Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

    How to grow nutrient-dense, soil, sprouted greens in less than 10 days – the first 25 people take a free tray home!

    Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.
    At the Community Farm Institute
    168 Hummock Pond Road

    The Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening workshop will focus on growing a steady supply of Continue reading →

  • Join us for Seed Day! Seed Swap!

  • Spring Events at the Community Farm Institute!

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    All programs are Free & Open to the Public
    At
    the Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Rd

    Programs are held rain or shine. If rain, they are held indoors inside our new greenhouse. Continue reading →

  • Learn How to Become a Beginning Farmer!

    Cheryl Emery wearing NG shirt with plot behindThere are still a few plots available at the Farm! It’s time to let the rest of Nantucket know about the fabulous opportunity to start a Farming Business by becoming a Beginning Grower, and taking advantage of our educational farming program at the Community Farm Institute!

    Please join us for a Public Information Session! Tell your friends!

    Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

    Upstairs at Mitchell’s Corner Bookstore on Main Street Continue reading →

  • Ag Workshop at the Island Fair Sunday!

    Andrew kneeling in crop row talkingAs part of the Community Farm Institute continuing educational series, Andrew Spollett, organic grower at Bartlett Farm, will talk about Food Safety, Good Agricultural Practices and Composting, all fundamentals for the beginning farmer.

    At the Island Fair, Tom Nevers.

    1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 20

    Meet at the Sustainable Nantucket table in the Community Tent.

    Program is free, but please note: Entrance fee to the Island Fair may apply.

     

  • Weed Management Workshop Tuesday at the Farm!

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    As part of our educational series, Dylan Wallace, CFI Mentor Farmer, will be teaching a workshop this coming Tuesday on Weed Management… We hope you can attend!

    Tuesday July 21 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Rain or shine. Free & open to the public Continue reading →

  • Organic Fertilizer & Nutrient Management Workshop this Sunday!

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    Sunday, June 14
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Organic Fertilizers
    Hands-on workshop on soil testing and nutrient management for your garden or farm plot.

    Free & Open to the Public Continue reading →

  • Garden Explorers – Session II

    Garden Explorers second session of the spring will begin next Tuesday! Registration is open for students in grades K-5, click here to register.

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    Session II: May 12 – June 11 ♦ 2:30pm – 4:30pm ♦ $145
    Each day will begin with general tasks to help our young farmers understand what it takes to grow their own food. The weekly lessons described below will follow.

    • Week 1 – Garden Story– Students will use natural elements found in the school garden to create pictures telling their favorite garden story.
    • Week 2 – Local Food – We will learn about our islands farming history as we plant heirloom seeds grown on Nantucket in the past.
    • Week 3Good Nutrition – In order for us to be healthy, our plants must be healthy too. This week we will include activities that will educate our students about how to keep out plants and their bodies healthy.
    • Week 4 – Garden Cooking – Students will harvest their own crops to make delicious and nutritious meals.
    • Week 5 – Dirt!Our young farmers will get a little dirty as learn all about soil, compost, and the insects that make soil so special.

     

  • Raised Beds & Field Preparation

    plowed plots with kids 2Using the SN Community Farm Institute’s new walking tractor, learn how to make raised beds of plowed and banked soil, with John Kuszpa, Site Manager

    At the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm

    9am – Noon, 168 Hummock Pond Road

    Heavy rain cancels. Call 508-524-0823 if weather looks questionable. Dress warmly in work clothes.

    See you all there!

  • Help Build the NEW Educational Community Farm!

    Tracey carrying fence postVOLUNTEER Every Weekday

    Monday through Friday

    3-5pm

    168 Hummock Pond Road

    Learn how to erect a greenhouse/hoophouse, fencing and other community construction programs to help grow new farmers on-island.

    Weather permitting. If the weather looks iffy, call 508-524-0823 to see if we’re on!

  • Learn How to Install an Irrigation System in your Garden this Saturday!

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    at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm

    Saturday April 11, 10am to noon
    By the Community Farm Institute
    168 Hummock Pond Road

    Learn how to install a drip irrigation with small sprinklers system and see one going in the ground with Community Farm Institute Site Manager John Kuszpa.

  • CANCELLED Learn how to do Seeding at Moors End Farm in this greenhouse workshop!

     

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    CANCELLED
    We’re sorry but this workshop has been cancelled – we will try to reschedule to another date and time – stay tuned!

    Saturday March 14
    10 – 11am

    Moors End Farm, 40 Polpis Road

    Join the SN Community Farm Institute in a field trip to Moors End Farm greenhouses to learn how to handle those tiny seeds so that they yield a healthy and successful crop!

    Meet in the Moors End Farm parking lot.

  • Learn how to transplant at Bartletts Greenhouses in this seedling workshop!

    Barletts greenhouse with geraniumsSN Community Farm Institute presents
    A Hands-on Growers Morning in the Greenhouse
    with organic grower Andrew Spollett
    Saturday February 14
    9am – noon

    Continue reading →

  • Becoming a Beginning Farmer through the SN Community Farm Institute (CFI) Program

    group lookingHow Do I Become a Beginning Farmer at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm?

    There are 2 tracks for prospective beginning farmers to apply for a 1/8 acre parcel on the Farm and receive the benefit of our shared infrastructure, tools and training. Track One is for less exprienced begining growers. Track 2 is for beginning growers with some experience in farming.

    All interested parties must fill out and submit a commitment form / application to the program and complete an approved business plan.

    Track 1: Complete the Farm Business Training Course (minimum 2/3rds attendance required) and develop an approved business plan. Track 2: If you feel you have enough growing experience already, complete and submit an approved business plan.

    If your business plan is accepted, you will be asked to remit an annual program participation fee of $200.

    The Winter Course (for Track One)

    Farm Finance with Julia Shanks
    Wednesday December 17, 6:30-8pm
    Basic Accounting for Farmers
    Thursday December 18, 6:30-8pm
    Basic Crop & Profitability Analysis

    Farm Business Planning
    with Eero Ruutilla
    Saturday January 17, 1-4pm
    Business Plan Fundamentals in Soils,
    Nutrient Management & Crop Cultures
    Sunday January 18, 9am – noon
    Farm Business Planning Workshop

    Market Gardener course
    with John Kuzspa

    All dates are 6:30-8pm
    held at the Westmoor clubhouse (yellow building)
    Thursdays January 22, 29
    Mondays February 2, 9, 16
    Thursdays March 12, 19

    Hands-on Workshops in the Greenhouse
    with Andrew Spollett, Bartletts Farm
    Saturday, February 14, 9-noon
    Seedling Transplanting & Greenhouse Propagation

    March: In the Greenhouse with Sam Slosek, Moors End Farm
    (dates & times to be announced)

    Accepted farmers will participate in the following required classes:

    Hands-on Learning at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm
    April: Irrigation & water
    May 16, 9am-noon: Raised Beds & Field Preparation
    May 30, 9-noon: Organic Fertiliziers
    June 9, 5-7pm: Organic Pest & Disease Managment
    July 7, 5-7pm: Weed Management
    August 11, 5-7pm: Food Safety & Good Agricultural Practices & Composting
    September 8, 5-7pm: Cover Cropping

     

  • Big THANK YOU to Ventuno Chef Andrea! Delicious chef demo at Market!

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    Chef Andrea Solimeo, chef de cuisine at Ventuno Restaurant, captivated an audience at last Saturday’s Market!

    Continue reading →

  • Family Garden Workshop – Spring Planning and Planting

    greenhouse2It’s time to start your garden! Join us in the Joyce N. Furman Youth Garden on May 18th from 1:00-2:00pm for our Family Garden Workshop on ‘Spring Planning and Planting.’

    This adult and child-friendly workshop will have activities for all ages demonstrating how to start seeds indoors, plan your garden design and prepare your garden plot.

    Our family garden workshops are put on with the support of the Nantucket Garden Club.

  • Learn All About Growing Grapes, Strawberries, Blueberries & More! ~ Please Join Us!

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    Small Fruits Workshop with Sonia Schloemann UMASS Extension Fruit Specialist Visits Nantucket Continue reading →

  • Learn about Greenhouse Pest Management!

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    Please Join Us for a special agricultural workshop!

    Tina Smith
    UMASS Greenhouse Crops
    & Floriculture Specialist

    GREENHOUSE BIOLOGICAL PEST MANAGEMENT

     

     

     

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    Monday, April 14, 2-4pm at the Hayloft, Bartletts Farm Continue reading →

  • Beginning Farmers ~ Learn about Soils at this Public Workshop!

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    Please join home & farm growers at the Sustainable Nantucket Community Farm Educational Series!

    Andrew Spollett
    Bartletts Farm Organic Grower

    Let’s Talk Soils!

    At the Mitchell’s Corner Bookstore on Main Street, 2nd floor, Friday March 28 at 6pm. Free.

    For more information about the Community Farm, please contact us at 508-228-3399508-228-3399.

     

     

  • Agricultural Workshop Friday on Soil Chemistry

    Please Join Us! And bring your questions!

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    Russell Norton, Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator

    Friday, Nov 22, 3-5

    at the Nantucket Atheneum, Gallery (downstairs)

    will speak about soils and soil chemistry. Q&A.

    Sponsored by Sustainable Nantucket & MDAR

    Free & Open to the Public – Refreshments will be served

  • Family Garden Workshop – “Art in the Garden”

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    Our Fall Family Garden Workshop will be held this Saturday, October 26th from 10:30am – 12:00pm in the Joyce N. Furman Youth (Farm to School) Garden located on the NES playground.

    Join the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program and local artists Matthew Oates and Lindsay Feller in creating wonderful pieces of garden art.

    In this hands-on workshop, these two artists will share their expertise, teaching participants how to create wonderful pieces of artwork to add year-round beauty to any garden space.

    Please contact Kathleen with any questions. This is program is fun for all ages and held thanks to the Nantucket Garden Club.

  • Family Garden Workshop – Preparing your 4-Season Garden

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    Wednesday, September 18th from 2:30pm-3:30pm kids and parents are invited to join Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program for this one hour hands-on workshop where you will learn how to prolong your harvest by helping prepare the F2S garden for the cool weather growing season. Continue reading →

  • Our “Half-Day in the Garden” program is back!

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    Are you interested in becoming a young farmer? The Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program is hosting an after school Half-Day in the Joyce N. Furman Youth Garden Wednesday, September 18th 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Students will learn about planting, growing, food and agriculture through fun hands-on activities. Continue reading →

  • Look for Us at The Nantucket Island Fair!

    The Nantucket Island Fair is September 14th and 15th in Tom Never Field!

    Sustainable Nantucket will have a table in the Community Tent at the Nantucket Island Fair Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th from 10am-4pm!

    Closeup of ripening tomatoesWe will be providing the following demonstrations/discussion: Continue reading →

  • Join Us at Our Upcoming Family Garden Workshop: Pallet Gardening

    Learn how to utilize small spaces and everyday items to create fun catching planters as part of our Family Garden Workshop Series.

    pallet gardenKids and parents are invited to join Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program for this one hour hands-on workshop demonstrating how to convert everyday items, large and small, into living works of art!

    Wednesday June 26, 2013

    11:00am—12:00am

    At the “Joyce N. Furman” (Farm to School Garden) Located behind the Nantucket Elementary School Playground

    Questions: contact Kathleen at F2Scoordinator@sustainablenantucket.org

     

  • Join Us for Farm to School’s first Family Garden Workshop this Saturday!

    compost dayThis Saturday the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program is hosting our first Family Garden Workshop around soil and compost. Bring your friends and family to the Joyce N. Furman Youth Garden from 9:30am to 11:00pm to learn from the experts how mushrooms, tea and lasagna can benefit your garden this summer! Continue reading →

  • Become a Vendor Classes

    Classes this Week at the Community School
    Become a Sustainable Nantucket Farmers and
    Artisans Market Vendor
    The Sustainable Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market begins its 7th season in 2013. Continue reading →

  • Grower Workshops This Weekend!

    THIS WEEKEND, Saturday November 17th and Sunday November 18th, Sustainable Nantucket will be holding a series of FREE workshops for our agricultural community, hosted in the Hayloft at Bartlett’s Farm. Guest speakers will discuss grant opportunities, farm financing solutions, & when it makes sense to share equipment & infrastructure. Continue reading →

  • 2011 Community Agriculture Program Workshops

    Throughout the year, Sustainable Nantucket, as a part of our Community Agriculture Program, will be hosting Workshops on a variety of topics relating to sustainable gardening methods, food production, and preserving local foods. Below is a complete list of workshops; click the links to read the full descriptions and to register for these workshops. Continue reading →