Education

Around Town

LexFarm was founded by residents of Lexington and Arlington. The founders and current LexFarm leadership are committed to the preservation of farming in our community as an integral part of our health, heritage and ongoing civic life. Education outreach (off farm) includes collaborations with public and private schools, civic and service organizations, and social service agencies.

On the Farm

Farm-based programs at LexFarm are as diverse as the communities we serve. Our intent is to foster connectedness to the farmland, farmers, history and each other, through a deeper understanding of the food system. Programs on the farm provide hands-on instruction on such topics as building healthy soil, promoting animal habitat, four-season composting, home gardening, and sustainable food production.

 

For questions about educational programming, contact [email protected]

Interested in hosting a birthday party in our Learning Garden?  E-mail us at [email protected] for information and availability.

 

Summer Programs and Events

 

Yoga on the Farm
Mondays, 6:30–7:30pm
August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Evenings in LexFarm’s fields are a peaceful place to relax, exercise, and find time away from the hustle and bustle of your daytime activities. Start your week off right by decompressing with a yoga class, led by experienced instructors.

Admission price/person, per date: Members $15, Non-members $20
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Organic Gardening Series
Tuesdays, 5:30pm–7:30pm

August 7: Advanced Organic Gardening 201 – Pest and Disease Identification and Controls

August 25 (Saturday) 10am-12pm: REPEAT: Advanced Organic Gardening 201 – Pest and Disease Identification and Controls

September 4: Advanced Organic Gardening 202 – Season Extension, Intensive Planting, and Succession Plans

Discuss topics like how to pot up rootbound potted plants, prune for health and productivity, identify disease, pests, and watering issues, fertilize for maximum plant health and high yields, and solutions for unwanted small animals. Delve into deeper issues like no-till, micronutrients, and more

Come to one or all classes.
Admission price/person, per date: Members $20, Non-members $35
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Landscape Painting on the Farm
August 30 (Sunday), 4pm-6pm

Learn the basics of setting up your canvas, and spend an evening doing a watercolor study of your favorite season on the farm. Instructors will provide paints and brushes – leave with your painting at the end of the night.

Admission price/person, per date: Members $30, Non-members $40
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Story Hour on the Farm
August 13 (Monday) 10am–11am

What better place to learn about the very hungry caterpillar or wiggling worms than in the learning garden at LexFarm? Kids pull up a seat for stories, crafts, and a visit to the goat yard.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Admission price/family, per date: Members $12 Non-members $15
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Insect Walks on the Farm for Families
August 14 (Tuesday), 10:30am–11:30am

Come explore the world of bees, moths, dragonflies, and pollinators. Learn about the role of both pest and beneficial insects on the farm. Get hands-on, learning how to use collection nets to conduct insect sweeps and specimen jars to get an up-close look at insects around the farm.
Admission price/family, per date: Members $20, Non-members $25; $5/additional child
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Edible Weed Walk

July 29 (Sunday) 10am–11am

Join an experienced herbalist to identify common edible weeds. Learn about nutritional and medicinal applications that trace back centuries. What if weeds in your garden were just as nutritionally dense as the crops growing alongside them.
Join us for a walk at LexFarm and learn how to identify common farm and garden weeds as well as edible native and invasive plants growing in the wooded borders of our farm!

Admission price/person, per date: Members $12, Non-members $15
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Flower Arrangement for Adults and Families

August 8 (Wednesday) 5:30-6:30pm

August 23 (Thursday), 6:00-7:00pm

Come for a hands-on workshop on flower arrangement. Collect your own flowers from our flower field. Learn from an expert, and leave with a beautiful bouquet.

Admission price/person, per date: Members $30, Non-members $40
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Introduction to Preserving
August 25 (Saturday), 1:00pm–3:00pm

Learn techniques for preserving summer’s bountiful veggies! Discuss proper ways to can, parboil, freeze, dehydrate and store fruits and vegetables to keep you eating local all winter.

Admission price/person, per date: Members $12, Non-members $15
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Compost Workshop
August 26 (Sunday), 10am-11:30am

Learn how to manage compost. Create quality compost to boost fertility in your home garden, divert food scraps, and close the loop with backyard food production! We will discuss: How we manage compost on the farm, systems that work well for backyard compost operations, the basic science behind composting and steps to successfully build quality compost.
Admission price/person, per date: Members $20, Non-members $25
Register Here!