We offer a variety of classes with talented teachers to enhance your own retreat at Fox Haven.
Food & Cooking Experiences
Wild Food Forage
Take a walk and get to know the plants that grow wild in our region. You will learn how to identify them safely, what medicinal and culinary traits they offer, and perhaps gather some food to take home and prepare. The longer version of this class incorporates lessons on various seasonal wild foods, how to cook them, and actually heading to the farm house kitchen to create a dish with what you gather.
1, 1.5, and 2 hour classes available. $15-$40 per person
Preserving the Harvest: Medicine from the Garden
In this Hands-On Workshop we’ll talk about some common garden herbs and wild plants that can be used as gentle medicine. Some plants can help calm the system, others ease sleep, some help to break a fever and others soothe a headache. By preserving these herbs we can have them on hand to use when the need arises.
We’ll harvest from the garden and then learn how to make a basic tincture, infused vinegar, and tea blend for supporting health.
3 Hours $30 per person
Fun with Fermentation:
Fermentation is the stuff of life! Lurking within that spicy kimchi, that fizzy water kefir or those sour pickles are the bacteria and yeast that shape the way we live our lives. In fact, 90% of the cells in the human body are actually bacteria and fungi – so we better get to know some of them.
In this hands on workshop we’ll explore the role of ferments in our diet, taste different examples of fermented foods, learn how to care for ferment babies and how to share ferments with your friends.
1 Hour Kids – Fermented Carrots and Ginger Bugs
$10 per person Ages 5-15
2 Hours – Kombucha, Water Kefir and Ginger Bugs
$25 per person (includes 1 swingtop bottle per person and ferments to take home)
4 Hours – Kombucha, Water Kefir, Pickles, Sour Kraut, Sourdough, and Fermented Condiments
$40 per person (includes swingtop bottle per person and ferments to take home)
Soil to Supper to Soil: Plant-Based Cooking Basics
In this hands on cooking workshop we’ll show you the way healthy food can easily become part of your life by exploring the closed loop system of backyard growing, cooking from scratch with plants and vermicompost.
We’ll start in the garden, harvesting some ingredients for our meal (depending on the season). We’ll spend some time talking about growing conditions, when things grow and how to extend your growing season.
Then we’ll move into the kitchen to start cooking some pantry basic OR a from-scratch meal. For Pantry Basics we can explore Homemade Bouillon Cubes, Salad Dressings, Fresh Flour Mixes (GF option) Fermented Condiments and Plant Filled Dips, Sides and Sauces. For a from-scratch meal we can explore themes like All-Root Veggie Dinner, Raw Plant Tacos, All American “Burgers” and Breakfast for Dinner
After cooking we’ll gather our food scraps and close the nutrient loop by feeding them to our worms – exploring the at-home ease of vermicompost. We’ll go through the steps of making compost tea and explain the ways in which it can be used to boost the health of your garden plants.
5 Hours – Includes Meal and Hands-On activities $40 per person
Plant Based Cooking Class
The world of cooking sans-animal products can feel mysterious and challenging but it’s a skill that can be learned like any other! In this 4 hour class we’ll work through many of the common concerns and challenges people face when they first start cooking with plants and by the end we’ll have a delicious meal we can enjoy together.
3-4 hours – Includes Meal and Hands-On Lecture $30-$35 per person
Menus to choose from:
Homemade Crust (GF option), Coconut Cheese Sauce, Parsley Pesto and prepared veggies. Paired with a salad and avocado truffles for dessert.
Raw walnut-meat tacos with guacamole and pico, southwest corn chowder and a cheesy broccoli bowl followed by banana soft-serve
The Soul of Plant Food:
Dirty millet with tempeh and mushrooms, quinoa cornbread, parsley pesto redskin potatoes and butternut-pear soup
Biscuits and gravy piled high with bean chorizo, greens, salsa and plant based sour cream
Love and Lentils:
Indian spiced lentils, samosas, spicy greens and mushrooms, avocado naan and fudgy cardamom treats
Root Veggie Dinner:
African peanut stew, cumin tahini veggies, shredded apple beet salad and cream cheese iced carrot cake
Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga Experiences
Connecting to Nature through Mindfulness and Beyond
Cultivating awareness, presence, and compassion are the goals for this experience. We incorporate mindful movement, meditation techniques that connect you to nature, self, and one another. You engage in creating meditative art after walking the land. 60 minute $90.00 per group of 25 or less 90 minute $120.00 per group
Emotional Intelligence Workshop – How to Integrate Mindfulness Practices into Your Workplace
You will be shown how to incorporate Mindfulness and Beyond principles in your workplace through role play, learning specific exercises that you can practice anytime, anywhere, and how to open yourself to nature – even if it’s looking out a window in a tall building – during work hours.
This can be a 2 – 3 hr workshop – $170 – $220.00 per group of 25 or less
Mindful Meditation & Movement
Gentle movement, stretches, and breathing exercises combine with short meditation sessions to ease you into your day or wind down after a day full of meetings, training, biking, or volunteering on the farm. 30 minutes $50 per group of 25 or less
Tracy Blair available to teach Kundalini Yoga (200 rty)
Christine Dance teaches Hatha Yoga and Trauma Informed Yoga (500 rty)
Amanda Adkins teaches Hatha Yoga (200 rty)
$20 per person for 1 hour sessions
Farm & Garden Classes
Compost For Soil Health:
Where do your food scraps go? Every carrot top and discarded apple core is a resource to be rescued and reused! In this hands-on workshop we’ll talk about the nutrient cycle, how soils benefit from organic matter and how to make hot compost, vermicompost (red wiggler worms go to work) and bokashi (a Japanese style of fermentation) work for your home and your community.
2 Hours – Pile Build, Vermicompost and Bokashi demo $15 per person
1 Hour – Vermicompost for Kids (age 5 – 10) $5 per person
Winter Fruit and Nut Tree Grafting 101 OR Topworking with Fruit & Nut Trees
In this hands-on class, we teach you the various methods of winter grafting. We graft apple, pear, and nut trees, and will cover the how-to of persimmon and stone fruit tree grafting as well. (cherry, peach, plum) You will leave with 2 apple trees, most likely heirloom, and the confidence to graft many more. All are welcome to bring rootstocks or buy some from farmer Eliza for additional trees.
3 hours $40 per person
You learn how to take a Bradford Pear tree (an invasive) and graft it with a variety of Asian Pear (yummy fruit!) and feel confident in your new found skills. You’ll even be able to engage in some “guerilla grafting” in your local parks, schools, and businesses and make fruit available to the masses!
2-6 hours $40-$75 per person
Pruning 101 1 or 2 day class
Intensive course that covers everything you need to tackle an apple tree (any fruit tree) young or old, kept or abandoned. Pruning basics, tree physiology, and pruning cuts on all different sizes of trees are covered in this class. You’ll learn how to do some topworking – when you change a tree over to another variety – and the steps needed to graft a tree over to a new variety in the spring. No more than 20 students per class.
1 Day $70 2 Days $110 per person
Pig Powered Learning!
Join farmer Pete and his herd of American Guinea Hogs for a belly rubbing adventure. Learn about how pigs, chickens and ducks are used to improve the soil, work the land, and lower our carbon footprint. You learn how to care for these animals in healthy organic ways. If like holding a chicken, walking like a duck, and rubbing some adorable pig bellies, and learning about the various ways that these animals create a healthier planet this is the class for you. 1-1.5 Hours $12 – $20 per person
Join us on the farm for a tour of riparian buffer zones, warm and cool season grasses, and trees upon trees in beautiful fields and forests. We will discuss the steps that we’ve taken at Fox Haven to protect the streams, creeks, and waterways, build biodiversity in the plant and animal worlds, and why it’s important. You might get some ideas for actions that you can take in your own yards and resources for how to bring it all to life.
1- 1.5 Hours $10-$15 per person
Join our beekeeper in a tour of the hives. You’ll learn about at least 3 methods for keeping honeybees, how to increase the strength of beehives, organic methods, how honey is actually made, and the key role that honeybees and our native bees play in the production of food for animals and humans. This class can be geared towards folks who are simply interested in honeybees and beekeeping and people who actually want to begin keeping bees. A honey tasting is sometimes available.
1 and 2 hour classes $25-$40 per person