Adult Workshops

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How to Preserve the Bounty of the Season
Saturday, June 22nd, 10 AM – noon
with Susan Loxley-Friedle

Learn the basics, what should you can, jam, freeze, pickle or dry? Understand what equipment you need and the process… it is safe, easy and it is not rocket science!

When Susan joined Phillies Bridge Farm in their inaugural season in 1994, the need to preserve was re-ignited when the bounty of vegetables started flowing. She knew the basics and began canning and pickling.  Wanting to master more, Susan took courses with Cornell Cooperative Extension (Master Food Preserver) and the University of Georgia National Center for Home Food Preservation. She has been teaching this series of classes for over 10 years, and still competes by entering her preserves, products. and pickles at the Ulster County Fair and Rosendale International Pickle Fest.

Please register by June 20,  $25 ($20 for members)

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Mushroom Walk!
Saturday, June 29th, from 10 AM – noon
with John Michelotti 

Come walk in the woods and learn about the fungi in our forest. Observe the characteristics of mushrooms and what functions they serve in our environment. We will talk about historic uses of fungi, medicinal properties, mushroom cultivation as well as wild edible mushrooms.

John Michelotti is the founder and owner of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people with fungi though outdoor educational mushroom classes, cultivation courses, private consultations, mushroom art, and mushroom health supplements which he produces from mushrooms foraged and grown on and around his family farm in the Catskill Mountains. John is a Former President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA). His goal is to educate and inspire people to pair with fungi to improve health, communities, and the environment.

Please register by June 27,  $25 ($20 for members)

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Paint the Ridge!
Paint & Sip for adults 21 years and older

Saturday, August 24, 2 – 4 PM
with Emmy Hastings

Come join us and be an artist for a day among the scents and scenes of the beautiful Phillies Bridge Farm at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge! This Paint & Sip workshop is sponsored by the Roost Studios of New Paltz. The scene we will be painting is a familiar, stunning view of the ridge along with some “farm” motifs.  Painters who feel more confident may paint a scene directly from life. This is an amazing place to spend an afternoon discovering your “creative self”!

Emmy Hastings is a New Paltz artist whose career has included 20 years as an illustrator/designer for a top NYC publishing house, illustrator for Hudson Valley Magazine, and High School Art teacher for the past 17 years. She paints local landscapes, plein-air using watercolor, acrylic and oils, and works in her home studio on her ongoing series of paintings of her hometown, Kingston. 

Wines graciously provided by Robibero Family Vineyards

The admission includes one free drink, canvas, paints and instruction, $45 ($40 for members). Must be 21 years or older.

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It’s 6:00 — Do You Know What You’re Making for Dinner?
How to Plan and Prepare Quick Meals with
Fresh Produce and Healthy Shortcuts
Saturday, September 14th, 10-11:30 AM
with Nava Atlas


Often, when people consider improving their diet, one of the main obstacles is the eternal question of “What’s for dinner?” There’s also the notion that healthy cooking is time-consuming, complicated, and expensive. This workshop will show you how to make amazing dinners even after a long, tiring day. Combining fresh produce with natural ready-made sauces and other convenient ingredients that can be found in most supermarkets, you’ll learn how to make a healthy vegan dinner any day of the week in 20 minutes — or less! This event is a demo and tasting.

Nava Atlas is the author of many bestselling vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, including Wild About Greens, Vegan Holiday Kitchen, Plant Power and many others, including the forthcoming  5-Ingredient Vegan (fall 2019). She also creates visual books on women’s issues and runs two websites, The Vegan Atlas and Literary Ladies Guide 

Please register by September 8th, $25 ($20 for members)

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Willow Weaving: Make a Tray!
Saturday, September 21st, 10 AM – 1 PM
with Jesica Clark

During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the wonders of willow weaving! We will make a beautiful little tray, all out of my homegrown willow, that can be used to hold your keys, eggs, cherry tomatoes, whatever! Basic weaving techniques will be covered as well as a brief introduction to the willow plant and its many uses.
 
Jesica Clark is the owner and operator of Willow Vale Farm, where she grows vegetables as well as grows and weaves with willow, a naturally beautiful and sustainable material. The colors come from willow’s own ability to produce pleasing hues and the forms are a result of her conversation with each piece she weaves. Her willow and produce are grown without pesticides and with loving care.
 
Please register by September 19th, $25 ($20 for members) and $15 for supplies to be paid directly to Jesica.
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Pre-registration is required.

Mohonk Preserve Members get ONE adult workshop at no cost!
Restriction: Paint & Sip not offered.

Classes are held at Phillies Bridge Farm, 45 Phillies Bridge Rd, New Paltz NY 12561
Please contact us if you have any questions.