Public Programs

Our Big Backyard Series [Families]

$12/Adult-child pair +$4/additional child (FREE for Upgraded Members*)
There is always something exciting to discover on our treks around Prescott Farm!  For ages 7-10, with an adult; Light activity.

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Nature Art – Saturday, July 7; 10:00-11:30
The natural world is full of beauty already, but we’ll spend the day making our own beautiful creations out of items we find in the forest, fields and gardens at Prescott Farm.

Pollinators – Saturday, July 21; 10:00-11:30
Pollinators are amazing! These insects, birds and other critters are essential for plants to produce the bounty of fruits and vegetables that we eat every day! Come learn more about them and things we can do to help protect them!

Plant Power – Saturday, August 4; 10:00-11:30
Summer is in full swing and green plants are everywhere! Did you ever wonder why there are so many? Come learn what makes plants so important!

Mushrooms – Saturday, August 18; 10:00-11:30
Mushrooms are super cool! We’ll go on a mushroom hunt and find as many interesting varieties as we can and learn about their important role in our ecosystem.

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Magnificent Big Trees [Families]

Magnificent Big Trees of Prescott Farm [FAMILIES]
Saturday, July 7; 1:00-3:00
$12 with pre-registration; $15 at the door (FREE for Upgraded Members!*)

Prescott Farm is home to HUGE old trees, including a black walnut tree which is officially the largest one in Belknap County! These trees are quite magnificent to behold, and can also teach us a great deal — just imagine what they have “seen” over the course of their lives! During this one hour program, you will learn a lot about trees (of course!), but also fascinating fun facts about ecology, history and how the land has changed over the years. Note: Please wear sneakers or hiking boots!

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Backyard Composting [FAMILIES]

Backyard Composting [FAMILIES]
Saturdays, September 29 & October 6; 10:00-12:00
$24/Family (FREE for Upgraded Members!*)

Have you always wanted to learn about composting but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for this two-part program to explore what compost is, what goes into it, and the benefits of using it on your garden. You’ll also help us build a compost bin system for our gardens, and your own worm composting bin to take home!
Backyard Composting
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Farmhouse Kitchen Series [Adults]

$20 (Upgraded Members*—$10 Materials Fee)/class
We’ll use Prescott Farm’s historic farmhouse kitchen to make a variety of homemade delicacies! Please note that the series continues into October (Applesauce and Bread).

Butter & Cheese — Saturday, August 4; 1:00-3:00
Learn how to make your own butter using a variety of techniques, as well as a simple farmer’s cheese flavored with herbs from the garden.

Pickles— Saturday, August 18; 1:00-3:00
Join us to explore two methods of pickling our garden bounty: vinegar preservation and lacto-fermentation. Participants will go home with a jar of each!

Tomatoes — Saturday, September 8; 1:00-3:00
The bounty of the garden is coming in! Join us to learn several ways to prepare one of our favorites: tomatoes. We’ll learn the basics of water bath canning as well as make a fresh salsa.

Sauerkraut — Saturday, September 29; 1:00-3:00
Making sauerkraut involves the ancient method of lacto-fermentation to preserve food by harnessing the power of beneficial bacteria. Learn how sauerkraut and other fermented foods can be beneficial for your health and the basic techniques to start making your own!

Applesauce – Saturday, October 13; 1:00-3:00
Water bath canning is an easy and fun way to preserve the bounty of your garden.  Learn the basics and get hands-on experience as you make a batch of delicious applesauce!

Bread – Saturday, October 27; 1:00-3:00

Love bread?  Learn to bake your own from scratch!  We’ll use a simple no-knead recipe that makes a delicious, crusty artisan loaf.  We’ll also experiment with a hand cranked grain grinder and learn a bit about the science behind how bread rises.

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Mushroom Walks [Adults]

Wild Mushroom Walks (Beginner Level)
Saturday, August 25; 10:00-12:00
$20 (Upgraded Members*—$10 Guest Speaker Fee)
with pre-registration; $22 at the door
Join us for a wild mushroom foray in the woods of Prescott Farm!  Collect wild mushrooms, learn what features to look at when beginning to identify wild mushrooms and enjoy a walk in the woods!

Stay tuned – there will be another Wild Mushroom Walks (Beginner Level) on Saturday, October 6

Intermediate Mushroom ID Walk
SUNDAY, September 9; 10:00-1:00
$30 with pre-registration; $32 at the door
(Upgraded Members*—$25 Guest Speaker Fee)
Join Eric Milligan of New Hampshire Mushroom Company for a more advanced look at the fascinating world of fungi. Breeze through the basics and spend more time in the field. Note: For those that have attended a Wild Mushroom Walk here or elsewhere in the past and want to delve deeper!

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Wild Foods [Adults]

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered!” –Emerson. Join us to explore the woods, fields and pond surrounding Prescott Farm and meet some wild “weeds” which are also extremely nutritious and delicious foods. Basic plant identification, ethical harvesting and safety will also be addressed.

Wild Foods of Summer [ADULTS]
Saturday, July 21; 1:00-3:00
$12 ($10 Upgraded Members*)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door

Wild Foods of Fall [ADULTS]
Saturday, September 22; 1:00-3:00
$12 ($10 Upgraded Members*)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door

Soapmaking [Adults]

Saturday, September 22; 10:00-12:00
$35 (Upgraded Members*–$20 Materials Fee)

If you missed our soapmaking classes in April & June, you’re in luck! We’ll learn the basics of soapmaking and each participant will take home about 10 bars of seasonally scented soap to enjoy.
DIY Soapmaking

Exploring Herbal Medicines & Crafts Series [Adults]

Foray into the wild and tame world of herbs in this very fun educational class series. Led by Master Herbalist Melissa Morrison of Dragonfly Botanicals, students will learn how to identify herb medicine plants of the fields & forest; how to harvest and use the herbs in preparations for pleasure and medicine. Come to learn, come to enjoy the seasons and play with the herbs!

Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit
Saturday, July 14 – 10:00-12:00
$40 ($36 Upgraded Members*)
Scrapes and bites and stings…Oh, my! Using plants around you and food items from your kitchen you can create a multipurpose well rounded first aid kit to heal yourself and prevent suffering too! In this class we will make items to go into your basic herbal first aid kit, learn how to put a kit together for specific needs, and alternative therapies for healing.

How to Make Herbal Syrups for Health and Healing
Saturday, August 11 – 10:00-12:00
$35 ($30 Upgraded Members*)
Herbal Syrups are a lovely way to take your herbs every day! Easily made from herbs and berries to help in healing and to use for tasty libations. In this class you will learn different techniques to create herbal syrups, how to store them, and how best to use them.

How to Make Herbal Oils, Salves, and Ointments
Saturday, September 29 – 10:00-12:00
$35 ($30 Upgraded Members*)
Do you have Itchy flaky hurting skin that needs soothing? Need a really awesome dipping oil for your artisan bread? This class will show you how to make herbal preparations you can use for food and medicinal purposes that work, and taste great. All with items you’ll find in your kitchen or yard.

Coming up in the FALL…

Herbs and Healing Foods to Create a Strong Immune System
Saturday, October 20 – 10:00-12:00

Old Fashioned Herbal Holidays: Heartfelt & Homemade Herbal Crafts for Gift Giving
Saturday, November 17 – 10:00-12:00

 Our Guest Herbalist: Melissa Morrison M.H.,RMT is the Clinical Master Herbalist and Vitalist Nutritionist of Dragonfly Botanicals Wisdom Center in Belmont,NH. Melissa has taught Alternative/Herbal Medicine at the NE Women’s Herb Conference (from 2010 on), Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Herb Retreat Center and other educational venues around the North East. Melissa is commited to teaching people how to use food, diet, and plants for health & healing through her apprenticeship courses and classes.

Keeping Chickens (Service Learning Opportunity) [Families]
Saturday, June 30;  10:00-12:00
$10/adult-child pair ($8 Members)
Using our small flock as a model we’ll learn about chicken housing, food and water requirements, egg collection and more. You’ll be ready to start your own flock as well as      become a Prescott Farm volunteer to help take care of ours!

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* Members can upgrade now to take advantage of our new pricing, including FREE programming – pay only for guest lecturer or materials fees in other workshops. Members who choose not to upgrade will continue to pay for programming under their current membership plan (see registration forms for pricing).