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1. Organic Farm/Hydroponic Greenhouse/Backyard garden workshop/Tour- 2.5 Hours with local, mostly Organic & hydroponic Lunch-*$49—introductory rate
You'll be guided by Amy Todisco, Nationally Recognized Green Living Expert, Health/Life Coach, and Marketing Director at Hartshorn Farm.
Certified Organic Farm. Pluck a pea off the vine as you learn about organic agriculture and the history of Hartshorn Farm, where your tour guide, Amy, lives. Taste some fresh kale and chard. Dig a carrot. Find out what some of the weeds beneath your feet can help with. Pop a sweet cherry tomato into your mouth. Pick some blueberries. Put your hands in the warm soil and plant something. Harvest some veggies for your lunch time salad in the farmstand. We will enjoy a home made mostly organic and hydroponic greens filled vegetarian lunch.
Maple Sugar House. Amy’s organic farmer life partner, Dave, is also a fifth generation sugarmaker. Check out the maple sugarhouse. Find out how maple syrup was discovered. Taste a sample.
“It was such an amazing experience…Amy is so knowledgeable and her location is so breathtaking in the Mad River Valley!”-Lisa Schermerhorn
Hydroponic Growing. Visit the cutting edge, Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponic greenhouse where sustainability meets delicious year round in Vermont. Their motto is “Going green growing greens.” Find out how they do this. Taste tender delicious basil, watercress and lettuce greens.
Backyard Garden. Looking to create your own beautiful and productive veggie, herb and flower garden? Check out Amy’s backyard circular garden for inspiration. See which medicinal herbs are growing among the veggies and flowers and what they can do for you. Find the wild stinging nettle growing nearby and learn why it’s such a superfood. Discover what else might also be growing in your yard that you can use to heal.
Visit our Horses. You’ll also have an opportunity to feed Amy’s horses, Koko and Amigo, some carrots and learn a little about horses.
Each tour is customized to meet the needs and interests of the group that shows up, which means each tour/workshop will be slightly different. While the tours are designed for teens and adults, we are kid friendly. We create activities that cater to your child's age. (Amy runs a kid's farm camp in the summer too.)
Can be a pre-scheduled tour already on our calendar, or a pop-up tour. Pop up tours usually happen when guests to the Mad River Valley arrive and just find out about our tours. As long as we aren't already booked, we can create a new tour for your group. Minimum 2, maximum 15. Typically 10AM-12:30PM.
* $49 Ages 10 through Adult, $25 for Kids 6-9, 5 and under are free if they aren't eating the lunch or participating in the activities, otherwise it's $10 for all children 5 and under that are eating and participating. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, I'm happy to accept cash or checks. Just let me know by email ahead of time that you are paying via cash or check.
2. Herbal Feast for Your Senses workshop/Tour—3 Hours with local mostly, Organic Lunch, $75—introductory rate
Step into a magical world of herbs and flowers at Heidi's Tea House. You won't find totally manicured garden beds but instead a wonderful intentional wildness to Heidi's gardens. This woman knows plants. She used to own an herbal store on Martha's Vineyard Island and lovingly incorporates them into her every day life. The plants look happy, as though they are smiling. It smells fresh, clean, and beautifully aromatic-especially in her apothecary loaded with all kinds of herbs, teas, tinctures, balms, essential oils and flower essences. It feels like you are stepping back in time to visit a wise woman's healing space.
"Heidi's knowledge and respect in and of herbs is immense. Her delivery is entertaining and fun and her enthusiasm contagious. She loves to make the benefits of the plants that are under your feet and at your fingertips known; and offers easy ways to incorporate them in your daily routine. Attend one of Heidi's presentations and come away with a glimpse into a fascinating world that she makes accessible to all!" -Tei S
After arriving, we will sip some herbal tea together and get to know each other a bit, then wander through Heidi's medicinal herb garden and sample various plants. Find out what healing they offer. Your senses will come alive as you smell, taste, touch, look and listen. Learn how to make an herbal product or food dish. Take something home. The food that Heidi creates with herbs, such as goat cheese rolled in herbs, and a rose geranium cake, will make your taste buds dance. Besides being delicious they are also healing. An herbal inspired organic lunch is provided.
Sample menu- you will be eating some of the following:
- Rose scented geranium cake and muffins
- Rosemary and pansy infused in white grape juice (nice in wine too when you get home)
- Savory sand crumble (feels like sand but tastes delicious on salads, rice, soup....and so good for you!)
- Trout lily ringing the salad bowel with dandelion greens and Violet leaves in the center served with Herbal vinegar
- Herb infused honey (come make your own)
- Harvest collection and getting ready to make remedies
- Burdock Sprouts!?
- Nettles out of the freezer, melting a beautiful nutrient rich green water… for the spring green soup
- Rhubarb cooked down with a little water and honey flavored with sweet cicely and lemon balm.
Can be a pre-scheduled tour already on our calendar, or a pop-up tour. Pop up tours usually happen when guests to the Mad River Valley arrive and just find out about our tours. As long as we aren't already booked, we can create a new tour for your group. Minimum 4 people, maximum 15. $99 per person. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, I'm happy to accept cash or checks. Just let me know by email ahead of time that you are paying via cash or check.
2. MEDICINAL MUSHROOM workshop/Tour—3 Hours with local, mostly Organic & hydroponic Vegetarian Lunch, $75—Introductory rate
Some years ago my organic farmer life partner, Dave, and I had the wonderful opportunity to learn how to inject shiitake mushrooms spawn into logs and then fruit them when we got home to initiate the growing process of these tasty medicinal mushrooms. Nick is such a knowledgeable cool dude. It's exciting to see the mushrooms start popping out on the logs. Sauteing them in butter and garlic and eating them was even more fun and delicious when you grow them yourself. On our tour, we will hike through the beautiful Vermont woods, breathe the fresh air, and learn to identify which mushrooms are growing in the wild, if they are safe to eat, and what they taste like. Learn how to grown your own shiitake mushrooms and take home your own log infused with shiitake to "fruit" at home. Enjoy a mostly organic and hydroponic lunch.
Sample menu (organic and/or hydroponic) may include some of the following:
- Garden salad with Amy's famous maple balsamic vinaigrette
- Watercress/basil pesto with pasta
- Veggie soup
- Potato salad
Can be a pre-scheduled tour already on our calendar, or a pop-up tour. Pop up tours usually happen when guests to the Mad River Valley arrive and just find out about our tours. As long as we aren't already booked, we can create a new tour for your group. Minimum 4 people, maximum 15. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, I'm happy to accept cash or checks. Just let me know by email ahead of time that you are paying via cash or check.
4. Two to Three Hour Customized Pop UP Farm workshop/Tour with local, organic & hydroponic greens lunch, $49—introductory rate
Let's create a tour together based on your group's specific interests. Contact me (Amy) and we'll discuss what you'd like. See description for Organic Farm/Hydroponic Tour above for the basic outline of what is available.
Pop up tours usually happen when guests to the Mad River Valley arrive and just find out about our tours. As long as we aren't already booked, we can create a new tour for your group of 2 or more up to 12. $49 per person, $35 for Kids 6-9. Includes a light organic lunch and herbal tea. Kids under are 5 are free.