Sharing, Teaching and Learning

Saturday Workshops

Hands-on regenerative agriculture workshops with NOFA-NY’s 'Farmer of the Year' Brian Bennett and farm manager Kia-Beth Bennett.

Upcoming Workshops:
Building Soil Health with Simple Composting
Saturday, June 22; 10am - 12pm

Composting is an easy way to build soil health and reduce waste. It can done on a small scale and can even be fun! Join Farmer Kia-Beth Bennett for a workshop on composting basics. We'll learn about balancing your compost pile, keeping odors away, and what to put in the compost pile. We'll also discuss common questions like, "How do I know when the compost is ready to use? Where should I put my compost pile? And, do I need equipment?" We'll learn together and share tips.

All Workshops are Pay-What-You-Can ($10-$20 suggested per adult)

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three people are working on a farm
three people are working on a farm

Veg-ucation and Egg-sperience:

The Bittersweet farmers have, between us, a combined 113 years of hands-on experience in small-scale farming. We want to share and learn with you. We've hosted classes, lectured, led workshops, spoken at conferences, been interviewed for multiple media outlets and frequently write for small-farm publications. Now, we're ready to expand our educational goals.

We frequently speak and present on such topics as:

Farming Techniques and Practices:

  • Farming With Diverse Livestock

  • Organic, Carbon-based and Regenerative Agriculture

  • Farming On A Budget

  • Food Forests

  • Small Livestock Raising and Care

  • Potato Growing in Cold Climates

  • Soil Arts and Land-Based Learning

  • Soil Building and Composting

  • Growing Roots Through Land-Based Listening

  • Seed Saving

Environmental Sustainability and Conservation:

  • Pollinator Health

  • Restoration Ecology and Endangered Species

Personal Experiences and Stories:

  • Stories from 50 Years of Trying to Feed Ourselves

  • Practical Problems and Solutions (AKA, Why Is The Grass Greener in the Middle of the Road?)

Accessibility, Inclusivity & Social Justice:

  • Farming With A Disability

  • Farming as Female in a Patriarchal Society

  • Queer Farming and Ecology

  • Food Sovereignty

On-Farm Tours and Class Visits

Bring a class, group or yourself for a tour of the farm operation. We can tailor the discussions and demonstrations to your unique learning goals.

Classes, Lectures and Workshops

Request us for classes, workshops, guest lectures and other events. We are happy to speak and teach virtually or in-person; we will travel locally (within 100 miles) if you need.

Interviews and Media Appearances

Request us for interviews, radio shows, podcasts, and other media. We are currently equipped to do over-the-phone and online interviews; we will also travel locally (within 50 miles) if you need.

Ask us about

We regret that at this time, we can give lectures only in English. We are open to speaking with an interpreter present. We also apologize, but are unable to use American Sign Language. Again, we are happy to work alongside an interpreter, or with captions.

About our Fees:

Bittersweet Farm operates on a sliding scale adjusted to the financial capacity of the organization or individual hosting us. While we seek a balance between compensation for our time and your needs, fee diversity breaks down financial barriers and allows us to serve a wide range of parties. Honorariums from financially wealthier operations, such as universities, provides us with the resources to offer low or no-cost programs to underfunded groups and oppressed communities. We appreciate your support in all forms and are willing to negotiate based on need. We are also willing to barter and trade goods and services, particularly if you are financially stressed.

Please recognize that if you are asking us to travel, or speak over the course of numerous days, we may request additional funds for travel, housing and food. We do provide online and over the phone services as needed, and pricing can be negotiated in such situations.

Please contact us using the form below to inquire about fees.

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