Our FIY series teaches families and kids homesteading and cooking skills that can easily be done at home!
Throughout the year we’ll have opportunities to work with animals, cook in our kitchens, grow things to take home and more. Limited enrollment ensures that everyone gets hands-on chances to participate. Program location will be emailed to participants the week before the event. Recommended for children ages 5 and up, unless otherwise noted. Please take note that many programs are not drop-off and that all participants require a ticket, including adults. Refer to individual programs for more information.
Sunday, January 24- FULL!
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Try your hand at two great FIY projects – Herbal Foot Soak and Peppermint CoconutMint Scrub – that we’ll make and take home. Each participant or family will have their own distanced workspace and ingredients to discover how to make some amazingly easy products to use or give as gifts! Program includes all materials to create and take home each product. Limited to 8 participants. All participants must have a ticket. Children cannot be dropped off for this program.
Sunday, January 31- FULL!
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Succulents are incredibly popular lately! Learn about some of the common types of succulents, decorate two pots, and plant two non-cactus succulents to take home! Program includes all materials for the project. Limited to 8 participants. Children age 7 and up may be dropped off for this program. All participants must have a ticket.
Extreme Maple Syruping
Session 1: Saturday, February 20- FULL!
Session 2: Saturday, February 27- FULL!
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Join us for our annual behind-the-scenes look at our maple operation! Help to collect the sap run of the day, see how much syrup has been made so far for the season, and learn how we go from sap to syrup. We’ll also do a maple syrup taste test challenge. As always, we’ll reward our hard work with one of our favorite treats – ice cream with maple syrup! Meet at the Sugar House + Cidery. Limited to 12 participants per session. All participants must have a ticket.
A Fungus Among Us
Saturday, March 20- FULL!
2 – 3 pm
Discover how to grow your own mushrooms at home! Create your own inoculation log by adding mushroom spore plugs. Learn how to care for your logs at home and when to hopefully expect your first harvest. Program includes all materials for a take-home inoculation log. Limited to 8 participants. Children may not be dropped off for this program. All participants must have a ticket.
Seed Sowing for Spring
Sunday, March 21- FULL!
3 – 4 pm
Make the most of Connecticut’s growing season as we learn how to sow seeds to be planted later in the spring. From germination times to growing seasons, to using containers versus in-ground planting, discover how best to produce some of your own food this spring! Each participant will take home sowed seeds for their garden. Limited to 10 participants. Children may not be dropped off for this program. All participants must have a ticket. Meet at Heckscher Farm Garden.