See our upcoming classes listed below. You can also see upcoming events and classes on our online store.
If you want to see descriptions of our previous classes, see here.
Know your Roots: Inside-Out Guide to Seed Starting | Thursday, March 30, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm
Interested in starting seeds indoors for your summer garden? Or maybe you’d like to start a container garden of spring veggies that can go straight outside? We’ll show you how to do both and send you home with the starter package of your choice!
We’ll cover how and when to start your seeds indoors versus outdoors for summer versus spring crops. We’ll provide a planting guide for the month of April for you to take home. You can choose to plant and take home a starter kit of your choosing: the salad patch kit to put out this spring or the pizza garden kit to start inside now and plant out this summer.
Tickets provided at a discounted rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.
The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Jelly + Pickles Canning Basics Workshop | Saturday, April 8, 10 AM – 12 PM | Raleigh City Farm
Want to can your own preserves but not sure how to get started?
Join us! We’ll guide you through two of the simplest and safest preserves to start with: jelly and pickles.
Saturday, April 8, 10 AM – 12 PM
Raleigh City Farm (800 N Blount St.)
What to expect:
We’ll tell you tales of the history of canning and of our local area along the way.
You’ll have a chance to customize your own jar of pickles with spring veggies and spices to take home with you.
You’ll get a full overview of the jelly-making process and how to make jelly with spring wildflowers.
You’ll leave with a solid knowledge of the water bath canning method, detailed handouts, and a jar of preserves!
This workshop is hosted outdoors on site at the lovely Raleigh City Farm in downtown Raleigh (800 N Blount St.).
Save the date for our upcoming classes in seasons to come! More details to come…
Spring Class Series at Raleigh City Farm
4/8, 10-12 PM | Piedmont Pantry: Introduction to Bread & Jelly | Raleigh City Farm
4/27, 6-7:30 | Know your Roots: Building Raised Beds + Lasagna Gardening | Raleigh City Farm
5/6, 10-12 PM | Piedmont Pantry: Introduciton to Dairy Fermentation | Raleigh City Farm
5/25, 6-7:30 | Know your Roots: Preparing Your Garden for Summer
Fall Class Series at Raleigh City Farm
9/9, 10-12 PM | Piedmont Pantry: End of Summer Preserving | Raleigh City Farm
9/28, 6-7:30 | Know your Roots: Planting Your Fall Garden | Raleigh City Farm
10/14, 10-12 PM | Piedmont Pantry: Apples 3 Ways | Raleigh City Farm
10/26, 6-7:30 | Know your Roots: Extending Your Season + The Winter Garden
11/11, 10-12 PM | Piedmont Pantry: Introduction to Yogurt + Yogurt Cheese | Raleigh City Farm
The Piedmont Picnic Pantry: Introduction to Veggie Fermentation | Saturday, March 11, 10-12 AM | Raleigh City Farm
- Providing the story, benefits, and process behind vegetable fermentation
- Tasting an array of home-fermented veggies
- Guiding you through a hands-on demonstration of home fermentation using two different methods
- Sending you home with handouts and a fermentation vessel filled with a prepped veggie of your choice to get started right away at home!
Citrus Remix Workshop | Ramble Supply Co., Raleigh | Sunday, February 19, 2-4 PM
Can’t get enough citrus this winter? Want to preserve that peak citrus flavor to enjoy all year long? Ever wondered how to reinvent citrus into new preserves and liqueurs?
Join us at Ramble Supply Co for our upcoming workshop on preserving citrus! Learn three techniques to preserve citrus at its peak to enjoy all year long: (1) infused liqueurs, (2) marmalade, and (3) candied peels! We’ll also throw in several more bonus techniques for reinventing your citrus peels into useful or tasty new things.
What you can expect:
- In-depth instructions for how to transform citrus peels into liqueurs, marmalade, and candied peels.
- Fun history behind citrus fruits and the things that can be made out of them.
- At least 3 different ways to preserve citrus, including one complimentary cocktail made with our citrus liqueur!
- Take Home:
- Recipes to make a citrus liqueur, marmalade, and candied peels.
- An infusion kit to make your own citrus liqueurs at home.
- A handout on 10 Ways to Reuse Citrus Peels at home.
10/26 (Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM) – Pollinators in the Piedmont: Bee Movie Night @ Raleigh City Farm
Apples 3 Ways: Preserving Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, November 12, 9-11 AM
It’s apple season! Join us for our November workshop in our Fall Class Series at Raleigh City Farm – Apples 3 Ways: Preserving Workshop! Interested in learning to preserve the fall bounty of apples all year long? We’ll show you three delicious ways and teach you the history behind these methods and some of your favorite apple varieties!
Information will cover how to preserve apples three different ways — including “snitzing”! Techniques generalize easily to other fruits! You will leave with a solid overview of how to use the water-bath canning method. We’ll send you home with a jar of apple preserves that you help make!
Pollinators in the Piedmont: Fall for the Bees | Raleigh City Farm | Wednesday, September 28, 6-7:30 PM
Join us at Raleigh City Farm for FREE programs one Wednesday per month on the importance of pollinators, how they help us, and how we can help them. Each program followed by light picnics of honey & flower delights as well as occasional take-homes.
This month, we’ll have a mother-daughter #entomologist team joining us to tell us more about how we can help bees prepare for winter this fall!
Ellen Reeves has a degree in entomology from University of Kentucky and Allison Reeves has one from Virginia Tech. Ellen is a retired technician in the Ncsu Department of Entomology, and Allison manages the NCSU Agroecology Education Farm. They also keep two hobby hives. Can’t wait to hear what they have to tell us!
This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation!
Stretching the Season: 4 Season Gardening Workshop | @ Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, September 10, 9-11 AM
Stretch the harvest and get the most out of your garden by growing in all four seasons! Learn lessons from a time in history when stretching the harvest was critical – WWII victory gardens. Go home with everything you need to know to grow for fall and into winter AND with a free September planting guide and container garden to get you started.
Be sure to check out the Raleigh City Farm Stand (open 9-12) before you go!
Pollinators in the Piedmont: History of Beekeeping | @ Mordecai Historic Park | Wednesday, August 24, 6-7:30 PM
Preserving your Summer Harvest | Raleigh City Farm | August 13, 9-11 AM
For August’s Second Saturday, we will harness the magic that’s growing in your summer garden or overflowing the farmer’s market tables!
Learn how to preserve all this yummy produce so you can continue tasting these sweet days of summer all year long! We’ll guide you through step-by-step and send you home with your own bit of “summer in a jar!”
We’ll be back at Raleigh City Farm for this workshop, and we hope you’ll join us!
It doesn’t get better than a mead tasting with Honeygirl Meadery! Come drink like the bees with us at our FREE monthly Pollinators in the Piedmont workshop series at Raleigh City Farm. Honeygirl will provide a mead tasting and an overview of the importance of bees in the work they do. Program made possible by Honeygirl Meadery and Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation! 🐝🍯🐝#BringBackTheBees
Top 10 Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Your Home Garden| Raleigh City Farm | June 22, 6-7:30 PM
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us by joining us for this FREE program at Raleigh City Farm to learn ore about pollinators! RSVP via our facebook event page to let us know to expect you.
Interested in learning to make your own yogurt at home? Want to know how to make extra-thick Greek-style yogurt? How about how to turn your yogurt into creamy yogurt cheese – labneh? We’ve got you covered!
Information will cover how to make make yogurt at home with no special equipment and then turn it into Greek-style yogurt or labneh yogurt cheese. We’ll provide a variety of mix-ins for you to choose from to make your very own ball of yogurt cheese to take home with you.
The ABeeCs of the Pollinator Perimeter | Raleigh City Farm | May 25, 6-7:30 PM
Join us for this FREE program at Raleigh City Farm to learn ore about pollinators! RSVP via our facebook event page to let us know to expect you.
Fermentation: A History & How To | West Regional Library | May 26, 7-8 PM
Join us for a FREE presentation on fermentation brought to you by Wake County Public Libraries!
In a Pickle Pickling Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, May 7, 9-11 AM
Interested in learning to make and preserve your own pickles? Want to know which spring wild or home-grown veggies make the best pickles? Either way, we’ve got you covered!
Information will cover how to make pickles out of wild or cultivated local veggies. Techniques generalize easily to pickles made from a variety of vegetables! You will leave with a solid overview of how to preserve your pickles using the water-bath canning method. We’ll send you home with a jar of pickles of your choosing that you help make!
Flower Power Preserving Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, April 9, 9-11 AM
Interested in learning to make and preserve syrups and jellies? Want to know which wild or home-grown flowers you can actually eat and what to do with them? Either way, we’ve got you covered!
Information will cover how to make syrups and jellies out of edible flowers. Techniques generalize easily to herbs or fruit! You will leave with a solid overview of how to preserve your jelly using the water-bath canning method. We’ll send you home with a jar of jelly or syrup of your choosing that you help make!
Inside-Out Gardening Workshop | Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, March 5, 9-11 AM
We hosted the first of our Spring Class Series at Raleigh City Farm – an Inside-Out Gardening Workshop! Interested in starting seeds indoors for your summer garden? Or maybe you’d like to start a container garden of spring veggies that can go straight outside? We showed you how to do both and sent you home with the starter package of your choice!
Information covered how and when to start your seeds indoors versus outdoors for summer versus spring crops. We provided a planting guide for the month of March for you to take home. You could choose to plant and take home a starter kit of your choosing: the salad patch kit to put out this spring or the pizza garden kit to start inside now and plant out this summer.
Fermented Sodas Workshop | Ramble Supply Co., Raleigh | February 20, 2-4 PM
Looking for that magic elixir to help you live eternal? Or maybe just a little something to help you be healthier in the New Year? We have a couple of elixirs chock-full of beneficial probiotics that will get you started on your path to health in 2016.
Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Ramble Supply Co for our upcoming workshop on fermented sodas! Learn two techniques for fermenting your own sodas at home: (1) fermenting using a kombucha SCOBY which we will provide, and (2) fermenting by growing your own ginger bug.
What you can expect:
Taste fermented sodas flavored with locally foraged fruit and herbs, including one spiked fermented cocktail!
Learn how to make two kinds of fermented sodas on your own at home:
- Ginger Bug Soda
Take home a kombucha fermentation kit that includes:
- fermentation vessel + swing-top bottle for the finished product
- personalized fermentation cover cloth
- SCOBY starter
- your first batch of tea!
Learn a little about the history of fermented drinks and North Carolina sodas + the health benefits of drinking naturally fermented sodas!
Fall 2015 Class Series at Raleigh City Farm:
Ferment all the things: Intro to Veggie Fermentation + Pickle Bar | November, 2015 | Raleigh
Learn how to ferment your own vegetables at home! Hear stories about southern ferments… is sauerkraut a southern tradition? Find out! We’ll use fresh farm fall veggies to make salty, sour, pro-biotic-rich fermented vegetables. Leave with a jar of your own to let ferment at home!
Get cultured: Intro to Dairy Fermentation + Fall Veggie Smoothies | October, 2015 | Raleigh
Learn some of the easiest dairy fermentation products to try yourself at home – including kefir, buttermilk, and crème fraîche! Receive kefir grains to take with you to try fermenting it yourself at home. Hear stories of Raleigh’s famous dairy history and how it affected what we drink today. Enjoy smoothies made from kefir and fresh farm fall veggies while you learn.
Cure what ails you: Fall Veggie Garden + End of Summer Juice Bar | September, 2015 | Raleigh
Learn about what plants to include in your fall garden and when and how to plant them. Receive a free planting guide for the month of September. Hear stories of historical vegetable growing practices. Enjoy fresh juice from end-of-summer produce while you garden! Recovering from Hopscotch the night before? We’ve got just the thing…
Lasagna Gardening 101 – FREE Demo! | January 2015 | Raleigh
Piedmont Picnic Project hosted a free demo on Lasagna Gardening at a local residence in Raleigh. See full gallery HERE.
Piedmont Picnic co-founder Elizabeth offered up her lawn as a blank slate for a new lasagna gardening workshop! This FREE Demo on Lasagna Gardening offered a no-digging, no-weeding solution to your winter garden woes! Starting a lasagna garden in winter means it will be ready for you to plant this spring!