Events and Education

We love sharing our love of farming with our community.  New for 2018 we are offering several education opportunities at the farm.  Some are formal, some are casual, but all will be informative, inspiring and fun!

Tasting Tours

May through September
Third Tuesday and Thursday of the Month, 4:45pm-5:45 pm

Upswing Farm always has something delicious and surprising to taste – and there is nothing that compares to sampling fresh vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and even wild edible plants right from the field.

Join our farmers for a gentle stroll through the fields of Upswing Farm.  Learn about what is growing, techniques we use to grow the best tasting food we can while building the health of our soil.  We are passionate about what we do and want to share a little of that passion with you.  We’ll take a taste of what’s ready to harvest and also give you a chance to try some of our other favorite flavors like edible weeds, culinary herbs, and edible flowers.

We promise you’ll learn something and we hope you’ll relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the beauty and bounty of our small farm.  Coming to multiple tours allows you to witness the progression of the seasons.

All Ages Welcome.  We know you’ll be surprised and delighted, and your children will be too!

Free for CSA members.
$10 for non-member families.

To Register email

Tours leave from our farm stand at 28 South St, Ashland, MA, right near the Ashland Reservoir Boat Launch

The Family Herb Garden

Some of my fondest memories include playing and exploring in my family’s gardens.  The best plants were the herbs.  Their fun flavors and shapes, and the fact that you could harvest from them almost all year long made the herb garden outside our backdoor a necessary pit stop every time we left the house to play.  Chives and mint were particular favorites.

I want to share my love of culinary herbs with you and your family.  Enjoy them not only as a way to add flavor and appeal to meals (and plenty of nutritional benefits too) but as a way to connect your family with nature, and celebrate our connectedness with the earth.

The workshop will include information on how to plant and care for a small culinary herb garden.  Topics will include:

  • Choosing a site (including information on container growing for families without yards)
  • Soil preparation and fertility
  • Plant spacing and habits
  • Perennials vs. self seeding annuals vs annuals
  • Herb uses and nutritional benefits
  • Fun facts, games and experiments to try with herbs
  • Family friendly herb recipes

The class includes 1.5 hours of instruction plus a print-out of all the discussed information, and a tray of our favorite herb seedlings and seeds to get you started at home.

We also offer personal, at home classes, so we can tailor the program to your particular site and preferences.  We can work together to install your own home herb garden.

Group Classes on the Farm: $60/family (includes the perennial herb pack*)
Personal Classes at your home: $145/family (includes the perennial herb pack*)

*you can add the annual herb pack for an additional $20

Perennial Pack (12 plants) $36: Chives, Garlic Chives, Apple Mint, Spear Mint, Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage, Lemon Balm, Bronze Leaf Fennel, Lavender, Rosemary.

Annual Pack (16 plants) $20: Curly Parsley(2), Flat Leaf Parsley(2), Italian Basil(2), Lemon Basil, Holy Basil/Tulsi, Borage(2), Calendula(2), Nasturtiums(2), Edible Marigolds(2)

To Register email
Current Group Class dates are Saturday, May 11th, 2pm-3:30pm and May Sunday, May 12th, 2pm-3:30pm.  We can schedule a special group class on the farm for a minimum of three families.

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