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Cold Process Soapmaking I

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

In this intimate, hands-on class, we'll take a deep dive into the art and science of natural soap-making. You will learn everything you need to know to make your own cold process soap at home. Each participant will make a one pound batch of my best-selling Plain Jane soap. It has myriad uses around the […]

Herbal Medicine Making: Insect Bite Prevention and Treatment

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

In this hands-on workshop, we will be talking about insect bite prevention and treatment. Students will be making a natural insect repellent spray and a soothing salve to use on insect bites. Each student will leave class with a a 4 oz. spray bottle of repellent and a 4oz. jar of salve, recipes and instructions […]

Work Party: Tent Platforms

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

Join us for a fun weekend of building tent platforms on the farm for our students and guests to use. We'll use materials taken from the waste stream and purchased locally to make several tent platforms of various sizes. These offer a great off-the-ground spot for folks to pitch their tents or yurts while they're […]

Cold Process Soapmaking II

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

In this intimate, hands-on class, we’ll take a deep dive into the art and science of natural soap-making. You will learn everything you need to know to make your own cold process soap at home. Each participant will make a one pound batch of tallow soap, scented with essential oil and coloured naturally with plant […]

Work Party: Barn Razing

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

You read that right - Barn Razing. The 1980s cattle barn here on the farm has been dying by inches since before we bought the place in 2011. It has finally come to a point where it must come down for safety. We'll be hiring a man lift for the weekend to dismantle the front […]

Herbal Medicine Making: Sunburn Prevention and Treatment

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

In this hands-on workshop, we will be talking about sunburn prevention and treatment. Students will be making a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and a soothing salve to use on not only mild sunburn, but also on other mild burns and hot rashes (like diaper rash). Each student will leave class with a […]

Work Party: Market Garden Rehab

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

Covid really hit our farm business hard. Lost our customers, lost our workforce. We're rebuilding this year and need some help getting on top of the abysmal condition of our market garden so that we can prepare to use it again this season for quick-growing crops (or cover crops) and plan more permanent crops for […]

Work Party: Solar Dryer

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

There is nothing quite as nice as laundry dried in the sun and fresh air. It's also a whole lot more environmentally friendly and economical given the steep rise in electricity. Come and help us put up a large solar dryer (aka washing line) on our farm. I mean, it's YUGE. We're going to make […]

Weekend Workshop: Pallet Coop and Aviary

Renaissance Farms 126 Company Farm Rd, Barre, MA

Who hasn't seen some funny quip or internet meme about the cost of eggs at the grocery store? Chicken meat prices are also rising. Maybe you're considering raising your own backyard flock and want to know more about how to house and care for your birds. Raising your own birds may not cost less in […]

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