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Wake the Farm Workshops

Members of the Hobart and William Smith community, as well as the public, can help ‘wake’ the HWS Fribolin farm through a series of workshops being held in April and May. Led by Sarah Meyer, community outreach coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute at HWS, the program’s theme, Wake the Farm, focuses on making preparations for the 2015 growing season.

The first workshop, Wake the Farm Beehive Building, was held April 11 at Fribolin Farm. In this workshop, held in conjunction with the campus’ Day of Service, participants built conventional Langstroth beehives for local beekeepers and the campus farm. Aspiring beekeepers and HWS students worked together to construct three beehives which will host bees in May.

The next three workshops will be held during the campus celebration of Earth Week. Participants will learn how to properly start seeds for the season on Monday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Scandling Campus Center. Tomato, onions, and pepper plants will be reared in the Colleges’ greenhouse, planted at Fribolin Farm in May, and will supply tomatoes for HWS Pasta Night and salsa for the Sustainable Living Learning Community next fall, and more.

A Seed Bomb Making workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Scandling Campus Center. Seed bombs are a creative way to start flowers. Participants will make seed bombs for William Smith’s Moving Up Day (held on Friday, April 24) as well as learn the craft to use for party favors, plan a children’s garden activity, or dabble in guerrilla gardening.

On Thursday, April 23, a tour of Fribolin Farm will be given from 3-5 p.m. Participants will see where a salsa garden, tomato patch, a three-sisters garden (corn, peas and squash), and a pumpkin patch will be situated. Acquired in winter 2014, the 34-acre property includes a house, stall barn, riding arena, two ponds, and 18 acres of cropland. Participants will learn about the current use of the property, its unique historical connection to nurseryman William Smith, and its significance to the historical local and regional food system.

The last workshop will be a cooking party on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Fribolin Farm. Participants will learn how to prepare and make homemade tomato sauce and then enjoy a group dinner. While the pot simmers and before dinner is served, attendees  are invited to study, socialize, explore the farm or choose to watch a food documentary film. The workshop offers an opportunity for students to feel at home on the farm and take time to feed their mind, belly, and soul!

While visiting the farm, parking is limited and restricted to the driveways leading up to garage(s). Students are encouraged to bike to the farm and carpool. For rides, inquire by emailing smeyer@hws.edu prior to the workshops.