classes

Basket Weaving Class

Join this Basket Weaving Class with Pam Zimmerman at Casari Ranch! Pam Zimmerman is an amazing artist and longtime friend. We are so excited to host her for an afternoon of pine needle basket weaving. Enjoy an afternoon with us to learn and craft together at our sacred space.  “In this class you’ll learn the basics of pine needle basketry.  We’ll use 10-12 inch pine needles, mostly from Ponderosas, and raffia.  I gather the pine needles from the ground after a storm when they’re knocked to the ground.  I leave the needles on the trees until they’re ready to drop…

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Birds of the Laguna de Santa Rosa

Birds of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Presentation by Denise Cadman Birds are the one form of wildlife that nearly everyone encounters daily. Birds provide natural insect control. Birds are indicators of environmental health. Birds are found nearly everywhere in the world. They capture our imaginations, stimulate innovation and provide respite from the demands of our lives. And… birds… fly. Their arrivals and departures mark changing seasons and they even build tiny houses with just two feet and a beak. More than 200 species rely on the Laguna and its mosaic of habitats for food, shelter and nesting sites. Join us…

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Breaking into Birdwatching

The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is calling all new birders and bird-curious folks! Are you a new birdwatcher or curious about how to even get started? Join us for an evening at Heron Hall where we’ll discuss how to break into the world of birdwatching. Discover the best places and times to look for birds and how to locate them. Learn the art of HOW to look at a bird, including the most important things to notice when you see one you don’t recognize. We’ll give you tips on using binoculars, getting the most out of your field guide,…

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Lavender, photo by Molly Kate Photography

Essential Oils Distillation Workshop

A day of learning on the ranch from Alice Encinas Duvernell, MA, a French Ethno-Botanist and the founder of Biophilia Botanicals! What you will learn/receive: How to perform hydro-distillation in a traditional copper still AND everyday kitchen appliances Informational handout 100 ml custom blended aroma blend 2-ounce bottle of freshly distilled hydrosol distilled onsite at the farm Mid-day meal and refreshments In this full-day demonstration/workshop, you will discover the unique experience of steam and hydro distillation in a traditional copper still, as well as a method in an affordable home cooking device. Alice will share her passion and knowledge about…

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Floral Design: Designing with Aromatics – with Katina Connaughton

Designing with Aromatics Floral Workshops at SingleThread Farms are designed and led by Katina Connaughton, head farmer, floral designer and co-owner at SingleThread and her talented team of Floral Designers. These workshops offer guests the opportunity to delve into many disciplines – flower growing and harvesting techniques, elements and execution of design, use of floral shop tools, identification of seasonal materials and more. The workshop will feature the flowers and botanicals from the month and season. Join us for a field tour and harvest to enliven our senses and connect us with the present. Inspired by the intersection of culinary…

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Goat Yoga

Enjoy the phenomenon of goat yoga with the rescued animal residents of Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary. Our yoga instructors will instruct you on poses and posture with the occasional goat distraction. This yoga class is intended to be fun and for all skill levels so no need to take it too seriously. Every class will be different and dependent on how our friendly goats (or sheep) decide to participate. We’ll provide yoga mats and will position all participants 6+ feet apart. Please bring comfortable clothes and a water bottle. Ages 14+. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in, set…

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Goat Yoga

Enjoy the phenomenon of goat yoga with the rescued animal residents of Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary. Our yoga instructors will instruct you on poses and posture with the occasional goat distraction. This yoga class is intended to be fun and for all skill levels so no need to take it too seriously. Every class will be different and dependent on how our friendly goats (or sheep) decide to participate. We’ll provide yoga mats and will position all participants 6+ feet apart. Please bring comfortable clothes and a water bottle. Ages 14+. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in, set…

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Intro to Herbalism Class: Spring Awakening

Embark on a journey where you sync your well-being with the changing seasons! Join us for an enriching in-person class series that celebrates the magic of herbs and the wisdom of nature. Throughout the year, we’ll gather four times – in spring, summer, fall, and winter – to dive into the world of herbalism and discover how we can use nature’s cues to nurture ourselves and our community. Spring Awakening: Renew, Refresh, Revitalize – As winter melts away, nature awakens, and so do we! In this session, we’ll explore the rejuvenating power of springtime herbs. Learn about detoxification and how…

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JAM MAKING 101

MARCH 15 AND 22 JAM MAKING CLASSES HELD IN MY COMMERCIAL KITCHEN. Also, APRIL 5, 12, 19, 26 LEARN THE BASICS OF MAKING GREAT JAM EVERYTIME TIME SAVING TECHNIQUES AND TIPS START WITH WEIGHING THE FRUIT AND END UP WITH PUTTING FILLED JAM JARS IN A HOT WATER BATH–THE A to Z of canning Preferably 2 per class but …… $40 per person. Includes 1 8ounce jar of jam and basic recipe sheet

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JAM MAKING 101

Every Sunday from 10am until noon, LALA offers her 2-3 person jam making classes. Learn how to easily make jam that is low in sugar and very tasty. Class includes 1 jar of 8 ounce jam, basic jam making recipe, and jam apron for each person. Masks are required at this time

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Kids Cake Decorating Class

Do you have a creative young one in your life that loves to bake? This class is for them! Chef Laci Sandoval will cover numerous cake decorating ideas and techniques, from piping buttercream flowers to applying fondant shapes. Each student will have the opportunity to design, style and create their own cake masterpiece. We will end the class with taking photos of each cake and boxing them up to take home. This workshop is best for students aged 9 to 15. An interest in baking is preferred but no previous cake decorating experience is necessary. We will not be baking…

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Magic of Masa Cooking Class

Unlock the secrets to one of the world’s greatest culinary treasures…MASA. Masa is grain corn steeped in an alkaline water and then ground into a versatile dough. While largely attributed to Mexican cuisine, it is a staple ingredient in numerous cultures going back centuries and is woven into the tapestry of many modern day menus. In this fully hands on class Chef Daniel Kedan will discuss the rich history of Masa and demonstrate some of the many different uses of Masa dough. Students will cover a variety of recipes including tortillas, tamales, sopes and papusas, using the incredible locally grown…

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Midsummer Floral Workshop with Katina Connaughton

Floral Workshops at SingleThread Farms are designed and led by Katina Connaughton, head farmer, floral designer and co-owner at SingleThread and her talented team of Floral Designers. These workshops offer guests the opportunity to delve into many disciplines – flower growing and harvesting techniques, elements and execution of design, use of floral shop tools, identification of seasonal materials and more. Each workshop will be inspired by what’s growing on the farm that month, and what’s in season. June’s workshop will celebrate midsummer and will include making floral crowns and much more. A midsummer workshop dedicated to our role in the…

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Mushroom Brunch Cooking Class

We are combining our love for the mid morning meal with the bounty of Northern California’s rainy season for a truly magical mushroom brunch! One of nature’s most versatile foods, mushrooms are a delicious way to add unique depth of flavor and nutritional value to any meal. Whether you are an experienced forager or a mushroom novice, eager to learn the names of a few different species, this hands on class will provide you with recipes to incorporate mushrooms into an incredibly delicious brunch menu. Chef Daniel Kedan will cover a surprisingly sweet Candy Cap French toast, herby mushroom hash…

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Natural Lotion Making with the Goat Farm

Farm Trails member Mindy Wright of the Goat Farm will be teaching a class on natural lotion making at Santa Rosa Junior College. Have you ever stood in a cosmetic shop, overwhelmed at the variety–and prices–of skin moisturizers? In this part demo/part hands on class you’ll learn the different properties of oils and butters (and which to use to address specific skin concerns, adding antioxidants and preservatives, and all the ingredients and supplies needed for lotion making. Three products will be demonstrated (a lotion, cream and salve) and students will take one of each home. To register, click here.

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Pizza Like a Pro Cooking Class with Leah Scurto

Making exceptionally delicious pizza is a true art form. Join us in the Wind & Rye Kitchen for an evening dedicated to honing your pizza making craft and tasting the results! Leah Scurto, award winning chef and member of the United States Pizza Team, will be here to teach you everything you need to know to create the perfect pie! Beginning with the most important component: the dough. You will learn and TASTE the difference between long and short fermented doughs, how to use a kitchen scale to get exact measurements and the best flours and yeasts needed to create…

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Plant Medicine with Ariana

Join Ariana at Casari Ranch for a luxurious day with herbs and their amazing healing powers. We’ll take a garden tour of Casari’s new and expanding medicinal gardens, share an organic, vegetarian, gluten-free lunch at the Rhododendron Terrace, spend some classroom time learning about easy to grow herbs and healing applications you can make yourself, and a wild plant medicine walk in the forest. We’ll learn about five seasonal herbs that are readily available. We’ll learn how to make tea infusions, vinegar infusions and herbal oils to de-stress, calm the nerves, boost the immune system and bring a smile to your heart…

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Pumpkin Carving with Master Carver Marlene Hild

We are incredibly excited to welcome Marlene back to the farm this fall! Marlene Hild is many things: farmer, educator, artist, thruhiker, and traveler. Through her farming background, she became friends with Katina, Head Farmer at Single Thread, but also found Katina to be a great patron of the arts. As a lifelong pumpkin carving enthusiast, Marlene tricked (or-treated) Katina into letting her carve pumpkins for Single Thread for several years and now they are delighted to teach some of the secrets of creating a show-stopping jack o’lantern just in time for Halloween! This workshop is not intended for small…

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Sheep Meditation

You may have heard of goat yoga, but we’re slowing it down a bit and relaxing with sheep meditation. Enjoy the sounds of nature and crystal singing bowls as you sit with the rescued sheep residents of Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary. About the Instructor Bob and Amelia have been on the spiritual path for 14 years together, searching for tools to help ease and harmonize the awakening of others. These Sonoma locals offer a variety of wellness services through their company Paradigm Shift. Sheep Residents: Many of the animals who now call Charlie’s Acres home, were rescued from situations…

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Sheep Meditation

You may have heard of goat yoga, but we’re slowing it down a bit and relaxing with sheep meditation. Enjoy the sounds of nature and crystal singing bowls as you sit with the rescued sheep residents of Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary. About the Instructor Bob and Amelia have been on the spiritual path for 14 years together, searching for tools to help ease and harmonize the awakening of others. These Sonoma locals offer a variety of wellness services through their company Paradigm Shift. Sheep Residents: Many of the animals who now call Charlie’s Acres home, were rescued from situations…

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Sheep Meditation

Meditation with Rescued Animals Duration 1.5 Hours About You may have heard of goat yoga, but we’re slowing it down a bit and relaxing with sheep meditation. Enjoy the sounds of nature and crystal singing bowls as you sit with the rescued sheep residents of Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary. About the Instructor Bob and Amelia have been on the spiritual path for 14 years together, searching for tools to help ease and harmonize the awakening of others. These Sonoma locals offer a variety of wellness services through their company Paradigm Shift. Sheep Residents: Many of the animals who now…

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SingleThread Agricultural Workshop

Our Agricultural Workshops are an opportunity for guests to join us in the field, where we will not only discuss our farming practices but put them into action with hands-on activities – unique to each season and month. Led by our knowledgable and hospitable Farmer and Director of Farm Programs, Adam Smith, we will discuss the use of hand tools, varietal selection and crop planning, greenhouse practices, growing techniques, seasonal transitions on the farm and much more. Refreshments from the SingleThread chefs will be served. Group sizes are kept small to allow for individual interests and questions to be addressed…

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SingleThread Bouquet Building

Join SingleThread Farm’s floral team this Summer for a short course in design and bouquet building. Twice monthly, our floral designers will welcome guests into their studio at the Farm Store at Dry Creek, discussing fundamentals of design and utilizing the flowers grown right here on the farm. Our guests will leave with their own handmade, beautifully crafted bouquet. Saturday 7/15 1-2 PM FarmStore at SingleThread Farm at Dry Creek

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SingleThread Farm – Bee Keeping Workshop

Join our resident beekeeper and Director of Farm Programs Adam Smith in an examination of our apiaries. Guests will explore the inner workings of the beehive, discussing hive health, our strategies in maintaining productive hives and the role of bees and other pollinators on our farm. These workshops will run for 1.5 hours and beekeeping jackets are provided. Refreshments from the SingleThread kitchen will be served.

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Sophisticated Sauces Cooking Class

Step up your home cooking! A well executed and flavorful sauce is often what separates a typical home cooked meal from a more memorable restaurant dish. This hands on class will provide you with the recipes and skills to prepare more than six different sauces that will bring your plates to the next level. Chef Daniel Kedan will discuss what flavors and sauce consistencies will best enhance the main component of your dish. From poultry to beef, fish and even vegetarian entrees, Dan will show you simple ways to elevate your cooking. Taste all the sauces in class and even…

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Spring Seed Planting Workshop: Home Garden Planning and Seed Sowing Party

Let’s propagate locally-grown, pollinator-friendly plants to sustain the earth and ourselves. Back by popular demand… join us for a Spring Seed Planting Workshop! We will gather at Sonoma Garden Park on March 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm for a tour, talk, and plan for the future. Participants will plant seeds in cups and leave with a collection of starts for your summer garden. Some seeds prefer direct sowing into the warm ground, others do best when started in cups. After this workshop, you’ll be able to accurately follow seed instructions to give your veggies and flowers the best beginnings. Please wear…

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The Forest Floor

Join this goauche techniques workshop at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation The subject of fairy tales and scientific studies alike, the forest floor beckons with the juxtaposition of growth and decay, light and dark, the unknown and the familiar. Local botanical artist Lucy Martin will provide instruction for composing a painting of interesting things we find with closer examination of the ground in the woods. Lucy paints mainly in gouache (similar to watercolor but more opaque), with the addition of watercolor and occasionally colored pencil. She will present techniques such as layering from dark to light, dry brush for…

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