Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

What to expect when you're expecting chickens! with Hurricane Hill

Join us for an intro class on backyard chicken keeping. We'll talk chicken facts, things to think about when starting and growing a flock, breeds we like (and don't), how to keep peace with your non-chicken keeping neighbors and the general pros and cons of co-existing with feathered friends.  We'll discuss coops and runs and what it means to free-range when you have predators in your neighborhood. We'll even geek out a little about the perfection of the egg and leave you with at least one great recipe reccomendation. This is a hands-on class suitable for all ages. 

Chickens March 28
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Cost: $ 15, 13 plus (kids free with adult) pre-register 401 274 1160 or drake@cluckri.com

Drake Patten and Wright Deter own Hurricane Hill Farm. Together, they try to manage a mixed flock of 70-80 birds, roosters included. Once, they had only nine hens and life, they often recall, was pretty easy.

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Mar
30
12:30 PM12:30

Ground Covers and Lawns

Healthy Organic Lawns and Ground Covers

Lawns – the pros and cons.  With a lot less input and expense than conventional growers and chemical companies will have you believe, you can have a beautiful and healthy organic lawn. Learn some basic guidelines.

Ground Covers – the pros and cons.  Learn to incorporate more ground cover areas into your landscape like a pro.  Proven types and varieties will be explored as well as how to establish a lasting, handsome ground cover.

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 Class limited to 12 students, 13 and up, $15 Preregister at 274 1160 or drake@cluckri.com

Laurie Waite is a Connecticut Master Gardener and accredited NOFA Land Care Provider (Northeast Organic Farmers Association). She writes “Ask an Organic Gardener” column for Herb Quarterly and for a time owned Laurel Garden Design. Laurie grew up on a dairy farm in Rehoboth, MA and has gardened extensively for over 25 years. While she has a lot of experience growing vegetables, her love and passion is flowers.


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Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Straw Bale Gardening with Lulu Locks


This no-soil method for growing is fun, simple and rewarding and has the added bonus of making compost for your yard. It's ideal for all kinds of small spaces and for the busy urban farmer who may not have a lot of time to devote to regular garden maintenance.  This 90- minute workshop will cover preparation, construction, irrigation, maintenance & planting of your bale. Lulu will share photos, stories, and mistakes alike to help you to have a successful gardening season.

Class INCLUDES a bale of straw so you can get right to work.

$30 (including straw). Limited to 6 participants-please pre-register

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Best known for her career in vintage esthetics and her West Side businesses, Suite Tart & Providence Pinup, LuLu Locks is always trying to live her motto of "Be A Bombshell!" But what you might not know is that she also has a green thumb. 

 Lulu grew up on a working farm in Western Coventry, which formed a palate that was never happy with store-bought veggies. When she settled into a suburban neighborhood with little topsoil, she experimented with various styles of container gardening, and hit the jackpot with straw bale gardening

 


 

 

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Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

LOVE YOUR TOOLS AND THEY WILL LOVE YOU BACK: Tool care and sharpening for the backyard gardener

We’re all guilty (well most of us are) of not giving our tools the love they deserve. This is bad for a few reasons: poorly maintained tools can’t do their best work and poorly maintained tools can’t become the heirlooms they deserve to be. As a business that believes in and promotes investment in GOOD tools, we also believe in and promote taking good care of them. Plus, did you know that tool care is another way to limit your waste footprint? Yup. If your tool is working as its best self, you are less likely to throw it away or buy another tool you may not need. Feel free to bring a tool for consideration and rescue.

Tool Love
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$15, 13 and up. Preregister at 401 274 1160 or drake@cluckri.com

Wright Deter is cluck! owner Drake’s husband and the Principal of Hurricane Hill Fabrication. Wright has over 30 years of experience in both fine arts and fabrication. His deep respect for and knowledge of tools and processes combined with his love of growing food and spending time outside make him a great instructor for this class. He’s also pretty funny.


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Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Backyard Flocks for Smarties

Join us for an intro class on backyard chicken keeping. We'll talk chicken facts, things to think about when starting and growing a flock, breeds we like (and don't), how to keep peace with your non-chicken keeping neighbors and the general pros and cons of co-existing with feathered friends.  We'll discuss coops and runs and what it means to free-range when you have predators in your neighborhood. We'll even geek out a little about the perfection of the egg and leave you with at least one great recipe reccomendation. This is a hands-on class suitable for all ages. 

Chickens April 10
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Cost: $ 15, 13 plus (kids free with adult) pre-register 401 274 1160 or drake@cluckri.com

Drake Patten and Wright Deter own Hurricane Hill Farm. Together, they try to manage a mixed flock of 70-80 birds, roosters included. Once, they had only nine hens and life, they often recall, was pretty easy.

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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Planting for Honey Bees and Other New England Pollinators with Ed and Marian Szymanski

Taught by two passionate beekeeper/gardeners, this class will open your eyes to the world of plants that provide nectar and pollen to honeybees and other pollinators in our region, especially those plants that provide quality food for bees and a good nectar supply for honey production throughout the year. You will learn about the importance of providing a diverse selection of plants for the bees to choose from, what makes a good bee plant, and what doesn’t. This is a great class for folks with bees-but also for those who may not want to keep bees but are interested in supporting native pollinators (or their neighbors honeybees!).

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$15, 13 and up (kids are free if accompanied by an adult) Pre-register at 401 274 1160 or drake@cluckri.com

Ed and Marian Szymanski are homesteaders and beekeepers. They live on just over one acre of land in Franklin, Mass. on a lot planted with fruits, vegetables and flowers, and as little grass as possible. The homestead includes bees and chickens, and a wide variety of fruits, berries, vegetables and pollinator-specific gardens. Their recent focus has been on identifying plants that provide quality food to bees and other pollinators and incorporating them into the homestead landscape. They are members of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, SEMAP, and several beekeeping associations. Ed served 4 years as President of Norfolk County Beekeepers Association.





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Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Salve Making for Gardeners' Hands with Rachel Playe of RADIA HERBS

 

Every active gardener knows that working in the soil can quickly dry out your hands. Come to our class and learn how to nourish your dry skin and help heal any small cuts. We'll use dried medicinal herbs that will make your hands silky smooth. Many of the herbs we'll use are those "weeds" you've been tossing out! In this class, you'll learn the medicinal benefits of the herbs, a chance to participate in making the salve, and take a salve home with you!

Rachel Playe is an herbalist based in Providence.  In 2008, while farming, she realized she was more interested in the weeds she was pulling than growing only vegetables.  This set her out a long path in learning about herbal medicine and agriculture.  Rachel owns Radia Herbs, a small herbal products company which sources pesticide free herbs from their own gardens, local farmers or other ethical growers.  She is one of the resident farmers at Hurricane Hill. 

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$30, 13 years and up: pre-registration and pre- payment required

call 401 274 1160 or email us at drake@cluckri.com

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Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

Sq. Foot Gardens with Wendy Milne

Little Spaces Grow a Lot - Square Foot Gardening: 

Using the Square Foot Gardening Method allows backyard gardeners to make the most out of whatever garden beds or containers you are are using. Come learn with Wendy Milne who studied and worked with the master square foot gardener, Mel Bartholomew.

Following the Techniques developed by Mel Bartholomew you will learn garden design and placement, what produce grows well in small spaces, how to space your plants, watering and how to create and maintain great garden soil. 

$15  Limited to 10 adults, pre-registration and pre-payment required.

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Raised in her mother’s garden and planting all manner of things since she was knee-high, Wendy Milne is also Square Foot Garden certified.

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Apr
22
to May 5

CHICK WEEKS

Chicks are in the house. Breeds TBD. As soon as we have confirmation, we will post here. For the first time we will be reserving chicks-watch this space for additional info.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

You've Got This: Tool confidence for the backyard enthusiast

It’s all about technique, folks! Grow your tools confidence and learn some great tricks of the trade in this hands-on class with artist/farmer/fabricator Wright Deter (the other half of the cluck! duo). You’ll work with a range of power tools that might be handy in your backyard projects such as a drill, chop and jig saws as well as simple hand tools like the measuring tape, hammer, combo square, hand saw and nail set. This class will leave you feeling empowered (pun intended) and ready to take on your projects confidently and safely. The afternoon session will involve an individual project that will review and refine your skills. All questions will be appreciated and welcomed!

This class will run 2 hours with a break for lunch (please bring your own) and a farm walk (weather permitting), then resume in the afternoon for 2 additional hours (a total of 4 hours of instruction)

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$65, 13 and up only. Space is limited: please preregister and pay by emailing drake@cluckri.com or call 401 274 1160

Wright Deter is cluck! owner Drake’s husband and the Principal of Hurricane Hill Fabrication. Wright has over 30 years of experience in both fine arts and fabrication. His deep respect for and knowledge of tools and processes combined with his love of growing food and spending time outside make him a great instructor for this class. He’s also pretty funny.

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May
4
2:30 PM14:30

HOW TO TRAP A SWARM (and live to tell about it) with Ray LaFleur FREE EVENT

Ray from Lafleur’s Wild Flower Honey will share his secrets to swarm capture in this FREE, family-friendly workshop. You'll learn about swarms (and why they are worth catching), how to set yourself up for success catching them and (drumroll) you'll help locate swarm boxes on our home farm, Hurricane Hill. Last year, Ray's own swarm boxes (available for sale at cluck! and on the day of the workshop) caught ELEVEN swarms. Come ready to take a walk.

FREE!

About your teacher: Ray retired as a carpenter and became a bee keeper in 2014. He started with one hive and has grown to seven. Ray considers himself lucky to have found a mentor in an 84 year old gentleman who has kept bees for 50 years. As is often the case, this bee-relationship has been filled with a wealth of information and wisdom but most of all, with friendship.  Today, LaFleur Apiary is selling honey, wax and swarm boxes at local farmers markets. Ray  is passionate to share with you all he has learned on his journey of keeping bees. Ray's top four?  1. Mentors matter  2. Catch swarms 3. Read all you can about bee keeping 4. take classes and ask questions. 

 

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May
11
11:00 AM11:00

WE HEART MOMS! Mothers Day herb garden class

Join us on May 11th to celebrate moms-specifically, the person who holds the role in your life! We’ll plant an herb planter together for mom to take home and share tastings and sparkling drinks (alcoholic and non-). We’ll talk about harvesting, drying and storing your herbs and share recipes to use all those herbs she’ll grow. Weather permitting, we’ll hold class in the garden!

$75, 13 and up (includes planter, potting mix and plants). This class is limited to 8 pairs.

Mothers Day special program
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Preregister: online or drake@cluckri.com or 401 274 1160

Wendy Milne, the daughter of a great, late-gardener will teach and host.

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May
12
to May 19

WOOHOO! last danger of frost is .....

so, as we have discussed over the years, there s a lot of misinformation out there! Even the lovely and wonderful Farmers Almanac’s own online ‘frost date by zip code’ app turns up a mid April date for my zone that simply isn’t correct.

We suggest checking your zip against sites like the USDA or the National Gardening Association. But another, simple, local-knowledge way to get the skinny on when things are safe is to check out the average date of local plant sales-most places simply are not putting plants out until it is safe!

And remember, soil workability and warmth is a factor too! Micro-climates exit -and your garden may well have its own. As is always true with gardening and growing… observation, experience and keeping notes will always be the best way to be your best green-thumb self!

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

NEW DATE: Makin' Bacon! with Jim Baptista

In this demo class, we’ll cover the basics of smoking bacon at home from pork belly preparation and food handling, through safe curing and smoking of the final product -  that Salty, Sweet, Meaty, Chewy, Crunchy homage to the ingenuity of our distant ancestors, Smoked Bacon.  Along the way, we’ll look at smart pork belly procurement, techniques for prepping the pork belly,  some simple and complex smokers, bacon facts, myths and misnomers,  and, of course, there will be smoked bacon (and we will eat it).

Jim Baptista has been grilling and smoking meat, bacon and sausage at home  for five years.  Jim lives in the ‘West’ West End and is searching, not only for the perfect martini, but for the perfect martini bacon.

$20, 13 and up only. pre-registration is required. 274 1160 or email drake@cluckri.com

 

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Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

ALL ABOUT APPLES (aka applepalooza) with Wendy Milne

The smell of spiced apples baking is like nothing else!  Sweet and tantalizing, Homey and comforting, the scent that sets us to calm down and relax during those long fall evenings.

But wait... Have you ever made cinnamon apple rings for snacking or put a crunchy apple relish with a burger or sausage? How about apple fruit leather? Your own Apple Pie Filling? Apple Cider Syrup? Apple Brownies?

In All About Apples we will talk about which local apples are best for different uses.  We will can an apple compote and make an apple relish.  We will learn different methods of preserving apples and the best way to freeze an apple pie or crisp. Come and learn all the delicious ways you can preserve the apple harvest for the long winter.

$15, 13 and up. Pre-register with drake@cluckri.com or at 401 274 1160



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Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Your Best Garden Ever (or "evah," as we say in Rhody) with Wendy Milne

Yes, we know: you've been meaning to get that notebook out and start counting backwards from the last frost date, deciding on what you are planting and when.... But, you know, there has been a lot going on. You've got lambs coming, the ducks are being unruly again, the seed catalogs have been serving as coasters, you still have to fix the bathroom faucet, your immediate neighbor is clearcutting 30-acres of woods to put in solar arrays so you seem to be spending every night at city hall and, and ….. . Oh, wait..that's our story. But you probably have one too. Consider this the "no excuses" class. We'll get you planning NOW so you'll be ready THEN. Join us on the first day of Spring for some inspiration, take home some motivation and a copy of "Week by Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook." Trust us, the plumbing repairs will wait. 

Some pre-class homework: observe your garden area and know your sun direct and pattern. Think about and assess your drainage and BRING: a sample of your soil (jar or bag will do), 3 images of gardens you like (can be your own!) and be prepared to tell us your gardening goal.

$35 (included book) 13 plus (children free with adult) Pre-registration required.

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Wendy Milne was practically born in a garden or, as she says, “my mother started me raising veggies as an infant.” Come find out (some of) what this beloved cluck! instructor knows.

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Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Jumpstart your garden: How to plant seeds indoors




Learn from Farmer Jordan Goldsmith of Moonrose Farm about seed starting tips, tricks, and techniques. Starting your own seeds is a great way to grow organic varieties you can’t find at most nurseries. Jordan will talk about the differences between using soil blocks and plastic pots and will demonstrate a few techniques used by the pros that that most home gardeners don’t know!

In this class you will learn about: 

What supplies you will need and where to get them

When to start your seeds dependent on the variety

How to read a seed packet & choosing the right varieties

Space-saving techniques for seed starting

How to harden off transplants and tips for planting in the garden

Take home a handout with seeding tips, suggested seeding & transplant dates, glossary of seed starting terms, and a list of suppliers that carry products we recommend.

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$20  13 yrs and up (kids free with parent) call 401 274 1160 or email drake@cluckri.com to register

About your teacher: Jordan Goldsmith and her wife Melissa Denmark started Moonrose Farm in 2015 in Massachusetts on family property. Their small market garden grew into a bustling 3 acre farm when they moved to Hurricane Hill Farm (also home to cluck!) in 2017. Moonrose supplies families weekly with vegetables and cut flowers in the Cranston area with their summer CSA and sells to many restaurants across the state of RI.

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Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

KNIT THE MITT

Learn to knit in the Continental style which, though less commonly used in the United States, is a more efficient (faster) form of knitting that puts less strain on the hands and wrists. We’ll make a simple pair of fingerless mitts, and will learn about yarn and needle selection, gauge, reading patterns, fixing mistakes, and more. Also great if you need a little refresher!

Kelly Knight is a visual artist living in Providence. A knitter for over 10 years, she knits for relaxation and to use up her ridiculously large stash of gorgeous yarns. She has been teaching beginner knitting and weaving classes in the Boston area since 2013.

13 and up, $60, materials included

to register, 401 274 1160 0r drake@cluckri.com

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Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

'Tis the Season (for the witch in all of us) with Micaela Foley

A witch is anyone — regardless of gender identity —who works with the cycles of the world to find balance; who honors these rhythms with practices of reciprocity; who observes & celebrates celestial events & seasonal shifts; and who understands how to heal themselves & others with the generous provisions of nature. 

Join us, everyone, on Halloween Eve, as we journey through space and time to honor the story of the Witch! The Witch has become an archetypal figure who appears in different but congruous forms across cultures, continents, and eras; often holding up a mirror to those around her. While traditionally depicted as a woman---and inextricably linked to the demonization of female-presenting people by a patriarchal society---the Witch exists beyond binary norms and is ultimately a creatrix who calls forth being and destruction, healing and dissolution. In this workshop, we will explore the stories surrounding the Witch, discuss how the Witch continues to be an important figure in our present time and why so many of us feel called to identify as such. We'll invoke the Witch within ourselves by discussing earth-centric rituals & observances, astrology & auspicious timing, and working with the potent energies of the world. We will sit in an energetic herbal meditation, enjoy an herbal tea, and honor our ancestral connection to the Witch through this co-creation.

Micaela Foley is a certified clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a background in energetic and Western herbalism, alchemy, and medical astrology. After living in New York City for 10 years, she is now based in Providence, Rhode Island. Micaela completed the certificate program at The Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Northern California and previously attended ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in NYC. She works as an educator in the herbal program at The Alchemist’s Kitchen and is a content contributor to their blog and zine. Micaela is dedicated to social and herbal activism and offers sliding scale private sessions and clinical work.

$10 per person (adults only) PRE-REGISTER and pay by emailing drake@cluckri.com or calling (401) 274 1160

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Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Spin Yourself Some Yarn with Richard Muto- FREE EVENT

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Join weaver, knitter and award-winning spinner Richard Muto for an afternoon of spinning stories, knowledge and hands-on experience. This fall and winter,* Cluck! will be joining forces with Richard to offer more in-depth classes in weaving - this event is an opportunity for us to gauge areas of interest to help us hone the direction we will take with the longer classes. Come be mesmerized by this ancient craft!

Richard Muto has judged the textile trials at numerous state sheep and wool festivals as well as sheep to shawl competitions. He is founding member of the Maine Fiber Arts, past member of the Knitting Guild of America and a member of the RI Spinners Guild. He has taught spinning at Slater Mill and the Octagon House here in RI and teaches privately and gives workshops throughout New England.

*With cluck! now on our home farm Hurricane Hill, we are excited to connect our farm’s focus on fiber animals with the store’s focus on homesteading, self-reliance and traditional crafts. Right now we anticipate offering a Spring 2019 class ‘From Fleece to Fabric’ (where you take part in shearing, skirting, spinning and weaving). Over the winter, we’ll also be offering a knitting class and running a knitting group!

This event is FREE and suitable for families. Please RSVP as space is limited.


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Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Thinking about Bees ?? What you need to know first. (with Cindy Holt)

 

Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper? Learn what it takes in time, commitment, skill and money to undertake this intensive but fascinating pastime in order to decide if its right for you. Cindy will provide an overview and handouts of what you will need to know before acquiring a hive as well as recommendations for further training, readings and resources. 

$10, 13 and up (kids under 13 free) PRE-REGISTRATION required. 401 274 1160

Cindy Holt is the founder and operator of Little Rhody Beekeeping. She is an experienced beekeeper in a variety of environments from urban to rural areas. Cindy is also a member of Rhode Island Beekeepers Association where she volunteers her time as a mentor and manager of the club’s apiary. A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, her mission is to promote healthy beekeeping practices and to support all of the state's pollinators by getting the public to care about insects as much as she does.

 

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Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

Prepare your "No Dig" Spring Garden Now! with Laurie Waite

We all have ideas for our yards and our gardens.  Then reality sets in, particularly when you want to create new spaces.  Learn how to plan for and prepare new beds and gardens in a way that doesn’t involve digging.  This class will show you a practical, low input way to start your beds off in a healthy, organic way and be ready to plant by spring.   

 We’ll cover soil basics, the food-web and environment.    The goal is healthy soil and plants where your garden will thrive naturally, but without the hassle of double-digging, roto-tilling and other labor-intensive methods.   

Laurie Waite is a Connecticut Master Gardener and accredited NOFA Land Care Provider (Northeast Organic Farmers Association). She writes “Ask an Organic Gardener” column for Herb Quarterly and for a time owned Laurel Garden Design. Laurie grew up on a dairy farm in Rehoboth, MA and has gardened extensively for over 25 years. While she has a lot of experience growing vegetables, her love and passion is flowers.

Class limited to 12,13 and up,  $10 Pre-register at 401 274 1160

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Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Quail is the New Chicken: Raising Quail with Ducky

In this intro to quail keeping class, you will discover that quail are quiet as a rabbit and as productive as a chicken. These small birds are perfect for the urban homesteader or the family that  isn't allowed to keep chickens. Whether it be a guinea pig cage. old rabbit hutch or small chicken run, you can always find space for these charming birds. 

 

Robert Ducky McAuslan is head gardener at Gardenhood, an urban homestead on the Johnston/providence line. Gardenhood’s goal is to experiment with and adapt self sufficiency techniques and permaculture practices to an urban environment.  Our goal is to not only support ourselves but also the greater community. A part of that is Gardenhood Upcylces, which turns the byproducts of farming, like spent seeds or feed bags, into practical and useful items. 

$10, 13 and up. Please pre-register at 401 274 1160

 

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Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Enduring Perennial & Herb Gardens with Laurie Waite

Immerse yourself in the art and science of creating long-lasting and beautiful gardens.  You can have spaces that offer blooming flowers from April to October along with quiet winter interest.  The focus of the class will cover design basics, site selection, spacing, long-blooming flowers and long-living flowers, natives and pruning for succession blooms.  Organic basics and IPM – integrated pest management will also be covered.

Laurie Waite is a Connecticut Master Gardener and accredited NOFA Land Care Provider (Northeast Organic Farmers Association). She writes “Ask an Organic Gardener” column for Herb Quarterly and for a time owned Laurel Garden Design. Laurie grew up on a dairy farm in Rehoboth, MA and has gardened extensively for over 25 years. While she has a lot of experience growing vegetables, her love and passion is flowers.

Class limited to 12 adults, $15-preregister at 401 274 1160

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Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

YES YOU CAN! Canning 101 with Wendy Milne

Glowing Peaches in Vanilla Syrup, Plum Sauce, Perfect Berry Jam, Home Canned Tomatoes, Your own Homemade soups,  Custom-Made Apple Pie Filling, Pickled Vegetables, Salsas and Chutneys are gems of the home pantry.

Come and learn the basic hows and whys of home canning.

We will cover both Water-bath, steam and Pressure canning and make one recipe in class.

$20 per person, 13 and up only. PRE REGISTER at 401 274 1160

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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Cordially Yours: making your own fresh fruit syrups with Wendy Milne

Add them to seltzers for a refreshing drink, to iced teas for a fruity twist and your favourite cocktail, cordials or fresh fruit syrups are all the rage.

Lavender Lemonade or a Basil Lime Cooler, Watermelon Lime Fizz or a Ginger Peach Tea all start with a basic fruit cordial. 

The fun is in coming up with your own creations, and in own class we will cover the basics and give you some recipes to try on your own.

We will make two cordials in class.

$15 13 and up only. Please PRE-REGISTER at 401 274 1160

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

JUST PEACHY! Preserving with Wendy Milne

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Peaches are summer in a bottle, jar or freezer!

Think preserves, salsa, chutney, nectar, fruit leathers. Think perfect peaches slices in a rosy syrup made to your taste. Ambrosia!

Learn the basics of peach preservation and discover the many ways you can keep this summer harvest through the cold months.

We will make two recipes in class and there will be a handout with more.

Wendy Milne is a founding member of the cluck! faculty-she's taught a range of great classes since our earliest days. After a brief sabbatical, Wendy is back and ready to share her mad skills with YOU. 

$20, 13 and up only. Pre-register at 401 274 1160

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Jul
15
11:00 AM11:00

CANCELLED Don't get robbed! Protecting your beehive from winged thieves (with Cindy Holt)

You may have survived swarm season-but don't stop being vigilant! Next up is Robbing Season. "What?" you say. ROBBING? Yup, It's true: during a dearth (caused by lack of forage), many honey bees and wasps will engage in what is called “robbing” from other beehives. In Rhode Island, this typically occurs in mid-to late-summer. This damaging behavior deprives a beehive of valuable resources, may spread disease and causes overall major stress to colonies. Robbing can be a safety risk to people or animals close to the beehive as the colonies attempt to protect their homes.

In this (timely) class, you will learn both how to prevent robbing and, if you are lucky enough to witness a robbing begin, how to stop it. 

$10, 13 and up (kids under 13 are free with adult). Pre-register at 401 274 1160 or drake@cluckri.com

Cindy Holt is the founder and operator of Little Rhody Beekeeping. She is an experienced beekeeper in a variety of environments from urban to rural areas. Cindy is also a member of Rhode Island Beekeepers Association where she volunteers her time as a mentor and manager of the club’s apiary. A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, her mission is to promote healthy beekeeping practices and to support all of the state's pollinators by getting the public to care about insects as much as she does.

 

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May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Spring Pruning with Siedeh Rezaei-Kamalabad

Come spend your Saturday afternoon learning how to prune your shrubs and trees for healthy growth, space maintenance, and better blooming. Learn  about the "Goldilocks Timing"  of pruning for all the plant friends in your garden and the different tools for the job. Bring questions about your garden, an open mind, and a pair of hand pruners if you have them. (Pruners are available for purchase at Cluck and demo pruners will be available during class)

$10, pre-registration required (call 401 274 1160 or email drake@cluckri.com)

Siedeh Rezaei-Kamalabad, is the descendant of generations of Persian gardeners, her instinctual understanding of the plants and the land has flowed in her blood long before the realization that caring for the gardens of the world would become her life’s mission. With a B.S. in Biology, Siedeh brings the comprehension of the molecular and physiological behavior of a garden. With 8 years of experience as a residential fine gardener in the Greater Boston area, she has the ability to predict the patterns of a garden through the season, preventing the devastating plague of death that may befall a garden during periods of extreme environmental stress. As a project manager for a national commercial landscaping company, Siedeh managed the ornamental pruning and seasonal floral designs of over 200 properties, ranging from Southern Rhode Island to Southern New Hampshire. Branching out on her own this year, Siedeh hopes to help build ethical and environmentally friendly gardens across New England. Check out her website for tips and information to help your garden grow https://www.thealternativehorticulturalist.com/the-woman.html

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Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

Thinking About Bees ?? What you need to know first. (Holt and Langlais)

Have you been considering adding thousands of new buzzing friends to your back yard? Want to support a healthy ecosystem and overall pollinator health? You can do either or both! Join local beekeepers Cindy Holt and Scott Langlais in an engaging conversation about the fabulous honey bee and how you can either be part of the growing community of backyard beekeepers or give them support through your planting and product choices. Bring your questions and your curiosity!

$15, 13 years and up (kids free if accompanied by paying adult)

ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS:  Cynthia Holt has been keeping bees in the Providence area for over 6 years. She is the editor of the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association’s newsletter, co-author of Bee Cult along with Scott Langlais, and a member of the RIBA Queen Rearing Committee, assisting Scott and Emily Langlais with running the Queen Yard, an apiary based in Johnston, breeding local queens to sell to area beekeepers. Cynthia is studying to finish her E.A.S. Master Beekeeper Certification in Aug 2018

Scott Langlais has been keeping bees in Providence and Johnston since 2010. Along with his wife Emily, he produces honey and hive products under the name Bare Hand Apiary. He has spearheaded the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association's queen rearing progam since 2014 and recently coauthored the debut issue of Bee Cult fanzine along with Cynthia Holt

 

 

 

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Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

POSTPONED, Date TBA Home Composting Workshop: LET IT ROT! with Leo Pollock

Let it Rot! Part magic (but mostly science) home composting is what all the cool kids are doing these days. Really. Think about it-you create a local-to-you system that reduces landfill waste and turns your kitchen scraps into garden gold. It's a win-win.

Find out how to be your own alchemist with Leo Pollock, one of the two brilliant guys behind RI's own Compost Plant (http://www.compostplant.com). 

$10 (13 and up) Please pre-register by email drakeATcluckri.com or callus at 401 274 1160

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Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

Snowbees: How to set your bees up for a successful winter with Cindy Holt

Winter can be a hard time for bees and even harder for beekeepers as we wait for spring to reveal how our hives fared. Setting your bees up for winter success is a crucial part of managing bees. RI beekeeper Cindy Holt will talk turkey with you about your bees going successfully into and through this coming winter. Topics will include robbing, feeding, bee health, queen health, ventilation and security. Bring your questions and your ideas. This will be a wide-ranging discussion aimed at building your confidence and increasing your hive's chance of survival. 

COST: 15 dollars per person (13 and up) under 13 free if accompanied by paying adult PLEASE PRE REGISTER! 401 274 1160

 

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Sep
23
2:30 PM14:30

FREE EVENT! Garden Bedtime Stories: cleaning up and readying your garden for winter with Wendy Milne)

Not extending your season? Part of a seasonal community garden? Join Wendy Milne in the cluck! garden for a conversation about ding the best by your garden while it awaits your return next spring. Wendy will cover clean up, soil enrichment and all manner of tucking in.  Bring your questions, concerns, success stories and enthusiasm. 

FREE, appropriate for all ages
This is a drop-in event, but please let us now you are coming! and, if you have a particular topic or question in mind, we'd love to know in advance. 

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Sep
17
2:30 PM14:30

CANCELLED It's not over yet! The fall and winter garden (with Wendy Milne)

Yes, summer is winding down, but that does not mean your garden has to be put to bed just yet. Some of the loveliest vegetable gardens are those planted for the return of longer, cool nights. Now is the time to plant for an extended season. With the right planning and some supplies, you'll even be harvesting greens for your holiday table. Come find out the how and the why of multi-season gardening right here in our own urban oasis.

All ages welcome, $15 for 13 and up (under 13s are free as long as accompanied by an adult)

Wendy is a cluckster! instructor favorite. She was virtually born in a garden. She lives there still (except when she teaches for us). Don't miss her visit.

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Apr
30
2:00 PM14:00

Chicken Keeping 101

Join Providence chicken keepers Nicole and Leo Pollock for a fun, feathers-on class in starting a small flock. Suitable for anyone considering keeping chickens for the first time as well as those who may need a refresher. Although this is suitable for those not living in an urban context, time will be spent addressing the requirements of local chicken ordinances. But don't worry, you can ask all the weird chicken questions you want: your teachers won't mind-in fact, they'll probably like it.

$10 (ages 13 and up) Kids free but must be accompanied by paying adult)

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Apr
30
to May 9

CHICKS DAYS 2018 : now through end of April

Heritage breed, sexed and vaccinated chicks provided by small hatcheries we trust. Multiple arrival days are planned- but you can expect Barred Rocks, Golden Laced Wyandottes, Buckeyes, White Rocks,  Australorps, Partridge Rock, Buff Orpingtons. So keep your eyes open for cuteness and your ears ready to hear the sweet cheep cheeping of your new baby hens. Pullets from our farm will be advertised over the summer (in case cuteness is not your thing). 

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Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

RHODY GOLD LAUNCH

Come celebrate the launch of The Compost Plant's 'Rhody Gold' bagged compost line! Cluck will have 1 cubic foot or 1/2 cubic foot bags available, and The Compost Plant crew will be on hand to answer all of your composting questions. The perfect way to get out of the house, support local businesses, and kick off the spring gardening season!

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Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Chicken Keeping 101*

Join Providence chicken keepers Nicole and Leo Pollock for a fun, feathers-on class in starting a small flock. Suitable for anyone considering keeping chickens for the first time as well as those who may need a refresher. Although this is suitable for those not living in an urban context, time will be spent addressing the requirements of local chicken ordinances. But don't worry, you can ask all the weird chicken questions you want: your teachers won't mind-in fact, they'll probably like it.

$10 (ages 13 and up, kids free but must be accompanied by paying adult)

 

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Mar
19
11:00 AM11:00

BEE THE CHANGE 2017: Boxing Day: a build-your-hive-with-others brunch

Join your neighbors and fellow beekeepers for our annual hive building event. We'll have tools, know-how and extra pairs of hands (along with some tricks of the trade). You'll bring your woodenware and we'll matchmake! Find out where your fellow beekeepers live, swap stories, share concerns. Novice and experienced beekeepers are welcome to attend as are those who want to lend a hand and find out more about the beekeeping buzz! 

Bring your woodenware,* your friends, your dog, we'll bring coffee and treats. Bring laughter. And bandaids. 

FREE-but please pre-register so we can plan accordingly

*haven't purchased your supplies yet? Call us and we'll process a phone order and hold it til (Bee) Boxing Day. 

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Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

CANCELED BY PRESENTER (we are so so sorry) : Thinking outside the Box: an intro to top bar beekeeping

Join Mark Gostkiewicz and Naomi Niemann of Tri Gable Lea Farm for a friendly introduction to backyard beekeeping using top bar hives. Mark and Naomi are adding treatment-free bees to their diverse micro farm in Colchester, Connecticut. This is a suitable program for anyone considering beekeeping for the first time as well as those experienced on traditional Langstroth hives who would like to see a top bar in person. They will talk about the pros and cons of both top bar hives & Langstroth hives and you'll be able to ask questions about the equipment involved and get an overview of the year-round joys of keeping bees in your back yard, forrest, or roof-top garden.  Complete hives will be available to purchase, and Mark and Naomi will take orders for custom hives as well. 

FREE!

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Mar
5
2:00 PM14:00

Chicken Keeping 101*

Join Providence chicken keepers Nicole and Leo Pollock for a fun, feathers-on class in starting a small flock. Suitable for anyone considering keeping chickens for the first time as well as those who may need a refresher. Although this is suitable for those not living in an urban context, time will be spent addressing the requirements of local chicken ordinances. But don't worry, you can ask all the weird chicken questions you want: your teachers won't mind-in fact- they'll probably like it.

$10 (ages 13 and up) Kids free but must be accompanied by paying adult)

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CLUCK BOOK CLUB
Feb
19
to May 21

CLUCK BOOK CLUB

We are delighted to announce our first book series,

"WONDER"

A journey of discovery while the earth sleeps

(Feb 19th-May 21, 2017, Sundays at 4:30)

 

The Books: 

Gods, Wasps and Stranglers

The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees

Mike Shanahan

 

A Buzz in the Meadow

The Natural History of a French Farm

Dave Goulson

 

The Hidden Life of Trees

What they Feel, How They Communicate

Peter Wohlleben

 

Flying Blind

One Man’s Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats

Don Mitchell

 

So much of what we do every day revolves around the practical-the things we all need to do to grow our gardens and keep our chickens and bees. There are so many deadlines: last frost/first frost, pea sowing, garlic planting, potato harvest, cover crop, chick days and bee package pick-up, our honey harvests. Meanwhile, behind the calendar, beyond the seasons’ relentless demands on those who plant and raise and husband, there is the steady, gentle mystery of nature-a mystery over which we have no stated dominion yet for which we are critical stewards. WONDER takes us on a journey through four such mysteries while the earth sleeps and we wait breathlessly for spring.

 When: Sundays at 4:30 on Feb 19th, March 19th, April 23rd, May 21

Where: Cluck! Farm and Garden, 399 Broadway, Providence 02909

 

How to Register: call 401 274 1160 or email drake@cluckri.com

(preregistration required and space is limited)
Books available at cluck starting January 8th.

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Feb
18
2:00 PM14:00

'From little seeds' starting your garden indoors with Wendy Milne

Seed starting for beginners and more advanced gardeners.  Learn how time, temperature and light effect how your seeds succeed. Be plant ready when Spring arrives! Wendy Milne was practically born in a garden or, as she says “my mother started me raising veggies as an infant.” Come find out (some of) what she knows.

$10, pre-registration recommended, space is limited

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Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

'From Little Seeds'- starting your garden indoors (with Wendy Milne)

Seed starting for beginners and more advanced gardeners.  Learn how time, temperature and light effect how your seeds succeed. Be plant ready when Spring arrives! Wendy Milne was practically born in a garden or, as she says “my mother started me raising veggies as an infant.” Come find out (some of) what she knows.

$10, pre-registration recommended, space is limited

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