Adult Education

Experience the farm in a different way — learn new skills for your garden, kitchen, home & lifestyle. Have ideas for programs you’d like to see? Email us at to share your ideas for future classes.

Program Menu

Sunset Yoga

Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2022
6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Find your balance in this farm yoga flow. Relax and unwind as we watch the sunset over the fields and breathe in the fresh air during this 60-minute outdoor asana practice with instructor Athena Levesque.This class focuses on a series of Hatha yoga movements that will provide an opportunity to slow down and tune into your body. Reconnect and recharge as you enjoy the peaceful beauty of the farm surroundings after hours. Class will end with a relaxing savasana to guide you back home feeling refreshed and stress-free. Open to all experience levels.

Fee: $20/person
For ages 18 & up

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Cheesemaking 101

Thursday, June 9, 2022
6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Say cheese! The art of cheesemaking dates back thousands of years. This introductory, hands-on class will guide you through this rich history and teach you the science behind your curds and whey. Practice making two types of delicious soft cheese and leave with samples, recipes, and clear instructions to confidently make cheese in your own kitchen.

Fee: $50/person; SOLD OUT
For ages 18 & up

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The Cycle of Composting

Saturday, June 11, 2022
11:00 am–2:00 pm

Composting is a closed-loop system. Learn about this cycle at Queens Farm in this FREE workshop hosted by Lower East Side Ecology Center! In this program, we’ll tour our compost center and learn how food scraps are processed on a community-scale. Participants will gain an understanding of composting science, devices and tools used, and how to apply compost to our green spaces. We’ll use this knowledge to build a small compost pile together using New Yorkers’ food scraps. No prior experience necessary. All are encouraged to participate.

The event is FREE; Pre-registration required
For ages 18 & up

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Celebrate the Strawberry Moon

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Experience Queens Farm after-hours! Join us at sunset for a guided farm tour, strawberry sampling, and wine pairing as we watch June’s full moon, known as the Strawberry Moon, rise in the summer sky. This name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries that are ready for harvest. As flowers bloom and early fruit ripens, June is a time of abundance. Take in the beauty of the growing fields as you learn more about Queens Farm’s 325 years of continuous farming and regenerative farming practices.

Fee: $35/person
For ages 21 & up

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Urban Beekeeping

Saturday, June 18, 2022
11:00 am–1:00 pm

Get the buzz on bees at the largest apiary in NYC! This workshop, taught by NYC beekeeper Toby Sheppard Bloch, is designed for beginners and will cover the basic biology and anatomy of honey bees as well as apiculture essentials such as colony care, honey extraction, parts of the hive, beekeeping equipment, and disease prevention. We will review the mechanics of manipulating the different hive components as well as cover strategies for colony management throughout the cycle of the seasons.

Fee: $40/person
For ages 18 & up

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Art on the Farm Series: Watercolor, Pen & Ink

4 sessions: Thursdays, June 23 & 30; July 7 & 14, 2022
10:00 am–1:00 pm

Find your inner artist on the idyllic grounds of Queens Farm! Experiment in the media of watercolor and pen & ink with the farm landscape as your inspiration. Queens-based artist Denis Ponsot will provide guidance and live demo tips, tricks and techniques. Beginning and experienced students are welcome and classes are relaxed and flexible to help each student develop their own style. This class is 4 sessions long and will take place outdoors on the farm’s 47-acre grounds. Each week will focus on a different theme. Sign up for the whole series, or select the sessions that work for you.

Fee: $160/full series; $40/class
For ages 18 & up

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Wild Edibles Walk

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Queens Farm is host to a variety of wild edible plants in our woodlands, pollinator gardens, and pathway edges. Join plant expert and author Marie Viljoen for this outdoor exploration of the farm and learn to safely identify and sustainably harvest wild, seasonal ingredients. We’ll discuss the evolving ethics of foraging, how to collect native wild plants, pollution issues, invasive versus native plants, and biodiversity — all tying into Marie’s approach of conservation foraging. The walk ends with a refreshing, wild-inspired drink. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, and a notebook and/or camera to document your discoveries.

Fee: $50/person
For ages 18 & up

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18th Century Hearth Cooking

Saturday, November 19, 2022
11:00 am–2:00 pm

Experience historic cookery at Queens Farm! Join us in the kitchen of our historic farmhouse and learn how early settlers prepared food using an open hearth. Original 18th-century recipes, seasonal ingredients, traditional cooking utensils, and the warm embers of the fire will bring history to life as participants assist in preparing and sampling several delightful dishes. Participants will receive modern adaptations of all recipes to try at home.

Fee: $45/person; 10% off for Farm Members (email for info)
For ages 18 & up

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Wreathmaking Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, December 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2022
2 sessions: 10:00 am–12:00 pm; 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Get in the holiday spirit with your own handmade evergreen wreath! Make a gorgeous winter wreath at this popular workshop. No experience necessary. We’ll show you the ropes and provide materials; you only need to bring garden shears. We’ll have festive tunes, cider, and cookies on hand to keep the mood merry and bright.

Fee: $35/wreath
For ages 18 & up

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For Groups: Insider Tours

Offered Year-round
Available weekday afternoons or weekends

This in-depth tour, led by a farm educator, explores our four season growing operation through visiting our greenhouses, cold frames, growing fields, annual & perennial gardens, and composting area. Get to know our heritage livestock and how they contribute to our integrated, sustainable practices. See what it takes to grow a wide variety of organic crops and to produce value-added items like eggs, yarn, honey and more. 

Fee: $10/person
For groups of 5-20 people, ages 16 & up

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