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Art on the Farm Series: Pen, Ink, & Watercolors
Thursdays, June 24, July 1, 8, & 15, 2021
10:00AM – 1:00PM
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. Classes will take place outdoors on the farm’s 47-acre grounds. Face coverings required when 6-foot social distancing is not possible to ensure the health & safety of our community.
Denis Ponsot is a painter with over twenty years of instructional experience in watercolor. He currently teaches at The School of Visual Arts, The Art League of Long Island and the JCC of Manhattan.
Note: Participants responsible for bringing art supplies to class. Supply list will be emailed upon registration.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Get the buzz on bees at the largest apiary in NYC! This in-person program is designed for beginners and will cover 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 the strategy for colony management throughout the cycle of the seasons.
Instructor Toby Sheppard Bloch has been stewarding bees with his 12-year-old daughter since she was a first grader — on his roof, in community gardens, and at the Queens County Farm Museum. He’s endlessly fascinated by how bees solve collective action problems in transparent and democratic ways, advancing the common good of the colony while providing ecosystem services critical to food production and reproduction of other species. Toby hopes he can be as useful to the world and his community as bees are.
For Groups: Insider Tours
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.
For groups of 5-20 people, ages 16 & up