We are committed to creating an extraordinary environment for children, teenagers and adults to learn and to grow. We offer a supportive environment by providing a forum for outdoor and farm related experiences where skill building and the integration of fostering agricultural and ecological diversity are at the forefront. We run multidisciplinary, project based workshop and classes for children and adults alike, centered around increasing our communities understanding of healthy soils, healthy foods and healthy families.
Kids and Teens Farm to Table Cooking Class Series
Students in this Farm Food Program gain a better understanding of what food is through harvesting the ingredients themselves, then learning how to prepare them in our licensed farm kitchen. From milking goats and gathering eggs to harvesting veggies, visiting the lambs and more….!
Through teaching our youth both where their food comes from and how they can grow and prepare it, we empower them to become more self-reliant in providing food and possibly income for themselves and their families.
We are striving to work closely with the South Lane School District, the Farm to School Initiative and are members of the South Valley Farmers Network and the Oregon Biodynamic Group, to provide a local farm education center as host site for field trips, kids’ cooking classes, and on-farm learning. Educational programs at The Branch Road Farm School are interdisciplinary investigations into agriculture and the natural world.
Our goal is to help build a generation of young adults with the skills, abilities and confidence to create meaningful lives and make positive change
B R A N C H R O A D F A R M S P R I N G + S U M M E R S E R I E S
K I D S’ F A R M TO T A B L E C OO K I N G C L A S S E S AND FARM ADVENTURES!!
Join us for a delicious lesson in local, seasonal & sustainable foods, & farming!
We’ll explore the farm, work in the greenhouse, harvest veggies, gather eggs, milk the goats, play with the animals, learn farm food culinary skills and cook some fabulous foods to share together!
This is a 4-week class series/2+ hrs. each class.
The classes are held in our on-farm commercial kitchen and all around this 73 acre farm! PLUS: At the end of each series, we will host a Kids & Family Farm Dinner!
June / July:
~ Ages 13-18 – Tuesdays, June 13th – July 5th, 4-7pm
+ Family Dinner July 8th
~ Ages 9-12 – Fridays, June 16th – July 7th, 4-630pm
+ Family Dinner July 9th
~ Ages 5-8 – Saturdays, June 17th – July 8th, 10-12pm
+ Family Dinner July 16th
July / August:
~ Ages 13-18, July 11th – August1st, 4 – 7pm
+ Family Dinner August 5th
~ Ages 9-12, July 14th – August 4th, 4 – 630pm
+ Family Dinner August 6th
~ Ages 5-8, July 22nd – August 12th, 10 – 12pm
+ Family Dinner August 19th
*Cost is $125 for four classes + class /diner
*And many more series, dinners and farm happenings throughout the summer…!
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* Scholarships available….If you can’t pay, don’t stay away!
WINTER BREAK SESSION 2016
Kids Farm and Food Winter Break Session!!
We’ll explore the farm, feeding animals, playing with the lambs, visiting the beaver ponds to learn wetland ecology, working in the greenhouse, harvesting veggies, learn some farm food culinary skills and cook a fabulous meal to share together!
December 19th ~ 23rd
Monday, Wednesday and Friday ~ 9am – 1pm
Tuesday and Thursday ~ 10am – 2pm
Soap Making Workshop
Come on out to the farm to learn the basics of soap making!
We’ll gather and make various Goat Milk, Honey and Herbal Soaps! 3 different kinds, 3 different ways!
You’ll learn how to be more self sufficient while getting creative with others!
You’ll take home the soap you’ve made, a handout of recipes and tips and the skills to start doing it on your own.
December 3rd 2016 ~ 12-4pm ~ $35 per person
Cheese Making 101
Learn to have your own creamery…at home! You’ll learn how simple and delicious it is to make fresh cheese in your very own kitchen without tons of special equipment.
We’ll cover all the basic tenants of milk processing, cheese making and other fermented dairy products….from the differences in various animals’ milk to all the basic techniques and even the nitty gritty of appropriate scale, regulations, and more….!
For this beginner’s class, we will make some fresh cheeses like chevre, feta and a farmhouse ricotta. You’ll see how simple this can truly be and how tasty!!
Included in this workshop will be :
.. tasting and discussing various styles of cheese
.. equipment and tools needed for cheese making
.. appropriate scale and regulations
.. types of milk and how they are different to work with
.. types of cultures, their characteristics, and how to use them
.. understanding pH and acid titration measurement
.. control of final acidity and moisture content of cheese
.. salt application and how it changes the cheese
.. wax vs natural rinds
.. aging conditions
.. how to set up and maintain a simple cave
If you’d like to stay for cheese tastings and some farmhouse grub after class, BYOB and stick around!
~ Stay tuned for Spring 2017 dates as well as Future classes on Sustainable Animal husbandry and Small -Scale Dairying…..!
Kids Baking Intensive
Come learn the science behind baking!
*Learn how to ferment whole grains and maintain sourdough starters
*Master the art of mixing, shaping and baking techniques
*Amplify the taste and uniqueness of breads and pastries with different blends of whole grains
*Make your own baked goods using the finest organic ingredients