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Vegetable Garden

Our Community Growing Academy

Dig Farm and The ARC of Westchester have partnered together to bring you the new Mt. Kisco Growing Academy (formerly known as the Mt. Kisco Community Garden), a hands-on outdoor classroom that will empower community members of all ages to learn to grow food. We will be utilizing regenerative agriculture and permaculture techniques that will help to heal the soil and heal our community. Food grown will feed students and those in our community experiencing food insecurity.

You can participate in the Growing Academy in a wide number of ways.

 

Want to help out and get your hands dirty? We have volunteer day on Tuesdays mornings.

 

Want to learn some gardening tips and tricks? Check out our weekend workshops.

Fall Registration is now open

Located at the Ann Manzi Center
699 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY

 
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Mondays

Homeschooling (sold out)

  • Sessions: 9/12- 10/10

  • Ages 3-7 • 10-11:30 am

  • $100 for 5 weeks per child 

Homeschool (extended)

  • Session 2: 10/17-11/14

  • Ages 3-7 10-11:30 am

  • $100 for 5 weeks per child

Homeschool Bilingual Gardening

  • Sessions: 9/26-11/14

  • All Ages 12-1 pm

  • $25 per child per day/sibling $20)

We have begun our exciting program filled with hands-on activities.  Drop off or stay in one of our parent spaces within the garden.  Its enjoyable for all.

Tuesdays

We need Garden Volunteers  at WLFP's Growing Academy!

 

  • Tuesdays hosted by Livia, our Holistic Educator 

  • Thursdays hosted by Shoshana, our Herbalist Educator

 

Seeking Volunteers to help us keep our teaching community garden beautiful for our programs.  Both volunteer days  will have a Q&A and harvest session for all volunteers! Always Learning and Sharing.

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Wednesdays

Teen Cooking: Meals in a Jar!

  • Sessions:10/5 - 11/9

  • Ages 12 & up • 4-5 pm

  •  $25 per teen (sibling $20)

 

Bring over your teens to learn how simple it is to eat healthy by harvesting and preparing with fresh ingredients. Join us at the garden to prepare a meal in a jar with minimal hardware and plenty of greens.

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Fridays

Family Art in the Garden

  • Sessions: 10/7- 11/11

  • For all ages  • 4-5 pm

  • $25 per adult, children free

A fun way to spend a friday with the family. We are upcycling and creating garden art! Each week we will present a different art theme with time to explore our garden for inspiration. 

Saturdays

Family Movement and Mindfulness

  • Sessions: 9/24- 10/22

  • For all ages • 10 - 10:45 am

  • $100 for 5 weeks

Connect with Gaia, through movements derived from aspects of Yoga and Qi Gong. Ground with your family during this 45-minute standing yoga practice, together we will explore how our energy & life forces give back to the Earth. Focusing on mindful breathing, mudras, and meditation. Receiving the gifts of the elements around us and gratitude to all Mother Earth offers us.

No yoga mats are required, just bring your amazing receptive self. 

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Saturday Family Workshop

Creep it Real

  • All ages welcome • Saturday 10/28

  • Two sessions: 2-3pm and 3-4 pm

  • $25 per ticket per family

 

Join our local nutritionist Elisa Bremner, MS RDN CDN of Green Bites, as she demonstrates 3 kid and halloween friendly snacks to make.  Plus a Franken-Kale salad like you have never had before.  We provide the kale she provides the skills to teach us all how to make it!

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Weekend Workshops

Saturday/Sunday afternoons

These workshop are designed to help you expand your gardening experience to include:

  • From garden to counter: growing sprouts as we head into winter.

  • Foraging within your backyard

  • Herbal tea and tincture making

  • Tie Dye featuring natural dyes

Email to set up a unique group workshop

Parents/Guardians: For all Kids programs listed above, please use link to fill out additional registration form

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Jessica Colón

Jessica is a Museum Educator in multiple institutions and facilitates children’s gardening programs at The New York Botanical Garden. She is the founder of For the People and Kids! an educational service website that includes various STEM classes and tutoring.  Along with Westchester Local Food Project, Jessica has developed a fall schedule of classes available for all ages within the Growing Academy’s teaching garden, where she is a bilingual educator and garden manager. Jessica recently moved to Mount Kisco and is now the Communications Director for FLMSA.  She also teaches an afterschool program, Art in the Garden, she created for Mt Kisco Elementary School.

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Nicole Sidman

Nicole is the founder of Anahata Yoga, LLC, teaching yoga for the past 11 years from a space of pure joy. Nicole is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher, and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Teacher (YACEP). Nicole has taught yoga teacher trainings and created a variety of workshops and wellness programs. Nicole is trained in Crystal Healing, Ayurveda, and the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Nicole believes in the importance of connecting to our sacred Earth through yoga movements and breath and staying in tune with your own Divine essence. 

 

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Livia Fleming

Livia grew up foraging mushrooms and berries in the vast Slovakian forests. There she learned the farm-to-table lifestyle at her parent’s bountiful farm. Later, she was trained in biotechnology and in the food and cosmetic sciences.  Her upbringing, education, and passion for holistic medicine led her to study wild medicinal plants. Seeing the world through magical lenses, she helped to launch the ‘Fairy Forest’ in the Greenburgh Nature Center.  She currently sits on a sustainability committee in the BH district.  Her goals are to help students get involved with community service while connecting with nature and helping those in need. 

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Elisa Bremner

Passionate about food justice and sustainability, Elisa Bremner, RDN, empowers people of all ages and abilities to make healthful choices - with fruits and vegetables the primary focus. Elisa teaches culinary and nutrition classes at Westchester Community College and consults for JCCA/Pleasantville Cottage School, along with running her plant forward nutrition business, Green Bites. Elisa has a BS in Communication from Cornell University and an MS in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia pronouns: she/her/hers

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Shosanna Rome

Shoshanna Rome grew up in Japan and foraged ​for wild edibles and herbs alongside her mother and grandfather. She always had an interest in alternative medicine and in her early twenties she participated in an intensive herbal internship at Herb Pharm in Williams, Oregon. She has continued satisfying her interest in herbal medicine by attending related conferences and workshops across America. She believes in incorporating plant medicine into daily life for nourishment and health, and making herbal knowledge accessible to anyone who has budding curiosity.