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  • Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on March 25, 2015

    CIMG0634We are happy to announce the Spring 2015 Greenhouse Workshop Schedule. This year it is bigger than ever before and we are happy to be offering additional classes from a variety of area professionals in addition to our staff of experts.

    Please consider stopping in one of these Saturdays to take part in  our informative and fun workshop series. They are free, and attendees receive a 10%off coupon to use in the stand that weekend, excluding the free soil testing.

    April 4

    10 am Spring Pruning of Winter Damaged Shrubs

    Our gardens are supposed to offer a welcome retreat, but this winter has been as hard on them as our mental state. As the snow and ice finally melts away the destruction from compaction, bitter cold, and snowplow and blower damage becomes very evident. Our pruning expert Mike will lead you through a brief and informative class on general pruning, with an emphasis on repairing winter damage and revitalizing your plant. We have plenty of now ugly and damaged shrubs in our gardens here thanks to the winter, so he will be able to demonstrate on some full size specimens.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Spring Pruning Winter Damage

    April 11 

    10 am – 3 pm Free Soil Testing

    April 11th we will once again be offering free soil testing courtesy of John Howell, of New England Vegetable and Berry Association

    Free Soil Testing for your garden and lawn. Come by with one or two dry samples of soil from areas of your garden you would like tested. John Howell of the New England Vegetable and Berry Association will be here to analyze your samples and help point you in a growing direction, and we will be here to help you pick up the lime, bone-meal, acidic fertilizer or whatever he suggests to you. Stop by any time between 10 and 3 to meet with us and get your garden growing.This is being held in tandem with our Kids Gardening Workshop so there is something to keep the young ones occupied while you get your garden going. Attendees of the kids workshop will receive a 10% off coupon to use in the store, this offer does not apply to the soil testing.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Free Soil Testing

    10-3 Kids Gardening Workshop

    This week, April 11 Kids Gardening Workshop 10 am – 3 pm

    Join Michelle for a fun morning and afternoon of gardening fun. She will have several activities to keep young children occupied with the wonder of nature in the greenhouse. Kids will plant their own seeds to take home and learn about the life cycle of plants as well as the ways to care for them and conservation methods we use in our greenhouse. Kids activities will take between 20 -45 minutes depending on crowd size and other factors.Please join us April 11, stop by between 10 and 3 in our greenhouse. This is being held in tandem with our Free Soil Testing Workshop, so parents can grab a cup of coffee and get their own garden growing while the kids work with Michelle.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Kids Gardening Workshop

    April 18

    10 am Curb Appeal

    Tips and strategies for increasing a home’s curb appeal with Paul Lambe

    It’s real estate season again, so the perfect time for Paul Lambe, manager for NatureWorks  Landscape Services  to review strategies for improving curb appeal of your home. Curb appeal is what gets potential buyers in the door by enhancing visual interest, removing eyesores and ultimately providing a cohesive look.  Paul will discuss the benefits and methods to increasing the curb appeal of both the home and landscape. His landscape discussion will likely discuss a variety of aspects including shrub and tree pruning, lawn care, plant health, animal damage, hardscape and lighting, irrigation systems, as well as new plantings. Bring your questions along and access his knowledge of  20 plus years in the business of making lawns and homes beautiful for discerning metrowest customers.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Curb Appeal

     

    April 25

    10 am Shrubbery, Traditional and Modern Varieties

    Volante Farms Perennial and Shrub experts will offer a short course on many of the new varieties of shrubs available for your landscape. We will discuss popular landscape shrubs like Hydrangeas: The New (Endless Summer etc.) vs the Old (Traditional Oak Leaf). We will also cover other new hybrids of shrubs and roses, Bloomerang, Knockouts etc and how they perform vs. the tried and true varieties and why you might choose one over the other for your landscape.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Shubbery: New vs. Traditional Varieties

    May 2

    10 am Container Planting

    Our most popular workshop returns. Dianne will take you through the steps of creating beautiful container gardens for your home. She will go over the varieties of plants that work best in different pots, and the care they require. She will also have a wide variety of samples on hand and plenty of time to answer your questions while she leads you through the creative and imaginative world of container gardening.

    Also don’t forget our Design & Drinks Class on April 11, also with Dianne,  where you make your own spring colorful container and take it home!

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Container Planting

    Eventbrite - Design & Drinks Workshop: Spring Container Planters

     

     

    May 9

    10 am Irrigation & Water Conservation

    Water Conservation in your Garden with Paul Lambe from NatureWorks Landscaping

    Paul Lambe, manager of NatureWorks Landscaping, returns with a special program  on creating a landscape to beat the summer heat. Many of us have to deal with water bans in our towns and he will give us some great ideas how to succeed despite restrictions. He will go over plants that are drought and heat tolerant, as well as ideas on how to conserve water in the garden, including irrigation methods and equipment.

    Eventbrite - Greenhouse Workshop: Water Conservation in the Garden

     

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on March 24, 2015

    blue pansyJoin us for our first ever daytime event in our continuing Design & Drinks Series. This April 11 at 3 pm Dianne and Linda will meet you in the greenhouse for a spring container workshop, our design being to get some color on your front porch as soon as possible.

    Let’s melt away the remainder of the winter mess with a few glasses of wine and a good time building some cold weather ready mixed pots to brighten your entry way. The basics are we will give you your choice of terracotta colored pot or fiber urn liner, enough plants and soil to fill it and the tools and instruction necessary. You’ll have the option of adding a few glasses of wine on for just $10, as well as upgrading your container with our fine clay and pottery ones available in the farmstand as well as fancier plants if you so choose.

    This is a great deal for just $50 ( $60 with wine) as the average designed planter will have a retail value of at least $40 to take home.

    We expect to have some nice perennials, flowering bulbs, and pansies and violas by then and will help you make your selection from what is available and cold hardy.

    Please see our page on Eventbrite to register, or ask for more information the next time you are in the farmstand.
    Eventbrite - Design & Drinks Workshop: Spring Container Planters

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on March 4, 2015

     

    Volante Farms Brings Fresh Approach to Food Drive

     

    Needham, MA  February 2015  Volante Farms is excited to announce the return of their groundbreaking fresh food drive – Rally for Rosie’s Place – a month long effort to provide nutritious vegetables and fruit to those in need of help with their groceries.

     

    For the thousands of poor and homeless women Rosie’s Place serves each year, impossible choices among food, rent, medication and heat are commonplace. When groceries are an option, nutritional value usually takes a back seat to cost since healthy food choices are often more expensive.

     

    During the last six growing seasons, Volante Farms has partnered with Rosie’s Place in their commitment to provide substantial and nutritious meals to their guests. Patricia Jones, Food Pantry Manager, explains, “For more than 40 years, Rosie’s Place has provided a safe and nurturing environment for poor and homeless women to maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Our food programs further our mission by giving our guests access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious food that is too often simply not an option for families struggling to make ends meet.”

     

    While Rosie’s Place has had great success partnering with Volante’s and other local farms during the warmer months, there is an expressed lack of fresh food donations available to them during the winter. Volante’s is looking to once again change this for the entire month of March!

     

    Here is how the month long effort will work. For the first two weekends in March (March 7-8 and 14-15), Volante’s is encouraging the community to visit the Farm and donate fresh produce from the market at the register. No gift is too small…a single piece of fruit improves the quality of a meal. The donations will be kept in refrigerated chests until they are tallied and delivered the following Monday morning. These totals will be used during the third and fourth weeks of March, when Volante’s will match pound for pound every customer donation!

     

    During last year’s drive, shoppers donated over 500 pounds of nourishing vegetables and fruit. Coupled with the Volante’s match, Rosie’s Place received a half ton of healthy food during a difficult time of year when donations are at a low and utility bills are high!

     

    The public is asked to help strengthen this tradition by donating at the Farm and spreading the word to your friends, school and community groups. For more information please contact Teri Volante Boardman or Ryan Conroy at Volante Farms (www.volantefarms.com), 292 Forest Street, Needham MA, 02492, 781-444-2351 or info@volantefarms.com and Ruthie McDonough at Rosie’s Place (www.rosiesplace.org), 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118 or

    617-442-9322.

     

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on February 6, 2015

    Join us on March 7th for a new type of Cooking Class. We will be holding it in our greenhouse, to get a sense of spring. We will hold it during the day, starting at 1 pm. Chef Todd wants to focus on Spanish Tapas, and will lead you through a variety of small plates, perfect for snacking and appetizer alone, and a complete meal when followed one after another. We will pair with a couple glasses of Spanish wine for an additional charge.

    Seats are $40, plus $10 for the wine option. sign up by clicking on the Flamenco Dancer emoji below and we’ll see you there!

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on January 16, 2015

    Join us for our  Fairy Gardening Workshop February 28. You’ll enjoy instruction and have all the materials necessary to make a cute miniature Fairy Garden, one of the trendiest things around. We’ll provide plants, container, soil, one fairy and knick knack to get your garden started right.

    We think this a great event for all ages, come by for lunch and hang out for the class. Class will start at 2 pm and probably run to about 4, but we do ask that parents of children remain at the farm during the class.

    Cost of Workshop, including materials, $35.

     

    Sign up by clicking the link below, for more information contact us at info@volantefarms.com.

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on December 9, 2014

    Join Dianne and Linda for the third installment of their Drinks & Design Series, workshops patterned on the popular Painting Nights all over town. Only these fun events let you leave with a real work of art, something put together by you and Mother nature together. We’ve already done cut flower bouquets in the summer, and boxwood arrangements for the holidays, but this time we are going to break the winter doldrums with something not cut at all, but living and growing!

    Terrariums are the next rage in gardening, and we are going to help you put together a mini desk or table top garden under glass of your very own. We’ll provide you with a choice of appropriate plants, a handsome glass container, soil and instruction on how to put it all together into a work of natural art. You just bring your hands, and a willingness to kick back and create with some snacks and wine.

    The materials of this course are a bit more expensive than our usual classes, but we want to make sure a lot of you can join in the fun so we are keeping our workshop price the same for this class, which means the project you take home could have a retail value more than the entire event ticket! How’s that for an incentive?

    So please join us with your friends. Maybe make this the holiday get together you know you just wont have time for in this busy season, but get it on the books now. A solid month after the hectic New Year, we think it’s a great time to get out and celebrate again.

    The class starts at 7 pm, January 31st in the farmstand. Seats are $50, or $65 with wine. Purchase seats with our cashiers in the farmstand or online right now by clicking the button below. Hurry while space remains!

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on

    Join us for our second Cooking Class of the winter for a little bit of Bon Temps Cuisine. With Carnival Season in full swing, join Chef Todd as he leads you through the steps of some of his favorite recipes for the pre-Lenten season. Expect rich and spicy flavors and a real sense of joie de vivre, especially with the additional wine pairing option.

    Cooking Classes are an excellent gift for the foodie in your life this holiday season, are great night out with friends and loved ones.

    Tickets for this multi-course class are $50, $65 with wine pairing. Sign up  in the greenhouse or the main farmstand registers while seats last, or right now online by clicking the button below.

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on

     

    Join Chef Todd this January for his first Cooking Class of the season. He’s been itching to try out some of his favorite Italian techniques, especially on some of the regional specialties of which you might not be aware. So come hungry for this class, which will feature tastes of Italy minus one classic ingredient, Tomato Sauce. It will certainly have some of Italy’s classic wines to pair with your tastes of the evenings dishes as you learn how to replicate them yourselves at home.

    Cooking Classes are an excellent gift for the foodie in your life this holiday season, are great night out with friends and loved ones.  So sign up for this one soon or our follow up February 7th featuring a Mardi Gras Menu, also on sale now.

    Tickets for this multi-course class are $50, $65 with wine pairing. Sign up  in the greenhouse or the main farmstand registers while seats last, or right now online by clicking the button below.

     

    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on

    All Seats $60

    Join us this winter for another wonderful evening of friends, beer and food with the folks from Jack’s Abby Brewery in Framingham. Similar to last year’s event, we’re striving to keep the price low and still present you with a fun atmosphere of belly-filling lagers and beer hall food served family style in long tables stretching the length of the farmstand.

    We’ll close the retail store a little early that day to prepare the space, and then spend a few hours treating guests to a very fun and unique meal prepared by Chef Todd and our kitchen staff.

    Be sure to look at last year’s blog post about the event to get an idea of what a great gift this would make for yourself or your loved ones this holiday season. Seats are $60 apiece and include food, beer, and all the homegrown hospitality we  can provide.

    Update: 1/12/2015

    The Beer Dinner has sold out already, please join the wait list by filling out the form below:

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    Posted by Ryan in Theme Additions on November 21, 2014

     

    Please join us for the next in our series of floral design workshop events. This design & Drinks night will feature our famous Boxwood Tree, the perfect holiday hostess gift, table centerpiece or office decoration. Our designers will help you make a colorful lasting floral arrangement in the shape of an evergreen tree, and then show you how to fashion decorations onto picks and and embellish your tree to your liking. We’ll have clay pots, florist foam, cut boxwood, ribbons, pine cones and more for you to work with so that you are sure to go home with a stunning piece of holiday cheer.

    Along the way we’ll have snacks and a selection of wines for you to choose from. $50 gets you a seat at the table and a boxwood tree of your very own, the wine option is available for $15 more and includes two glasses.

    Make this an early holiday party with your friends, or gift someone early this season and catch them off guard. It will be a fun easy night and you’ll go home with something beautiful. Please register by clicking the button below: