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June 2019

Organic Pest Management – Cancelled

June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED! Please contact us if you have any questions. Organic pest controls: bugs happen in every garden and there are ways to control them without using harmful chemicals on your food. We will show you a few of our favorites that are easy to use and are sold in local stores or the recipes to create your own. Class will be administered by: Emily Zack Class will be held at The Smart Farm Learning Center 490…

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August 2019

Totally Tomatoes

August 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010

Tomato: tomatoes are easy to grow but using a few tricks they can be even more prolific! We will discuss pruning, trellising plus pest and disease control. We will also talk about how to choose the best variety for your garden. Nothing is better then a homegrown tomato! Class will be administered by: Emily Zack Class will be held at The Smart Farm Learning Center 490 W IL 22 Lake Barrington, IL 60010 ***GPS is incorrect: We are located west…

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September 2019

Smart Farm to Table Dinner – SOLD OUT!

September 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Advocate Good Shepherd Barn, 450 W IL Rte 22
Barrington, IL 60010 United States
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Connecting Farm, Food and Community Join us for an evening of great local food, drinks, and music. Saturday, September 14, 2019 Cocktails and Appetizers - 5:30pm Dinner - 6:30pm   Featuring Chefs who Share our Passion for Local Food: Chef Zak Dolezal, Dukes Alehouse, Crystal Lake Alina & Jerry Jaskowiak, Pine Food Company,  Barrington, IL Meghan McGinty, Farmhouse on North, Barrington, IL Rhienna, 1776, Crystal Lake   Also Featuring: Local Beer from Jennifer and Michael Kainz, Onion Pub Zero Waste…

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February 2020

Incredible Edibles: A Native Plant Class

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
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We are excited to have Naturalist, Navraaz Basati host a 2 hour adventure in edible plant exploration! This class will help you create a multifaceted relationship with native and local plants to support your specific health needs on many levels. During this class you will learn the basics of how to: Identify edible native plants and their culinary purposes Add these plants/fruits to our modern day diets Grow and harvest local and native, micro greens, berries, herbs, nuts and fruits that…

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March 2020

Kombucha Tea: Home Brew

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010

Kombucha is a fermented tea that people have been making for thousands of years. In this class you will learn about kombucha and the basics to start brewing it at home. Get a taste of first and second ferment kombucha. Starter kit available (optional $25). As a kombucha drinker…Tamara’s Kombucha is the best I have tasted! Class will be administered by: Tamara Jazwinski Class will be held at The Smart Farm Learning Center 490 W IL 22 Lake Barrington, IL…

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How to Make a Fresh Spring Wreath

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
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Registration is FULL! Thanks to all who signed up! Learn how to make a living fresh wreath to celebrate the arrival of spring! Using branches and vines, eucalyptus and other living greenery, one of our expert designers walks you through the steps to creating a wreath that is imperfect and feels like it came from nature! Expert Instructors: Mosie Himes and Chris Flannery Class will be held at: The Smart Farm Learning Center 490 W IL 22 Lake Barrington, IL 60010 ***GPS is…

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April 2020

A Taste of Honey(bees): An introduction to bees and beekeeping (POSTPONED)

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
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Due to COVID-19, we will be rescheduling this class. Stay tuned! Beginning Beekeeping Seminar Many people know that honeybees are in trouble, but do you know why? Would you like to find out? Would you like to learn what you can do to help the decline? Or, have you ever thought of keeping bees and harvesting the honey yourself? Find out all this and more from a local beekeeper at this beginners course! You'll learn what to do and what…

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Build a Birdhouse (CANCELLED)

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
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Due to COVID-19, this class is cancelled. If you'd still like a birdhouse- buy one, or the supplies for one at our Plant Sale! Building bird nest boxes is a great way to help conserve birds at the local level. Nest boxes help maintain bluebird populations that have declined by as much as 90%. Join Smart Farm volunteers Kathy Phelan and Dan Egan and build your own bluebird or wren birdhouse. Participants are asked to bring a Phillips screwdriver and…

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Plant Powered Dinner: Eat Deliciously, Cut Food Waste (CANCELLED)

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
One Life Kitchen, 742 W Northwest Hwy
Barrington, IL 60010 United States
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Due to COVID-19, we will be cancelling this educational dinner. We hope to have more classes like this later in the season, so stay tuned! We will be contacting those who registered for refunds. Join Smart Farm and Chef Shawn Bork for a 8-11 course delicious, plant-based, nut-free cooking class and presentation about ways to limit food waste. Class fee is $60/person. Class will be held at One Life Kitchen The Smart Farm is excited to host an evening with…

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May 2020

Permaculture in your Own Backyard

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Smart Farm Learning Center, 490 W IL Hwy 22
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
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Permaculture in Your Own Backyard There is a saying in permaculture: “All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden!”  Seems ridiculous, or at best naïve, but when explored through a new pair of lenses there are inspiring elements of truth in this statement.   The permaculture homes and gardeners of the future may lead the way in demonstrating how we as humans can live abundantly well, while also leaving the planet in better condition than when we arrived upon…

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