Spring Farm Tour
May
21
2:00 pm14:00

Spring Farm Tour

Join sculptor and orchardist, Linda Hoffman, for a spring tour of the farm including the apple orchard, espaliered apple trees, grafted trees, the hoop house, mediation hut, and sculpture by Hoffman and other artists installed around the pond. This event is part of Freedom's Way Hidden Treasures 2017. For more information about Hidden Treasures click here.   The event is free.

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Egg, Yin Peet.  Photo: Robert Hesse

Apple Blossom Viewing
May
6
3:00 pm15:00

Apple Blossom Viewing

Join us for a casual appreciation of the apple trees and their blossoms. Bring a poem, a treat, a song to share, and we'll gather among the trees.

Apr
23
1:00 pm13:00

The Art of Grafting Apple Trees

Join us for an afternoon of grafting at Old Frog Pond Farm!

   

 

 

Learn various grafting techniques including whip and tongue, bridge grafting, and top working. You will go home with your own grafted semi-dwarf apple tree.  

The fee is $30. The workshop will be taught by Linda Hoffman, Libby Levison, and Denis Wagner. Bring a small pocket knife if you have one. All other materials will be provided. In case of rain we'll graft indoors. 

Click here to register. 

Oct
8
1:00 pm13:00

Trees: The Authentic Gesture, Watercolor Workshop in the Orchard

This workshop is for anyone – professional painters as well as those who want to spend a delightful afternoon with paint and water! Our focus will be on capturing the form of the apple trees through the authentic gesture.  We will paint from the body — from the heart; and give ourselves over to the unexpected drips of color, as well as intentional brushstrokes. The instructor, Imadiel Ariel, is a full time fine artist, painter and photographer, who was a gallery instructor for many years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, taught classes at the Umbrella in Concord,  and now teaches painting from her studio in Natick, MA. She can be reached at imadiel.art@gmail.com

Workshop fee: $35; supplies if you need them: $20 payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. Reserve early online at as this workshop is sure to fill. 

Oct
8
12:00 pm12:00

Lightroot Harvest

Join Lila Terry for the annual harvesting of the Lightroot. Meet in the back of the orchard at the Lightroot Boxes if you'd like to help or just want to learn more about Lightroot. 

African Drumming with Moussa Traore & Friends
Oct
2
2:00 pm14:00

African Drumming with Moussa Traore & Friends

Moussa Traore was born and raised in Mali and is considered one of the world's top djembe players.  He is a dear friend of the farm and we are excited and honored to have him return for this much anticipated afternoon of family fun!  

An amazing afternoon of rhythm and community.

And fruit picking!  

See you there.

 

Sep
18
1:00 pm13:00

Sculpture Exhibit Reception for the Artists

Wind Sculpture, Michio Ihara   Photo: Bob Hesse

Wind Sculpture, Michio Ihara   Photo: Bob Hesse

Celebrate art and the artists! Join us for music by The Morningside Studio Jazz Band and meet some of the artists.

At 2:30  Pamela Worden, founder and president for many years of the nonprofit group Urban Arts, will lead a tour of the exhibit.

A great event to meet old friends and make new ones.  

The Wise Silence, Andrea Thompson  Photo: Artist

The Wise Silence, Andrea Thompson  Photo: Artist

Sep
11
2:00 pm14:00

Plein Air Poetry Walk

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Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio's Poet-in-Residence, Susan Edwards Richmond, has once again invited poets to walk the rich landscape of pond, waterfall, fields, and woods of our farm and write poetry inspired by a particular location, artwork, or vista.  This year's theme: SPLASH

We invite you to join us during the fall harvest to walk around the farm, stopping at the various locations of inspiration to listen to the poems. Chapbooks of the poetry will be available for sale.  Refreshments will follow the reading.

William Lenderking reading his poem, 2015

William Lenderking reading his poem, 2015

Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

Yoga and Creativity

In this class of kundalini yoga, we will work with the concepts of inspiration, revelation, and manifestation.  Kundalini yoga is a yoga of energy and awareness, using asanas (postures), mudras (hand gestures), mantras (sound), drishti (eye focus), and body locks (bhands) in an integrated manner to allow the kundalini energy to rise from the lower centers in the body to the higher centers.  Kundalini is often translated as ‘creative potential,’ and it is said that the kundalini energy lies coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine, but can be elevated through conscious practice. 

The instructor, William Lenderking, PhD., (Sach Prem Singh) is a Yoga Alliance certified kundalini yoga teacher, a poet and musician.  The class will be accessible to all!  Beginners welcome!!  Price is $15 and can be purchased through our website or paid directly to the instructor. 

Old Frog Pond Farm is an inspirational place to explore creativity.  We will gather in the Medicine Wheel. Bring mats, sunscreen, water, pen and paper.  Bring a picnic, pick some raspberries, and stay for the Plein Air Poetry reading that starts at 2 PM.  

William Lenderking

William Lenderking

Sep
4
2:00 pm14:00

Welcome Walt Whitman

Stephen Collins performs An Afternoon with Walt Whitman

Stephen Collins performs An Afternoon with Walt Whitman

Join us for  "An Afternoon with Walt Whitman."  The performance features samplings of Whitman's poetry and selections from archival interviews with the poet. You will go away with a much better understanding of the man and the poet!

Purchase your tickets $10 ahead from our online store to save a seat!

Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge, and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. After twenty plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves - performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations throughout the country.

I certainly plan to take the student's advice and invite you back to Lenox next year.
     William J. Irvin, Ph.D., Lenox Memorial High School

I was simply blown away with your performance. A tour de force!
     Michael Robertson, English Department, College of New Jersey
 

Sep
3
Oct 10

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Nubian, David Crane   Photo Bob Hesse

Nubian, David Crane   Photo Bob Hesse

Old Frog Pond Farm and Studio's annual outdoor sculpture exhibit featuring artwork from sculptors throughout New England is open on weekends from 11 -5 pm.

The tenth annual sculpture walk is open on weekends through Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, 2016 from 11 - 5pm. Exhibiting artists are Barbara Andrus, Bj Andrus, David Crane, Ted Castro, Kevin Duffy, Anne Eder, Liz Fletcher, Robert Hesse, Linda Hoffman, Michio Ihara, Madeleine Lord, Paul Matisse, Frances Patnaude, Yin Peet, Blase Provitola, Erika Radich, Bob Shannahan, Margot Stage, Karin Stanley, Marina Strauss, Andrea Thompson, Joseph Wheelwright, Gabrielle White, and Melanie Zibit.

This year's reception for the artists will be on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 1 - 4pm. Visitors can meet the artists and enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition with Pamela Worden.  Live music performed by The Morningside Studio Jazz Band led by Dan Fox.

$7 or $20 for a family.  

Feb
8
Feb 9

2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference Registration

NURTURING NATURE FOR FOOD QUALITY

The 5th Annual 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference will gather farmers, researchers, nutritionists and food system advocates for a multidisciplinary conversation exploring the potential to improve food quality through regenerative agriculture that builds soil, crop and ecosystem health. We will explore how soil health and crop quality are interrelated, and how a renewed focus on the food qualities that industrial agriculture forgot – flavor and nutrition – can help drive transformation with important societal benefits.

Linda Hoffman will be presenting, A Natural Approach to the New England Apple Orchard, on Tuesday at 11:15.

Jan
16
9:00 pm21:00

NOFA MASS Winter Conference

Linda Hoffman will present a workshop, The Organic Raspberry Patch at 1:30pm

Prepare to be amazed by this delicate fruit that is actually an aggregate of up to 150 ovaries – and each one needs to be pollinated! Hoffman will discuss planting and growing your own patch of raspberries – varieties, diseases, and care including remineralizing the soil,foliar sprays, and the challenge of warding off the spotted-winged drosophila. 

For more information or registration click here

Sep
26
10:00 am10:00

Outdoor Yoga

OUTDOOR YOGA

Move and breathe in the center of a sacred medicine wheel.

with Nanri Tenney (nanristudio.com)

 

10-11 AM Saturday, September 26th

By donation (sug. $15)

 

FOR ALL AGES:

Gentle postures and Earth breathing 

on this beautiful land!

​Around the Pond and Through the Woods: Artists' Reception
Sep
20
1:00 pm13:00

​Around the Pond and Through the Woods: Artists' Reception

           Adam+and+Eve by Madeleine Lord

           Adam+and+Eve by Madeleine Lord

Old Frog Pond Farm and Studio's annual outdoor sculpture exhibit featuring artwork from sculptors throughout New England.

This year's opening reception will be on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 1 - 5 pm. Visitors can meet the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour around the pond and through the woods.   Live music performed by The Morningside Studio Jazz Band led by Dan Fox.

The Morningside Studio Jazz Band from the farmhouse porch!

The Morningside Studio Jazz Band from the farmhouse porch!

The Sculpture Walk will be open on weekends from 11 - 5 throughout our U-Pick Season.  Suggested Donation is $5.  Click here for a "virtual tour" of this year's sculptures.

Plein Air Poetry Walk
Sep
13
2:00 pm14:00

Plein Air Poetry Walk

Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio's Poetry Editor Susan Edwards Richmond has once again invited poets to walk the rich landscape of pond, waterfall, stream, fields, and forests of our farm and write poetry inspired by a particular place.  This year's theme: Contours.

Linda Fialkoff reading her poem at the 2014 Plein Air Poetry Walk

Linda Fialkoff reading her poem at the 2014 Plein Air Poetry Walk

Susan has selected the work of thirteen poets and we invite you to join us during the fall harvest to gather and walk around the farm, stopping at the various locations of inspiration to listen to these poems.  Chapbooks of the poetry will be available for sale.  

William Lenderking reading his poem at the 2015 Plein Air Poetry Walk.

William Lenderking reading his poem at the 2015 Plein Air Poetry Walk.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Acton-Boxborough, Groton, and Harvard Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 


Native Plant Workshop with Nicole Andrade
Sep
12
9:00 am09:00

Native Plant Workshop with Nicole Andrade

Our native plants offer essential habitats for amazing wildlife and are an important component to our farming practices.  Join us for a tour of our fields, orchards and trails and learn about identification, medicinal properties and uses of these beneficial plants in our landscape.  Expect to see over 40 varieties, including Goldenseal and our first-year American Ginseng plants.  You will take home a bibliography for native plant identification and our wild forage pesto recipe!

The plant walk will be led by Nicole Andrade, holistic and shamanic herbalist.  The walk will last about 1 1/2 hours.  You are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring water.  

$10. Click here to sign up.

NOFA MASS Workshop: Organic Apple Growing
Aug
23
2:00 pm14:00

NOFA MASS Workshop: Organic Apple Growing

Spend the afternoon with Linda in the orchard, where over fifty varieties of apples are growing.  She will discuss her yearly schedule of organic care, show how she has grafted a number of rows to change the inherited Red Delicious trees to new varieties, and share all things practical about planting, staking, and protecting young trees. We will also walk through the farm's newly planted Asian pear "nursery" and learn about growing this delicious fruit. More information available on the NOFA MASS website. Click here to register.

Scythe Workshop
Jul
19
9:00 am09:00

Scythe Workshop

After reading Masanobu Fukuoka's One Straw Revolution, we have been itchin' to scythe!  And then we met Shelby Howland of Howland Tools at the NOFA MASS Winter Conference.  We are thrilled that he agreed to come out to the farm to show us how it's done.  

Demos available.  $30  Click here to register.

NOFA MASS Workshop: Organic Small Fruit: Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants and Goumis
Jul
12
2:00 pm14:00

NOFA MASS Workshop: Organic Small Fruit: Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants and Goumis

Join us for one of two NOFA MASS-sponsored workshops on the farm this summer. With this one, facilitators Linda Hoffman and Charlotte Trim will talk about getting small fruit health by re-mineralizing the soil and using foliar sprays. They will also discuss the challenges of the Spotted Wing Drosphilia that arrived in the Northeast in 2011 and has been a challenge ever since for small fruit growers.  More details available on the NOFA MASS website.  Click here to register.

Apple Blossom Open Studio
May
17
1:00 pm13:00

Apple Blossom Open Studio

Celebrating the blooming orchard and our artist community!  Our studio will be filled with new works by local artists: Louise Berliner (Concord), David Crane (Westford), Alicia Dwyer (Harvard), Susan Ginouves (Harvard), Linda Hoffman (Harvard), Madeleine Lord (Winchester), Gabrielle White (Acton).

Enjoy a tour of our fruit trees at 3 pm with orchardist Linda Hoffman.

Our own fresh-cut, organic mesclun and arugula will be available for sale! 

David Crane

David Crane

Louise Berliner

Louise Berliner

Gabrielle White

Gabrielle White

Alicia Dwyer

Alicia Dwyer

Madeleine Lord

Madeleine Lord

Oct
5
2:00 pm14:00

Homegrown: An Afternoon with Dillon Bustin

Folklorist Dillon Bustin has been touching hearts for decades with his earthly songs and stories that mingle nature, history and philosophy. Let his soul-soothing voice, his humor, his knowledge transcend you with stories of gardening, wildlife and other natural world occurrences.  

Come early or stay later to enjoy our organic farm with U-pick raspberries and other seasonal offerings.  We also have an outdoor sculpture walk featuring 15 New England artists.

$10 per person.

Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Click here to buy tickets.

 

Among other things, Dillon is the Artistic Director of Hibernian Hall, "Your Home for the Arts in the Heart of Boston".  Hibernian Hall, located in Roxbury, MA, is a 1913 ballroom converted into a theater and cultural center.  The year-round schedule features theater, music, dance, film/video, poetry and spoken-word performance art.  

Sep
13
10:00 am10:00

Plein Air Painting with Heather Barros

The tradition of 'plein air' became popular when the French Impressionist painters packed up their paints and drawing materials and headed for a day outdoors. Join painter Heather Barros for a morning of instruction. Experienced painters may bring their own materials. Beginning artists are welcome and there will be a $10 fee for pastels and paper. Feel free to bring a lunch and continue painting in the afternoon.

Pastel of Farmhouse and barn by Heather Barros

Pastel of Farmhouse and barn by Heather Barros

The fee for the is class is $25.

Click here to register.

To contact the instructor: artcollaborations@gmail.com.

Sep
13
7:30 am07:30

Morning Bird Walk with Susan Edwards Richmond

Spend the morning with poet and bird enthusiast, Susan Edwards Richmond.  Susan will traverse the farm, pond trails and orchards in search of the usual ornitho-suspects, like blue birds, swallows, and red-winged blackbirds.  There are always a few surprises along the way  - like a green heron!  Click here to register.  $10.

Green Heron

Green Heron

Aug
24
1:00 pm13:00

Creative Days @ Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio

This summer, we are offering a 4-workshop series that invites artistic use of our natural surroundings on the farm.  

IV Sculpture: Person & Place 

We'll be making small figures in wax and then with wood and twine we'll construct a sculpture for the figure to inhabit using wood and stones.  For those who took the first session we will be adding the challenge of some new materials and using a different sculpting wax.

No experience is necessary --- wear old clothes --- and be prepared to use your imagination and fingertips. Class size is limited to 12.

Artists Linda Hoffman and Margot Stage will be teaching this session.

$40    Click here to register.

Creative Days @ Old Frog Pond & Studio - Sculpt
Aug
10
1:00 pm13:00

Creative Days @ Old Frog Pond & Studio - Sculpt

This summer, we are offering a 4-workshop series that invites artistic use of our natural surroundings on the farm.  

III Sculpture: Person & Place

Explore the relationship between the figure and place. We'll be making small figures in wax and then with wood and twine we'll construct a sculpture for the figure to inhabit.

No experience is necessary --- wear old clothes --- and be prepared to use your imagination and fingertips. Class size is limited to 12.

Artists Linda Hoffman and Margot Stage will be teaching this session.

1 - 4 p.m.  $40

Sorry we are filled - Send us an email if you would like to be notified of the next sculpture workshop. 

Creative Days @ Old Frog Pond & Studio - Collage
Jul
27
1:00 pm13:00

Creative Days @ Old Frog Pond & Studio - Collage

This summer, we are offering a 4-workshop series that invites artistic use of our natural surroundings on the farm.  

Collage by Lynn Horsky

Collage by Lynn Horsky

Paper Collage: Free Association Narratives

Instructor: Lynn Horsky

Paper materials will be supplied as well as clay board for bases, glue, scissors, cutting matte and xacto knives, brushes, burnishers and sealers.

Be on the lookout prior to the workshop for any image(s) or (paper) materials seen in daily life that are intriguing or areas in a color(s) that attracts you, and bring cache to the studio to incorporate into your collages. However, there will be plenty of materials to sort through if participants wish to find all their materials at the workshop.

Please arrive a few minutes early so we can begin promptly.

We will begin with sorting and choosing material, then make a rough composition followed by rough cuts.  Next will be refining the image, reviewing together, and completing the final trimming. You will then have about 40-45 minutes for the final paste down. The class runs 2 hours but the studio will be open for an additional hour if you need more time to complete your collage.

 Note: Sealing should be done when project is completely dry. Wait 24 hrs to brush on coating of sealer (provided). 

1 - 3 p.m.  $25

Click here to register.

Lynn Horsky showed her collages at Old Frog Pond Farm’s Open Studio in May of this year. This fall she will have a solo exhibit at Indian Hill Music in Littleton. She is also the farm’s Bonuty Blog editor and a fabulous cook.



Creative Days @ Old Frog Pond & Studio - Write
Jul
13
1:00 pm13:00

Creative Days @ Old Frog Pond & Studio - Write

WRITING DAY IS CANCELLED

This summer, we are offering a 4-workshop series that invites artistic use of our natural surroundings on the farm.  

Join author and orchardist Linda Hoffman for a session on reflective writing.  The afternoon will end with a silent, mindful blueberry picking experience.

1 - 4 p.m.   $40

Click here to register.