Monday, November 30, 2015

Practical Herbalist Series 2016

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An exciting unique 4-part workshop series, that includes hands-on learning, plus some "home" assignments and additional support between sessions.  Workshops will be held on 4 Saturday mornings at Little City Farm, from June to September so we can see the changes and experience the bounty throughout the growing season.  This series is led by Karin Kliewer (Master Herbalist).

Spring Leaves
Summer Blossoms
Fall Harvest
Winter Roots
 At the end of this series you will have gained:
~ confidence and knowledge of growing/using basic medicinal herbs at home
~ a well-stocked pantry of simple herbal home remedies you have made
~ hands-on experience making 10+ herbal products (e.g. oils, salves, poultices, decoctions, tinctures, cough syrups, etc)
~ familiarity with 20+ medicinal herbs (see list of focus herbs for each session below)
~ guidelines for herbal dosages and basic herbal first aid for home use
~ general understanding of plant identification and ethical wild harvesting
~ hands-on experience harvesting, storing, drying,using medicinal herbs (leaves, blossoms, roots, berries, seeds, bark)
~ basic understanding of herbal gardening, herbal propagation, planting and seed saving
~ simple outline for starting your own medicinal herb garden at home
~  knowledge of where to source quality herbs and herbal product-making supplies
~  a collection of herbal recipes, hand-outs and other useful resources

~ a network of other community members interested in natural herbal healing
~ 10% discount on medicinal herbs during the annual Little City Farm Seedling Sale!
~ please see below for more details on specific topics we will cover in each session
~ a copy of Rosemary Gladstar's book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginners Guide   

Limited space to 10 participants.  As one goal of this series is to create a continuous small-group shared learning environment, priority will be given to participants who can commit to taking all 4 sessions.

Read more & register here...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Winter-Spring 2016 Workshops for Sustainable Living NOW POSTED!!

Winter-Spring 2016 Workshops for Sustainble Living NOW POSTED!

We are so excited to share our new line-up of classes with you, coming this January through May (more classes to come for summer-fall).

Workshops fill up quickly so please check our website here to sign up for your choice of classes.  Consider giving a workshop as a unique holiday gift to a family member or friend.  We now offer gift certificates for Little City Farm classes, events and B&B stays.

Workshops include soap making, cheese making, fermenting foods, sourdough, kombucha, herbal winter remedies, and much more!

Also don't forget to check out our special Homesteading Club for Kids this coming March Break, our Family Whole Food Series (come make pie and bread with your kids!), and the Practical Herbalist Series

Dec 5 Handmade Holiday Sale - Introducing our Vendors!

Here is a sneak peek for the A Little Bird Told Me (and told you, and please tell your friends too) Handmade Holiday Sale - coming up here at Little City Farm next Saturday December 5 from 10 am-2 pm!

Our house will be filled with a talented assortment of local artisans and crafters, featuring their unique handmade items with an eco-conscience.  Items are made from natural or organic materials/ingredients, and/or from upcycled/recycled materials. 


Jesse from Black Arrow Cycles will be here with his unique jewelry and home goods made from recycled bicycle parts.  You will find earrings made from intricately cut inner tubes; candle holders made from cogsets; bottle openers made from bicycle chain; and more.  We love the black inner tube feather earrings!

Charlotte from Green Garb makes woolly boots!  They are soft, cozy, made to last, and come in sizes for the whole family!  The Green Garb table will also feature natural wool and felted toys, ornaments, wool accessories, and other cozy home goods.


Karin from Homestead Herbals provides a sweet smelling selection of natural soaps, herbal oils, lipbalms, herbal salves, and other botanical goods for the health and well-being of your whole family.  Many of the herbs used are from right here at Little City Farm.


Our youngest and most enthusiastic vendors from the newly formed Home Sweet Home Baking, will offer a mouth-watering array of organic baked goodies - including vegan and gluten-free options such as lavender shortbread, gluten-free gingerbread, and gluten-free mini cupcakes.  Decorating is their specialty!

Little City Farm will once again have our organic pies, vegan brownies and date bars, and famous raw nanaimo bars at the Little Bird Sale!  Unique pies this season include: apple-salted caramel pie; lemon-yogurt pie with blueberry compote; chocolate-walnut pie; apple-cheddar pie; pumpkin-sweet potato pie; chocolate-cherry pie; and other delicious surprises.

Little City Farm is also now offering Gift Certificates - available online here, or in person at the Little Bird Sale.  Consider a gift certificate toward one of our classes, our soaps/herbals, or a stay in our eco bed & breakfast.

Trevor from Once Upon A Tree will have his fine woodworking on display, featuring reclaimed one-of-a-kind “live edge” serving boards in a variety of styles and sizes: Baguette, Charcuterie and Entertaining; as well as other home goods such as butcher block, bowls, and wood coasters.

AND also at this table, Sarah will have her unique hand-felted wool toys, clothing and other accessories.

Theresa from Seed of Life Foods provides delicious handmade seed bars are designed to provide real and lasting energy derived from simple ingredients (gluten free, vegan, nut free, without refined sugar, made with raw seeds).  She will also have handmade natural toys, decorations, incredible chocolate truffles (!), and other goodies!

Carol from Your Time Boutique offers handmade hand-dipped pure beeswax candles made from top quality Canadian beeswax.  These candles are beautiful, long-lasting and burn well. 

Final garden clean-up

This extra extra long fall has given us a late November chance to do one last clean up in the gardens, our final outdoor herb and greens harvest (calendula is still blooming!), plus our latest garlic planting ever!  The greens are abundant in the cold tunnel, growing nicely under the hoop cover - and abundant in the indoor passive solar greenhouse too.  We are looking forward to winter harvests of kale, chard, spinach, chives, mizuna, arugula, tatsoi, and others.

First snow day...been and gone

We enjoyed the first snow a few days ago...gone now, but lovely while it was here as our first reminder of winter to come.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Little City Farm 2016 Workshop Registration Policies

Please use paypal complete your registration. If you do not use paypal, we can accept e-transfer or cheques - but remember that we can only hold your workshop space once payment has been received.  Please contact us if you wish to pay by e-transfer or cheque.

Workshop participants will receive a reminder email one week before your workshop with any details you need for the class. If you have questions please contact us at:

Waiver Form for soap making classes
You will receive a Workshop Registration and Waiver Form before the class (either by email in advance, or on the workshop day), which we ask you to fill out before taking part in the class.

If you need to cancel your registration to a workshop, we ask that you kindly do so by 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We are unable to offer refunds. However we will provide you with a credit for the value of 50% of your workshop fee, toward a future workshop at Little City Farm. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the class will not be credited.

If you are interested in registering for a class this is full, you have the option of choosing another course date (if available), or being placed on a waiting list to be notified when the next class does open up. We will contact you to let you know.

All Little City Farm workshops are for adults, unless otherwise specified. If you have a nursing baby you would like to bring along, please inquire as we would be happy to accommodate this if the workshop setting is suitable (unfortunately soap classes are not suitable for young children). Children under age 14 may not attend soap making classes due to safety hazards (unless discussed with us in advance please). Children between the ages of 14-17 in a soap making class must be accompanied by an adult, who assumes full responsibility for the minor.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Soap Making Class NEW DATE - Sat, Nov 14

Calling all would-be soap makers!

For those of you wishing to learn the science and art of soap making from scratch (in the traditional cold-process method using all natural ingredients including organic oils, pure essential oil, organic botanicals) - we have just added one more of our popular Intro to Cold Process Soap Making workshops to our  schedule for November.

There are limited spaces left, so sign up soon - a great opportunity to learn to make soap in time for the holidays and gift giving.  Saturday, November 14 from 1-4 pm at Little City Farm.   Pre-registration required - sign up through our workshop schedule here.

Winter Herb Shares Now Available from Little City Farm/Homestead Herbals! Discover Community Supported Herbalism

What is a Winter Herb Share?
Similar to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) our Winter Herb Shares offer members unique limited edition herbal remedies made with herbs grown here at Little City Farm, or sourced from local/organic sources. These winter remedies are mindfully prepared in small batches with your best winter health in mind. Winter Herb Share members pay upfront, and Herb Shares are picked up at Little City Farm (by appointment), starting January 15, 2016. More information about this upon registration.  Please note that Winter Herb Shares are limited, so please do sign up soon if you wish to become a member.  Registration open until shares fill.

What is in a Winter Herb Share?
The Winter Herb Share includes:
  • Elderberry Syrup - 8 oz
  • Sage Cough Syrup - 2 oz
  • Winter Wellness Tincture - 2 oz
  • Warming Winter Elixir - 4 oz
  • Breathe Easy Cold & Congestion Oil - 2 oz
  • Winter Flu Fighter Tea Blend - 40 grams
  • All Purpose Healing Salve - 4 oz
  • Your choice of 1 Herbal Lipbalm: (lemon-thyme, lavender-honey, peppermint-red clover, or calendula cacao)
Winter Herb Share Cost: $105 (20% off regular retail value!)


Include your choice of lipbalm:

Winter Herb Share Ingredient Details:

Elderberry Syrup - a classic winter remedy that is highly beneficial for colds, cough, flu, bronchitis, sinus infection, viruses
Made with organic elderberries, local honey, alcohol.

Sage Cough Syrup - a delicious herbal syrup to ease sore throats and coughs
Made with organically grown sage, horehound, local honey, alcohol.

Winter Wellness Tincture - to boost the immune system, anti-viral properties
Made with organic elderberries, organically grown echinacea, thyme, boneset, astragalus, alcohol.

Winter Warming Elixir - this delicious fiery sipping vinegar ("shrub") is sure to beat any flu
Made with organic local apple cider vinegar, organically grown thyme, rosemary, organic turmeric, organic ginger root, organic garlic, organic onion, organic cayenne.

Breathe Easy Oil - massage and bath oil used for coughs, colds and congestion
Made with organic olive oil, organic grapeseed oil, pure essential oils of eucalyptus, rosemary, wintergreen.

Winter Flu Fighter Tea Blend - an immune boosting blend that also soothes sore throats
Made with organically grown herb blend: yarrow, peppermint, thyme, marshmallow root, anise hyssop, hyssop, and organic elder flowers.

All Purpose Healing Salve - for dry and chapped skin, healing cuts and scrapes
Made with organic olive oil, organic beeswax, vitamin E oil, organically grown calendula, organic St. Johns wort, organic yarrow, organic comfrey, organic cocoa butter, rosemary essential oil, geranium essential oil.

We will contact you after you purchase your Winter Herb Share.  For Local Customers the pick up for your Winter Herb Share is at Little City Farm (and no shipping costs necessary!).  For other orders, we offer limited shipping of your Winter Herb Share but shipping costs will apply.  Please contact us at info(at) if you have questions regarding shipping.

Monday, November 02, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Handmade Holiday Sale - coming Sat, Dec 5th at Little City Farm

Mark Your Calendars!

A Little Bird Told Me Handmade Holiday Sale at Little City Farm
Saturday, December 5 from 10 am-2 pm
508 Duke St W, Kitchener

Featuring a fine assortment of local artisans making handmade eco-conscious items from organic and upcycles materials.  You will find organic baked goods & festive treats, handmade chocolates, beeswax candles, wooden serving boards and home goods, jewelry from upcycled bicycle parts, woolen clothing, toys and children's items, and more surprises!

More info here shortly!