TALKING TREE FARM
Wholesome classes offered by experts in an outdoor, hands-on environment.
Sign up for a class today for as low as $10.
We are currently limiting the number of participants for each class due to Covid & are practicing safe physical distancing while in an outdoor setting.
From France, to Thailand, to Texas
My French husband and I met in the south of Thailand, where we lived on the beach, farmed in the sand, and lived off-grid for many years. We arrived in San Antonio, my hometown, in 2015 with the dream of sharing our knowledge on sustainable living and agricultural methods. For 3 years we lived in a camper on a friend's land and started a Permaculture Project known as Talking Tree Farm. In 2019, when our son was born, we transitioned the farm to the land we bought in Schertz, Texas. We continue to sell our produce, farm honey, & eggs at the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market. Providing quality food to the community is something we are proud of, but teaching is something we are passionate about! We are thrilled to announce our 2021 class schedule at the farm. It brings us joy to offer affordable classes and bring the community together to make a difference.
Here’s What We Offer
PERMACULTURE & FARMING
Instructor: Sylvain Clavieres from Talking Tree Farm
ONE YEAR OF BEEKEEPING
Instructor: Alan Newman from Pops Honey Pot
This is currently the only package course offered, which includes 4 seasonal classes throughout the year and must be purchased before the January class.
JANUARY CLASS: Basic overview, bee breeds, equipment needed, etc.
MARCH CLASS: How to assemble equipment, where to put it, how to install bees, when to check on them, etc.
JUNE CLASS: Home visits & personal assessments.
SEPTEMBER CLASS: Harvesting, fall feeding, & winterizing
You can also sign up for the classes individually but will not receive the same assistance throughout the year or get a in-home assessment of your hive/hives.
Each class will give you insight on how we farm at Talking Tree and allow you to take home specific skills to become a better steward of the Earth. Learn tips and tricks of the farming trade to be more efficient and sustainable in the garden. (Fresh produce will be available for purchase after the class)
Instructor: Alan Newman from Talking Tree Farm
Learn the best way to care for chickens so you can have fresh eggs at home. Get information on chicken biology, how chickens interact with one another and other animals, and how to identify illnesses that plague chickens. Discover the different breeds and what they offer. (Our pretty chickens will be available for purchasing after each class starting in March)
COMPOSTING & SOIL LIFE
Instructor: Alma or Betsy from Compost Queens
Get the scoop about the importance and benefits of composting for the kitchen, the garden, and the planet! Learn about the different kinds of composting and how to maintain your soil's health.
(Residential food waste collection & compost service for San Antonio area available)
MUSHROOM CULTIVATION 101
Instructor: Andrew Denny from South Texas Seasonals
An explanation of indoor cultivation methods and outdoor methods, the mushroom lifecycle, and the common wild mushrooms for our area. (Mushroom kits to take home after the class are available for purchasing)
Instructor: Chef Josh Schwencke from Gastronomy Live Events
Unique and fun cooking classes such as:
FIRE SIDE CUISINE - Camp fire meals and hacks to make enjoying the outdoors delicious
GIRLS ONLY BBQ - A class dedicated to giving females the knowledge and know-how to take on the grill
PICKLING & CANNING - Discover what it takes to can and preserve foods
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL FOODS - Learn techniques and hacks to survive in the wilderness
COOKING WITH THE SEASONS - Find the joy of cooking while produce is fresh and in season.
Instructor: Personal Trainer Gigi Isaac
Are you farm strong? Farming by hand is a very physical job: digging, moving mulch, rocks, & compost, broad forking, building fences, transplanting, & harvesting. The different tasks require different movements and different muscle groups. Skip the gym and get a serious work out with a personal trainer, breathing fresh air, and doing our farm-inspired obstacle conditioning courses & activities.
Instructor: Lynn Stafford from Trava Herbs for Wellness
INTRO TO HERBALISM: This class will introduce you to herbalism using a holistic approach. Learn the basics of several medicinal herbs, when and how to use them, using concepts based on principles found in healing traditions around the world.
HERBALISM 2: This class will discuss medicinal herbs in more depth than the introductory class. Learn how to use several more herbs for acute conditions, and become more confident in using herbs for you and your family. Become familiar with formulating teas, and extracts.
FORAGING FOR HERBS: In your own backyard, a field next to you, or 'weeds' in your garden. This class will explore herbs that are growing wild on the farm, get to know them, their medicinal properties, how to harvest sustainably, and how to use them.
FOOD IS MEDICINE: In many healing traditions of the world, specific foods are used to heal. Learn how incorporate superfoods, and other healing foods into your daily life.
AROMATHERAPY: In this class, you will learn the basics, and a bit of history, of aromatherapy, specifically incense and smudging. Learn how to make your own smudge sticks from locally grown herbs.
INSCENSE MAKING: Become familiar with the art of incense making, history, forms of incense, & types of materials used. Part of this class will include making your own incense cones.
MOSAIC ART IN THE GARDEN
Instructor: Artist Betsy Gruy
Learn how to make lasting mosaic art for your home or garden. Come ready with a design and artist, Betsy Gruy will teach you how to cut the tile, apply the tiles with adhesive, grout it & then clean it so it's ready for you to take home!
ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED & WILL BE PROVIDED FOR YOU!
12"X12" Mosaic Garden Tile
Mosaic Valentines Day Stone
PRODUCE, EGGS, & HONEY
Pearl Farmers Market
312 Pearl Pkwy
San Antonio, TX
Sat: 9am - 1pm