Workshops

GreenFest Educational Workshops




GreenFest is proud to partner with industry experts to offer four free educational workshops on a variety of topics that will help you to “green” the Earth and your home environment. Each workshop lasts one hour and will take place in the Visitor Center auditorium located at Brookside Gardens. Online registration is required to ensure you get a seat! 

Greening Your Household with Organic Cleaning Products

Instructor: Rachel Epperly, owner of Maid Brigade
Sunday, April 28 / 11:15am – 12:15pm
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center Auditorium
Free; registration required
Course # 67776

Click here to register: http://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/62789

We all use household cleaning products on a regular basis, but have you ever wondered which ones might be toxic for people, pets and the environment? This workshop will offer practical ways to be more “green” at home while protecting the health of you and your family. Many products claim to be “green” yet contain poisonous chemicals. Learn how to distinguish between truly “green” cleaning products and ones that are harmful to the environment. The instructor will also demonstrate how to easily make your own natural products from everyday items that will keep the house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects.

Create Your Own Downspout Planters

Instructor: Friends of Cabin John Creek
Sunday, April 28 / 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center Auditorium
Free; registration required
Course # 67778

Click here to register: http://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/62791

Join the Friends of Cabin John Creek as they inspire attendees to create their own downspout planter to reduce stormwater. A downspout planter is a decorative garden planter filled with gravel, soil and vegetation that utilizes rainfall from the roof as irrigation.  Examples of planters will be on hand and attendees will receive an instruction guide to help build their own planter. Experts will guide attendees through the process from the tools required, to connecting your downspout, to the various types of plants to install.  Attend this workshop to create a planter that helps our environment and is a blooming knockout!

Fun with Fermentation!

Instructor: Rachel Armistead, founder of The Sweet Farm
Sunday, April 28 / 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center Auditorium
Free; registration required
Course # 67779

Click here to register: http://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/62792

Join Rachel Armistead of The Sweet Farm as she demonstrates how to make raw, probiotic sauerkraut, step-by-step. Participants will also learn about the basic history and benefits of fermentation along with tips about how to safely and easily ferment foods at home. Fermented foods are rich in healthy, live bacteria known as probiotics which are helpful and good for maintaining a healthy digestive system. What happens in your gut plays a significant role in determining the health of your whole body. Studies on probiotics indicate that they help boost the immune system, reduce the risk of heart disease and contain anti-cancer elements.

Rachel Armistead is the owner of Sweet Farm Sauerkraut, a local fermented foods company that sells a variety of naturally fermented, probiotic krauts, relishes and pickles. She also loves helping people learn how to make fermented veggies at home for themselves. Through kraut sales and workshops, Rachel hopes to once again make fermentation part of our common food culture.

Growing A Bountiful Vegetable Garden

Instructor: Kathy Jentz, editor of the Washington Gardener Magazine
Sunday, April 28 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center Auditorium
Free; registration required
Course # 67780

Click here to register: http://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/62793

Are you a beginner looking to grow your own vegetables this summer or an experienced gardener seeking ways to get more out of your garden plot? Learn what edible plants grow best in our Mid-Atlantic region, along with best practices for timing, crop succession, starting plants from seed or seedling, and much more. Whether you are a novice or a veteran edible gardener, you will get great tips and learn new information from this talk.