Freeport farm's DIY program grows, offers seasonal classes

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FREEPORT — The Wolfe’s Neck Farm Do-It-Yourself program is in its third year and will offer more classes on gardening, cooking, fermenting, energy conservation and woodlot management.

Liz Brownlee, education coordinator at Wolfe’s Neck, said the biggest improvement to the program is the class variety.

“We are offering different and more advanced classes this year,” Brownlee said. “People can build on the skills they learned last year or take up something entirely new to them.”

She said classes range from introduction to gardening and permaculture to chainsaw safety. 

For between $25 and $50, participants can learn about heirloom vegetables, composting, fermentation and energy-saving tips. People can also pay for a portion of the class fee through work trade or barter services.

“We are pushing the envelope in every sense,” Brownlee said. “We are offering innovative ideas and more practical skills. People who came in the past can build on their skills and the introduction classes will encourage new people to come.”

Brownlee said the goal of the DIY program is to expand the educational program with seasonal courses. The winter session started in January and will continue through March. These classes focus on how to prepare soil and plan a garden and how to weatherize a home and save energy in the winter. The spring, summer and fall sessions will offer classes pertaining to those seasons.

“Some classes are timeless – how to make cheese or bread or butter – and we will try to mix it up as we go,” she said.

By working with Freeport adult education, local energy and woodlot management groups, the DIY program reaches out to the community.

“We try to involve people who care about the land and the community,” Brownlee said. “It’s all about connecting and growing.”

For a list of all DIY classes visit or call 865-4469 to register. 

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or

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The Wolfe’s Neck Farm DIY program teaches participants how to plan a garden, compost, weatherize a home and make bread, cheese and butter. Here, Julia Comerford teaches a class how to make cheese.