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Workshops/Classes

Here at Ort Family Farm we believe in providing educational opportunities to our community. Please check this page for these educational opportunities as they arise throughout the year.

Private Grafting Classes

Grafting is a technique that joins two plants into one, creating the best of both trees. Participants in this workshop will receive:


1) A presentation on the history of grafting over the years.

2) A private tasting of herbal tea and jam from our farm kitchen.

3) A hands-on learning opportunity of different grafting techniques used in fruit production.

4) Plus you will be able to take home one grafted fruit tree of either Apple or Pear.


Cost is $30/person prepaid. Please no groups larger than 5. Dates are Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8 PM in March 2022. Reserve your class today!!!


For any other questions, to schedule a class and to pay please reach out to us at [email protected] or call 607-583-2467.


Registration for the 2022 classes are now closed, please check back late winter 2022/early spring 2023 for 2023 class dates.  

Growing Figs in New York 

360 Aurora in Elmira, NY

Monday August 8th 2022

6-8pm 

You don’t have to live in a warmer climate to have fresh figs. In this class, Roger Ort from Ort Family Farm will go over how to grow, propagate, fertilize, harvest and winterize figs based on his experience growing them here in NY for the past 8 years. As part of this class, participants will be able to take home their own 1-gal potted fig tree from a selection that Roger will have. 


Preregistration in due by Saturday August 6th 2022. Fee is $30/person. Class size limited to 20 people. 


For more information and questions on this class, please feel free to contact us at 607-583-2467 or [email protected]


Registration for this class is now closed. 

Third Annual Fall Open House at Ort Family Farm

Sunday September 11, 2022

9am to 5pm

Hello everyone! We are pleased to announce that we will once again be having a fall open house here at Ort Family Farm. We will be offering 3 farm tours that day (9am, 11am, and 2pm). This year we will also be offering two free classes. The first of these classes will be Jamming with Fruit at 10am. In this class Maria will go over tips and tricks of making preserves with local fruits. The second class will be Preserve Your Herbs at 1pm. In this class, Shona will go over the basics of harvesting and preserving herbs from your garden and yard. Also, Roger and friends will be hosting a Q&A session on Growing Fruit in Your Home Gardens. During this session we encourage guests to bring any questions they may have regarding growing fruit in their gardens. We will have tastings all day of the various products made by Maria in our commercial kitchen as well. Plus, fresh NYS grown fruit will be available for purchase as well as our selection of jams, jellies, catnip products, herbal teas, fruiting plants, herb plants and more. Finally, guests will have the opportunity to enter to win 3 raffle items we are giving away. This year the raffle items include a $150 Ort Family Farm Gift Card, a $75 gift basket of products from our farm kitchen, and a free consulting visit by Roger within 50 miles of Ort Family Farm. Be sure to stop out to enter in the raffle and to check out a tour or class! This event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding the open house, please contact us at [email protected] or 607-583-2467.