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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.

Grafting Class 2022
$30.00

Herban Gardening

360 Aurora in Elmira, NY

Monday June 6th 2022, 

6 - 8 pm

In this workshop Shona and Maria Ort from Ort Family Farm will discuss at least 12 different culinary herbs that can be grown in small gardens or containers in urban settings. As part of this workshop, individuals will get to create their own planter to take home with 3 culinary herbs from selection of potted herbs provided. 


Preregistration is required by Saturday June 4th 2022. Fee is $32/person. Class 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]


Photo Source: Markus Spiske,Unsplash

Herban Gardening Class - Monday June 6, 2022; 6-8pm @ 360 Aurora
$32.00

Fruits for Your Yard

360 Aurora in Elmira, NY

Monday June 27th 2022

6-8 pm

Shona Ort from Ort Family Farm will go over at least 10 different fruits which can be grown in your yard. The species discussed will include arctic raspberries, blueberries, currants, elderberries, gooseberries, gojiberries, grapes, hardy kiwi, jostaberries, pineberries, strawberries and more. As part of this workshop, participants will be able to take home either 1 jostaberry plant, 2 alpine strawberry plants, or 2 arctic raspberry plants. 


Preregistration is required by Saturday June 25th 2022. Fee is $30/person. Class size is limited to 20 people. 


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


Photo Source: Vistaprint Stock Photo

Fruits for Your Yard @ 360 Aurora, Monday June 27, 2022; 6-8 pm
$30.00

Create Your Own Lavender or Rosemary Topiary

360 Aurora in Elmira, NY

Monday July 11th 2022

 6-8 pm

The practice topiary is one that has been around since Roman times and is still beloved by many today. In this class we will go over the basics of training herbs into topiaries. As part of this class, participants will get to select a lavender or rosemary in a 6” pot. With assistance from Shona and Maria Ort from Ort Family Farm, they will be walked through how to begin trimming and training it to one of the wire forms provided in class. All participants will then be able to take their topiary home to continue to train and enjoy. 


Preregistration in due by Saturday July 9 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]

Create Your Own Lavender or Rosemary Topiary @ 360 Aurora, Monday July 11, 2022; 6-8 pm
$30.00

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]

Growing Figs in New York 360 Aurora, Monday August 8, 2022; 6-8pm
$30.00