Aurora Farm Workshops, Events and Parties!
All Aurora Farm regular workshops can be booked for family parties, community-group retreats, corporate team-building events or just a group of friends wanting to get together and learn a new skill. Pick one of the following workshops or mix and match the activities to custom design your own Aurora Farm Experience. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your group event!
Check our Upcoming Workshops page to get dates and prices of currently planned workshops.
Goat-Milk Cheese Workshop
Start the morning off in the barn by learning how to milk a goat! Then we’ll head into the kitchen to make feta, chevre, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Basic harder-to-find supplies will be available for purchase so that you can continue to make cheeses at home. We’ll talk about nutrition, food security and the benefits of having your own backyard dairy.
Natural Health Care Products
Don’t want to use unknown chemicals in your basic personal care routine? Find “natural” commercial products too expensive? Learn how to make your own natural Shampoo and Conditioner, Toothpaste, Lip Balm, Moisturizers, Facials and Shaving Cream. Take home samples and recipes.
Family Farm Experience Days
Here is an opportunity for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to spend a day with the children in your family learning some new skills and sharing stories. Starting at 9:30am we will milk the goats by hand, collect some eggs from the hen house, feed that alpacas, visit with the horses and cows. Then we’ll head into the kitchen to make ourselves a nourishing home-grown stew and fresh bread from scratch. Our afternoon activity will be to card alpaca fleece and make a felted alpaca soap bar.
Bread-Making from Scratch
Who needs a bread machine? Learn how to make Louise’s famous bread, cinnamon buns, pretzels and bagels. We’ll even mill our own organic grains. Samples to take home and impress your family! Recipes to carry on making bread products on your own.
Three-Day Small-scale Dairy Goat School
Learn everything you need to know to have your own dairy goats for your family’s dairy needs. Three-days of hand-milking goats will get you ready for action. Practical skills like trimming hooves, administering needles and basic first aid will all be taught with hands-on exercises. We’ll go over planning for shelter and fencing with your existing spaces in mind so that participants can leave with a set-up plan. We’ll spend the afternoons in the kitchen making cheeses: chevre, ricotta, feta, paneer, yogurt and making cream with a cream-separator. By the end of session you will feel and be ready plan for your own dairy goats and become that much more food-secure for your family.
Goat Milk Soap-Making
Learn how to make goat milk soap from scratch. You will have the option to purchase the batch of soap that you make during the workshop. Each batch makes approximately 26 bars of 110gr each. Ingredients and molds for home soap-making can be purchased so that you can make your own soap for yourself at home.
NOTE: Arrangements must be made to pick up the batch of soap the following day.
Tractors for Women!
This is a basic introduction for women to learn about tractors in a safe environment. We will cover the basic parts, maintenance, trouble shooting, how to read a manual and how to hitch up an implement. Each participant will have a chance to drive Louise’s big red tractor. Bring a pot-luck snack and stick around for some social time after the workshop to “talk shop” with the ladies!
Thinking about having a clutch of hens in your backyard so that you can have delicious and nutritious fresh eggs (not to mention food security for your family!) Join us for an morning of discussions and demonstrations. You’ll leave feeling ready to do it!
Parent and Child Horseback Riding
This is a great way for parents and their children to spend time together with horses in a safe environment. Parents and children will learn how to safely handle horses and the basics of riding in a fun and game-filled environment. Two sessions available
Youth Beginner Horseback Riding
For ages 15 and under, no experience necessary. Become an independent rider in a fun and safe environment. Twenty minutes of theory and 40 minutes of riding.
Adult Beginner Horseback Riding
Have you always wanted to learn how to ride a horse? Introduction to horse care and riding for adults. Learn to ride in a safe environment.
Summer Youth Horse Camp
Looking for an opportunity to learn all about horses in a friendly, safe environment? During this week long camp, youth between the ages of 8 and 15 will learn the basics of horseback riding, safety and horse care. They will also have a chance to visit and learn about our many other friendly animals, including goats, sheep, cows, alpacas and chickens. Each day will include a theory lesson, a riding lesson and fun farm activities. Students must bring their own lunch. We will be accepting a maximum of 8 students for each session.
Please register in advance by phone or email:
Advance payment required to save your spot by cash, cheque or Visa/Mastercard
Aurora Farm is located at 4265 Waverley Street, 3 miles south of the Perimeter Hwy in St. Norbert.