News From The Vineyard

Seed Starting Basics – Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 from 6 pm until 7:30 pm

Our 9th Annual Seed Starting Class!

Learn how to start your very own Heirloom tomatoes from seed. A family friendly ” hands on” workshop. Growing your own vegetables is very rewarding. You can grow so many different varieties of plants that are not available at a garden center and there is a huge cost savings. You will plant your own seeds and take them home with you. Class is taught by Holly Boettcher, & Amy Manley, Master Gardeners.

Seeds & all supplies are provided at no charge.

Class is FREE but limited to the first 30 people who register. You must register so there are enough supplies for everyone. Order your FREE ticket here by following this link to Eventbrite.

Workshop Seed Starting

Raising Backyard Chickens – Tuesday, April 18th from 6 until 7:30 pm

Learn practical “experience based” guidance on starting a backyard flock.
Many cities and townships now allow backyard chickens. Are you one of those residents who is interested in starting your own flock, but not sure where to begin?
We have successfully raised our own backyard chickens for the past 13 years and have numerous “experience based” knowledge to share with you. Topics include:

Local Ordinances – You are Responsible
Pros & Cons of Raising Chickens
Starting with Chicks
Types of Chickens
General Care
Tour of Whistler’s Chicken “Condo” at end of class

Presented by Whistler & Holly and all content is based on our experience raising our own beloved backyard chickens.
Class is FREE however you must order your FREE ticket by following this link to Eventbrite.
Workshop Seed Starting

(Class Completed) Fermentation Class – Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 from 6 pm until 7:30 pm

Learning the art of fermentation is both great for your health and your food budget. If you have ever wanted to ferment your own veggies or learn how to make kombucha, here is your chance. Together we will unpack 2 approachable fermenting methods that can easily be replicated at home:

  • Cultured Vegetables
  • Kombucha (fermented tea drink)

You will taste homemade samples and learn the history, nutritive value and process for each traditionally fermented foods.  Exploring kombucha, cultured vegetables and other wild & live creations will be shared.

Because we are hiring the instructor, this class is not free.  Cost is $30 per person.  You can purchase your tickets by following this link to Eventbrite.

Class is taught by Kari Witthun from the Seed Guild.



workshop fermentation

(Class Completed) Growing & Using Herbs –  Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 from 6:00 till 7:30 pm


Do you love fresh herbs as much as we do?  A sprig of fresh mint in a glass of water, or a delightful Mojito.  How about fresh snipped dill on grilled fish, or some chopped rosemary tossed with olive oil, ground pepper, and baby red potatoes then roasted in the oven?  Ahhhhhh the aroma has me smiling and my tummy growling.

Learn tips from Master Gardeners Holly Boettcher & Amy Manley on how to grow herbs either in containers or your garden.  We will share some of our favorite ways to use fresh herbs & how to preserve them.  This workshop is educational only, however herbs are for sale so you can purchase and take home with you.

Class is FREE however you must register so we have enough room for everyone.  Reserve your spot here on Eventbrite.

 (Class Completed) Food Preserving “Canning” Workshop – Thursday, August 26th, 2021 from 6:00 till 7:30 pm


There is a sense of accomplishment you feel when you gaze at what you have been able to preserve from your garden. This class will be taught by Karen Dickrell, Life Span Educator, UW Madison Extension, Outagamie County. She will share updated information on research based guidelines on preserving foods such as tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. There are many ideas flowing on social media of how to make a variety of foods that are shelf stable…and unfortunately not all of that information is scientifically supported or safe. There is a science to food preservation and there are recommended, university researched and tested methods that are safe for you and your family. Karen will talk about the differences of hot water bath canning, pressure canners, dehydrating and freezing foods.

This class is FREE however you must follow link to Eventbrite to get your free ticket.

COMPLETED – Create a Beautiful Flower Container –  Saturday, May 31st, 2020 from 1 pm till 2:30 pm

Learn tips from Master Gardener, Holly Boettcher on how to select the perfect plants at the garden center so you are able to design a beautiful flower container for the entrance of your home or garden.   Class is educational only.  (You will not take plants and containers home.)

Class is FREE, however you must register so we have enough room for everyone.  Free tickets are available by following this link to Eventbrite.