NEW for this 2018 season- Amy's Vermont Food and Farm Tours!
Introductory rates to start the season. 

Guided, memorable, behind the scenes, hands on food and farm tour/inspiring workshop experiences on authentic working farms around the Mad River Valley of Vermont for foodies and foodie wannabees. While spending time in nature on farms, you'll learn green living tips on healthy cooking, eating, and growing that will inspire you to change the way you look at food. Mainstream conventional food growing and eating isn't working. Vibrant healthy food truly can be our medicine. Find out how.

Organic Farm/Hydroponic Greenhouse/Backyard Garden- 2.5 hours, includes organic herbal tea and and a mostly organic, local, and hydroponic lunch.

Pluck a pea off the vine as you learn about organic agriculture and the history of Hartshorn Farm, where your tour guide and nationally recognized green living expert, Amy, lives.

Amy's organic farmer life partner, Dave, is also a fifth generation sugarmaker. Check out the maple sugarhouse. Find out how maple syrup was discovered.

Pop a sweet cherry tomato into your mouth. Pick some blueberries. Put your hands in the warm soil and plant something. Harvest some veggies for your lunch time salad in the farmstand. We will enjoy a home made organic and hydroponic greens filled lunch. Other offerings may include farm made pesto with watercress and basil, fresh bread, soup, and more. 

Visit the cutting edge, Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponic greenhouse where sustainability meets delicious year round in Vermont. Their motto is "Going green growing greens." Find out how they do this. Taste tender delicious basil, watercress and lettuce greens.

Looking to create your own beautiful and productive veggie, herb and flower garden? Check out Amy's backyard circular garden for inspiration. See where the wild stinging nettle is growing nearby and why it's such a superfood. Discover what might also be growing in your yard that you can use to heal. You'll also have an opportunity to feed Amy's horses, Koko and Amigo, some carrots and learn a little about horses.

Each tour is customized to meet the needs and interests of the group that shows up, which means each tour/workshop will be slightly different.


Medicinal Healing Herbs- Three Hours and includes an herbal inspired organic lunch with something to take home.

Step into a magical world of herbs and flowers at Heidi's Tea House. You won't find totally manicured garden beds but instead a wonderful intentional wildness to Heidi's gardens. This woman knows plants. She used to own an herbal store on Martha's Vineyard Island and lovingly incorporates them into her every day life. The plants look happy, as though they are smiling. It smells fresh, clean, and beautifully aromatic-especially in her apothecary loaded with all kinds of herbs, teas, tinctures, balms, essential oils and flower essences. It feels like you are stepping back in time to visit a wise woman's healing space.

After arriving, we will sip some herbal tea together and get to know each other a bit, then wander through Heidi's medicinal herb garden and sample various plants. Find out what healing they offer. Your senses will come alive as you smell, taste, touch, look and listen. Learn how to make an herbal product or food dish. Take something home. The food that Heidi creates with herbs, such as goat cheese rolled in herbs, and a rose geranium cake, will make your taste buds dance. Besides being delicious they are also healing. An herbal inspired organic lunch is provided. 

Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms- Three hours includes organic & hydroponic lunch and a shitake infused log to take home and fruit.

Some years ago my organic farmer life partner, Dave, and I had the opportunity to learn from Nick how to inject shiitake mushrooms spawn into logs and then fruit them when we got home to initiate the growing process of these tasty medicinal mushrooms. It's exciting to see them start popping out on the logs. Sauteing them in butter and garlic and eating them was even more fun and delicious when you grow them yourself. On our tour, we will hike through the beautiful Vermont woods, breathe the fresh air, and learn to identify which mushrooms are growing in the wild, if they are safe to eat, and what they taste like. Learn how to grown your own shiitake mushrooms and take home your own log infused with shitake to "fruit" at home. Enjoy an organic and hydroponic lunch.

Come with your curiosity and ask questions. Eat, Play, Learn.

Upcoming tours/workshops:

1. Organic/Hydroponic/Backyard Garden Tour

  • Private tour on Wednesday, June 15
  • Friday, July 6
  • Saturday, July 7
  • Tuesday, August 7
  • Thursday, August 9
  • Saturday, August 11
  • Thursday, August 23
  • Friday, September 14
  • Saturday, September 15
  • Sunday, September 16
  • Pop tour for a mixed group are also available
  • Private group tours are also available

2. Medicinal & Culinary Herbs: 

  • Sunday, June 17, 10-2pm
  • Pop tour for a mixed group are also available
  • Private group tours are also available

3. Medicinal & Culinary Mushrooms: 

  • Saturday, July 21, 10-2pm
  • Pop Up Tour for a mixed group
  • Private Tours are also available

If the date on the calendar doesn't work for you and your group, we can create a pop up tour just for you.

Contact Amy to plan:

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