More than a juice bar...
Education Nights, Speakers, and Special Events
THE FARMHOUSE CLASSROOM - a place of discovery and discussion
Courtney Shober, Certified Integrative Health Coach & Farmhouse Kitchen's own Education Coordinator will be facilitating a comprehensive adventure into all topics pertaining to our individual quest to a healthier lifestyle. It is our intention that the class curriculum will be shaped by YOU. What are your interests? What do you want to learn more about? Let us know! We will bring together the course content, speakers, and facilitate lively discussion. Our dining room will be transformed to space for learning and teaching. Come join the conversation.
Check out our Events Calendar to see what's coming up next...
Past Farmhouse Classroom Events:
Environmental Awareness Series - Panel 1 - Make A Positive Impact
April 10, 2018
We all know protection of our natural resources is important but we don't always know where to start or how to make a difference. For this panel, we'll talk about our relationship and responsibility to clean water. What are some of the main sources of contamination and conservation methods? What can we do in our own backyards and homes to make a positive impact? Come learn how to be part of the solution and how improving the condition of the environment can enhance our individual wellness.
Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, founder
Darree Sicher, United Sludge Free Alliance, founder
Kent Himelright, Watershed Coordinator,
Essential Oils: A Natural Alternative
March 28, 2018
Essential Oils have countless uses and are beneficial to many aspects of well-being. For this panel, we'll cover all the basics of using essential oils as part of your wellness routine and then go deeper. Learn about using essential oils in cleaning products to minimizing toxins in your home, aromatherapy for mood enhancement, aiding the body to fight illness with immune support, helping to balance hormones, reducing inflammation and much more.
Claire Farrar, Be Essentially Well
Kristen O'Reilly, Bloom + Blossom Collective
Brigitte Dilbeck, Oils to Share
Past Farmhouse Classroom Events:
Solutions to Internal and External Disorder
Decluttering and detoxing have a lot in common. It's about getting rid of the junk - eliminating the things in your life that aren't useful or beneficial. Whether cutting down on sugar, opting for an herbal remedy to help cleanse the body or cleaning out your closet, all of these actions are restorative and good for our health. Learn how internal detoxification and external organization of your environment both have a huge effect on your health.
Freya Oostingh, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Individualized Nutritional Counseling, Restart Instructor
Vali G. Heist, Owner of The Clutter Crew & Certified Professional Organizer
Nicholas A. Kleinsmith, MH (Master Herbalist), NC (Nutritional Consultant), owner of Miach Herbs in Fleetwood
Clean & Safe Beauty
March 15, 2018
We all have our favorite hair care, makeup and personal care products as part of our beauty routines.
Growing research is supporting the fact that due to the industry's lack of safety standards, the majority of beauty products are typically loaded with ingredients that can be detrimental to our health. The good news is that there are more natural alternatives available and it's possible to have a beauty regime with little to no harmful chemicals - the ladies on this panel know all about it!
Tia Mazy & Ariana Miley of Amazyng Style, Sinking Spring - The 1st Eco-Friendly Salon in Berks County
Amy Clauser, Beauty Counter Consultant
How to Take Action in the U.S.
Sustainable Animal Agriculture
February 28, 2018
The third and final instalment of the Farmhouse Classroom's Sustainability Series…
We'll be bringing in some local farmers to talk about working and living in a way that nurtures & preserves ecosystems, utilizes natural resources efficiently, and minimizes negative impacts on the environment.
Pam Ellenberger, Bent Limb Farm (Shoemakersville, PA)
Nevin Mast, Bendy Brook Farm (Oley, PA)
Greg Stricker, Spring Creek Farms (Wernersville, PA)
Waking Up Your Garden
February 22, 2018
Come learn from one of the best. Expert veggie farmer and our resident greens man will be enlightening us on the topic of how best to prepare a sleeping garden for Spring planting. Come with questions!
With Guest Speaker Pete Halvorson of EatMoGreens (Wernersville, PA)
February 21, 2018
Part 2 of The Farmhouse Classroom's Sustainability Series… Who's growing your food? What methods are they using? How do conventional and organic methods differ? Why is it important? We'll hold a discussion with some amazing local farmers. We'll talk about working and living in a way that nurtures & preserves ecosystems, utilizes natural resources efficiently, and minimizes negative impacts on the environment.
Jennifer Schmehl & Sean McDermott, Oak Nut Farm (Bethel, PA)
Erica Bowers Lavdanski, B & H Organic Produce (Morgantown, PA)
George Brittenburg, Taproot Farm (Shoemakersville, PA)
Homesteading & Gardening
February 15, 2018
Part 1 of The Farmhouse Classroom's Sustainability Series…
We'll be bringing in some local farmers and gardeners to talk about working and living in a way that nurtures & preserves ecosystems, utilizes natural resources efficiently, and minimizes negative impacts on the environment.
During this class we will discuss:
How to plan for and grow a successful home garden and use your space efficiently, How to utilize and preserve your bounty, Bringing animals into the equation, Beekeeping and the importance of pollinators
Stacy Keeley, Field and Forest Herbals
Nan Reinert, Chubby Pickle Farm
James Griesemer, Griesemer Beekeeping
Eater's Digest: The Ins & Outs of Human Digestion
January 30, 2018
Learning about how our body works is an important aspect of obtaining and maintaining optimal health. One system that is often overlooked is our digestive system. During this presentation, we'll discuss the journey food takes from ingestion to evacuation, how our body reacts when we eat, and the communication that occurs between other systems at each part of the digestive process. We'll gain a better understanding of how and what we eat affects our metabolism, immune system, stress response, and disease risk factors.
Trina C. Ridout, MD, M.Ed.
Family Medicine resident, Lancaster General Health and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
Meet the Healers: Eating to Heal
January 23, 2018
We all know the types of foods to avoid when trying to make healthier eating choices. We've also heard about the benefits of whole foods and leaning towards a more plant-based style of eating. For this panel, we'll dig even deeper into nourishing our bodies in accordance with Nature and all it has to offer. We'll talk about how herbs, spices, and super-nutritious foods can be incorporated into our cooking and eating habits to enhance healing and energetic responses in our bodies.
Sarita-Linda Rocco, Ayurvedic Practitioner/Master Teacher, E-RYT500, CSYT
Nicholas A. Kleinsmith, MH (master herbalist), NC (nutritional consultant), owner of Miach Herbs in Fleetwood
Kathleen Jones, Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) who you can find at The Vitamin Shoppe in Wyomissing
Meet the Healers: Energy Healing
January 18, 2018
The human body innately has the ability to heal itself if given the opportunity. Energy work can help to activate this natural healing processes, revitalizing emotional and physical well-being, and returning us to a state of overall wellness.
During this panel, we will navigate away from symptom-suppressing conventional medicine and investigate into some holistic treatments, therapies, and practices that can further enhance our path to a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle.
Our Panel will include:
Mark Siegrist, LAC (Licensed Acupuncturist), LOM (Pennsylvania Licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine) of The Restorative Center specializes in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Oriental Medicine, medical QiGong, Thai massage, certified instructor of Tai Chi Chuan and Wing Chung Kung Fu
Christina Rossi, of Integrative Healing Arts Studio in West Reading is a Licensed & Board Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Taoist Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Aromatherapist, and Master Herbalist.
Cooking w/ FHK - Farmhouse Food for Thought: Holiday Edition
December 14, 2017
Get a look at the cooking philosophy and techniques of the FHK crew. High-quality ingredients and simple methods. It's not complicated. It's not a secret. We want to help you realize that you have the ability to prepare tasty, nourishing meals at home.
We'll take some traditional key ingredients and concepts and re-imagine them to create innovative and exciting dishes. Plus, we'll give you the recipes so you'll be able to prepare each of these tasty, crowd-pleasing courses for yourself! Bring a Farmhouse spin to your Holiday table or provide some pizzazz to the family pot-luck this year!
Presented by FHK Leader and Food Innovator, Tracy Sustello and Culinary Crafter, Jamie Mack with support from the entire kitchen crew
Motherhood: A Natural Approach to Pregnancy & Birth
December 12, 2017
Women have been giving birth since the dawn of humanity, yet it's not a topic that’s always talked about openly and honestly, let alone something we feel inclined to educate ourselves about. We want to change that. There's a lot of mystery, confusion, and misinformation associated with the details of having a baby. This Farmhouse Classroom event will be loaded with invaluable information about the process of childbirth to help you feel more prepared and confident about the idea of starting a family of your own. Whether you or someone close to you is currently planning to get pregnant or it’s a possible life goal for the distant future, you will receive many practical tidbits from this panel of incredibly knowledgeable and experienced women.
For this panel, we will be discussing: How to prepare and nourish the body for pregnancy, Physical and mental aspects of a healthy pregnancy, Building your personal support system, Formulating a birthing plan and understanding the range of choices surrounding different delivery methods.
Dr. Sarah Balthaser, DC, MPH, (Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Public Health) owner and founder of Core Health Chiropractic
Tracy Sensenig, owner Doulas of Berks County, Labor and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator -
Danielle Malik, CPM (Certified Professional Midwife)
Take a Sip Series: Coffee Tasting & Class w/ Passenger Coffee
December 5, 2917
Justin Smay of Passenger Coffee out of Lancaster will be stopping by to give us an education and new appreciation for one of our favorite beverages.
As we discuss fair wages in coffee production and the various steps required to cultivate and process coffee; we'll taste some of the most prestigious coffees from around the world, including a coffee from an award winning producer in Hawaii, the elegant Gesha variety from two producers, and a dry-processed coffee from Boquete Panama
Take a Sip Series: Tea 101 w/ Kari Dandrea of Pureblend
November 19, 2017
Come join us for a relaxing and educational afternoon Farmhouse Classroom event. We'll be tasting some different teas and some tasty mini morsels will be served. Pinkies up! Kari will help you develop your knowledge of the most popular beverage in the world!
What is tea? Where does it come from? What are the different varieties and their distinctive qualities? What's a tisane? Loose leaf or bagged? What are the health benefits of drinking tea?
Meet the Healers: Finding Peace of Mind
October 26, 2017
The connection between mental wellness and physical health is sometimes overlooked in our modern society.
An experienced panel of mental health professionals will discuss natural healing methods to ease stress, anxiety, depression and other disruptors of emotional balance and well-being.
Craig R. Schollenberger, LCSW BCD RTC
Joanna Groebel MA, R-DMT, LPC
Julie Gabriel, MSW LSW RYT
Jennifer Bottinelli, LPC
Eating for Health - Rethinking Eating Habits
October 17, 2017
Cultivating a healthy relationship with food is an important aspect of living a happier and more energetic life. Come to this class if you are curious about these questions:
Does what I eat really affect my health? If I want to improve my eating habits, where/how do I start? Why is it that when I go on a diet, I eventually gain back the weight? What does "eating healthier" look like? Why should I care about Nutrition? Should I be counting calories? How many meals per day should I be eating? Is snacking OK? Is it "normal" to have digestive issues?
Presented by Courtney Shober, Certified Integrative Health Coach & Education Coordinator at The Farmhouse Kitchen
Farmhouse Classroom Community Forum
October 3, 2017
It's important to us to stay in tune with the members of our FHK community. We want to hear from you! How can we serve you better? What concerns do you have surrounding living a healthier existence? What health, wellness, and clean living topics would you like to learn more about?
Join the discussion as we brainstorm and take suggestions for future Farmhouse Classroom events.
Dirt: Digging Deeper - An Evening w/ Pete Halvorson of EatMoGreens
September 28, 2017
It's a troubling reality that sickness and disease have become commonplace in today's society. Over decades of progress in science, technology, and medicine our fast pace often overshadows how important our connection to the plant world is to our Health.
Pete will share his knowledge and passion as he discusses the following:
What do the microscopic creatures in the soil have to do with our health? How do plants grow and thrive? What is the relationships between plants and the animals, including humans that eat them? How have GMOs evolved over time? How can we take responsibility of our own health and longevity? Looking for a new-found respect and fascination for photosynthesis? Search over.
Check out EatMoGreens
Meet the Healers Night
September 19, 2017
Why Does it Hurt?
We've become accustom to instant gratification. Seeking relief from pain and illness is no exception. We want a magic pill that cures everything that's wrong - right now! Unfortunately, this kind of prescription rarely solves our problems. It may ease the symptoms a bit, but how often do we or our health care practitioners ask WHY? Why am I feeling sick? Why is my health suffering? There are plenty of capable healers right in our back yard. These individuals take the time and care to investigate into the depths of our health.
Join us as we introduce you to a diverse and knowledgeable panel of passionate health & wellness providers.
- Hear how they found themselves in their chosen profession
- Learn how they increase quality of life for their clients and patients
- Discover what Integrative Health is and what it means to them in their various areas of expertise
- Ask questions and join in the conversation!
Trina C. Ridout, MD, M.Ed., Family Medicine resident, Lancaster General Health and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
Jason E. Balthaser, DC CCEP at Core Health Chiropractic
Henriette Alban, Doctor of Naturopathy at Living in Balance
Courtney Shober, Certified Integrative Health Coach and Education Coordinator at The Farmhouse Kitchen
The Farmhouse Classroom Presents...a special back-to-school event for parents!
Re-Think Safe & Wholesome Food for Kids
September 12, 2017
Abnormal reactions to all kinds of everyday foods are on the rise. Chances are that at least 2 kids in every classroom are affected, a 50% increase over the past decade. We'll explore the differences between food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, providing valuable information for the parents of all children.
What you'll learn:
What are High Risk or Trigger Foods? What are common symptoms? What happens after a diagnosis? How and where to shop for allergen-free food alternatives and ingredients. Quick, easy, and affordable food prep suggestions to power any kid through their school day
Sharon Moll, Owner of A Mother's Dream Bakery
Jennifer Moll, RN
Stacy Keely, Field and Forest Herbals
Cherise Harper, Chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation and gluten-free blogger at mrfarmersdaughter.com
COOKING CLASSES are planned in our kitchen. We will showcase our kitchen staff and guest instructors.
KITCHEN TAKEOVERS. Guest chefs sharing their talents and showcasing their skills through demos and dinners. There are also Farm to Table subscription dinners in our future.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Fun interactive hang-outs. Meet up with friends, neighbors, and learn something new.