Farm & Garden Classes


General Information

Age: Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older unless otherwise noted. (Centennial Farm is open to the public, but we ask that you do not leave your children unattended on the farm.)

Location: Silo Building at Centennial Farm, 88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Cost: Fees for each class vary and are noted in the class description.

Refund policy: NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class.


December


Winter Wreaths (AM Session)
Dec. 3, 2022

About the Class:

Embrace the magic of the holiday season by learning to create a fresh winter wreath in the beautiful Millennium Barn at Centennial Farm! This class has become a tradition at Centennial Farm and will surely be a memorable activity for friends and family to join in on! All fresh greens, materials and instructions for this hands-on course will be provided to make a beautiful wreath.

When:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-noon; RSVP online by Nov. 25

About the Speaker:

Marie Gregory AIFD, CFD is an accomplished professional floral designer with experience in every field of floral design and a specialty in wedding florals. As a freelance designer, Marie’s custom arrangements and stylish designs have brightened homes, offices, holiday and community events, and wedding ceremonies (700 happy couples and counting) for more than 30 years. In December, she lends her talents to the Rose Parade floats for Fiesta Float Company. She is also a Board Director for the Southwest Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Design and a certified Floral Evaluator and Judge and has served as a judge at the Orange County and San Diego County fairs.

Tools & Materials:

$65 fee covers materials and any handouts. Ribbon and décor selection will be limited, feel free to bring your own to personalize your winter wreath. We recommend participants bring their own pruners and gloves. Refund policy: Due to supply chain issues and ordering of materials in advance of the class, there will be NO refunds for cancellations made.

*CLASS FULL*


Winter Wreaths (PM Session)
Dec. 3, 2022

About the Class:

Embrace the magic of the holiday season by learning to create a fresh winter wreath in the beautiful Millennium Barn at Centennial Farm! This class has become a tradition at Centennial Farm, and will surely be a memorable activity for friends and family to join in on. All fresh greens, materials, and instructions for this hands-on course will be provided to make a beautiful wreath.

When:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; RSVP online by Nov. 25

About the Speaker:

Marie Gregory AIFD, CFD is an accomplished professional floral designer with experience in every field of floral design and a specialty in wedding florals. As a freelance designer, Marie’s custom arrangements and stylish designs have brightened homes, offices, holiday and community events, and wedding ceremonies (700 happy couples and counting) for more than 30 years. In December, she lends her talents to the Rose Parade floats for Fiesta Float Company. She is also a Board Director for the Southwest Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Design and a certified Floral Evaluator and Judge and has served as a judge at the Orange County and San Diego County fairs.

Tools & Materials:

$65 fee covers materials and any handouts. Ribbon and décor selection will be limited, feel free to bring your own to personalize your winter wreath. We recommend participants bring their own pruners and gloves. Refund policy: Due to supply chain issues and ordering of materials in advance of the class, there will be NO refunds for cancellations made.

 


Make It, Take It – Gifts from the Kitchen – Food Preservation
Dec. 10, 2022

About the Class:

This class will bring you up to date on the latest process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and explain the reasons behind the process. You will learn what equipment is needed and proper storage methods. A simple recipe will be taught and prepared in class for participants to take home.

When:

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; RSVP online by Dec. 2.

About the Speaker:

Volunteers from the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers of Orange County will be providing instruction and information. The Master Food Preserver (MFP) program is a public service community outreach providing up-to-date information on food safety and preservation. For information about the Master Food Preserver program, please visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/MFPOC/

Tools & Materials:

$35 fee covers ingredients, handouts and two (half-pint) canning jars with lids and rings. Knives will be provided, but you may bring your own if preferred. Aprons are highly recommended. Tied-back hair and close-toed shoes are required. There will be NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only class fee will be refunded (not booking fees).

*CLASS FULL*


Chocolate Bliss!
Dec. 17, 2022

About the Class:

Calling all Chocoholics! What could be better than making and eating chocolate? Let’s take your chocolate obsession to the next level with this hands-on class taught by Chef Vina here at Centennial Farm. You’ll learn about the origin of chocolate and how to make your own ganache and decorate with several gourmet toppings. We will also provide gift boxes and holiday ribbons to pack your scrumptious treats.

In this two-hour class, we’ll measure, melt, mix, chill and roll truffles made with fair-trade cacao chocolate and local cream. A delicious experience to share with a loved one, friend or coworker.

You will leave this truffle-making workshop with treats to indulge in by yourself or to show off or share with your friends and family this holiday season. Save your spot and register soon!

When:

Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-noon; RSVP online by Dec. 9.

About the Speaker:

Vina Abi-Fadel is a Certified Chef and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Cal Poly Pomona/Agriculture and Food Science. She is a Hospitality (Culinary Arts/Baking & Pastry) Instructor at Coastline here in Orange County and is currently teaching at Orange County School of the Arts – Culinary Arts & Hospitality Program. Vina also served as the OC Fair’s Culinary Supervisor in 2021. Vina is all about highlighting fresh local ingredients and easy to follow recipes.

Tools & Materials:

$35 fee covers ingredients and any handouts. There will be NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only class fee will be refunded (not booking fees).

*CLASS FULL*


January


Pruning Fruit Trees-The Basics
January 14, 2023

About the Class:

Learn the best time to prune stone-fruit trees, citrus trees and avocado trees in Southern California. Isabel Barkman will cover the basics of pruning and why the pruning season here is different than the rest of the country and will also prepare attendees for the hands-on fruit pruning workshop in January.

When:

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 10 a.m.-noon; RSVP online by Jan. 11, 2023

About the Speaker:

Isabel Barkman is a local gardening expert and has been a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc., since 1991. She is a former volunteer with the UCCE Orange County Master Gardener program. She has presented at numerous plant and gardening events and is a volunteer at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine. She also volunteers at Centennial Farm, focusing on caring for various fruit and deciduous trees.

Tools & Materials:

$6 fee covers materials and any handouts. There will be NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only class fee will be refunded (not booking fees).

 


Rose Care
January 21, 2023

About the Class:

Interested in growing roses or taking care of the ones you already have? Learn about how to properly care for them in this class taught by a Master Gardener. The purpose of the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program is to extend research-based, scientifically accurate information to the public about home horticulture and pest management. Master Gardeners perform volunteer services sharing the information they have learned to the public. For information about the Master Gardener program, please visit https://mgorange.ucanr.edu/

When:

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10 a.m.-noon; RSVP online by Jan. 18, 2023

About the Speaker:

Bill Brooks is a volunteer with the UCCE Orange County Master Gardener program and will be providing instruction and information on rose care.

Tools & Materials:

$6 fee covers materials and any handouts. There will be NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only class fee will be refunded (not booking fees).

 


February


Truffle Making Workshop
February 11, 2023

About the Class:

Calling all Chocoholics! What could be better than making and eating chocolate? Let’s take your chocolate obsession to the next level with this hands-on class taught by Chef Vina at Centennial Farm. You’ll learn about chocolate’s origin, how to make your own ganache and how to decorate with several gourmet toppings. We will also provide gift boxes and ribbons to pack your scrumptious treats!

In this two-hour class we’ll measure, melt, mix, chill and roll truffles made with fair-trade cacao chocolate and silky cream. It’s sure to be a delicious experience to share with your loved one, friend or coworker and just in time for Valentine’s Day! All participants will leave the workshop with truffles.

When:

Saturday, February 11, 2023, 10 a.m.-noon; RSVP online by Feb. 8, 2023

About the Speaker:

Vina Abi-Fadel is a Certified Chef and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Cal Poly Pomona/Agriculture and Food Science. She is a Hospitality (Culinary Arts/Baking & Pastry) Instructor at Coastline here in Orange County and is currently teaching at Orange County School of the Arts – Culinary Arts & Hospitality Program. Vina also served as the OC Fair’s Culinary Supervisor in 2021. Vina is all about highlighting fresh local ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes.

Tools & Materials:

$35 fee covers ingredients and any handouts. There will be NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only class fee will be refunded (not booking fees).

 


Make It, Take It – Gifts from the Kitchen – February
February 25, 2023

About the Class:

This class will bring you up to date on the latest process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and explain the reasons behind the process. You will learn what equipment is needed and proper storage methods. A simple recipe will be taught and prepared in class for participants to take home.

When:

Saturday, February 25, 2023, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; RSVP online by Feb. 23, 2023

About the Speaker:

Volunteers from the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers of Orange County will be providing instruction and information. The Master Food Preserver (MFP) program is a public service community outreach providing up-to-date information on food safety and preservation. For information about the Master Food Preserver program, please visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/MFPOC/

Tools & Materials:

$35 class fee covers ingredients, handouts and two (half-pint) canning jars with lids and rings. Knives will be provided, but you may bring your own if preferred. Aprons are highly recommended. Tied-back hair and close-toed shoes are required. There will be NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only class fee will be refunded (not booking fees).