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Workshops, Tours, and Guest Speaking
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We consider ourselves a teaching farm, to that end we offer tours, speaking engagements, workshops and apprenticeship opportunities. Frank and Lisa both have a very well developed background in program development, facilitation, and delivery. With over 28 years experience for Frank and 24 years for Lisa. Julie has had over 5 years now working with and presenting with her father at various speaking engagements and workshops. What we offer is quite varied and can be interactive, hands on, lecture style and even one on one. We can customize workshops and lectures to fit the needs of the group so as to offer effective and relevant training.

For more detailed questions, to book a tour, one of our workshops or arrange for a speaking engagement please email us at or call 902-671-2378

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Guest Speaking

We have been giving talks at a number of Garden Clubs, Seedy Saturday Events, schools and ACORN conference over the past number of years on many topics related to farming, gardening, and small business management.

On-Farm Workshops

This is where some of the most exciting things happen. Here we take you on one of the many educational gardening adventures that we offer. All our on-farm events include delicious snacks and Just Us Organic Coffee and various teas, most of the events include a delicious buffet of organic foods mostly from the farm as well.

Small groups, hands on, immersed in the topic and seeing it in actual operation. These workshops will give you the knowledge and the tools for you to build on.

Farm Tours

From spring to fall we offer tours of our farm, showing how we integrate our Herbal business, seed business, and vegetables to offer a diverse selection of products all coming from the farm and complimenting each other in numerous ways. Tours are typically 1 to 1 1/2 hours long and outdoor picnic area is available.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Seed Saving Basics
  • Putting your Gardens to Bed—How to improve your gardens over winter
  • How to grow your own transplants from seed
  • Garden Planning— Make it Fun, Feasible, and Rewarding
  • Intro to Medicinal Herbs
  • Advanced Seed Saving
  • Eat Greens in the Winter—All about Coldframes
  • Learn to build cost effective Greenhouses and hoophouses
  • Maximizing crop production using raised beds.


At the Seed Starting and Transplant Workshop I enjoyed the hands on, personable presentation and demonstrations. – Craig A. Waters N.S.

25 Feb 2018 – We loved our workshop with the Cochrane Family! Very educational with a friendly group and a delicious lunch. – Norine Martin

Absolutely loved the workshop! Very strategic information from starting seeds to planting out. Loved the careful instructions at each step. Will definitely be attending more. Thank you. – Cheryl Bolivar

I learned a whole lot more than I expected. I am looking forward to applying things I learned this spring and having lovely transplants. – Eileen Pease N.S.

This workshop provided me with all the info and inspiration I need to keep eating from my garden through the winter months. Thank you! -Megan Ashworth Hartlen

An afternoon well spent. Learned a lot in a beautiful setting. Learning how to grow for our specific climate was priceless.—Sarah Paterson, Great Village, N.S.

A very informative course with a nice combination of class and field time in an intimate setting. - Kaija

Lisa, Frank and Julie run a beautiful business that is full of passion and you feel that as soon as they start talking about it. Their knowledge is expansive and I am so grateful that they are willing to share it with the community. I will be back! - Stacey, Porter’s Lake, N.S.

It was was very nice to experience the hands on knowledge from not only the hosts but the people who were al-so attending. I love learning about the things we are passionate about and being surrounded by people with the same interests.—Kristen Sabic, N.S.

Great information for anyone new to winter cold frame growing. Excellent food, friendly learning environment and great examples of topic. - Sarah, Eastern Shore, N.S.

I had a wonderful time at the workshop, Eat Greens in the WInter. It was fun and energizing to learn all about farming.— Shabana, Dartmouth, N.S.

Thank you for an extremely informative and enjoyable day on your farm. Very inspiring. I learned so much and met so many interesting fellow gardeners who shared their experiences. Really great program, I look forward to attending future workshops.—Barbara S., N.S.

Our school, Via Vita Academy, was eagerly welcomed by Cochrane Family Farm for a tour and to learn about everything they do on the farm. We were excited for the opportunity to get a hands-on, real life approach to exploring farming options in Nova Scotia, especially to introduce concepts of CSA, organic farming, and seed saving to our students. Cochrane Family Farm blew us away with their knowledge, friendliness and initiatives they were taking for sustainability. Our students were encouraged to ask questions, think critically, get their hands dirty, and take an active role in learning from the visit. It was fantastic! We were overjoyed with the whole experience and will most definitely be back. Our students gained valuable information and have a better appreciation for our food and our Earth. Thank you!!