Continuing Education

Learning In the Country 2020

The University Farm is a beautiful 400-acre property in Hunting Valley, Ohio, that features forests, ravines, waterfalls, meadows, ponds, and a self-contained watershed. Owned by Case Western Reserve University, the farm has a number of buildings designed for educational, research, and recreational purposes.

Outdoors painting

Farm Continuing Education Program classes take advantage of the spectacular surroundings for inspiration and as a setting for learning about nature, cultivation, and the environment.

The Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program course offerings will take place at the farm from May - November 2020 (subject to change as additional courses are added such as writing non fiction and nature walk). Contact Lorraine Nelson, Program Administrator, 216-368-5145 or email for more information and to register for classes below:

Birds & Breakfast, Fridays, May 1-June 5, 6:30-9 a.m.

Fibers at the Farm, Tuesdays, May 5-26, 1-4 p.m.

Outdoor Painting, Fridays, June 5-26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


2020 Farm Course Offerings

The Farm Administration is offering again this year several continuing education classes May - September
Bee Biology
Thinking about beekeeping or want more knowledge as a beekeeper... plan to attend the upcoming “Bee Biology” Course being offering by Case Western Reserve University Farm, located in beautiful Hunting Valley.

The one-day session, 4-hour course will be offered on the following Saturdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm

February 1    This course date was cancelled. If you are a registered participant for this course and have not contacted the Farm office to move your registration to one of the following course dates, please do so via email or phone 216-368-0274, at your earliest convenience.  

February 15 

February 29 (CLOSED - Max Capacity)

The class will cover all aspects of beginning beekeeping, honey bee biology and diseases, and hive management.

Instructor: Dr. Ana Locci, University Farm Director.  Dr. Locci, in addition to overseeing the daily operations of the University farm, manages the educational beekeeping program and hive maintenance of the Farm’s beehives.

Course fee: $60 per participant.  A minimum of 5 participants will be required to offer course. Class will be capped at 12 participants.  To register and make course fee payment, please see registration links abovePayment must be made at time of registration.

Participants must be registered and at least 18 years of age to attend the course. 

Class will meet in the Main Lab Administration Building, Kutina Classroom. Directional signs will be posted.


Oyster Mushroom Production
Basics of Oyster Mushroom Production course is being offered in January and February 

Farm Food Program staff member, Matt Burtonshaw, who manages the daily operations of the farm's oyster mushroom production, will cover: the economics, growing requirements, equipment needed, sterilization, potential problems, packaging and harvesting in a hands on learning experience. Participants will be taught how to make a miniature mushroom bag to take home.

The one-day session, three-hour course will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following Fridays:

January 10:

January 24:

February 7:

February 21:

Course Fee: $50. To register and make course fee payment, please see registration links above. Payment must be made at time of registration. Each class will be limited to 12 participants (5 minimum confirmed registrations to offer class). Participants must be at least 18 years old to register for the course.

Additional questions/information regarding farm offered courses, please email or contact the farm office at 216.368.0274.