Events

May
3
Wed
Interactive Animal Tour @ KIS Farm
May 3 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Interactive Animal Tour @ KIS Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

This is a guided hands-on activity geared for children ages 3 and above. It is meant to be a fun way to introduce children to different farm animals and ask staff whatever questions they want to ask. Children will meet our goats, pigs, adult chickens, baby chickens and turkeys! FREE! Spots are filling fast-register in advance via email or phone.

Highlights include:

1. Leaning how to interact with animals, proper behavior and how our actions affect them.

2. Understanding animal behavior and interpreting how they feel.

3. Learning how to best hold and feed the animals.

4. Petting and feeding the animals.

 

Class size limited to 12 children; parents must be present. Be sure to dress for the weather as this is a messy outdoor activity.  Closed-toe shoes only please.

May
13
Sat
Knife Sharpening Service & Consult @ Keep It Simple Farm
May 13 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Knife Sharpening Service & Consult @ Keep It Simple Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

Do you need any of your kitchen knives, gardening tools, or anything else sharpened? This unique service is offered by a professional who can sharpen anything; if he does not have the equipment at the Farm to sharpen a large item he can take it to his shop and return it the next day for you. David Mayer uses ceramic stones and rods, not steel or diamond embedded rods. Bring in your utensils and you will also be shown sharpening techniques, and you can return home with a sharpening stone in addition to your sharpen utensil!

Cost: There is a nominal cost for the sharpening service. See below.

David can sharpen the following items: kitchen knives ($10.00 for six knives, or prorated for fewer); hand held pruning shears ($5.00); yard clippers hatchet ($10.00); lawnmower blades, ($10.00 per blade); cost of a machete or ax will depend upon the amount of work needed.

Highlights include:

1. While sharpening your item, David will explain the theory, technique and philosophy of how to sharpen your item.

2. An explanation and demonstration of how to use a ceramic stone; you will take a stone home with you so you can use it in the future.

3. An explanation of how to sharpen large items you use in your backyard, such as hedge clippers or pruners.

4. If you have a large item such as a machete, ax or pruner, David will take it to his shop and return it the following day.

 

Gardening in a Greenhouse @ KIS Farm
May 13 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Gardening in a Greenhouse @ KIS Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

If you have any type or size greenhouse in which you grow any type of plant, this class will be a great experience for you—no matter what your level of experience! We will discuss a variety of topics specially geared for the health and production of your plants.

Highlights include:

1. Greenhouse site selection.

2. Different types and styles of greenhouses; what may be best for you.

3. Ventilation inside the greenhouse.

4. Passive and active cooling and heating of the greenhouse.

5. Hints for growing vegetables throughout the year.

Class size limited to 25 people.

May
17
Wed
Interactive Animal Tour @ KIS Farm
May 17 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Interactive Animal Tour @ KIS Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

This is a guided hands-on activity geared for children ages 3 and above. It is meant to be a fun way to introduce children to different farm animals and ask staff whatever questions they want to ask. Children will meet our goats, pigs, adult chickens, baby chickens and turkeys! FREE! Spots are filling fast-register in advance via email or phone.

Highlights include:

1. Leaning how to interact with animals, proper behavior and how our actions affect them.

2. Understanding animal behavior and interpreting how they feel.

3. Learning how to best hold and feed the animals.

4. Petting and feeding the animals.

 

Class size limited to 12 children; parents must be present. Be sure to dress for the weather as this is a messy outdoor activity.  Closed-toe shoes only please.

May
21
Sun
Chickens 101: A Class For New Chicken Owners @ Keep It Simple Farm
May 21 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chickens 101: A Class For New Chicken Owners @ Keep It Simple Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

Have you considered owning chickens or is this your first year with them?  This class will answer the basic questions, including:

1. What are the pros/cons to different coop designs?

2. Should I raise baby chicks or get laying hens?

3. What sorts of nutritional needs do chickens have?

4. How do I prepare my coop for Winter?

5. How much does it cost to have chickens and how much labor are they?

Bring all your own questions too! You can also email questions to liz@kisfarm.com prior to the class so we can be sure to get you all ready for chickens this Spring.

Class size is limited to 12 people.  Prepay to reserve your space today!

Wild Food and Foraging Walk @ KIS Farm
May 21 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Wild Food and Foraging Walk @ KIS Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

Do you look out in your backyard and wonder what types of plants or ‘weeds’ are growing there? Many of these plants may actually be beneficial even though we think they are invasive weeds. We will walk around the Farm, through the woods, and visit our gardens to identify some of the most common and rare plants that grow in this part of Washington.

Highlights include:

1. Introducing you to common plants that are beneficial for your yard and why you may just want to let them grow.

2. Identifying plants that are native to the State of Washington, as well as plants that have been introduced.

3. Identifying invasive species that you don’t want in your yard.

4. Leaning about plants that are edible and their health benefits.

5. Sampling wild, edible food on the tour and returning home with a recipe.

6. Discussing how to learn about poisonous plants.

Class size limited to 12 people.

May
24
Wed
Folk Music Club @ KIS Farm
May 24 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing music with others is easy and fun!
Do you know a few chords or a couple songs on your instrument and lack confidence or experience with playing with others, but desperately long to jam with others late into the night around a campfire? Are you an experienced musician looking to play with others and spread the love through sharing your experience and skill? Do you and your child want an outlet to play music together? This club is for you!
Folk Music Club will meet for an hour every two weeks. We will be creating a safe and fun All- Ages atmosphere for everyone to gain experience, confidence, and skill on their instrument by playing music with others. The instructor will guide the group and individuals through learning and playing a new song each week. We will gradually build our repertoire as a home-grown Keep It Simple farm band. This club is aimed at children and families with support from older community musicians, but all ages and skill levels are welcome. Feel shy? No worries! Instructors will hold a compassionate, friendly, and non-judgmental attitude to meet you where you are in your music journey.
Why Folk Music?
Before recording contracts and Grammy awards, music was a humble but rich part of the people’s way of life. Music belonged to the folk of the land through twanging away on the porch, around fires and in our living rooms, or singing out in the fields. At Keep It Simple, we know that sometimes music is a kind of food for the heart and soul. We are using “folk” as an umbrella term to remind us that as we grow our own food for our folk and kin, also we can “grow” our own music to entertain, delight, and nourish ourselves and our communities.
Styles of music will vary depending on group interest. Genres will range from folk, blues, soul, old-timey, bluegrass, country, rock and roll, world musics, and beyond… Ages 8 and up. Donations welcomed. Email liz@kisfarm.com to sign up in advance.
About the Instructor:
Matt McKinney:
Matt McKinney was raised in a musical family and has been fiddling around on instruments and creating music since his hands were too small to wrap around the neck of a guitar. He has been mentoring others in music since he was a teenager and has in the last decade been deeply invested professionally guiding youth and adults into connection with the natural world and themselves. His work on the land deeply influences his music, songwriting, and method for teaching. He works at Keep It Simple as a Landscaper and adjunct Nature Educator, as well as instructing the Folk Music Club.

 

 

May
31
Wed
Interactive Animal Tour $5 @ KIS Farm
May 31 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Interactive Animal Tour $5 @ KIS Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

Cost: $5 per Child;  Adults: Free

This is a guided hands-on activity geared for children ages 3 and above. It is meant to be a fun way to introduce children to different farm animals and ask staff whatever questions they want to ask. Children will meet our goats, pigs, adult chickens, baby chickens and turkeys! Spots are filling fast-register in advance via email or phone.

Highlights include:

1. Leaning how to interact with animals, proper behavior and how our actions affect them.

2. Understanding animal behavior and interpreting how they feel.

3. Learning how to best hold and feed the animals.

4. Petting and feeding the animals.

 

Class size limited to 12 children; parents must be present. Be sure to dress for the weather as this may be a messy outdoor activity.  Closed-toe shoes only please.

Jun
7
Wed
Folk Music Club @ KIS Farm
Jun 7 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing music with others is easy and fun!
Do you know a few chords or a couple songs on your instrument and lack confidence or experience with playing with others, but desperately long to jam with others late into the night around a campfire? Are you an experienced musician looking to play with others and spread the love through sharing your experience and skill? Do you and your child want an outlet to play music together? This club is for you!
Folk Music Club will meet for an hour every two weeks. We will be creating a safe and fun All- Ages atmosphere for everyone to gain experience, confidence, and skill on their instrument by playing music with others. The instructor will guide the group and individuals through learning and playing a new song each week. We will gradually build our repertoire as a home-grown Keep It Simple farm band. This club is aimed at children and families with support from older community musicians, but all ages and skill levels are welcome. Feel shy? No worries! Instructors will hold a compassionate, friendly, and non-judgmental attitude to meet you where you are in your music journey.
Why Folk Music?
Before recording contracts and Grammy awards, music was a humble but rich part of the people’s way of life. Music belonged to the folk of the land through twanging away on the porch, around fires and in our living rooms, or singing out in the fields. At Keep It Simple, we know that sometimes music is a kind of food for the heart and soul. We are using “folk” as an umbrella term to remind us that as we grow our own food for our folk and kin, also we can “grow” our own music to entertain, delight, and nourish ourselves and our communities.
Styles of music will vary depending on group interest. Genres will range from folk, blues, soul, old-timey, bluegrass, country, rock and roll, world musics, and beyond… Ages 8 and up. Donations welcomed. Email liz@kisfarm.com to sign up in advance.
About the Instructor:
Matt McKinney:
Matt McKinney was raised in a musical family and has been fiddling around on instruments and creating music since his hands were too small to wrap around the neck of a guitar. He has been mentoring others in music since he was a teenager and has in the last decade been deeply invested professionally guiding youth and adults into connection with the natural world and themselves. His work on the land deeply influences his music, songwriting, and method for teaching. He works at Keep It Simple as a Landscaper and adjunct Nature Educator, as well as instructing the Folk Music Club.

 

 

Jun
14
Wed
Interactive Animal Tour $5 @ KIS Farm
Jun 14 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Interactive Animal Tour $5 @ KIS Farm | Redmond | Washington | United States

Cost: $5 per Child;  Adults: Free

This is a guided hands-on activity geared for children ages 3 and above. It is meant to be a fun way to introduce children to different farm animals and ask staff whatever questions they want to ask. Children will meet our goats, pigs, adult chickens, baby chickens and turkeys! Spots are filling fast-register in advance via email or phone.

Highlights include:

1. Leaning how to interact with animals, proper behavior and how our actions affect them.

2. Understanding animal behavior and interpreting how they feel.

3. Learning how to best hold and feed the animals.

4. Petting and feeding the animals.

 

Class size limited to 12 children; parents must be present. Be sure to dress for the weather as this may be a messy outdoor activity.  Closed-toe shoes only please.