What People Have to Say

Frank and Julie are very knowledgeable and passionate about the food they grow and they pass that on in an entertaining session. I highly recommend any of their workshops.

Judy BurnsMaitland, NS

Excellent workshop! Helped us prepare to build raised beds.

Paula WinstanleyNS

A great learning experience! After attending this workshop I feel ready to start my first hoophouse. Worth the time and money, and you will enjoy yourself.

John MacDonaldSackville, NS

At the Seed Starting and Transplant Workshop I enjoyed the hands on, personable presentation and demonstrations.

Craig A. WatersNS

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 PeaseNS

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 PatersonGreat Village, NS

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


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!

StaceyPorter’s Lake, NS

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 sur-rounded by people with the same interests.

Kristen SabicNS

Great information for anyone new to winter cold frame growing. Excellent food, friendly learning environment and great examples of topic.

SarahEastern Shore, NS

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

ShabanaDartmouth, NS

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.NS

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!!

Via Vita Academy

Intro to Medicinal Herbs This was a very informative workshop, covering the basics and more with great visuals and lots of time for Q&A. Thank you!

Lisa Wood Truro, NS

Fun and engaging, very informative. Answers all questions and is funny. Had a wonderful time. Will definitely be signing up for workshops!

Tegra SampsonNS

In a few short hours I learned a lot of tips and tricks on how to improve my skills for transplanting and growing my own food. I have a new found love for gardening.


First time workshop attendee and I have already signed up for another. The information covered was very relevant and helpful without being overwhelming. The change of location around the farm was engaging and provided excellent visuals. Thanks so much.


The instructors have provided a lot of knowledge and I appreciate all the information. I have enjoyed the workshop and will be taking more.

Michele Mitchell

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