BELLOWS FALLS -- The Food Security Collaborative (formerly the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative) is offering a series of workshops designed to help participants become more local food sufficient. All workshops are free (except those where a modest materials fee is required). Because space is limited, registration is required by calling Tim Stevenson at 802-869-2141.

The second in the series of workshops will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., at United Church of Bellows Falls. Community herbalist and educator, as well as founder of Earth Angel Herbals, Rebecca Golden, will lead a workshop on Local Herbal Remedies.

This hands-on workshop will feature making elderberry syrup for participants to take home with them, as well as a discussion (and tasting) of other easy to grow and harvest herbs. There is a $5 materials fee for this workshop.

On Sunday, March 23, Lisa Holderness will offer Part I of a two-part workshop on Extending the Season. The first one will be held at the United Church at 1 p.m., and will include a slide discussion, handouts and a hands-on demonstration of a mini-hoop and her very low-tech seeding and lighting system.hoop houses. Holderness will share important concepts of solar growing and hoop house design.

For those who are ready for the next step, Holderness is offering Part II, Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m., at her Deer Ridge Farm, where people can bend their own pipes and cut plastic, see small and large house set-ups, and get deeper into season extension/greenhouse principals for energy efficiency. There will be a materials fee.

In the final workshop, Rachel Ware will offer a Small Scale Self-Sufficiency workshop at her AlpineGlo Farm in Westminster on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. This workshop is free. Her focus will be on gardening and raising chickens for both eggs and meat.