Alchemy Initiative has expanded its workshop offerings to include more topics, new instructors and locations across the greater Berkshires.

The first three workshops of 2014 have been announced:

n "Raised Garden Bed Building" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Climbing Tree Farm in New Lebanon, N.Y. The workshop will begin with a farm tour, led by farmers Schuyler and Colby Gail, followed by a hands-on workshop led by Nicole Conzo.

n "French Gluten-free Baking" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Chez Nous Bistro in Lee. Attendees will work with pastry chef and Chez Nous co-owner, Rachel Portnoy, to make macarons, profiteroles and blondies.

n "Collaged and Painted Flowerpots" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at NUarts in Pittsfield. Led by artist Diane Firtell, workshop attendees will leave with their own 6-inch collaged and painted flowerpot.

No experience is required, but attendees must pre-register due to limited space. To register, email Alchemy.Initiative@gmail.com.


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