URBAN GARDEN EDUCATION SERIES
With classes ranging from basic gardening and pest management to farm planning and season extension, the Detroit Urban Garden Education Series offers more than 30 workshops each year to complement the resources distributed through the Garden Resource Program. A program of the Garden Resource Program Collaborative, these hands-on workshops, taught in gardens across the city, provide gardeners with the experience and skills to transform urban spaces and backyards into thriving, chemical free and productive gardens.
With over 70 varieties of fruits and vegetables distributed throughout the season, even the most experienced gardener may need some guidance with how to properly plan, grow, harvest, store and cook the fruits of their labor. Each year, the Detroit Urban Garden Education Series offers a series of cooking and food preservation classes aimed at turning the abundance of garden fresh vegetables into nutritious, tasty, and easy to make meals for families.
(URBAN) FARM FRESH COOKING SERIES
For gardeners looking to make the most of their garden fresh produce in the kitchen, the (Urban) Farm Fresh Cooking Series offers hands-on cooking classes featuring growing, harvesting and storage tips as well as nutrition basics for the seasonal harvest.
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COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
To encourage and support thriving community and school gardens, we coordinate a number of comprehensive educational opportunities which not only facilitate skill building, but also provide complementary resources, technical assistance and leadership training to build the capacity of the gardeners and their projects.
- URBAN ROOTS: Each winter, the Urban Roots Community Gardening Training Program provides training to community leaders in community organizing and horticulture skills as they develop or expand their community garden projects. During this 9-week, 45-hour course, students also build a foundation of knowledge, tools and leadership capacity from which their gardens will blossom. 2014 applications available in November.
- SEASON EXTENSION & FARM PLANNING: Spurred by the market demand for more local produce and many gardeners’ desire to extend the Michigan growing season, this series teaches gardeners of all skill levels the basics of season extension and provides gardeners with the appropriate tools to extend their season.
- SWEET ON DETROIT:The Sweet on Detroit (SOD) Urban Beekeeping program is a series on hands-on workshops designed to introduce gardeners to the art of beekeeping and assist them in developing the skills they need to create and maintain thriving urban beehives.
- MARKET GARDEN TRAINING PROGRAM: The Market Garden Training Program (MGTP) is a two-part course designed to support market gardeners interested in creating or expanding a produce-based business in developing farm and business plans as well as the skills to be successful entrepreneurs.