Keep Growing Detroit’s Urban Garden Education Series is a set of classes designed to help Detroiters of all ages grow, maintain, harvest, preserve, and eat fruits and vegetables from their urban gardens and farms.
OCTOBER 30, 6-8PM CITY CHICKENS: Keeping Chickens in the City at Spirit of Hope Church, 1519 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Chickens not only make great company but their eggs are an excellent source of protein and provide nutrient rich manure droppings for your garden. In this class Antonio Cosme and Anita Singh we will cover the basics of care for our feathered friends including housing, feeding, and general flock maintenance. Come in fair or ‘fowl’ weather! $3 GRP/$5 non-GRP
OCTOBER 27, 9AM-12PM: RSVP Only! FORM AND FUNCTION: Garden Infrastructure Tour leaving from Popp’s Packing 2043 Carpenter north of Caniff just east of I-75. Water collection systems, fences, kiosks, seating, outdoor ovens, rain gardens, perennial curb appeal gardens, shade structures … the list goes on – there are many ways that gardens and farms can improve their appeal and functionality. These features help a site not only be more useful and productive but show neighbors and passersby this is a thriving and established site. If you are thinking of making improvements to you community garden or farm this tour is a great way to get ideas and plan ahead for the coming season. Talk to sites about what it took to put their projects together and be inspired. $5 GRP/$10 non-GRP
NOVEMBER 3, 1-3PM: INDOOR GREENS: Growing, Shoots, Sprouts and Microgreens at Earthworks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum. Shoots, sprouts and microgreens are grown to be harvested shortly after they germinate. Quick to grow they are full of nutrition and a great option for having fresh vegetables during winter months. At this class KGD farmer Akello Karamoko will share tips and techniques to get you sprouting. $3 GRP/$5 non-GRP
NOVEMBER 12, 6-8PM: EAST AFRICAN COOKING with Baobab Fare at St, Mathew and St. Joseph Church, 8850 Woodward north of Grand Blvd. Baobab Fare is a husband and wife team from Burundi who are soon to open a East African restaurant in the New Center Area. This class will highlight some delicious vegetable-centric dishes from their menu. $3 GRP/$5 non-GRP
NOVEMBER 15, 5-8PM: TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Innovative Farm Tools, Sharpening and Care at Georgia Street Community Collective, 8902 Vinton Ave. 6 row seeders, salad harvester, washing machine salad spinner, wheel hoes, flame weeders oh my! There are hundreds of tools out there that can make farming easier and more efficient. Join us for a show and tell of some really cool tools on the market. Tool Sharpening and Care mini lesson 5-6PM-Bring your pruners, loppers, stirrup hoes, shovels etc to get your stuff tuned up for next season $3 GRP/$5 non-GRP
NOVEMBER 19, 6-8PM: CURRY-OSITY: Cooking Sri Lankan Cuisine at Brightmoor Artisans Collective, 22735 Fenkell. Not all curry is created equal. Curry is a complex combinations of spices or herbs, usually including turmeric, cumin, ginger, and fresh or dried hot chilies. Native Sri Lankan Renu Ramawickrama will share recipes of a few different versions of curry and how they are used in her homeland. $3 GRP/$5 non-GRP
DECEMBER 6, 6-8pm SWEET TOOTH: Healthy and Tasty Dessert Cooking Class with Nezaa Bandele at Oakland Ave Urban Farm, 9227 Goodwin St. Sweets are a weakness for many especially during the holiday season but who says they have to be bad for you. Seasoned chef Mama Nezaa will share recipes on making guilt free desserts including Chocolate Mouse with Berries (made with avocados), African mud Huts with Oatmeal Crust, and Apple Spice Bundt Cake. $3 GRP/$5 non-GRP