Education Series

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. Classes are $3 for GRP members and $5 for non memberbers. No RSVP necessary unless otherwise stated.


September 19 – SUPER SOIL: Improving Soils for Crop Quality and Yield at Walton’s Plants, 8830 Woodlawn from 6-8PM. Healthy soil is the secret to growing bigger, better and more nutritious crops. Join us at this class to explore simple ways to improve the soils you grow in with Dr John Biernbaum from MSU.

September 23 – CULINARY HERBS : Farm Style Cooking at the Keep Growing Detroit Farm, 1850 Erskine from 5-7PM. Parsley, dill, basil, oregano, thyme, mint … there are so many herbs that add pizzazz to our daily dishes. Join us with herb enthusiast Chef Alison Heeres to learn some fresh approaches to using herbs from the garden.

September 28 – PUTTING THE GARDEN TO BED: Fall Garden Maintenance at North Cass Community Garden, 4161 2nd Ave. from 1-3PM. In the garden, the fall season is an important time to wrap things up for winter and plan ahead for next season. A few simple activities outlined in this class will help you to get a jump start and have a more productive garden next season.

October 5 – TEA TIME: Making Herbal Products from the Garden with Love Earth Herbal at Oakland Ave Farm, 9354 Oakland Ave. from 1-3PM. Teas, tinctures, salves oh my! There are many delightful ways we can use the herbs we grow. At this class Roxanne Jones from Love Earth Herbal will share information on the many varieties we can grow, how to dry and preserve them and some suggestions on making tea blends, salve recipes and more.

October 9 – SOME LIKE IT HOT: Making Hot Sauces with Chef Phil Jones at New Prospect Baptist Church, 6330 Pembroke Ave. from 6-8PM. Are you a hot sauce enthusiast and looking for inspiration to make your own? We’ve got the class for you. Chef Phil Jones will share a variety of approaches to making hot sauces using different pepper varieties and ingredients.

October 24 – JAMAICAN ME HUNGRY: Jamaican Cooking with Irie Occasions at St. Mathew and St. Joseph Church, 8850 Woodward, 6-8PM. Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavours, spices and influences from the indigenous people of the island of Jamaica and the Spanish, Irish, British, Africans, Indian and Chinese who have inhabited the island. Join Reniel Billups, owner of Irie Occasions and Flavors of Jamaica to get a taste of the island and bring some inspiration back to your own kitchen.

October 28 – READING YOUR SOIL: On Farm Soil Testing and Soil Management at Keep Growing Detroit Farm, 1850 Erskine from 5-7PM. Soil testing is a valuable tool in understanding the quality of your soil and making sure it is safe to grow in. Attendees of this session will learn best practices for soil testing, how to interpret your soil test and how to turn a soil test into a management plan. Come prepared to dig in and get your hands dirty.

RSVP only! November 16 – 2020 FARM PLANNING: Creating a Crop Mix and Record Keeping at Keep Growing Detroit Office, 1445 Adelaide from 1-4PM. Bring your notes from 2019 as we plan for success in 2020. This class will guide market gardeners through the process of selecting their crop mix, creating a planting detail, and making harvest projections for next season. Contact us to RSVP. 

November 21 – KOREAN CRUNCH: Making Kim Chi with Gwi Seok at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church, 12065 Broadstreet Ave. from 6-8PM. Kim Chi is a spicy crunchy delicious Korean traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables and seasonings including gochugaru (chili powder), scallions, garlic, ginger, and other ingredients. Join GRP member Gwi Seok as shes shares family recipes on making this yummy dish.

December 9 – MAS MASA: Making Tamales at PizzaPlex, 4458 W Vernor Hwy, 6-8PM. Tamales are a delightful dish made of masa or dough filled with meat, cheese or vegetable filling which is steamed in a corn husk. They are a traditional dish of Central and South America. Join us for this class to learn tips and techniques for preparing tamales in your own kitchen.

ONGOING THIS SEASON: Hands-on Hoophouse Builds. Hoophouses are unheated greenhouses used to extend the growing season for longer harvests and higher yields. At these hands-on builds learn about the materials needed and get practice with the steps required to build a hoophouse. Each day of building we will have an overview of steps of the process and questions and answers at 9AM and 1PM. These sessions are hands-on, please wear appropriate work clothes. Contact us for more info. You can come for the whole build or just a few hours.

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