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.March 23rd – HELPING HANDS: Volunteer Management at the Mathis Center, 19300 Greenfield Road from 2-4pm Looking to engage more volunteers at your garden site? Volunteer groups can help jump start the growing season at your community or market garden. KGD will share our best practices of how to recruit and facilitate volunteer groups.
March 14th – BREAK DOWN ON FARM BREAK-INS: Farm Security and Insurance at KAN Bookstore, 9405 John R St. from 6-8pm Unfortunately a number of farms and gardens around the city have been experiencing issues with theft. This session will be a workshop and community conversation on how to secure our sites. Strategies will be shared for discouraging theft as well as options for insurance.
March 23rd – HELPING HANDS: Volunteer Management at the Mathis Center, 19300 Greenfield Road from 2-4pm Looking to engage more volunteers at your garden site? Volunteer groups can help jump start the growing season at your community or market garden. KGD will share our best practices of how to recruit and facilitate volunteer groups.
March 25th – STARTING SEEDS INDOORS at the KGD Farm, 1850 Erskine from 5-7pm Interested in starting your own transplants. At this session learn to mix soil, when to start different types of seeds, how to prick out and more. This session is hands-on please come prepared to get your hands dirty.
March 27th – GROWING FOR MARKET: Grown in Detroit (GID) New Marketer Orientation at Keep Growing Detroit Office, 1445 Adelaide St. from 12-3pm GID’s fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are grown in gardens and farms tended by GRP members across the city and sold at Detroit’s Eastern Market. Growers receive 100% of the profits for the produce they sell. If you are interested in selling with GID this year, join us at the first New Marketer Orientation (NMO) of 2019 to learn safe harvest and post-harvest practices as well as GID’s marketing processes and procedures. New growers must attend at least one NMO before selling with GID. To RSVP contact us.
March 28th – ANISHNAABE EATS: Indigenous Cooking Traditions at American Indian Health and Family Services, 4880 Lawndale Street from 6-8pm Anishnaabe (Indigenous to Great Lakes Area) meets Tlingt (Alaska Native) cuisine. Join Rosebud Schneider and Kirsten Kirby for a demonstration on indigenous cooking highlighting two essential ingredients in Anishnaabe and Tlingt culture, wild rice and salmon. Rosebud and Kirsten are both urban farmers and passionate about reconnecting our community with our indigenous foodways.
April 1st to 4th – Hands-on Hoophouse Build at Serenity in the Garden, 18445 Binder from 9am-5pm 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. Call Kido or contact us to RSVP. You can come for the whole build or just a few hours.
April 2nd – GO NUTS GROWING: Growing Nuts and Other Perennial Edibles, Spirit of Hope Church, 1519 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd from 6-8pm It’s commonly known we can grow crops such as apples, peaches, pears, raspberries and grapes here in Detroit, but there are a host of lesser known crops that are delicious and a great addition to any farm. Join perennial enthusiast Patrick Crouch to explore some of the lesser know (but equally delicious) perennial nuts, berries and veggies that thrive here including: hazelnuts, chestnuts, black walnuts, paw paw, hardy kiwi, josta berries and more!
April 6th – RSVP only! HARVEST SAFELY: Harvest and Farm Food Safety Intensive at the KGD Farm, 1850 Erskine from 1-4pm An in depth look at the harvesting and food safety practices from field to market. Learn what is necessary to get crops to customers efficiently, safely and with the best quality possible.
April 11th – GET READY TO GARDEN: Basic Gardening at the Palmer Park Recreation center, 19013 Woodward Ave (enter off w 7 Mile 12th precinct) from 6-8pm For the beginner, starting a garden can be a challenge, but with some basic skills a productive and viable garden is no sweat. In this class you will learn how to select a site and prepare for your garden, when to plant seeds and transplants, and much more!
April 22nd – Bed Preparation, Pathways and Specialty Tools at the Keep Growing Detroit Farm, 1850 Erskine from 5-7pm Discussion will include strategies for bed preparation, early-season cover-cropping of pathways and fallow fields, and a review of some specialized tools that will make spring bed prep a breeze.