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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

RSVP Only! Beautiful Blues: U-Pick Blueberries, Saturday, August 4th from 9AM-1PM Blueberry picking is a super fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. In the company of fellow gardeners we will pick our share of delicious berries (and eat a few too!) as we walk the rows of beautiful bushes on this summer afternoon. The tour is $5 for GRP members and you pay for what you pick (pricing available closer to event). To RSVP contact us

SUPER SOIL: Improving Soils for Crop Quality and Yield, Thursday, August 9, 6-8PM at Rising Pheasant Farm, 5228 Moran west of Mt. Elliot north of Warren The heart of a thriving garden is healthy soil. If we learn how soil functions and what it is made of we are well on the way to getting the most out of our gardens. Learn techniques to build even the poorest soils into a place where any plant would be happy with soil enthusiast Dr. John Biernbaum from MSU.

BEAUTIFUL BORDERS: Perennial Garden Basics and Design, Saturday, August 18, 1-3PM at American Indian Health and Family Services, 4880 Lawndale St, South of Michigan west of Lonyo Perennials are a great addition to any garden providing habitat for beneficial insects and curb appeal for neighbors and visitors alike. There are so many varieties and types of perennials it is sometimes overwhelming to know what to plant and where. Join this class for a discussion of the many uses and design applications of perennials.

RSVP Only! YPSILANTI GROWS! Tour of Farm and Gardens in Ypsilanti, Saturday, August 25, 9AM-2PM meeting location TBA In Detroit alone there are over 1,500 gardens and farms growing vegetable gardens and across the state we have sister cities doing similar amazing work. Join us on a bus tour of urban farms and gardens with our friends in Ypsilanti. The tour will include: Growing Hope, the Farm at St Joe and more.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Overview of Cool and Warm Season All Vegetable Crop Families, Tuesday, September 11th, 6-8PM at Fisheye Farm, 4426 16th, north of MLK west of Grand River All vegetables can be categorized into families i.e. collards, kale, brussels sprouts and broccoli are in the Brassica family. Crops in a particular family have similar nutrient needs and pest problems. At this class John Biernbaum from MSU will discuss veggie families and how to use this knowledge to grow better crops.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Overview of Cool and Warm Season All Vegetable Crop Families, Tuesday, September 11th, 6-8PM at Fisheye Farm, 4426 16th, north of MLK west of Grand River All vegetables can be categorized into families i.e. collards, kale, brussels sprouts and broccoli are in the Brassica family. Crops in a particular family have similar nutrient needs and pest problems. At this class John Biernbaum from MSU will discuss veggie families and how to use this knowledge to grow better crops.

WINTER HARVEST: Season Extension for Late Season Harvest, Monday, September 17, 6-8PM at Twelfth St. MBC Community Garden, 1840 Midland south of Puritan west of Hamilton Keep your garden growing into the winter and even early spring using season extension techniques. Late summer is the time to plan and plant fall and winter season crops (both in hoop houses and outdoors). Using specific crops and a little protection we can all be growing and harvesting crops virtually year round. In this class we will discuss ideal crops for this time of year, the best varieties and the range of dates you could be harvesting.

PUTTING THE GARDEN TO BED: Fall Garden Maintenance, Saturday, September 22, 1-3PM at the North Cass Community Garden, 4161 2nd Ave. south of Warren west of Woodward 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.

STOCKING UP: Freezing and Dehydrating Garden Produce, Thursday, September 27, 6-8PM at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church, 12065 Broadstreet east of Livernois north of Joy Road Are you interested in eating the great veggies your garden produces all winter long? If so this may be the class for you. Freezing and dehydrating are some of the simplest ways we can preserve our produce for future use. In this class we will cover tools and techniques to stock our freezers and pantries with the best of them.

 

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