URBAN GARDEN EDUCATION SERIES Information available here.
RAIN GARDENS TO THE RESCUE
Did you know that the Great Lakes represent nearly 25% of the world’s fresh water resources? Stormwater runoff from cities like Detroit that are directly connected to the Great Lakes through tributaries like the Detroit river have an enormous impact on the world’s fresh water. Since fresh water is a vital part of the food system, Keep Growing Detroit has teamed up with the Sierra Club and Friends of the Rouge to create Rain Gardens to the Rescue, a program designed to give residents and local institutions tools to manage stormwater runoff.
A rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground planted with native plants that tolerate varying water levels and weather conditions. The garden is designed to hold rainwater on site temporarily so that it infiltrates the soil rather than running off into storm drains. Rain gardens help reduce pollution in lakes and streams by reducing rain water flowing into combined sewer systems, which overflow to the river when they reach capacity. In addition to helping to protect fresh water for future generations, paired with a vegetable garden or farm, rain gardens help attract pollinating bees and butterflies that will help ensure bountiful harvests.
SWEET ON DETROIT BEE-GINNER BEEKEEPING PROGRAM
What about honey bees? Did you know that honey bees are responsible for pollinating more than 100 food crops from apples to zucchini or that for over a decade honey bees have been dying by the tens of millions?
Keep Growing Detroit’s Sweet on Detroit Bee-ginner Beekeeping Program is a series of hands-on workshops designed to introduce students to the art of beekeeping (apiculture). Since 2007 this program has taught new beekeepers the skills needed to create and maintain healthy and thriving bee hives. Classes are coordinated by Keep Growing Detroit with the support of many beekeepers across the City. The 6-part series has an organic emphasis and is designed to address the essentials of starting and maintaining a hive including: the biology of bees, building hive equipment (supers and frames), installing bees in the hive, hive maintenance, honey extraction, and winterizing hives. In addition to classes, Bee-ginners will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience during one-on-one “Bee Buddy” sessions.
Download the 2017 Bee-ginner Beekeeping Application here. Completed applications are due by April 14, 2017.
URBAN ROOTS COMMUNITY GARDEN LEADER TRAINING PROGRAM
Urban Roots is a 9-week hands-on course designed to teach community leaders core community organizing and horticulture skills. The course emphasizes organic methods and is designed for gardens that are producing food. Now in it’s 11th year, more than 350 students have participated in Urban Roots, learning the skills needed to create and maintain strong, vibrant, and sustainable community gardens. Graduates of the program have gone on to further their leadership roles in neighborhoods by leading workshops, hosting volunteer days, starting food entrepreneurship projects, and enhancing gardens all over the city. Urban Roots is open to residents of the City of Detroit who demonstrate involvement and/or interest in community gardening.
DETROIT-WAYNE COUNTY SEASONAL HIGH TUNNEL EDUCATIONAL INITIAITIVE
This education series co-hosted by Keep Growing Detroit, Southeast Michigan RC&D Council, and Ten Hens Farm brings financial and technical assistance to support installation and management of seasonal high tunnels or “hoophouses” in agricultural production.
DETROIT FARM TRAIN
Farm Train is a peer-led farm and business planning series facilitated by Keep Growing Detroit for growers that are already confident in their growing skills but are looking for assistance with setting and meeting realistic business goals. The series covers topics ranging from how to develop a farm map and crop plan and creating planting detail including harvest projections to understanding and connecting with markets, farm record keeping, and farm food safety.
Download the 2016-17 Detroit Farm Train Application here.