URBAN GARDEN EDUCATION SERIES Information available here.
RAIN GARDENS TO THE RESCUE
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.
The Rain Gardens to the Rescue program is a collaboration between Keep Growing Detroit, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Rouge. It’s a series of workshops designed to teach residents about rain gardens, so they can plant their own garden and educate neighbors and family to do the same. Residents and institutions (i.e. libraries, activity centers, places of faith) are encouraged to participate.
Want to learn more? What a short video about the Rain Gardens to the Rescue Program here.
SWEET ON DETROIT BEE-GINNER BEEKEEPING PROGRAM
Download the 2017 Bee-ginner Beekeeping Application here. Completed applications are due by April 14th.
The 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.
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
Download the 2016-17 Detroit Farm Train Application here.
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.