Education Series

The 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 Garden Resource Program members and $5 for non-members.

Download our full spring schedule here!

RAISED BED BUILDING – 2 DATES. Monday, April 21st AND Monday, May 12th 6-7:30PM at the Plum Street Market Garden at 2202 Third Street at Plum St. Raised beds are a useful tool for gardeners working on a difficult site, wanting to increase accessibility or for areas where a contained growing space is desired. These sessions will cover the pros and cons of using raised beds and provide a demonstration for how to build them. Sessions are hands-on, so come prepared to get your hands on a hammer! These will also be distribution days for eligible community and school gardens. For more information on

DETROIT URBAN AGRICULTURE ORDINANCE UPDATE. Thursday, April 24th 6-8PM at Corinthians Baptist Church, 1725 Caniff St. With the recent update of Detroit’s zoning ordinance to include urban agriculture, things are beginning to change for us gardeners. How does this affect our current gardens and farms and plans for new ones? What is the lingo I should know? What is happening with the city’s land sale process? At this session, long time city planner Katherine Underwood and KGD’s land sleuth Janell O’Keefe will share answers to these questions and much more!

HOW SWEET IT IS!: INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING. Saturday, April 26th 10AM-2PM 8902 Vinton St. Learn what it takes to start, maintain, harvest, and care for a beehive in this sweet introduction to the world of beekeeping. This interesting and profitable skill also introduces pollinators to your garden, helping to improve the overall health and yields of your plants.

GET READY TO GARDEN: BASIC GARDENING. Thursday, May 1st 6-8PM at the Mathis Community Center, 19300 Greenfield Rd north of 7 mile OR Tuesday, May 27th 6-8PM at Gesu Church  Gesu Parish Center, 17180 Oak Dr. (north of McNichols on the east side of Livernois. For the beginner starting a garden can be a challenge, but with some basic skills and knowledge a productive and viable garden is no sweat.  In this class you will learn how to select a site for your garden, when to plant seeds and transplants, how to prepare the garden and much more!

IRRIGATION AND WATERING SYSTEMS. Thursday, May 8th 6-8PM Plum Street Market Garden at 2202 Third Street at Plum St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand Casino parking structure. Our farms and gardens need a consistent source of water all throughout the seasons. Spring often provides lots of water to get our gardens started but how do we keep our plants happily watered the rest of the season? There are many types of irrigation and watering systems that can help with this process each providing a solution based on the size and qualities of the space. In this class learn about different types of drip and overhead irrigation systems the pros and cons of each and what makes sense for your site.

BASIC COMPOSTING. Thursday, May 22nd 6-8PM at Oakland Ave. Market Garden Oakland Avenue Community Garden 9354 Oakland Avenue, North of Arden Park Blvd, South of Holbrook. Did you know that you can turn your trash into treasure? Composting is nature’s way of recycling; it breaks down food waste, manure, leaves, grass trimmings, paper, and wood turning them into valuable organic fertilizer which is the foundation for healthy plants. In this class we will take the intimidation out of composting by showing you how to create an easy to use non-stinky compost system.