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 summer/fall schedule here!

HOOPHOUSE FARM TOUR – MSU STUDENT ORGANIC FARM AND TEN HENS FARM. RSVP ONLY! Sunday, August 10th 9AM-5PM. An all day tour of 2 amazingly productive farms, if you are interested in seeing some hoophouses jam packed with vegetables this is the tour for you. Lunch is included with tour. To RSVP call Kido at 313-757-2635 or email

WILD HERB WALK: with Herbalist Jim McDonald. Thursday, August 14th 6-9PM at Symbiosis Web Garden 15044 Chatham south of Fenkell west of Lahser. Local Michigan Herbalist Jim McDonald is recognized nationally for his knowledge of local wild herbs (many of which are common weeds). Jim will lead us on a walk through the Brightmoor neighborhood and discuss id and uses for the plants we encounter.

COLD SEASON HOOPHOUSE PLANNING with Adam Montri and Kido Pielack. Saturday, August 16th 1-5PM at D-Town Farm in Rouge Park at 14027 West Outer Drive south of Plymouth Rd. August is prime season to be preparing for and planting crops for hoophouses and other season extension methods. Join us for this extended session geared towards production growers as we discuss planning, crop selection, budgeting and other methods for optimizing our season extension gardens.

U-PICK BLUEBERRIES. RSVP ONLY! Saturday, August 23rd 9AM-2PM Blueberrries are delicious and packed with tons of Pick your own blueberries at Dexter Bluberry Farm! You pay for what you pick. Tour will leave from the Keep Growing Detroit office at 76 E. Forest. To RSVP call Kido at 313-757-2635.

FREEZING AND DEHYDRATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES with Angela Newsome from the People’s Kitchen Detroit. Thursday, August 28th 6-8PM at Messiah Church 3816 Toledo St west of W Grand Blvd north of Vernor. Don’t let an overabundance of delicious vegetables in your garden go to waste. Enjoy the freshness of your garden year round by learning how to preserve your harvest with freezing and dehydrating. This class is a great chance to learn simple and practical methods for preserving fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs for healthy winter meals.

SEED SAVING. Saturday, September 6th 1-3PM at the 4-H Center 5710 McClellan St between Gration and Warren. Become a part of the seed saving legacy and save seeds from your favorite flowers and vegetables. This skill also means saving money and is a rewarding, sustainable practice to use year after year. In this class learn the seed saving savvy on how to properly choose, collect and store those precious pods.

SEASON EXTENSION BASICS with Kido Pielack. Thursday, September 11th 6-8PM at the Plum St Market Garden 2202 Third St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand parking garage. Most gardeners grow their veggies from May to September but with a little know-how and a few simple tools anyone can extend their growing season. In this class learn to work with scheduling, seed varieties and special tools such as row cover, cold frames and low tunnels (quickhoops) to keep your garden growing!

PICKLING AND FERMENTING with David Klingenberger from the Brinery. Saturday, September 20th 1-3PM at Gleaners Community Food Bank 2131 Beaufait St south of Vernor east of Mt Elliot. Fermentation is an easy, healthy way to preserve vegetables using a little salt, some patience, and a lot of love. After covering the roles fermented foods has played throughout history, we will work together to learn how to create wonderful fermented snacks (such as sauer kraut, kim chi, pickles and dilly beans), complete with a taste testing of course!

KUNG FOOD: Asian inspired Vegetable Dishes with Chef Jon Kung. Monday, September 22nd 6-8PM at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen 1264 Meldrum St.

CITY CHICKENS 101: INTRO TO BASIC CHICKEN KEEPING with Mark Covington. Thursday, September 25th 6-8PM at Georgia Street Community Center, 8902 Vinton at the corner of Georgia, west of Gratiot and north of I-94. Chickens not only make great company but their eggs are an excellent source of protein and provide nutrient rich manure droppings for your garden. In this class, we will cover the basics of care for our feathered friends including housing, feeding, and general flock maintenance. Come in fair or ‘fowl’ weather!

GRANT WRITING with Ashley Atkinson. Saturday, October 11th 1-3PM at the MSU Center 3408 Woodward Ave south of Mack There are many grants and funding opportunities for commuity based projects but the process to get them can be overwhelming. You can do it! With a little coaching on planning, creating a budget, finding grants and putting together a proposal you could be well on your way to getting funding for your project.

PRACTICAL PERMACULTURE with Jeremy Kenward. Saturday, October 18th 1-3PM at Red Door Digital 7500 Oakland St north of E. Grand Blvd Permaculture is a philosophy of living that emphasizes the health of people, conservation of resources and care for the planet. Methods such as water catchment and growing perennial fruit and vegetables are based on these principals. Permaculturist Jeremy Kenward of Wild Earth Farm will share ways in which we can integrate permaculture into our everyday lives.

FOOD AS MEDICINE: Delicious Dishes for Health with Chef Meiko Krishok. Monday, October 27th 6-8PM at St. Peter and St. Paul Orthodox Church 3700 Gilbert St west of Livernois south of Michigan.

NUTRITION BASICS: Knowledge is Healthy. Saturday, November 15th 1-3PM at New Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church 2201 Elmhurst St at 14th south of the Davison. The foundation for a healthy diet is the knowledge of how different food affect our bodies. Why are refined sugars bad for us? Why is important to eat vegetables every day? Join us in this class as we explore the ways different foods effect our bodies and ways in which we can approach healthier eating.

SEASONAL TREATS: Tasty (Healthy) Desserts. Monday, December 8th 6-8PM at St. Mathew and St Joseph 8850 Woodward Ave. at Gladstone