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.
Check out the 2016 summer line-up here.
I GREW IT…NOW WHAT? KITCHEN CREATIONS FOR ANYTHING OUT OF THE GARDEN. Thursday, June 2nd, 6-8PM at Spirit of Hope Church, 1519 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd at Trumbull. There are so many fruits and vegetable that we can grow in Detroit. It’s fun to grow new and different things but sometimes we get to harvesting and don’t know what to do with it. In this class experienced gardener and long time chef Kate Devlin will share simple delicious ways to cook ANYTHING out of the garden. Bring ideas of crops you would like to learn how to cook.
LET’S GIVE EM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: GARDEN DESIGN FOR CURB APPEAL. Tuesday, June 7th, 6-8PM at Detroit Farm and Garden, 1759 21st St. south of Vernor west of I-75. Urban farms and gardens not only serve to grow food but also to beautify the neighborhoods in which they exist. Flowers, trees, shrubs and other landscape additions can transform vacant lots into inviting destinations. In this class we will explore simple strategies to add curb appeal to our gardens including designs, and suggestions for different applications.
SWEET POTATO LEARN & EARN WORKSHOP. Tuesday, June 14th, 5-7PM at the Plum St Market Garden, 2202 3rd Ave at Plum St. south of I-75 by the MGM Grand Casino Parking Garage. At this session learn the skills to grow, propagate and care for sweet potatoes. Participating GRP members will go home with Sweet Potato plants! This session is hands-on please come prepared to get dirty.
RAIN BARRELS & WATER CATCHMENT SYSTEMS. Tuesday, June 28th, 5-7PM at the Plum St Market Garden, 2202 3rd Ave at Plum St. south of I-75 by the MGM Grand Casino Parking Garage. Mother nature provides so much rain for us why not capture it off of a roof and use it to water our gardens. In this class learn how to: calculate water needs, make design decisions and assemble, use and maintain rain barrels and water catchment systems. Click here to download an application.
FORAGING FOR WILD FOODS AND HERBS. Saturday, July 9th, 1-3PM meet at Gleaners Community Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait St east of Vernor south of Mt. Elliot. Did you know that some plants which are considered pesky weeds could actually be tasty additions to meals and even boost your health? Edible and medicinal weeds are growing in your yard right now. Take a foraging walk with us and discover the hidden treasures of common weeds. Learn how to identify these helpful plants and rediscover what nature has to offer!
MANAGING PESTS AND WEEDS. Thursday June 9th, 6-8PM at Art Center Community Garden, 200 E. Palmer St. at John R south 94 and east of Woodward OR Tuesday July 19th, 6-8PM at Twelfth Street MBC, 1820 Midland south of Puritan west of Hamilton. Why are there holes in the leaves of my eggplant? How do I keep these weeds in check? Every garden faces the challenging issues of pests and weeds that can range from tiny flea beetles eating holes in collard leaves to quack grass choking out your carrots. Solutions to these pests can be harmonious, affordable and chemical-free. Come join us as we learn about natural pest and weed prevention.
SUMMER GARDEN TUNE-UP: Late Season Gardening Basic. Thursday, July 14th, DAYTIME CLASS 11AM-1PM at Farwell Field Community Garden, 20417 Fenelon Ave at 8 Mile west of Mound OR Wednesday July 20, 6-8 pm at North Cass Community Garden, 4143 Second Ave. Spring is when get our gardens planted, summer is often a time to retool it to keep it thriving. Summer activities include: fall succession planting, weeding, maintaining ‘curb appeal’, addressing pest and disease issues. Get some ideas to tune-up your garden at this class.
SUPER SOIL: Understanding Soil and Fertilizer. Thursday, July 28th, 6-8PM at City Temple SDA Church, 8816 Grand River Ave. south of Joy Rd. Healthy soil is the basis of a thriving garden. Understanding the fertility needs (and fertilizer possibilities) of our plants will help us decide what to add to the soil to promote a healthy garden. In this class we will discuss ways to build healthy soil and options for organic fertilizers.
RSVP Only! TOUR: Blueberry Picking. Saturday, August 13th, 9AM-2PM Leave from the Keep Growing Detroit office at 76 E. Forest Avenue. 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 summer afternoon. The tour is $5 for GRP members and you pay for what you pick (pricing available closer to event). Contact us to RSVP.