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 spring line-up here.
FUNGUS AMONG US: GROWING MUSHROOMS. Saturday May 7th, 1-3PM at Urban Country Tea and Coffee House, 14944 Brammell at Chalfonte south of Fenkell west of Lahser. Did you know you could grow your own mushrooms? In this class local mushroom cultivators Zack Finn of Left Branch Mushrooms and Chris and Deana from the Detroit Mushroom Factory will share an introduction to fungal biology as well as low-tech home cultivation methods. You too can grow some fungus among us!
WATER WISE: IRRIGATION & WATERING SYSTEMS. Thursday, May 12th, 6-8PM at Buffalo Street Farm, 13703 Buffalo St. south of McNichols west of Mound. 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. 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.
SUPER STRAWBERRIES: GROWING STRAWBERRIES (with plant distribution). Tuesday, May 17th, 5-7PM at the Plum St Market Garden, 2202 3rd Avenue. At this session learn the skills to grow, propagate and care for strawberries. A limited quantity of plants will be available for participants. This session is hands-on please come prepared to work.
GET READY TO GARDEN: BASIC GARDENING. Monday, May 23rd, 6-8PM at Broadstreet Community Garden, 12065 Broadstreet, east of Livernois and north of Joy Road. For the beginner, starting a garden can be a challenge, but with some basic skills a productive and viable garden is no sweat. In this class you will learn how to select a site and prepare for your garden, when to plant seeds and transplants, and much more!
RAISE IT UP: BUILDING RAISED BEDS. Tuesday, May 24th, 5-7PM at the Plum St Market Garden, 2202 3rd Avenue. 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, provide a demonstration for how to build them and explore ideas for adding features such as trellis poles or hoops for season extension. These will also be distribution days for eligible community and school gardens. For more information on eligibility for raised beds, contact us.
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.