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.
Details on the winter 2017 line-up here.
TEA PARTY! Growing and Making Herbal Teas. Thursday, January 26th, 6-8PM at Just a Bit Eclectic Tea House, 19015 W McNichols Road. Herbal teas (or tisanes) have been used for centuries for health and wellness. They can serve as a pick up in the morning, a soothing relaxant at night, an elixir for an upset stomach or a tonic for tense nerves. In this class, Darlene Alston, tea connoisseur, will talk about the many varieties of teas we can grow here in Detroit as well as making blends, homemade tea bags and uses of different herbal varieties.
COLD SEASON COOKING: Seasonal Cooking with Rose’s Fine Food. RSPV ONLY! Thursday, February 2nd, 6-8PM at Rose’s Fine Food, 10551 E Jefferson Ave, east of Cadillac. Rose’s Fine Food is a local diner on Detroit’s east side that focus’ on fair wages for their employees and simple yet delicious meals made with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Join us for an evening with Rose’s chefs on creating healthy meals from local ingredients during the winter season.
WINTER GARDEN: Vegetable Season Extension Basics. Thursday, February 16th, 6-8PM at Oakland Ave Market Garden, 9354 Oakland Avenue north of Holbrook. The typical vegetable gardening season is from mid-April through October but using a few techniques we can grow earlier and later in the year. Join Kido Pielack to learn how to trick nature into letting us grow vegetables almost year round using specific varieties, planning and a little bit of protection.
FUNGUS AMONG US: Growing Mushrooms. Saturday, February 25th, 1-3PM at Detroit Farm and Garden, 1759 21st Street. Did you know you can grow your own mushrooms? In this class local mushroom cultivators, Zack Finn of Left Branch Mushrooms along with 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!
BANGLADESHI COOKING: Bandhu Gardens. Thursday, March 2nd, 6-8PM at St. Peter St. Paul Orthodox Church, 3700 Gilbert south of Michigan and West of Livernois. If you love Indian food, wait til you try Bangladeshi cooking! Learn from Minara Begum, an amazing cook and grower with Bandhu Gardens, how to prepare a few different vegetarian dishes. One of the dishes we will prepare is Long Beans, which GRP members will be getting seeds for at the seed distribution. Minara will teach unique tricks for making super flavorful meals.
AQUAPONICS: Fish and Plants in the Loop. Tuesday, March 7th, 6-8PM at Georgia Street Community Center, 8902 Vinton Avenue. In an aquaponics system edible fish and plants can be cultivated indoors simultaneously. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. Orlando Thorpe and Jessica Patton of Neighborhood B.U.G. will share the ins and outs of creating these systems on a small and large scale.
FRUIT FANCY: Perennial Fruit Cultivation and Care. Saturday, March 25th, 1-3PM at Earthworks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum, south of Kercheval, east of Mt. Elliot. Apples, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, saskatoons! Oh my! There are many perennial fruits that can be grown in Detroit. Some fruit are tricky to grow and require proper planting, spacing, cultivation and care. In this class regional fruit extension specialist Bob Tritten will give the lowdown on growing great fruit.
EATING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET. Wednesday, March 29th, 6-8PM at Eastern Market Community Kitchen 2934 Russell Shed 3. We all know eating healthy is important but sometimes it can be tricky to make healthy choices on a budget. In this class we will explore ways to keep our bodies thriving and pocketbook smiling.