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 full summer/fall line-up here.
FLAVOR MAKERS: Making Herb Mixes, Spice Blends and Rubs! Thursday, August 27th, 6-8PM at St Matthew’s & St Joseph’s Episcopal Church 8850 Woodward Ave Easy to grow and very productive, herbs are great addition to any garden. A pinch here and a pinch there can add a lot of flavor to cooking, but sometimes we get to the end of the season and wonder how we can possibly use all we’ve grown. At this spicy class, we’ll show you how to dry, blend and store herbs for culinary use. We’ll learn to mix curry, make bouquet garni, BBQ rubs and more!
WINTER HARVEST: Introduction to Season Extension. Thursday, September 10th, 6-8PM at Beaverland Farm, 15078 Beaverland St. west of Outer Dr. south of Fenkell Did you know it’s possible to be harvesting vegetables 12 months of the year? With the right crops and a little bit planning and protection we can keep our gardens growing all year round. Join us for this session to learn the ins and outs of extending your growing season.
BUILDING HEALTHY SOILS. Thursday, September 17th 6-8PM at Urban Hope Market Garden, 632 Philadelphia St north of East Grand Blvd west of Woodward Healthy plants grow from healthy soil, but how do you know if your soil is healthy or not? We’re fortunate to have Dr. John Biernbaum from MSU join us to share his expertise of growing good soil at this class. He’ll explain the various components of soil, how to do an assessment of soil quality by observation and holding soil in your hands, and talk about techniques for building soil naturally. The class will also cover how to take and interpret soil test results.
FARM FOOD SAFETY MOCK AUDIT: Preparing Urban Growers for Third-Party Food Safety Certification. Thursday, September 24th, 5:30-8:30 pm, location TBA Join us for a farm tour and mock food safety audit with Michigan State University Extension Educator Phil Tocco. The tour and audit will examine farm food safety plans and documents, water sources, employee policies, contamination risks, used and storage of chemicals, and harvest operations. Gardens and farms who are selling their produce are highly encouraged to attend.
PICKLING AND FERMENTATION: Sauerkraut, Pickles, Dilly Beans and More! Monday, September 28th, 6-8PM at New Prospect Baptist Church, 6330 Pembroke Ave south of 8 Mile west of Livernois What’s not to love about a salty pickle and a tangy batch of sauerkraut? Beyond the delicious flavors that they bring to your meals, pickling and fermenting is a great way to utilize and preserve the bounty of your vegetables from your garden. This workshop will cover the various methods that can be used to preserve vegetables and we’ll share tried and true recipes for sauerkraut, pickles, dilly beans and more!
RSVP Only! TOUR: Apple Picking. Saturday, September 26th, 9AM-2PM Leaving from the Keep Growing Detroit Office 76 E. Forest. You Pick, You Eat! Get ready to stretch your arms into the trees to pick a delicious bushel of apples this fall. This tour to a regional Michigan apple farm will be a tasty trip where you can pick to your heart’s delight and enjoy a fall day in the company of fellow gardeners. The tour is $5 for GRP members and you pay for what you pick (pricing available closer to the event). RSVP with Kido at 313-757-2635.
EXPLORING OUR CARBON FOODPRINT: Cooking Seasonally, Eating Regionally. Monday, October 19th, 6-8PM City Temple SDA Church, 8816 Grand River Ave south of Joy Rd. Let’s shrink our carbon FOOD print! Did you know that the energy it takes to grow and transport food is one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions? In this class we will discuss the role that food plays in global warming and what we can do to shrink that impact by growing and eating local.
HOME BREW: Making Craft Beer Detroit-Style. Thursday, October 22nd, 6-8PM at Batch Brewing Company 1400 Porter St. south of Michigan east of Trumbull We grow our own food, so why not make a local beverage to compliment it?! This DIY beer-making session will demonstrate the steps to make craft beer and highlight the ingredients that you can grow in your garden for your own special Detroit brew.
GRANT WRITING. Thursday, November 5th, 6-8 PM at the Repair the World/BUILD Offices 2701 Bagley Ave south of Michigan west of Rosa Parks Many Detroit gardens are growing bigger and better each year, but with this progress can also come the need for more resources to sustain the growth. This grant writing class will help you navigate the world of funding opportunities for community-based projects. Whether you need a small grant for a few supplies or a large grant to fund a major project, this class will help you create a budget, search for funding and put together your proposal to reach your goals.
RSVP Only! QUICHE’ NICHE: Cooking Quiches with Perennial Edibles. Monday, November 23rd 6-8PM at the Russell St Deli 2465 Russell St in Eastern Market north of I-75 As the weather starts to cool, we’re going to warm up the oven for a cooking class with Chef Jason Murphy of Russell Street Deli. Jason will show us how to make a perfectly crafted quiche full of our favorite perennial vegetables, like asparagus, sunchokes and garlic chives.
SAVORY PIE MAKING with Sister Pie. Monday, December 7th 6-8PM Location TBA Savory pies! Need we say more? Chefs from one of Detroit’s newest culinary destinations, Sister Pie, will inspire participants to take nutritious veggies and savory flavors from the garden to the oven with tasty recipes and tips for making pies. No cooking class is complete without samples…. again, need we say more?