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 spring 2017 line-up here.
FRUIT FANCY: Perennial Fruit Cultivation and Care. Saturday, March 25th, 1-3PM at American Indian Health and Family Services, 4880 Lawndale, south of Michigan and west of Lonyo. 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.
FOCUS ON SALAD GREENS: Lettuces, Asian Greens and More. Thursday, April 6th, 6-8PM at Plum St. Market Garden 2202 Third Street. The greens we can grow are diverse in varieties, tastes and applications. Types include baby leaf lettuce, heading lettuce and asian types with many colors, textures and tastes. They can be used for braising, salads, and much more … there are many possibilities. In this class instructor John Biernbaum from MSU will share information on cultivating and caring for these crops.
YOUNG ROOTS: Strategies to Engage Young People in the Garden. Thursday, April 13th, 2017 from 5:30PM-7PM – Plum St. Market Garden 2202 Third Street. Are you currently working with young people in your garden or organization and looking for creative ways to engage them in the work? Show them how gardening can be fun! Jessica Patton from Neighborhood BUG will share her success in engaging young people during their summer program.
FUTURE FEAST: Garden Planning and Productivity. Tuesday, April 25th, 6-8PM at North Cass Community Garden, 4145 Cass Avenue. Any garden can grow some vegetables but a well thought out garden can produce an abundance. In this class we will explore crop varieties and their individual needs, best crops for small areas, techniques for optimal harvest, planning, scheduling and planting. Bring a list of the crops you’d like to plant and the size of your garden to participate in the conversation.
WORMS EAT MY GARBAGE: Worm Composting. Monday, May 22nd, 1-3PM at the Urban Country Tea and Coffee House 14944 Bramell south of Fenkell west of Outer Drive. Worms (red wigglers) have a fantastic ability to transform kitchen scraps and other plant material into high quality compost. A worms compost bin is easy to maintain and (under the right care) is odorless. Join us for a class on how to set-up, maintain and gather finished compost from a worm bin.