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.
RSVP only! FARM TOUR: BLUEBERRY PICKING. Saturday July 25th, 9AM-2PM Meet at the Keep Growing Detroit Office, 76 E. Forest St. 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). RSVP with Kido at 313-757-2635.
DETROIT FOOD ENTREPRENEUR LEGAL WORKSHOP. Thursday, July 30th, 6-8:15PM at the Damon J. Keith Center at Wayne State University Law School 471 W Palmer Ave. This workshop is for individuals, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses to learn how to navigate the different areas of law that may impact their farm, garden, or food business from experienced attorneys. Co-hosted by The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and Keep Growing Detroit. Please register for the event in advance by emailing Nick Leonard and [email protected]. Free parking available at the Keith Center.
EAT WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN WHAT YOU CAN’T. Hot Water Canning with Anika Grose from Detroit Sweets. Thursday July 30th, 6-8PM at the Eastern Market Community Kitchen, 2934 Russell in Shed 5. When you know how to properly can your harvest, you don’t have to let a single ripe fruit or veggie go to waste! You can enjoy your home-grown produce year round with this useful skill. Anika Grose of Detroit’s Sweets will teach safe and easy hot water canning methods that you can use in your own home.
UNIQUE PERENNIAL HERBS PROPAGATION. Seeds, Cuttings, Transplants and More! Thursday August 13th, 6-8PM at the Plum Street Market Garden, 2202 Third Street at Plum St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand Casino parking structure. There are many varieties, shapes and sizes of perennial herbs that we can grow here in Detroit. In this class we will explore how to grow and use some unique varieties including: valerian, hyssop, hops and more. Seeds and plant starts will be available for participants.
CUT FLOWERS. Saturday, August 15th, 1-3PM at Fresh Cut Flower Farm 1764 W. Forest, at the corner of Rosa Parks. Flowers are a great addition to any vegetable garden. They add color and interest as well as often attracting benefitial insects. In this session local flower farmer Sarah Pappas will share tips on growing and arranging cut flowers.
AMAZING APPLES: Making Cider, Sauce, Vinegar and More! Saturday, August 22nd, 1-3PM at the Palmer Park Garden and Orchard, 910 Merrill Plaissance, park in the lot near the splash park An apple a day…we all know how the saying goes! While there is nothing quite like biting into a delicious crunch apple, it’s time get creative with what else we can create with our local apple harvest. This class will provide inspiration and recipes for making a variety of apple products, including applesauce, hard cider, apple-cider vinegars, tasty apple desserts and more. We’ll also have a cider press at this class to churn out refreshing cider!
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!