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 spring line-up here.
PERENNIAL FRUIT CULTIVATION AND CARE. Thursday February 12th, 6-8PM at Genesis Lutheran Church, 7200 Mack Ave. at the corner of E. Grand Blvd. Well tended fruit trees can bear quality fruit for many years with the proper care and maintenance. In this class we will learn the methods to grow delicious delights including pears, plums, cherries, apples, peaches, raspberries and more! MSU Extension fruit specialist Bob Tritten will share his skills on fruit care, planting, pruning and on-going maintenance techniques.
A TASTE OF THAI: A Detroit take on Thai Food Dishes. Monday February 23rd, 6-8PM at New Calvary Baptist Church, 3975 Concord Ave. Thai cooking is a cuisine that puts the work of the gardener to good use! Thai cooking celebrates veggies and herbs as the inspiration of many dishes, uniquely blending five flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Thai dishes are a wonderful cooking tradition to learn from to re-envision your garden’s bounty. In this class we will explore 3 classic Thai dishes (including Pad Thai) and give them a unique Detroit flair with ingredients available locally in winter and spring.
LOTS OF POTENTIAL: Options for Vacant Lot Re-Use. Thursday March 5th, 6-8PM at Oakland Ave Community Garden, 9354 Oakland Avenue. The landscape of Detroit is changing quickly. Land ownership is changing hands, zoning codes are being updated, master plans are changing, and residents are searching for creative ways to transform vacant properties into productive use. Are you wondering where to even begin or how all these moving parts affect your project? Join us for a session on navigating site selection and ownership, tried and true options for transforming vacant lots, how regulations impact your project, and where to find resources and support.
PLENTIFUL POTS: Container Gardening. Tuesday March 10th, 6-8PM at The Mathis Center, 19300 Greenfield Rd. north of 7 Mile. Don’t let space limit your veggie intake! Not everyone in the city has room to grow delicious fruits and vegetables. Join us as we learn how to grow beautiful produce by selecting the right crops and the right containers to make your container garden sprout and flourish! We will explore the use of containers, window boxes, and trellising, as well as discuss soil mixes, light, and water needs of our potted pals.
JUICING FOR HEALTH: The Vegetable Juicing Garden. Monday March 16th, 6-8PM at Beulah First Baptist Church, 4643 Moran St. south of Forest west of Mt. Elliot. Juicing fruit and vegetables is a delicious and healthful way to get our daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients in a glass full of goodness. In this class we will take it to the next level and discuss planning for a vegetable juicing garden, different methods to make juice and great vegetable juice combinations.
PRUNING PERENNIAL FRUIT TREES AND SHRUBS. Saturday March 21st, 1-3PM Leland Missionary Baptist Church, 22420 Fenkell west of Outer Drive. Pruning fruit trees and shrubs annually helps keep plants healthy and productive. At this class we will cover the fundamentals of trimming, shaping, thinning these plants and then head out to the orchard and try our hand at pruning some plants. Bring your pruners, saws and loppers if you have em’.