Education Series

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.

Making Herbal Teas, Tinctures and Salves. Thursday April 2nd, 6-8PM at Earthworks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum. Simple garden recipes have been the used for health and beauty for centuries. Homemade herbal teas, tinctures and salves are not only impressive but can be used for medicinal, cosmetic or nutritional purposes. Learn new and wonderful ways to take advantage of your garden spices and herbs. In this class you will learn how to whip up teas, tinctures, and salves using easy time-saving tactics.

SPICE IT UP: Cooking Indian Cuisine. Monday April 6th, 6-8PM at Spirit of Hope Church 1519 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd at Trumbull. The world of Indian cuisine has wonderful combinations of flavors and textures. Spices including coriander, cumin, cayenne, and turmeric enliven combinations of vegetables and meats to make delicious, balanced and healthy meals. In this class Local chef DeVoria Simmons will be sharing her take on West Indian classics.

SWEET BEGINNINGS: Introduction to Beekeeping. Saturday April 25th, 10AM-1PM at Georgia Street Community Center, 8902 Vinton north of Harper west of Gratiot. Learn what it takes to start, maintain, harvest, and care for a beehive in this sweet introduction to the world of beekeeping. This interesting and profitable skill also introduces pollinators to your garden, helping to improve the overall health and yields of your plants.

RAISED BEDS: Building and Adding Features including Trellises, Hoops. Tuesday April 21st AND May 19th 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. Raised beds are a useful tool for gardeners working on a difficult site, wanting to increase accessibility or for areas where a contained growing space is desired. These sessions will cover the pros and cons of using raised beds, provide a demonstration for how to build them and explore ideas for adding features such as trellis poles or hoops for season extension These will also be distribution days for eligible community and school gardens. For more information on eligibility for raised beds, contact us.

COMPOSTING: for Home and Farm Use. Monday May 11th, 6-8PM at North Cass Community Garden at 2nd and Willis. Did you know that you can turn your trash into treasure? Composting is nature’s way of recycling; it breaks down food waste, manure, leaves, grass trimmings, paper, and wood turning them into valuable organic fertilizer which is the foundation for healthy plants. In this class we will take the intimidation out of composting by showing you how to create an easy to use non-stinky compost system.

 WATERING WISELY: Irrigation and Watering Systems. Thursday May 28th 6-8PM at the Plum St. Market Garden, 2202 Third St. by the MGM Grand Casino Parking Garage. Our farms and gardens need a consistent source of water throughout the seasons. Spring often provides lots of water to get our gardens started but how do we keep our plants happily watered the rest of the season? There are many types of irrigation and watering systems that can help with this process. Each one provides a solution based on the size and qualities of the space. In this class learn about different types of drip and overhead irrigation systems the pros and cons of each and what makes sense for your site.

 TASTE OF SUMMER: Barbecuing Vegetables. Monday June 1st, 6-8PM at the Grill King’s Garden, 19645 Hanna north of 7 Mile east of I-75. Take the summer tradition of BBQ to a new level …. with vegetables! The many wonderful flavors that are created by the grill go great with fresh summer produce. Imagine grilling: eggplant, summer squash, sweet potatoes, even romaine lettuce and watermelon! It’s delicious! Join us for this BBQ extravaganza where we will share tips and techniques and of course tastings!

GET READY TO GARDEN: Basic Gardening. Saturday June 6th, 1-3PM at the Adams Butzel Center 10500 Lyndon west of Wyoming. For the beginner, starting a garden can be a challenge, but with some basic skills and knowledge a productive and viable garden is no sweat. In this class you will learn how to select a site for your garden, when to plant seeds and transplants, how to prepare the garden, and much more!



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