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 2016 winter line-up here.
AQUAPONICS: Fish & Plants in the Loop. Saturday, February 6th, 1-3PM at the Adams Butzel Center, 10500 Lyndon. In an aquaponics system, edible fish and plants can be cultivated indoors simultaneously. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water. In this class Orlando Thorpe and Jessica Patton of Neighborhood B.U.G. will share the ins and outs of creating these systems on a small and large scale.
FRUIT TREE AND BUSH PRUNING. Saturday, February 13th, 1-3PM at Gloryland Garden / Gesu Church, 17198 Oak Dr. north of McNichols east of Livernois. Get your prune on! Pruning fruit trees and bushes (i.e. raspberries, blackberries) regularly means healthier plants and more fruit. Earthworks farm manager Patrick Crouch will cover the tools, timing and techniques to get your fruit trees in shape. This class will include an outdoor pruning demonstration weather permitting. Dress appropriately.
FOOD IS MEDICINE: Cooking and Eating For Health. Thursday, February 18th, 6-8PM at St Matthew’s & St Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 8850 Woodward Ave north of E. Grand Blvd. Hippocrates the ancient greek physician, known as the father of modern medicine, said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. How can we look at food as medicine and still make it delicious? In this class nutrition and health enthusiasts Deon Hamilton and Mike Fair will explore this question and share some simple delicious recipes to inspire our own home cooking.
WINTER GARDEN: Vegetable Season Extension Basics. Monday, February 22nd, 6-8PM at Genesis HOPE Church 7200 Mack Ave at E. Grand Blvd. The typical vegetable gardening season is from mid-April through October but using a few techniques we can grow earlier and later in the year. Join Adam Montri and Kido Pielack to learn how to trick nature into letting us grow vegetables almost year round using specific varieties, planning and a little bit of protection.
RSVP only! TOUR: Maple Syrup Tapping. Saturday, March 5th, 3-6PM leave from Keep Growing Detroit Office, 76 E. Forest. The delicious syrup that tops our pancakes is made by boiling down sap from specific types of maple trees. The trees are ‘tapped’ early in the spring when trees begin to take up water. In fact a few Detroit neighborhoods have made maple syruping a neighborhood annual event. On this trip we will take a tour to the University of Michigan Environmental Interpretive Center to learn about each step of the process from tapping to boiling. Sweet!
HANDS ON: Growing Vegetable Transplants. Thursday, March 10th, 5-7PM at the Plum St Market Garden, 2202 3rd Ave at Plum St. south of I-75 by the MGM Grand Casino Parking Garage. Each season Keep Growing Detroit and Earthworks cultivate the transplants that are distributed through the Garden Resource Program. Soil medium is mixed, seeds are planted and pricked out and the resulting transplants are loved until they go out to gardens across the city. Join us for hands-on experience in the process of growing transplants, it’s a lot of fun and a great way to learn how to grown your own at home. This session is informal and totally hands-on, come prepared to get your hands dirty!
PERENNIAL FRUIT CULTIVATION AND CARE. Saturday, March 19th, 1-3PM at Earthworks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum, south of Kerchieval east of Mt. Elliot. 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.
DETROIT HOOPHOUSE TOUR. Sunday, March 20th, 1-3PM leave from the Plum St Market Garden, 2202 3rd Ave at Plum St. south of I-75 by the MGM Grand Casino Parking Garage. In the past 10 years more than 50 hoophouses have been built across Detroit. These structures are used to cultivate crops year round. On this tour we will visit a handful of these sites and get a chance to see what they have growing this early in the season.
YOU SAY TOMATO I SAY….: The Solanacea Family of Vegetables. Thursday, March 24th, 6-8PM at the Mathis Center, 19300 Greenfield north of 7 Mile. The Solanacea Family of crops includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, ground cherries and tomatillos. Like any vegetable family these crops have similar needs and problems. Dr. John Biernbaum from MSU will share history, cultivation tips and tricks to grow the best tasting crops in this fruitful class.
COMPOSTING FOR HOME AND THE FARM. Tuesday, April 5th, 6-8PM at the Plum St Market Garden, 2202 3rd Ave at Plum St. south of I-75 by the MGM Grand Casino Parking Garage. Compost is the bread and butter of a thriving garden and it doesn’t take much effort to make! Combine browns and greens and give them water, time and air and in a few months you will have some wonderful black gold that will give your plants a boost. Join D-Town Farm and Compost Manager Kadiri Sennefer at this session where he will share the need to know of a thriving compost pile.