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 line-up here.
RADICAL ROOTS: Growing Great Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Turnips, Parsnips and More! Saturday June 20th, 1-3PM at Feedom Freedom Farm, 866 Manistique south of Jefferson west of Alter. Do you have challenges growing root crops? Want to know how to grow them bigger and tastier? Dealing with pest and disease issues? In this class Professor John Biernbaum will share tips and techniques to grow GREAT roots.
MANAGING GARDEN PESTS AND WEEDS. Thursday June 25th, 6-8PM at Gloryland Garden at Gesu Church 17180 Oak Dr. north of McNichols on the east side of Livernois. Why are there holes in the leaves of my eggplant? How do I keep these weeds in check? Every garden faces the challenging issues of pests and weeds that can range from tiny flea beetles eating holes in collard leaves to quack grass choking out your carrots. Solutions to these pests can be harmonious, affordable and chemical-free. Come join us as we learn about natural pest and weed prevention.
RAINBARRELS (55 Gallon Barrels): Building and Using. Tuesday June 30th, 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. Learn how to build, maintain and use rainbarrels at this session. A limited amount of rainbarrels will be avalable for eligible community and school gardens. For more information on eligibility for rain cubes, please call 313-757-2635.
FORAGING WILD FOODS AND HERBS. Saturday July 11th, 1-3PM at Rising Pheasant Farm, 5228 Moran St. south of I-94 west of Mt Elliot. Did you know that some plants that are considered pesky weeds could actually be tasty additions to meals and even boost your health? Edible and medicinal weeds are growing in your yard right now. Take a foraging walk us and discover the hidden treasures of common weeds. Learn how to identify these helpful plants and rediscover what nature has to offer!
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.
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.