Keep Growing Detroit’s 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.
SEED SAVING with Nature and Nurture Seed Company, Saturday, March 17, 1-3PM at the Georgia Street Community Collective, 8902 Vinton north of Harper east of Gratiot. Saving seed from our vegetable crops is easy, economical, and fun. Local seed company Nature and Nurture seeds will share tips and techniques to save seed from our vegetable crops as well as share information on unique heirloom varieties from Michigan.
PERMACULTURE STRATEGIES For Urban Gardens, Thursday March 22, 6-8PM at Detroit Farm and Garden, 1759 21st St south of Vernor east of I-75 near the bridge to Canada. Considering a site’s existing resources (time, equipment, built environment etc.) and creating beneficial relationships between outputs/inputs with the goal of reducing cost, energy, labor, water etc., are key aspects of permaculture design. Join us to learn about this method of integrative and low cost gardening.
CROWDFUNDING Panel: IOBY, Kiva, Soup, Tuesday, March 27, 6-8PM at KAN Bookstore, 9405 John R. at Kenilworth east of Woodward. Crowdfunding is a way to fund projects by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people. At this panel, representatives from different crowdfunding organizations will share information on opportunities for Detroit farms and gardens.
MAQUE CHOUX AND MORE: New Orleans Style Creole Cooking with Gabriel Hall, Monday, April 2, 6-8PM at Brightmoor Artisans Community Kitchen, 22735 Fenkell west of Lahser. Are you looking to spice up your okra game or add some Creole inspiration to your kitchen? Join Chef Ederique Goudia from Gabriel Hall for some New Orleans favorites including: Maque Chou (traditional south Louisiana dish of corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and celery), Sauteed Chayote and Okra two ways.
TEA TIME: Growing and Making Herbal Tea Blends with Intu Tea and Socra Tea, Monday, April 9, 6-8PM at Socra Tea Detroit, 71 Garfield St. east of Woodward south of Warren. There are many herbs we can grow in our own gardens and use for tea. Local tea purveyors from Into Tea and Socra Tea will share uses, blends and growing tips to get you sipping on your home grown tea in no time, complete with tastings!
FUN WITH FUNGI: Growing Mushrooms, Saturday, April 14, 1-3PM at American Indian Health and Family Services, 4880 Lawndale St. south of Michigan west of Lonyo. Adding mushroom growing to your repertoire is easier than you think. Join local mushroom growers Detroit Mushroom Factory and Left Branch Mushrooms for a lowdown on terms such as spores, inoculation, substrate and mycelium and learn how to get some fungi fun growing at your garden.
SWEET BEGINNINGS: Introduction to Beekeeping, Saturday, April 28, 10A-1P at the Georgia Street Community Collective, 8902 Vinton north of Harper west of Gratiot. Did you know one beehive has over 60,000 bees and produces more than 100 lbs of honey in one season? Get an insiders’ look at this fascinating pastime as we dive into the inner workings of a hive, how bees make honey and what it takes to get a hive started. This class is part of the Sweet on Detroit series for more info contact Kido at 313-757-2635..
WATER WISE: Water Catchment, Irrigation Systems and Water Conservation, Saturday, May 5, 2-5PM at the Georgia Street Community Collective, 8902 Vinton north of Harper west of Gratiot. Save money on your water bill and keep rainwater out of the city’s combined sewer system! Learn how much water your garden really needs and some efficient and innovative ways to irrigate your crops.
PLANNING FOR PLENTY: Garden Planning, Wednesday, May 9, 6-8PM at North Cass Community Garden, 4145 2nd south of Forest west of Woodward. Bringing a whole new meaning to bountiful, garden planning is a great way to ensure successful and consistent harvests throughout the season. Learn some effective garden planning strategies so that you can harvest something almost every day during the growing season.