Education Series

Join us for classes designed to inform and inspire you in the garden and the kitchen. We typically host 2-4 classes a month. All classes will be virtual (on ZOOM) through May. All classes are a suggested donation of $3 unless otherwise noted (some classes will be FREE). A link to pay with PayPal will be in your confirmation email when you register.


FUNGUS AMONG US: GROWING MUSHROOMS, WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24th, 6PM Mushrooms can be cultivated indoors and out and are super fun to grow. Long time Mushroom Grower Moudou Baqui will share tips on the biology of how they grow, suggestions on varieties to try, and do a demonstration on how to start your own. Participants will get resources and a detailed list of materials needed to start mushrooms at their site. REGISTER HERE

THE SACRED SUGARBUSH: MAPLE TREE TAPPING, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28th, 5:30PM Producing maple sugar from Sugar Maple trees is a sacred and ancient annual tradition for tribal communities in the Great Lakes. Anishinaabe annually return to their stands of maples (sugarbush) year after year to harvest and reduce the maple sap into maple sugar. Join us to learn more about this tradition from Potawatomi Sugar Maker Jefferson Ballew IV. REGISTER HERE

PERENNIAL FRUIT CULTIVATION & CARE There are so many varieties of fruit that we can grow and enjoy right here in Detroit! Join us on Saturday, March 13th at 1pm to get the lowdown on cultivating apples, cherries, peaches, pears, blackberries, elderberries, and more. Special focus will be given to common problems including fruit set on tree fruits and pest management strategies. REGISTER HERE


BLACK AGRARIAN HISTORY IN DETROIT AND BEYOND A special class for black history month! Lets celebrate the amazing resilience of generations of black farmers in America by taking a deep dive with Dr. Shakara Tyler, co-founder of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund on the history of black agrarianism in the United States and specifically in Detroit.

BEATING BLIGHT TICKETS The City of Detroit has been more and more aggressive with issuing blight tickets in the past few years. Join KGD and Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision for a discussion on what inspectors define as blight, ways to prevent getting a ticket and what to do if you get a ticket. 

MAKING SOUP WITH GUERRILLA FOOD Meiko Krishok, founder of Guerrilla Food, teaches us how to make soup with root vegetables and her “food as medicine” approach to cooking. Guerilla Food is the team behind Pink FlaminGo To Go farm-to-table carry-out restaurant in the Palmer Park neighborhood, Detroit and Pink FlaminGo vintage food trailer located in a community garden in Corktown, Detroit. 

FARM FINANCIALS 101 KGD partnered with the MSU Product Center to host a basic business planning class designed for urban farmers. From budgets to balance sheets and finding the right market for your products, if you are ready to take your farm profits to the next level check out this webinar! 

COOKING WITH BLCK COCOA BAKES Web-based cooking class with Bre’Anna Johnston of Blck Cocoa Bakes, a plant-based bakery in Detroit that believes you should enjoy foods with no compromise on taste or texture, all free of animal by-products. On the menu….vegan cornbread!

COOKING WITH KIDS Join us for a fun session featuring Garden Resource Program families who will share tips for cooking with and for young children. Highlights will include tips for making baby food from scratch and how to get the whole family involved in cooking and eating from the garden. Kids are welcome to join this family-friendly session!

INDOOR GROWING: MICROGREENS, TRANSPLANTS & MORE! Join us  for tips on enjoying a fresh harvest all through winter by bringing the garden indoors! This class walks participants through all the steps to set up home growing systems that even a beginner can use. KGD farmer Akello Karamoko discusses the crops you can grow indoors (and those you can’t), how to set up an indoor growing system, ongoing care and more.

OVERVIEW OF BLACK LAND & FOOD SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENTS Part 3 of the Right Relationship Land Rights and Treaties Series. 

2021 CROP PLANNING Now more than ever, our community is calling for healthy, locally grown food! Get a jump on next year’s growing season with a solid crop plan. Bring your notes from 2020 as we work on plans for success in 2021. This class will guide market gardeners through the process of selecting their crop mix, creating a planting detail, and making harvest projections for next season.

COOKING CLASS W/ CURTIS RENEE At this class, cook and Black Lives Matter Detroit Co-Lead Curtis Renee demonstrates how to cook with end-of-season produce from the garden.

MAKING & USING MISO WITH DETROIT MUSHROOM FACTORY This web-based cooking class with Detroit Mushroom Factory shows participants how to make homemade miso and shares ideas for using miso in your home cooking. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae) and sometimes rice, barley, seaweed, or other ingredients.

TREATIES AND DETROIT Our second in a series of conversations about land and treaty rights, past intentions as well as present and future possibilities. Speakers this evening will discuss Treaties and the Detroit Area. Please join us as we establish lines of communication and share information in an effort to move individuals, groups, and society in a new direction. At the heart of this evening is a spirit of Maada’oonidiwag – a spirit of sharing. Sharing Ojibwe connections to land, sharing connections to land that run deep in communities of color, and sharing connections to land that we all have individually and collectively. This is the third in a series of such gatherings.

COOKING WITH BAOBAB FARE A cooking class with Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba, owners of Baobab Fare. Nadia and Mamba came to the United States from Burundi in 2014, yearning to start a new life by taking advantage of the business opportunities in Detroit. More than just a restaurant and market in New Center, Baobab will serve as a safe space for other immigrants and Detroiters alike, knowing that it is a meeting place where all are welcomed and embraced. (videos coming soon)

COOKING WITH RELISH A web-based cooking class with Le’Genevieve Squires & Brittany Peeler of Relish Catering. They believe in creating a nutritional relationship with great food that is good for the body and lovingly made. (videos coming soon)

PUTTING THE GARDEN TO BED Learn all about fall garden maintenance with KGD Co-Director Tee Rushdan. In the garden, the fall season is an important time to wrap things up for winter and plan ahead for next season. A few simple activities outlined in this class will help you to get a jump start and have a more productive garden next season.

In the first of a 4-part series, LAND AND TREATY RIGHTS 101, explored the original treaties between settlers and the first peoples and inspired participants to help envision new agreements as we forge new systems together.

COOKING PLANT BASED MEALS WITH CHEF QUE Cooking class with Quiana “Que” Broden, owner and blogger of Cooking With Que. Que’s mission is to teach people how to eat to live by introducing more plant based meals into everyday lives.

WINTER HARVEST: EXTENDING YOUR GROWING SEASON Imagine harvesting radishes, lettuce and spinach in December! In Michigan our growing season typically ends in October but with a little planning, some protection and the right crops we can be harvesting all winter long. Join us for a discussion on how to make season extension work for you.

AUTUMN HARVEST COOKING WITH CHEF PHIL JONES Join Chef Phil Jones as he leads us thru making an autumn tomato bisque with seasonal ingredients and an island twist.

PRESERVING THE HARVEST: CANNING WITH DBCFSN Hanifah Adjuman from Detroit Black Community Food Security Network will be canning up the seasons last cucumbers making delicious pickles that will last. She will walk through the basics of canning a number of garden veggies so you can preserve your harvest!

LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS Learn all about the benefits of native flowers and shrubs, be introduced to some of our favorite species, and get planting and maintenance tips from local native plant enthusiasts.

FUTURE FOOD: SEED SAVING Saving seed from our vegetable crops is easy, economical and fun. In many cases 1 plant can yield hundreds of seeds. Join KGD farmer Akello Karamoko to discuss the ins and outs of saving seeds from your favorite crops.

STORING & COOKING FARM FRESH PRODUCE w/ ABRA BERENS + AMANDA McLEMORE Whether you’ve joined a CSA or are growing food yourself, it can be a challenge to keep up with the abundance of summertime. Join us to lear tips on how to maximize freshness and reduce waste in your CSA subscription and backyard harvest from Abra Berens and Amanda McLemore.

TIPS FOR GROWING FALL CROPS Now is the time for fall garden planting. Let’s take a dive into the crops you can still plant right now sharing tips on timing, pest pressures and optimal growing conditions for a bountiful fall harvest.

GLOBAL FLAVOR WITH SEASONAL INGREDIENTS Learn how to make tbikha (spiced greens and chickpea stew) and a summer carrot salad with Warda of Warda Pâtisserie! Staying true to her philosophy of combining local and seasonal high end ingredients with unique global flavors, Warda’s cooking is inspired by her travels and previous life in North Africa, France, and Asia.

BOUNTIFUL GARDEN HARVEST & STORAGE TIPS Summer is in full swing and so many of our crops are ready to harvest. Join us for a conversation on harvesting techniques, food safety and tips for making the most of our abundance coming from the garden.

BUILDING HIGHTUNNELS WITH FISHEYE FARM Hightunnels allow farmers in cold climates to extend their growing season, maximizing profit by harvesting both earlier and later than the normal season. Let’s explore the different types of hightunnels, tips for building, the costs involved and other factors to consider when making this investment for your farm as we build out a structure with our friends at  Fisheye Farm.

MANAGING PESTS Holes in your collards? Slugs in your lettuce? One bite out of an almost ripe tomato? Argh!!! Join KGD farmer Molly Hubbell for a discussion of methods to prevent and address pest problems.

KEEPING WEEDS IN CHECK Weeds are a fact of life. Although some of them can be useful, if we don’t manage them they will outcompete our crops. With diligence and the right tools keeping them in check can save lots of work. Join us for a session on identifying, preventing and managing weeds to give our crops the upper hand.

ROCKIN RICE You don’t have to grow acres and acres of grains to get a decent harvest. Pounds of rice can be harvested from a single raised bed. Join this webinar with grain farmer John Edgerton of Harvest of Joy Farm to get the lowdown on types of grains we can grow and strategies to get a good harvest.

FORAGING IN THE D For much of human history, humans have relied on gathering wild growing edible plants for our daily nourishment. Join us on a journey into learning all about common “weeds” that are nutritious, edible, and medicinal plants that you can find growing wild all over Detroit.

GROW WITH ME, AT HOME Interested in starting a garden with your young child but not sure what to do? Learn the basics of starting and growing your veggie garden. This video covers basic soil preparation, planting, watering and maintenance. It also helps caregivers incorporate fine and gross motor skills, as well as counting and color recognition in the garden setting.

TIPS FOR GROWING HOT CROPS Tomatoes, Cukes, Beans, Melons, Eggplant, Herbs! Now is the time to plant hot crops, tune in to learn tips for trellising, staking, and dealing with common pests and diseases. 

GROWING VEGETABLES IN CONTAINERS Don’t have much space? No worries, grow in containers! Let’s dive in to learn the best soil types, appropriate container size, and tips for selecting plants that will thrive in containers. 

COMPOSTING BASICS Compost is good for the planet and good for your plants! Learn the nitty gritty on turning food scraps and yard waste into a high value resource for your garden. You can do this! 

CARING FOR COLD CROPS Did you just plant cold weather seeds and plants? Tune into this webinar for maintenance tips and pest management strategies for each of the early season plants that were distributed through the Garden Resource Program. 

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING Learn what it takes to start, maintain, harvest and care for a bee hive. Topics include: biology of bees, honey production and the structure of the hive.

GARDENING PLANNING Do you have a plan for your garden? Explore ways to increase and extend your harvest by staggering your crop plantings.

RAINWATER COLLECTION BASICSTake a look at the options that gardeners have to safely collect and use rain water in the city.

URABAN GARDENING 101 Today more than ever people are finding value in growing their own food. Learn the basics of starting a garden including how to prep your soil, spacing, and watering.

STARTING SEEDS INDOORS Many of the crops we can grow here in Michigan need to be started indoors in order for them to mature during our growing season. Learn the simple tools and methods needed to grow out your own transplants at home.

FRUIT TREE PRUNING Learn how to prune your fruit trees so they stay healthy and productive for years to come!

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