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.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 22ND AT 1PM – VEGETARIAN STEWS TO WARM THE SOUL Winter got you chilled to the bone? Uninspired in the kitchen? Join Chef Buddah for some recipes to warm the belly and satisfy the soul. In this class we will share tips to turn seasonal vegetables into two versions of a warming vegetarian stew. REGISTER HERE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT 6PM –  SETTING UP AN INDOOR GROWING SYSTEM With the right set up, starting seeds indoors can be a fun way to beat the winter blues but it can be confusing with so many options for lights, soil mixes etc on the market. Which should you choose? At this session Detroit farmer Will Gardner from Rivendell Farm will share his experience with growing indoors and explore the different options for indoor growing equipment to help you decide what is right for you. KGD has a limited number of indoor growing kits available for GRP members. The application for a kit will be available at the class. REGISTER HERE


MAKING BAKLAVA WITH ZAYNA BAKES Local honey has many health benefits, including being a tasty alternative to white sugar in baked goods. Join us as we make this flaky, nut filled dessert with Grown in Detroit honey. A list of ingredients will be provided ahead of time for participants who would like to bake with Zayna during the class.

FIELD TO FRIDGE: FOOD SAFETY & FARM WASH PACK DESIGN If you are selling your produce a washing and packing station is essential to getting your harvest ready – in a safe and sanitary manner – to sell at market or distribute to CSA or wholesale. Join KGD farmers, Akello Karamoko and Molly Hubbell, in a session on designing and setting up a station including: design, workflow, sanitation, labeling, record keeping, standard operating procedures, organization and more.

2022 FARM CROP PLANNING Get a jump on next year’s growing season with a solid crop plan. Bring your notes from 2021 as we work on plans for success in 2022. 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. This session is geared towards growers planning to sell their produce but there is also useful information for those who are growing for personal use. (coming soon)

OPEN BOOK MANAGEMENT: PLANNING, BUDGETING, BOOKEEPING, & MORE! Open Book Management is about equipping every employee in your business with the skills, tools, and data they need to act like partners. In this session Keep Growing Detroit will share our best practices, including the tips, tools, and processes we use to share leadership. Participants will learn basic budgeting, how to read and use financial statements, and tools for collaborative planning. Participants will also learn how to establish and use fiscal and program dashboards designed to monitor and evaluate progress and success.

COOKING COLLARDS WITH JOSMINE EVANS Join us as Josmine Evans of Indigo Culinary Co. and The Joy Project teaches us 3 ways to cook your end-of-season collards greens! A list of ingredients will be provided ahead of time for participants who would like to cook along.

FUNDRAISING FOR YOUR FARM OR GARDEN Every year there are more and more individuals, businesses, and foundations that recognize and value the contributions that urban gardens and farms make to our communities. There are all sorts of ways to leverage this support to generate resources to sustain and expand our collective work ranging from fundraising campaigns and grants to in-kind donations and forgivable loans. In this session KGD will share our best practices for project planning, budgeting, prospect research, and putting proposals together to help build participant’s capacity to secure funding for their projects.

PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED In the garden, the fall season is an important time to wrap things up before the winter and plan ahead for next season. A few simple activities outlined in this online class will help you to get a jump start and have a more productive garden next season.

INCORPORATING BIOCHAR INTO SOIL Biochar is a form of charcoal that when incorporated into the soil can help with nutrient and water retention as well as soil biodiversity. This technique is thousands of years old and could be a great way to improve poor soils and grow better crops. At this online class learn about the history of biochar, how it is produced, ways to incorporate it into your farm and results of biochar trials at the MSU – Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation Center on the westside.

BRAISING GREENS WITH RYAN SALTER Join Ryan Salter, owner of Salt + Ko and co-founder of Breadless, to learn more about the art of braising hearty greens. He’ll also be demonstrating how to make mustard glazed cornish game hen and his signature truffle mashed potatoes to accompany the greens. Ingredients will be available for those who would like to cook with Ryan during the class. (video coming soon)

CANNING WITH DJENABA ALI Learn how to enjoy tomato season all year long! Djenaba will lead us through canning our tomatoes from the garden. Ingredients and supply list will be available for those who would like to follow along. (video coming soon)

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.

TOUR DE FARM WITH OLD CITY ACRES Join KGD for a virtual tour and conversation with Alex Ball of Old City Acres Farm in Belleville. By the age of 20 Alex had gotten the farming bug and has spent the last 9 years  developing a successful farm business. He discusses the process it took him to clear the land, set up drainage and irrigation and his hybrid CSA model that is turning a handsome profit.

IMPROVING SOILS FOR CROP QUALITY & YIELD Healthy soil is the secret to growing bigger, better and more nutritious crops. Join us at this class to explore simple ways to improve the soils you grow in with Naim Edwards from the MSU Detroit Urban Food Site.

RESTORATIVE ECONOMICS Join DBFLF Co- Founder Erin PJ Bevel, professor, attorney and advocate, for an in-depth discussion on building restorative economies through continued support of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund.  The Fund has thrived through grassroots financial donations but other modes of support – our LEAD co-conspirator Danielle Daguio, direct donations of land and equipment, land donations and other creative modes of support, are essential to bring about the ultimate goal – changing the Detroit urban farming landscape, for good. Lets discuss the historical and legal context of the plight of Black Farmers, and creative ways in spite of that, that we can cultivate land access, food sovereignty, and ancestral justice.

PURCHASING LAND FOR YOUR GARDEN The purchase process in Detroit can be daunting. And for gardeners there are a few extra considerations to keep in mind including permitting, zoning, and following city ordinances. Our goal is to ensure that all Detroiters have the information they need to protect their gardens and become land secure!

HARVESTING BEST PRACTICES & FARM FOOD SAFETY Whether you are harvesting to sell at market or for your own personal use when and how you harvest can have a big impact on the quality and safety of your vegetables. At this class learn tips and techniques to harvest for best flavor and shelf life as well as food safety protocols.

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.

GROWING VEGETABLES IN CONTAINERS Don’t have much space? No worries, grow in containers! Let’s dive in to learn all about the best soil types, appropriate container sizes, which plants work best, watering techniques, and other tips for growing in containers

TIPS FOR 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 pest and disease pressures that warm weather crops face.

LET IT ROT: COMPOSTING BASICS WITH ROSS HARRIS Compost is a wonderful addition to our soils. It stimulates microbial activity that benefits plants, helps hold water in the soil and provides nutrients plants need. In many cases the compost we make at home can be higher quality than the stuff we get from the garden center and composting keeps food waste out of the landfill. At this class seasoned composter Ross Harris will share tips and techniques to make the best of your compost pile.

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING 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.

CARING FOR COLD CROPS Cold crops are a category of vegetables that can be started early in the spring and can tolerate cold temperatures. Join us for a run down of the various cold crops, pest prevention strategies and how to get the most of these crops.

WATER WISE: GARDEN WATERING, RAINWATER COLLECTION, & IRRIGATION SYSTEMS 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. At this session we will discuss strategies and techniques to give your plants the ideal amount of water, designs and methods for capturing rainwater for your garden and irrigation systems.

GET READY TO GARDEN: BASIC GARDENING, RAISED BEDS, & MORE  Are you new to gardening or maybe looking for a refresher? In this class we will discuss tips and techniques for a successful growing season including: what to plant when, how to plant seeds and transplants, preparing garden beds, growing in raised beds, and more. 

CREATING A PLANTING PLAN FOR A HOME GARDEN Get the most out of your home garden with a solid  planting plan. At this session we will discuss selecting a mix of crops that suits your needs, deciding how much to plant, and creating a planting calendar and succession plan that keeps the harvests coming. 

STARTING SEEDS INDOORS Many of the crops we grow need to be started indoors in order for them to have enough time to mature during our growing season. At this class learn the simple tools and methods needed to grow out your own transplants at home. 

PERENNIAL FRUIT CULTIVATION & CARE There are so many varieties of fruit that we can grow and enjoy right here in Detroit! 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.

THE SACRED SUGARBUSH: MAPLE TREE TAPPING 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. 

FUNGUS AMONG US: GROWING MUSHROOMS 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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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