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gardening series

This year, we are expanding our Gardening Series to cover all seasons! Get year-round garden guidance to support you having your best year in the garden yet. You can purchase classes for the full year, per season, or as individual sessions. Check our 2022 schedules below and sign up today!

 

Please reach out to avi@organicgrowersschoool.org if you have any questions. 

Summer Series

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Fall Series

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Winter Series

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Summer Classes | April – June

Join our summer classes to learn how to get your garden blooming and producing healthily throughout the season. We will have classes on prepping your garden soil and raised beds for a productive season, making and using compost, and managing pests and beneficial insects holistically.

Speakers

Summer Class Information

Location and Time

Derek Haynes

Bed & Garden Prep

“Victory Garden,” a term coined by George Washington Carver, is a reference to the gardens that were grown in yards and parks during World War II. At that time, these gardens provided food security to nearly 20 million people. Grow your own victory garden this season! This workshop will have a focus on raised beds, basics of soil testing and rectification, macro/micronutrients and spring cleaning. So join botanist and community gardener, Derek Haynes, to learn about how to get your beds ready for planting your victory garden. We will be doing some hands-on soil mixing and planting, so come ready to get your hands dirty!

April 12, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm

Registration is now closed for this event. 

Patryk Battle

Composting at Home

In this workshop, Patryk Battle of Living Web Farms will walk you through a comprehensive overview of the requirements, benefits, and downsides of various composting methods. Then, he will take a deeper dive into thermophilic and worm composting systems. You will have an opportunity to construct a thermophilic pile and set up a worm box during class, as well as evaluate the quality of the finished compost product. You will leave with a lot more confidence about which approaches to composting work best for your garden, and with the knowledge to start up your own pile!

May 10, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm

Registration for this event is now closed. 

Lisa Gonzalez

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management techniques are helpful for reducing pesticide use and cutting costs in the long run. They can also create a deeper understanding of your garden and the various roles different plants play within it. Join Lisa Gonzalez, Clay County Extension Director, for an overview of Integrated Pest Management as well as a deeper look into select strategies to manage and prevent garden damage from pests using ecosystem-based knowledge and approaches.

June 14, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm

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Fall Classes | July – September

Our fall classes will ensure continued bounty and new inspiration in your garden as the year progresses. Our instructors will teach you about fall garden planning and cover cropping, saving your seeds, and integrating mushrooms into your garden.

Speakers

Fall Class Information

Location and Time

Diana McCall

Planning Your Fall Garden

Thinking ahead never does anyone harm! Diana McCall will be sharing some frameworks to think about fall gardening, including timelines, cover cropping, and favorite fall crops. Diana taught the OGS Gardening Series for many years and also manages the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, where the workshop will take place.

July 12, 2022

Dr. John Wilson Community Garden

6-8 pm

Angie Lavezzo

Seed Saving

Seed saving is a magnificent skill and one that can help reduce costs, increase self-sufficiency, support genetic diversity, and improve plant adaptation to your area. Angie Lavezzo has been a backyard and professional seed saver for years. In this workshop, she will cover the importance of seed-saving, understanding seed packets and pollination, information on seed varieties, and techniques for saving different seed types and avoiding cross-pollination.

August 9, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm

Black Trumpet Farm

Mushrooms in the Garden

Take your garden or homestead to the next level by integrating fungi into your operation! Whether using them to mulch or build soil or inoculating materials to grow some dense and nutritious food, there are so many ways to enjoy these magical creatures in your home space. Join the norotious Black Trumpet farmers to learn about some simple ways to grow mushrooms on logs and in buckets at a home-scale.

September 13, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm

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Winter Classes | October – December

The year isn’t over yet! Sign up for our winter series to learn how to extend your harvest and prepare your garden for the cold winter. These classes will cover food preservation, preparing your beds for winter, and putting your garden to bed.

Speakers

Winter Class Information

Location and Time

Kelly Hollinger

Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter

In this workshop, Kelly Hollinger of Soul and Soil Project will demonstrate some methods of tasks and tools for preparing your winter garden. She will explore easy soil building, winter cover crops, bed building, and maintenance preparation to help your spring grow to get off to a great start! She will review goal setting to best prepare for winter growing, seasonal extensional gardening, and basic tool care. Come get your hands dirty sheet mulching and discussing mulching methods for nutrient optimization.

October 11, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm

Brandon Ruiz

Food Preservation

Brandon, who taught our Garden Planning workshop in January, is back again to show you the basics of food preservation. Canning, root cellaring, and drying techniques can all help keep your pantry stocked with your garden bounty all year long.

November 12, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

2-4 pm

Kelly Hollinger

Garden the Winter Blues Away

Join Kelly to wrap up the 2022 Gardening Series with you. As a follow up of October’s “Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter” Class, Kelly will open the floor to the class’s reflections of growing this past fall. She will answer your winter garden questions, winter goals, and support you in lifting the winter blues through preparation of your plans for your 2023 garden. This event will include hot chocolate and cider for participants.

December 3, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

2-4 pm

Stay in touch!

More questions about Gardening Series? Contact us at avi@organicgrowersschool.org to get in touch!

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