Summer Classes


Summer Class Information

Location and Time

Derek Haynes

Bed & Garden Prep + Raised Beds

Graduate of North Carolina State University, Derek Haynes’s passion for Botany is readily seen by anyone who meets him. “The Crazy Botanist”, as he is known, found an allure for plants at a young age. Derek gives back to his community by volunteering with local community gardens, and creating and maintaining relationships, especially within the community of Black plant enthusiasts.

April 12, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm 

Patryck Battle


In this workshop, Patryk will walk you through a brief survey of the requirements, benefits, and downsides of various composting methods, then focus on thermophilic and worm composting systems. You will have an opportunity to construct a thermophilic pile and set up a worm box, as well as ascertain the quality of the finished compost product.

May 10, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm

Lisa Gonzalez

Integrated Pest Management

Lisa will teach you some of the strategies to manage and prevent garden damage from pests, using ecosystem-based knowledge and approaches. These techniques are helpful for reducing pesticide use and cutting costs in the long run.

June 14, 2022

Smith Mill Works Greenhouse

6-8 pm