2016 Community Classes

 

Chef Michael Montgomery teaches some of our Garden to Table Cooking Classes

 

Register Here for our 2016 Community Classes!

 

BUY ANY 3 COMMUNITY CLASSES, GET 4TH CLASS FOR HALF PRICE! (ENDS JUNE 1ST)

 

SPRING COMMUNITY CLASSES

Intro to Gardening           

Saturday, March 19th 9-11:30am or 

Thursday, March 24th, 6-8:00pm

This workshop is designed to give gardeners the tools to plan their garden spaces for optimal production and enjoyment. Participants will learn the basic building blocks of organic gardening. Topics will include: site selection, soil preparation, planting dates, crop choices, starting seeds, pest management, and season extension-- all with an eye towards proper planning and execution. We will have discussion and practical, hands-on activities! This class is appropriate for brand new gardeners or gardeners that are new to this growing region.

Cost: $40
Instructors: Sarah Kell and Kevin Karl

Location:
 Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder * This class is held outside, please dress appropriately. If it is raining, the class will be moved inside our greenhouse, located at the same address. 

 

Intermediate Gardening           

Saturday, March 26th 9-11:30am      

This workshop will build and expand on topics presented in Introduction to Gardening, including garden layout and planning, tool use, seeding, transplanting, irrigation, and bed preparation with a particular focus on soil fertility. We will discuss and demonstrate composting techniques, cover cropping, soil amendment, and crop rotations. There will be discussion and practical hands-on activities! This class is appropriate if you have attended Introduction to Gardening or have previous gardening experience in Colorado.

Cost: $40
Instructors: Sarah Kell and Kevin Karl
Location:
 Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder * This class is held outside, please dress appropriately. If it is raining, the class will be moved inside our greenhouse, located at the same address. 

 

Garden Planning and Design            

Saturday, April 2nd 9-11:30am      

This class is an opportunity for new and experienced gardeners alike to explore garden design for their home and vegetable gardens. We will cover everything from square-foot vegetable gardening , and basic permaculture design, to generating your own home garden landscape design and planting ideas. We will touch on environmental considerations, drainage, seed selection, incorporating pollinators and practical design techniques to help you create a successful and productive food garden.

Cost:
 $40 plus additional $5 materials fee
Instructor:
 
Lauren Richardson, Greenhouse Manager
Location:
 St. John's Episcopal Church kitchen - 1419 Pine St. Boulder

*Please bring the following materials to this class: 
-A pad of graph paper – At least 8 ½’ x 11” but the bigger the better 
-A pad or roll of blank paper – Again, the larger the drawing pad the better
-Colored and plain pencils
-Eraser
-Black Pens
-Ruler or straight edge of some sort 
-If possible bring measurements and images of a particular space you would like to work on. If you don’t have something particular you’re working on that’s alright!

 

Pests and Diseases in Your Garden            

Saturday, June 18th 9-11:30am      

A healthy, productive garden makes for happy, healthy gardeners. We all know that every garden faces some challenges. Let's learn how to prevent, identify, and solve these challenges together, organically. This class will focus on insect pests and diseases of Front Range gardens. Students will learn how to identify and solve problems in their gardens with a proactive approach to plant and garden health. The class will cover a broad range of interconnected topics including pest/disease identification, prevention and organic problem solving.

Cost:
 $40
Instructor:
 
Ryan Schmitt, local horticulturist
Location:
 
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder * This class is held in the greenhouse and outside in the gardens. Please dress in layers as temperature can tend to fluctuate as we move from the greenhouse to outside.

 

BUY ANY 3 COMMUNITY CLASSES, GET 4TH FOR HALF PRICE! (END JUNE 1ST)

 

SUMMER GARDEN TO TABLE COOKING CLASSES

Learn to taste the most of your garden this season. We will utilize vegetables at their peak of ripeness and introduce creative ideas for utilizing and storing the outrageous amounts of tomatoes and summer squash mysteriously produced overnight- transforming commonly grown Colorado vegetables into culinary masterpieces! Classes cover a variety of topics, including basic knife skills, using fresh herbs and aromatics, and intuitive cooking- or cooking without a written recipe.    (There is a place on the registration form to list food related allergies. Please note that we plan and shop for the menu a week before each food related class. If you register days before the class we might not be able to accommodate your request.)      

 

Class 1: Thursday, June 23rd, 6-8:30pm *Sample Menu: Rabe and Turnip Frittata, Beet Burgers with Arugula Pesto, Spinach Salad with a Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette.

Class 2: Thursday, July 7th, 6-8:30pm *Sample Menu: Vegetable Potstickers with Chili-lime Vinaigrette, Chilled Radish and Buttermilk Soup, Kale and Radish Slaw.

Class 3: Thursday, July 21st, 6-8:30pm *Sample Menu: Carrot Salad with Harissa, Feta and Mint, Chilled Cucumber Soup, Zucchini Parmesan Crisps. 

Class 4: Thursday, August 4th, 6-8:30pm *Sample Menu: Sweet Red Pepper and Beet Soup, Grilled Eggplant with Caponata Salsa, Heirloom Tomato Panzanella.

Cost: $40 
Location:
 
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder * This class is held outside, please dress in layers as temperatures tend to fluctuate as the sun sets.

*Sample Menu subject to change based on vegetables available from our garden that week. 

 

FALL COMMUNITY CLASSES

 

Canning & Preserving           

Thursday, August 18th, 6-8:30pm     

You will learn all you need to know to start canning at home with step-by-step instructions
and demonstration. You will learn how to can safely, and will take home recipes and a jar of something delightful! The class will also cover pickling and basic fermentation. You will go home with the Ball Blue Book, the canner’s bible for recipes and safe canning techniques.
Cost: $40 plus additional $15 materials fee
Instructor:
Lauren Richardson, Greenhouse Grower 
Location:
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder * This class is held outside, please dress in layers as temperatures tend to fluctuate as the sun sets.

 

Pickling and Fermentation   

Thursday, September 1st, 6-8:30pm

Learn the basics of pickling vegetables through the process of fermentation in this informative, demonstration style, workshop.  We'll explore the health benefits, and safety, of fermented foods and also provide basic recipes to pickle your own vegetables at home. Sample Menu: Giardiniera, Bread and Butter, Refrigerator Dills and Sauerkraut.

Cost: $40 plus additional $15 materials fee 
Instructor:
Lauren Richardson, Greenhouse Grower   
Location: Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder This class is held outside, please dress in layers as temperatures tend to fluctuate as the sun sets.

Registration Opens January 15th!


Bread Making       

Thursday, October 20th, 6-8:30pm

In this class participants will learn all the tips and tricks to baking that perfect loaf of bread. We’ll cover both yeasted and sourdough breads and talk about kneading and shaping techniques to take all the stress out of home-made bread to leave you with a beautiful and delicious loaf. We’ll also cover the no-knead form of bread making for those looking for a more hands-off approach, and cover the secrets to baking with whole and stone-ground grains.
Cost: $40 includes materials fee
Instructor:
Lauren Richardson, Greenhouse Grower
Location:
St. John's Episcopal Church Kitchen - 1419 Pine St, Boulder

Gifts from the Garden  

Thursday, November 3rd, 6-8:30pm

 

If you have a love for homemade gifts and herbs this class will be perfect for you. Lemon balm, mint, and lavender, are incorporated as staple ingredients in this class. Participants will learn how to grow these three herbs at their own homes and then we will make spa themed gifts out of them to take home.  All participants will leave with instructions and samples of the gifts we make, and have the opportunity to personalize those gifts using a variety of crafting techniques presented at the DIY “craft buffet”. Sample gifts include; lavender bath salts, herbal tea, and lavender scented body butter.   
Cost: $40 plus additional $15 materials fee  
Instructors:
Megan Reehl, Operations Coordinator   
Location:
St. John's Episcopal Church Kitchen - 1419 Pine St, Boulder

 

BUY ANY 3 COMMUNITY CLASSES, GET 4TH CLASS FOR HALF PRICE! (ENDS JUNE 1ST)


 

Buy a Growing Gardens class as a gift for a truly unique and memorable experience!
Call Megan at 303-443-9952 or email her Megan@GrowingGardens.org to purchase yours today and
you will receive a gift certificate that you may give to the
lucky recipient.

GROWING GARDENS CLASSES - INSTRUCTORS

 

Kevin Karl
Kevin received his B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture from Evergreen State College, where he gained a deep understanding of the ecological principles that guide organic agriculture. He has since started two organic vegetable farming business – in Minnesota and Ontario, respectively - both successful enterprises that are still in business today. Ultimately, it was his growing passion for education and community service that brought Kevin out of the for-profit business world and onto the Growing Gardens team. Kevin oversees all Growing Gardens Food Project donations, manages the Longmont Food Project Farm, and relishes the unique opportunity to educate members of the Longmont community about organic gardening.

Sarah Kell
Sarah was born and raised exploring, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors in Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Spanish and Anthropology, and before joining the Growing Gardens staff worked as a camp counselor, in restaurants, and for environmental organizations in Boulder. Her love of food, the environment, and the outdoors drew her to a job working on the crew at an organic farm in Boulder. She then managed the farm and its employees for two years. As the Growing Gardens Boulder CSA Farm Manager, Sarah hopes to teach others and enrich the community with her knowledge and love for growing food. 

Megan Reehl
Megan Reehl is Growing Gardens’ Operations Coordinator. With no less than three craft projects in process at any given time, she’s always making something! She’s been making her own bath and beauty products for 15+ years, and loves experimenting with new recipes. Her other mediums include, papermaking, wood burning, and fiber arts. Most recently Meg’s been creating custom alternative (non living) bouquets for brides. 

 

Lauren Richardson
Lauren has been doing residential gardening and landscaping in Boulder for six years and has studied design under recognized and outstanding designers such as Alison Peck and Lauren Springer Ogden. She has her Colorado Master Gardener’s Certificate and specializes in gardening in the west with natives and edible landscapes. Lauren has been canning and preserving foods that she grows for over 11 years. Lauren is the Greenhouse Manager at Growing Gardens.

 

Ryan Schmitt

Ryan Schmitt is a local horticulturist, garden educator and community gardener. He has been gardening for 26 years. Ryan holds a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and a Masters of Science in Horticulture from Colorado State University. For the last eleven years, he has been involved in almost every facet of the green industry, as a Greenhouse Manager, Professional Horticulturist and a home-gardening enthusiast. He has taught and advised on every level, and is a frequent source and contributor for gardening publications. Most of all, Ryan is passionate about plants and the people that love them.

Classes are $40 each.  Materials fee may apply.

 

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