2018 Community Classes

Growing Gardens offers a variety of classes to get you gardening, cooking and preserving fresh food with the help of our experienced instructors. Grab a friend and join us for a fun, educational hands-on experience on the farm and in the kitchen! 

Register for Spring Gardening Classes                             Register for Summer Cooking Classes                                          Register for Fall Foodie Classes                             

Community Class Themes

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Take advantage of our discounts!
  • Register before March 1st to receive 10% off the price of registration for all classes except Beekeeping.
  • Buy 3 classes, get $10 off if registering before July 4th within Fall Foodie series
Note that discounts cannot be combined.
Financial aid is available for all our programs, please call (303) 443- 9952 to find out more.

 

BEEKEEPING SERIES 

Beekeeping Series - includes 8 classes and runs March 10th - October 6th

Learn how to keep your own bees in our series of hands-on classes and labs. Experience the culture of the honeybee as you foster your connection to the land and each other while gaining experience in managing a hive (both Langstroth and Top Bar Hive methods discussed). Take the entire series or drop in to individual classes. Click Here to learn more and sign up! 

Honeybees Give Us More than Honey - Sunday, October 7th, 9:00am-1:00pm

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

To register, contact Megan at [email protected]

 

Gardening Classes                  

Fruit Trees: Winter Pruning & Care - Saturday, March 3rd, 9 - 11:30am

In this class, Colorado gardeners can learn the basics of caring for their fruit trees in winter, while they are dormant. This includes pruning lingo and techniques, watering needs, and dormant spraying for disease/pest prevention. We will also go out into the Growing Gardens' Orchard for a pruning demonstration and discuss winter care.

Cost: $40 
Instructors:
 Nadia Kessler, Propagator & Orchard Assistant 
Location:
 Growing Gardens Greenhouse - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

 

Backyard Fruit Trees for the Front Range - Saturday, April 14th, 9 - 11:30am 

In this class, Colorado gardeners can learn the basics of choosing the best fruit trees for our location, planting instructions, pests and diseases, and best orcharding practices for our region. We will also go out into the Growing Gardens' Orchard for a pruning demonstration and discuss winter care.

Cost: $40 
Instructors:
 Lauren Kelso, Site Director    
Location:
 Growing Gardens Greenhouse - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

 

4-Part Gardening Series: Practical, Seasonal Instruction

This four-part series supports both beginner and expert gardeners alike through designing your garden space in early spring, managing pests and diseases in the summer, and maintaining healthy, fertile soil throughout the year. Each class can be taken individually or as part of the series

Garden Planning and Design - Saturday, March 17th 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 or flower garden.

Cost: $40 plus additional $5 Materials Fee
Instructors:
 Lauren Kelso, Site Director    
Location: 
St. John’s Episcopal Church 1419 Pine St, Boulder

 

Gardening 101: An Introduction to GardeningOffered on both Saturday, March 31st from - 11:30am AND Thursday, April 5th 6 - 8:30pm

We'll dive into the details surrounding garden preparation, planting and garden care. Topics include successfully starting seeds and transplants, understanding soil structure & health, and learning how to create a fertile, organic garden. We will also discuss hot compost, vermicompost, and compost tea. We will include demos both inside and outside (weather permitting). 

Cost: $40 
Instructors:
 Sarah Kell, CSA Farm Manager & Lex Berman, Food Project Farm Coordinator
Location: 
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

 

Summer Garden Management - Saturday, April 21st 9 -11:30am

This class will take place where the first class left off, by exploring best practices for maintaining a healthy garden once it is growing. We will cover a variety of techniques that reduce weed pressure, such as solarization and cover cropping, and will also teach you how to set up an irrigation system and conserve water in the garden. Lastly, we will take a look at some of the tools you can use to make these tasks more efficient.  We will include demos both inside and outside (weather permitting). 

 

Cost: $40 
Instructors: 
Sarah Kell, CSA Farm Manager & Lex Berman, Food Project Farm Coordinator 
Location: 
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

 

Pests & Diseases in Your Garden - Saturday, June 16th, 9 - 11:30 am

In this class we will explore methods for managing pest and disease pressure in your garden. Topics include: prevention, identification, basic insect biology, organic treatment options and how to create balanced and healthy garden ecosystems. In the second half of class we will tour our organic farm and examine real world examples.

Cost: $40 
Instructors:
 Lex Berman, Food Project Farm Coordinator    
Location: 
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder 

 

Summer Garden to Table Cooking Classes

 

Join us this summer at the height of our growing season to create delicious food using ingredients from the farm and our local partners. We’ll explore classic flavor profiles and learn how to best utilize seasonal ingredients to create amazing dishes. Sharpen your existing cooking skills, learn a few new techniques and expand your repertoire! Each class is designed to make you a more efficient, creative, and courageous cook. Classes will take place in our new, field-side, teaching kitchen overlooking the farm and flatirons. Classes are primarily demonstration style with some hands-on cooking. Students are encouraged to taste throughout each class and samples of each recipe will be shared.

Cooking with Superfoods Thursday, June 28th, 6 - 8:30pm   Special Guest Chef: Taylor Arenson

Curious about superfoods and how to incorporate them into your diet? Join us for a fun evening on the farm and learn how to cook easy, delicious recipes with nutrient-packed superfoods. We’ll discuss some of the many health benefits of our ingredient list and assemble Pad Thai and Spring Roll recipes. You’ll walk away with a basic understanding of superfoods, a step-by-step recipe book, as well as an overview of how to grow your very own indoor sprouts!

Sample Menu: Superfood Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, Kitchen-Grown Sprouts.
Cost: $40 
Location:  
Growing Gardens Pollinator Pavilion - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Summer Tapas Thursday, July 12th, 6 - 8:30pm

Sample Menu: Golden beet hummus with herbed flatbread, Braised fennel and leeks, Lamb meatballs with cucumber mint yogurt sauce, Lavender flan with poached berries

*This menu contains meat, dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat. Some recipes can be modified.
Cooking techniques covered: basic knife skills, braising, sautéing, poaching, baking


Colorful Colorado Cuisine Thursday, July 26th, 6-8:30pm

Sample Menu: Chile verde, Roasted cauliflower steaks with arugula walnut pesto, Spicy pickled green beans and turnips, Stout blondies with salted caramel


*This menu contains, dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat. Some recipes can be modified.
Cooking techniques covered: basic knife skills, soups/stews, roasting, baking, quick
pickling

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

Fall Foodie Classes 

Interested in learning the timeless art of canning & preserving, pickling & fermentation, noodle and bread making? Join us this harvest season for our Fall Foodie Classes and learn a variety of food preservation, noodle and bread making techniques. Each class will provide samples of menu items and leave you with instructional guides and recipes to take home to continue practicing each art.

Canning & Preserving - Thursday, September 13th, 6 - 8:30pm      

You will learn all you need to know to start canning at home with step-by-step instructions and demonstration. The class will cover specifically, canning at high altitudes, canning and preserving using low-sugar and alternative sweeteners, and being creative with your canned goods. You will learn how to can safely, and will take home recipes and a jar of something delightful! You will go home with the Ball Blue Book, the canner’s bible for recipes and safe canning techniques.

Cost: $45 plus additional $15 materials fee 
Instructor:
 Lauren Kelso, Site Director 
Location:
  Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Pickling and Fermentation - Thursday, October 11th, 6 - 8:30 pm 

Learn the basics of preserving produce through the process of fermentation and pickling in this informative, demonstration style workshop. We'll explore the health benefits, safety, and methods of fermenting and pickling. Using seasonal produce from our farm, we’ll prepare a recipe for everyone to take home, take care of, and enjoy!

Sample Menu: Spicy Garlic Pickled Carrots, Lacto-Fermented Turnips & Beets, Cortido (Latin-American Saurkraut), Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, Ginger Beer
Cost: $45 
Instructor: 
Dakota-Rae Westveer, Food Project Program Coordinator
Location:
  Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

 
Pasta Making Classes

 

“Fresh” pasta-making is an art unto itself and an easy one to learn! Join us and learn the basics of artisanal Italian pasta. We will hand-make the dough from scratch using heirloom whole wheat flour and eggs, then roll it using manual pasta machines to craft a variety of pasta shapes.

We’ll taste and pair each pasta that we make with sauces and herbs made with local CO produce and inspired by typical Italian dishes. You will walk away with recipes and instructions on how to recreate each dish at home.

Take these classes individually or together and learn how to make different types of flat and filled pastas.

Pasta Making 101: Flat Pastas - Thursday, October 18th, 6 - 8:30pm
In Pasta 101, we’ll learn how to make flat pastas, including fettuccini and capellini. Claudia will demonstrate how to use one of the oldest Italian pasta tools to cut the famous allachitarra spaghetti noodles. You will learn the regional differences between flat pastas across Italy.

Sample Menu: Fettuccini Cacio and Pepe, Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Herbs
Cost: $45 
Instructor: Claudia Bouvier
Location:  Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Pasta Making 102: Filled Pasta- Thursday, November 1st, 6 - 8:30pm
In Pasta 102, we’ll review and expand on the basic techniques we learned in Pasta 101 to craft filled pasta like ravioli and tortellini. Claudia will demonstrate how to shape and fold different types of filled pasta such as cappelletti and agnolotti. She will talk about the regional differences between filled pasta across Italy.

Sample Menu: Goat cheese and honey-filled ravioli with roasted beets and topped with sauteed beet greens, roasted butternut squash and ricotta Tortellini with brown butter and sage sauce
Cost: $45 
Instructor: 
Claudia Bouvier
Location:
  Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Bread Making -  Thursday, November 8th, 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: $45 includes materials
Instructor:
Lauren Kelso, Site Director
Location:
  Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

 

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Buy a Growing Gardens class as a gift for a truly unique and memorable experience!
Call Megan at 303-443-9952 or email her [email protected] to purchase your gift certificate today.
 

 


GROWING GARDENS CLASS INSTRUCTORS

Michael Montgomery, Farm Chef: After completing college and culinary school in Chicago and spending several years working in the food industry, Michael moved to Boulder and began teaching people how to cook. His work as a Chef Instructor, focusing on farm-to- table education, gave him the opportunity to begin to connect with local farmers and explore how food is produced and distributed. From there he worked as a Growing Intern for Growing Gardens, spending time in the greenhouse, and in the fields, learning hands-on about sustainable urban agriculture. Michael then joined the team at Mountain Flower Goat Dairy. As Farm Director, he led dairy operations and taught the community about humane animal husbandry and land stewardship. Michael is passionate about sharing knowledge and eager to connect people back to the land and to their food.

 

Dakota-Rae Westveer, Growing Gardens: Dakota-Rae has been involved in the local food community since moving to Boulder in 2009. She began volunteering as an environmental educator in college and went on to teach youth, teens, and adults about the benefits of gardening and eating local, fresh produce. Her passion for food led her to opportunities in the local food start-up community where she worked to connect people with how their food is made and the farmers who grow it. Working with Growing Gardens, she returns to her passion of teaching, growing food, and building community. Her interest in food preservation grew out of a desire to eat local all year long and promote digestive and immune health. 

Lauren Kelso, Growing Gardens: 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 Site Director at Growing Gardens.

Lex Berman, Growing Gardens: Lex grew up in New Jersey with chickens, sheep, turkeys, and ducks in her backyard. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Literature and Creative Writing. She discovered her passion for vegetable farming on an organic farm in New York’s Hudson Valley where she worked (read: “weeded”) during college. She moved on to apprentice for two seasons on a small, family farm in rural Maine, where she learned many of the other things one needs to know to successfully grow vegetables (besides weeding). After completing Growing Gardens’ Farm Management Internship, she returned to take on the role of Food Project Farm Coordinator. Lex is excited by the unique opportunity to educate members of the Longmont community about organic gardening.

Nadia Kessler, Growing Gardens: Nadia is the Orchard Assistant and Propagator at Growing gardens and assists in caring for the Orchard and Pollinator Garden. In that capacity, she puts into practice all the things we will be talking about in our class. She is excited to see our trees grow as well as taking care of the shrubs and flowers at the Hawthorn site.

Sarah Kell, Growing Gardens: 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. 

Taylor Arenson, Growing Gardens: Taylor graduated from the Leed’s School of Business at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in Marketing and Social Enterprise. Her life’s mission is to empower individuals to live more productive, independent and sustainable lives. Taylor believes in the transformative power that cooking healthy, sustainably sourced ingredients has on individual health, community wellbeing and the environmental.  She developed her love of cooking 6 years ago when she began cooking veggie-based farm to table meals for groups at a Portuguese health retreat. Since then, she’s been cultivating her own ingredients in her community garden plot, cooking copious amounts of curry for dinner guests, and taking over closet space with kombucha, jun, and fermented foods.

 

 

 
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