2017 Community Classes

 
Discounts available:
Register before midnight on March 1st to receive 10% off the price of registration for all classes except Beekeeping.
Buy 3 classes, get the 4th at half price if registering before July 4th within Summer Series
Buy 2 classes, get $10 off the third if registering before July 4th within Fall series
Note that discounts cannot be combined.

BEEKEEPING SERIES 

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 keeping your own bees. Click Here to learn more about our Beekeeping Series! 

SPRING COMMUNITY CLASSES       

Register for our Spring Classes

 

Backyard Fruit Trees for the Front RangeSaturday, March 4th, 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 plus additional    
Instructors:
 Lauren Richardson, Site Director    
Location:
 Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

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 18th 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 Richardson, Site Director    
Location: 
St. John’s Episcopal Church 1419 Pine St, Boulder

Gardening 101: An Introduction to Gardening- Offered on both Saturday, April 1st 9-11:30am & Thursday, April 6th 6-8pm

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 touch on the topics of hot compost, vermicompost, and compost tea. We will include demos both inside and outside (weather permitting). 

Cost: $40 
Instructors:
 Sarah Kell & Kevin Karl    
Location: 
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Growing Gardens: Summer Garden Management - Sunday, April 30th 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:
 Kevin Karl and Sarah Kell
Location: 
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Pests & Diseases in Your GardenSaturday, June 17th, 9 - 11:30 am

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

Cost: $40 
Instructors:
 Kevin Karl
Location:  
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

SUMMER COMMUNITY CLASSES

Register for our Summer 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. 

Class 1: Thursday, June 22nd, 6-8:30pm   Special Guest Chef: Chef Dave of Food Lab 

Sample Menu: Rabe and Turnip Frittata, Beet Burgers with Arugula Pesto, Spinach Salad with a Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette.*

Class 2: Thursday, July 6th, 6-8:30pm   Special Guest Chef: Zach Gart of Alfalfa's
Sample Menu: Vegetable Potstickers with Chili-lime Vinaigrette, Chilled Radish and Buttermilk Soup, Kale and Radish
Slaw.*
Class 3: Thursday, July 20th, 6-8:30pm   Special Guest Chef: Betsy Welch
Sample Menu: Carrot Salad with Harissa, Feta and Mint, Chilled Cucumber Soup, Zucchini Parmesan Crisps.*
Class 4: Thursday, August 3rd, 6-8:30pm   Special Guest Chef: Chef Dave of Food Lab 
Sample Menu: Sweet Red Pepper and Beet Soup, Grilled Eggplant with Caponata Salsa, Heirloom Tomato Panzanella.*

 

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

Cost: $40 
Location:  
Growing Gardens - 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Chef Dave, Food Lab: Born in Brooklyn in the mid 70’s David learned his trade like most young cooks, by pulling a chair up to his grandmother stove (or any stove he could) and watching whatever was going into the pots.  David always felt most comfortable in the kitchen, watching learning and talking with family.  It wasn’t until years later that he learned that people actually cook for a living. Cooking had always been a way to find joy and to bring that joy to others.  Cooking for David went from a family affair, to a way to make money, to a way of life. He moved to Boulder in 1999 taking with him fond food memories of New York and a desire create new food memories with others in Colorado.

Chef Dave food Lab

Zach Gart, Alfalfa's: Zach is excited to teach for Growing Gardens! He is currently the Executive Chef for Alfalfa’s Market with experience in Michelin fine dining, catering and casual fare. With a deep love for vegetables and our earth, Zach has a mission to approach food holistically and revive the locality of community cooking, eating and growing. With simplicity and mindful preparation, he seeks to bring about the natural flavor of food in a way that’s creative and maintains the integrity of the ingredient. He will be available as a resource to help you develop your skills in the kitchen, create, and grow your ideas from the garden to your table.

Zach Gart

Betsy Welch: Some of Betsy's fondest memories are of food: squeezing lemon directly into a bag of freshly-caught clams at Santiago's Mercado Central; digging her own carrots and beets out of the backyard; tacos al pastor with pickled carrots on a Mexican roadside. As a public health RN, she is always infusing nutrition into healthcare; as an avid cyclist and runner, she knows that real food is the best fuel; as a freelance writer, food always seem to creep into her prose. She's excited to share outdoor kitchen space with you this summer!

Betsy Welch

 

FALL FOODIE CLASSES

Register for our Fall Classes
Interested in learning the timeless art of food preservation and bread making? Our Fall Foodie Classes will demonstrate a variety of food preservation and bread making techniques, and will leave you with how-to guides and samples!
 

Canning & Preserving - Thursday, August 17th, 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 home preserving bible for recipes and safe canning techniques.

Cost: $40 plus additional $15 materials fee 
Instructor:
 Lauren Richardson, Site Director 
Location:
  St. Aidan's 2425 Colorado Ave, Boulder

Pickling and Fermentation - Thursday, August 31st, 6-8:30 pm 

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: Kevin Karl
Location: St. Aidan's 2425 Colorado Ave, Boulder

Bread Making -  Thursday, October 19th, 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, Site Director 
Location: 
St. Aidan's 2425 Colorado Ave, Boulder

 

CLASSES THAT HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE IN 2017:

Gifts from the Garden - Saturday, February 11th, 9 - 11:30am 

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; chocolates, lavender bath salts, herbal tea, and lavender scented body butter.   

Cost: $40 plus additional $15 materials fee   
Instructors:
 Megan Reehl, Operations Manager    
Location:
 St. Aidan's 2425 Colorado 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 Megan@GrowingGardens.org to purchase your gift certificate today.
 

 


GROWING GARDENS CLASS 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 Kelso
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.

 
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