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! Most all classes take place at Growing Gardens barn, 1630 Hawthorn Ave. Boulder.                            

Register for Gardening & Orchard Classes
Register for Farm to Table Cooking Classes
Register for Fall Foodie Classes

Register for Family Pasta Making Class

Register for Beekeeping Classes

 

Community Class Lineup:

Click here to meet your instructors.

Classes take place at 1630 Hawthorn Avenue, Boulder unless otherwise specified.

Take advantage of our discounts!

  • Early bird - Register before February 15th to receive 10% off the price of registration for all classes except Beekeeping & family cooking class.
  • Buy 3 classes, get $10 off registrations made between February 16th and August 4th within Fall Foodie series
  • Register for both Fruit Tree classes or both Garden Planning & Design classes to receive a $10 discount.
Note that discounts cannot be combined.

 

Financial aid is available for all our programs, please call (303) 443- 9952 to find out more.

Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping Series - Click here to see full series description (8 classes), series runs March 11th - October 7th

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 - Monday, October 7th, 5:30pm-8:30pm  - $60

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.

Advanced Beekeeping - Monday, March 4th, 5:30pm-8:30pm - $60

This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth hives, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems, AND how to catch swarms. Be prepared for a slide show and discussion, so bring your questions.

Native Bees in our Backyard - Sunday, July 14th, 9am-12pm $65 (includes bamboo nesting block to take home)

Come learn about the native bees responsible for our landscape and many of the fruits and vegetables that we eat. Learn about their life cycle and how they rely on the unique plants around them. Learn to tell the difference between bees, wasps, and flies.  After a slide presentation and discussion, we will go outside to create a bamboo nesting block for your own backyard and spend some time catching and identifying these pollinators right here in our community gardens. You will notice insects and blooms in a whole new way! Bring a sun hat and butterfly net if you have one. 

  

 

Gardening Classes                  

Fruit Trees: Winter Pruning & Care - Saturday, March 2nd, 9am-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 *multi-class discount available, see above
Instructors:
 Nadia Kessler, Propagator & Orchard Assistant and Lauren Kelso, Site Director
 

Fruit Trees: Backyard Fruit Trees for the Front Range - Saturday, March 2nd, 12:30pm-3:00pm

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. 

Cost: $40 *multi-class discount available, see above
Instructors:
 Lauren Kelso, Site Director and Nadia Kessler, Propagator & Orchard Assistant 
 

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: Fruits & Vegetables - Saturday, March 9th 9-11:30am

This class is an opportunity for new and experienced gardeners alike to explore garden design for their vegetable gardens. We will cover everything from square-foot vegetable gardening and basic permaculture design, to generating a plan for your vegetable garden. 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: $50, includes materials *multi-class discounts available, see above 
Instructors:
 Lauren Kelso, Site Director    

Garden Planning and Design: Perennial Gardens and Home Landscapes - Saturday, March 9th 12:30pm-3:00pm

This class is an opportunity for new and experienced gardeners alike to explore design for their home gardens and landscapes. We will cover various design philosophies and techniques, including permaculture, and generate your own landscape design and planting ideas. We will touch on environmental considerations, drainage, plant selection, incorporating pollinators and practical design techniques to help you create a successful and productive garden or landscape. Very hands-on, workshop-style class to help you generate ideas, plans, and drawings that you can put to use!

Cost: $50, includes materials *multi-class discounts available, see above 
Instructors:
 Lauren Kelso, Site Director  

Gardening 101: Starting your Garden Offered on both Saturday, March 16th from 9-11:30am AND Thursday, March 21st 6-8:30pm

In this workshop we will dive into the details about how to prepare your garden and start planting. Topics will include: understanding soils, soil fertility and amendments, bed preparation, starting seeds at home, direct seeding, and an introduction to irrigation. This introductory class is a great place to start if you are new to gardening or new to gardening in the Colorado climate! We will include demos both inside and outside (weather permitting).

Cost: $40 
Instructors:
 Sarah Kell, CSA Farm Manager & Lex Berman, Food Project Farm Manager

Gardening 201: Garden Management - Saturday, April 6th 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 topics including: a more in depth look at irrigation and setting up a drip system, transplanting, crop rotations and succession planting, plus weeding and cover cropping. 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 Manager

 

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

In this class we will explore organic methods for managing pest and disease pressure in your garden. Topics include: prevention, identification, 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 Manager    

 
Family Cooking Class
Family Cooking Class: Pasta Making - Sunday, April 28th 9- 12:00pm
Join us for a family cooking class with Pastificio Boulder founder, Claudia Bouvier. We'll roll up our sleeves and learn the art of making traditional Italian pasta from scratch in this hands-on class. Learn to blend flour and eggs in a traditional Italian style ('The Volcano!'), knead the dough, and sheet it through a manual pasta machine. We'll then play with different shapes (from Lasagna sheets to spaghetti and fettuccine) and learn how to make Garganelli using the traditional wooden board.

Sample Menu: Spaghetti with Cheese and Butter and Garganelli with Tomato Sauce
Cost: $90 for one child and one adult. $40 for each additional child, maximum of 2 children per adult. All children must be at least 6 years of age and accompanied by an adult; this is not a drop-off program. No early-bird discounts apply to this class.
Instructor: Claudia Bouvier, Pastificio Boulder
Farm to Table Cooking Classes

 

Join us on the farm and learn to make the most of your garden harvest with our signature cooking classes. Growing Gardens' Farm Chef, Michael Montgomery, has prepared a variety of different recipes filled with nutritious, seasonal, farm fresh food. From unique twists on classic dishes to bold new ideas, you'll leave class with new techniques and ideas to prepare your favorite ingredients with confidence and recipes to take home.

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. Each class is designed to make you a more efficient, creative, and courageous cook.

Colorful Colorado Cuisine Thursday, June 27th, 6 - 8:30pm   

Join us in our teaching kitchen as we transform the first of our summer’s harvest into delicious dishes that reflect the region we call home. Gain confidence to creatively cook with ingredients that are abundant while at the same time hone your kitchen skills and freshen up your repertoire. Cooking techniques covered include knife skills, blanching, sautéing, baking.

Sample Menu: Green garlic and pea soup, beet burgers with caramelized leeks and arugula pesto, cornmeal cupcakes with strawberry-fennel compote. This menu contains eggs. 
Cost: $60 
Instructor:
 Farm Chef, Michael Montgomery 

Garden Fresh Meze Thursday, July 25th, 6 - 8:30pm

As the word “meze” means “taste” or “snack” and is a common way to eat throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East, we’ll explore new flavor profiles and techniques as we learn to make fresh bites inspired from this region. We’ll pair traditional ingredients with local, fresh food grown here on the farm. Cooking techniques covered include knife skills, sautéing, roasting, baking.

Sample Menu: Baba ghannouj, lamb kofta, dolma, cardamom pistachio shortbread
Cost: $60 
Instructor:
 Farm Chef, Michael Montgomery

Latin American Street Foods Thursday, September 19th,  6-8:30pm

As summer comes to an end, there’s still plenty left in the garden to transform into delicious and creative dishes. Take a culinary excursion through Latin America and explore the flavorful and varied ingredients and techniques that define its cuisine. Cooking techniques covered include knife skills, sautéing, roasting, baking.

Sample Menu: Tamales, Beef Empanadas, Chile Rellenos, Sopaipillas. Menu contains dairy, eggs, and wheat. Some recipes can be modified.
Cost: $60 
Instructor:
 Farm Chef, Michael Montgomery 

*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, cheese, noodle, or 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 practising each art.

Canning & Preserving - Thursday, September 12th, 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 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: $60, includes materials
Instructor:
 Lauren Kelso, Site Director 

Pickling and Fermentation - Thursday, October 10th, 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, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, Ginger Beer
Cost: $60, includes materials
Instructor: 
Michael Montgomery, Farm Chef
 

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 17th, 6 - 8:30pm
In Pasta 101, we’ll learn how to make flat pastas, including fettuccine and capellini. Claudia will demonstrate how to use one of the oldest Italian pasta tools, the wooden board, to make Garganelli. You will learn the regional differences between flat pastas across Italy.

Sample Menu: Fettuccine Cacio and Pepe, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
Cost: $60
Instructor: Claudia Bouvier

Pasta Making 102: Filled Pasta- Thursday, November 7th, 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 ravioli, tortellini and cappelletti. She will talk about the regional differences between filled pasta across Italy.

Sample Menu: Goat cheese, roasted beets and honey-filled ravioli with roasted beet sauce, topped with sauteed baby greens, roasted butternut squash and ricotta Tortellini with brown butter and sage sauce
Cost: $60 
Instructor: 
Claudia Bouvier

Bread Making -  Thursday, November 14th, 6:00 - 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: $60 includes materials
Instructor:
Lauren Kelso, Site Director

 

Cheesemaking -  Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Learn the fundamentals of artisanal cheese making in this demonstration style workshop designed to give you the foundation needed to make a variety of fermented dairy products at home. We’ll cover basic equipment, recipes, resources, types of milk, and touch on a bit of science behind the craft.

Sample Menu: Cultured butter, yogurt, ricotta, mozzarella
Cost: $60 includes materials
Instructor:
 Michael Montgomery, Farm Chef

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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.

 

Claudia Bouvier, Pastificio Boulder: 

Claudia grew up in a very Italian family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Food has always played a deeply meaningful role in her life as a means of respecting tradition and also and especially as a way of connecting and sharing life with family and friends. “Food brings people together.”  Claudia believes in “real food”, and through her artisanal pasta company (Pastificio) she shares her passion for small-batch, heirloom whole wheat pastas hand-crafted with age-old Italian techniques. Claudia first learned the art of pasta making as a child, with her Italian grandparents. And later through professional classes at the International Culinary Center in New York and at the Laboratorio Sfoglia e Pasta Fresca in Bologna, Italy.

Lauren Kelso, Growing Gardens:  Lauren is the Site Director at Growing Gardens. She has been doing residential gardening and landscaping in Boulder for 12 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 headed up the site and tree selection for the Growing Garden’s Community Orchard. She continues to learn about the magic of pruning and tending fruit trees from specialists across the state of Colorado.

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. 

 

 

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