Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Local Matters to Host Free Urban Gardening Workshop Series in 2012

Local Matters has put together a series of interesting FREE workshops that may interest community and other gardeners. Most of them are listed in the SACG calendar (on the right side of our website). All but one of them will be held at the Godman Guild on East Fifth Avenue in the Weinland Park Neighborhood. One of the seminars, ahem, conflicts with the SACG Opening Day , which is very sad because I would most definitely have been there otherwise.

All of the workshops are on Saturdays, except the two-day workshop which also takes up all day Sunday. Most of them involve free goodies and/or food.

To register for any of the workshops, email Trish Dehnbostel at trish@local-matters.org or calling her at 263-5662.

Art and Gardens. This workshop will be Saturday January 21 from noon to 2:00pm. This will be an opportunity to hear from artists Melissa Vogley-Woods and Elena Harvey Collins, and will enable artists and growers to connect with each other and plan some visions for creative garden design and growing. They will discuss planning, funding and shared visions. Lunch will also provided.

Growing Communities. February 11 and 12, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This two-day workship will take place at the Grange Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St, 43215.

In this award-winning 2-day workshop designed by the American Community Gardening Association you’ll gain skills and strategies to work with the most important aspect of gardens—people. Attendees will learn proven strategies to build dynamic leaders and create strong gardening programs, using a participatory approach to community building. You must attend both days of the workshop (to get the most out of this opportunity).

The weekend will focus on valuable community building and leadership skills. You will be joined by many leaders connected to the local food movement as well as a variety of community members and representatives. The goal of this workshop is to equip you with the skills to ensure that your food production project has a sustainable future with vibrant leaders and strong community relationships. These skills can apply to a variety of projects from community gardens to urban farms, but are valuable in any type of community project.

At the end of the workshop you will receive a certificate of completion and a “Growing Communities” training manual; you will then be certified to facilitate these workshops yourself in the future.

Continental breakfast and delicious lunch provided.

Grow Year-Round: Hoop Houses, Low Tunnels & Cold Frames. FEBRUARY 25 — 9:00AM–12:00PM. Learn how to grow food and herbs year round! There are a wide range of ways that to extend the midwest growing seasons. This workshop will featuring a presentation from Hal Green with OSU Extension greenhouses. You'll leave the workshop with inspiration and building plans.

Planning and Seeding Your Garden. MARCH 3 — 9:00AM–1:00PM. Join Pam Bennet from OSU Extension for essential garden planning tips and learn how to grow your own seedlings. Growers can increase diverse, healthy plants in their gardens, adding more to our kitchens and plate. Learn about heirloom plants and gain successful growing tips for lush gardens. All attendees will also receive free seeds!

Fruits and Berries. MARCH 24 — 9:00AM–1:00PM. Mark Meckling and Mark Langifeld of OSU extension will lead this two-part workshop about fruit and berries, the most in-demand local crop. Learn the basics of fruit tree growing and care and, plus ways to include healthy, delicious berries in your meals. You’ll also learn about the best sources to purchase fruit trees and berries in Ohio. Includes a tasting of local fruits for all attendees.

Mushrooms! APRIL 14 — 10:00–12:00. Join the owners of Green Edge Gardens to learn how to grow your own mushrooms from start to finish. The workshop will conclude by sharing a delicious mushroom and local herb pizza!

Irrigating Urban Gardens. MAY 19 — 9:00–12:00. Dr. Larry Brown and Angelica Huerta from OSU will lead this hands-on workshop to learn how to build irrigation systems that will allow you to grow higher-yielding crops with less labor!

Water Harvesting: Methods, Care and Resources. JUNE 2 — 10:00–12:00. Local experts Rain Brothers and FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed) will talk about programs for discounted or free rain barrels, how to care for rain barrels and cisterns, winterization and other helpful tips. You’ll also receive free materials for planning and planting rain gardens to direct water for your individual garden needs.

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