2017 Community Classes
Register before 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 SeriesBuy 2 classes, get $10 off the third if registering before July 4th within Fall series
Note that discounts cannot be combined.
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
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
Backyard Fruit Trees for the Front Range - Saturday, 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
Gardening Series: Practical, Seasonal Instruction
The Gardening Series is a four-part series of classes that are designed to improve the gardening abilities of both beginning and experienced gardeners alike. The classes cover important topics in sequential order; from designing your garden space in early spring through managing pest and diseases in the summer. The classes are seasonally appropriate so that you can learn as the growing season progresses. Bring your questions and your experience (or lack thereof) as time will be set aside each class for open discussion.
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
Getting Dirty- Offered on both Saturday, April 1st 9-11:30am & Thursday, April 6th 6-8pm
In this workshop we will dive into the details about how to prepare your garden and start planting. Topics will include: starting seeds and transplants, as well as understanding soils and 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).
Keeping Up with the Weeds - 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).
Pests & Diseases in Your Garden - Saturday, 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.
SUMMER COMMUNITY 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 *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 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 Sample Menu: Carrot Salad with Harissa, Feta and Mint, Chilled Cucumber Soup, Zucchini Parmesan Crisps.
Class 4: Thursday, August 3rd, 6-8:30pm 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.
FALL FOODIE 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.
Pickling and Fermentation - Thursday, August 31st, 6-8:30 pm
Cost: $40 plus additional $15 materials fee
Instructor: Kevin Karl
Bread Making - Thursday, October 19th, 6-8:30pm
Cost: $40 includes materials fee
2017 Program Registration
- Peace Garden Programs
BVSD School Days Off
After School Garden Clubs
- New CSA member sign up list
- New Community Garden Plot sign up list
Registrations for renewals -
- CSA Share (emailed 1/15)
- Garden Plot Renewal (emailed 1/15)
We're building our Intern team for 2017!
Click here to apply for a fun, exciting, hands-on
Growing Gardens Internship!