Learn new gardening skills with the new Spring series of Community Teaching Garden Workshops!
GETTING STARTED IN YOUR ORGANIC GARDEN Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm For novice to seasoned gardeners seeking to improve productivity, this workshop will help you with planning and developing an organic garden, including information on acquiring good seed, preparing your soil for planting, developing an efficient watering system, and avoiding common mistakes to get you off to a good start. Bring your questions and problems, from beginning to advanced, and we will help you find a solution. Wayne Kessler of Shambani Organics is a local nurseryman known for his quality vegetable starts and an advisor to the Teaching Garden. Jim Collins is the Garden Manager. Presenters: Wayne Kessler and Jim Collins Fee: $15.00
FROM SEED TO TABLE: A SEED STARTING WORKSHOP Sunday, March 18, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Join Kalan Redwood of Redwood Seeds to learn about starting your spring and summer crops from seed. This workshop covers seeding technique for standard crops such as lettuce, onions, tomatoes and peppers as well as more unusual varieties such as orach, quinoa and medicinal herbs. Drawing from their extensive seed collection, Kalan will select her favorite varieties and participants will have the chance to seed six-packs to take home. Organic heirloom seeds will also be for sale at a discount, and planting advice is always free. Presenter: Kalan Redwood Fee: $15.00 NON-TOXIC INSECT MANAGEMENT
Saturday, April 14, 1:00 to 3:00 pmInsect problems are generally an indicator that the gardener needs to correct something out of balance. Pesticides further degrade this balance leading to more and worse problems and sending the gardener backwards in her efforts to grow nutritious food, like the children’s game chutes and ladders. Garden Manager Jim Collins will be discussing new developments in eco-agriculture and sustainable practices, as well as time-honored methods of managing problem insect populations while simultaneously encouraging pollinators and other beneficials— nearly impossible if you use pesticides. There will be ample time for questions and specific problem-solving.
Presenter: Jim Collins Fee: $15.00 PERMACULTURE: Re-THINKING THE WAY WE USE OUR YARDS Sunday, April 15, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Permaculture is the practice of working with, rather than working against nature. Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper will introduce you to permaculture philosophy, ethics, principles and goals, and teach you the basics of designing an ecological landscape. Stephanie is a certified Permaculture Landscape Designer, co-owner with her husband of Gaia Creations in Chico, providing landscape design services in Butte County and the Northern California region.
Presenter: Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper Fee: $15.00
All workshops are at the Community Teaching Garden at Shasta College