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Community Crops Workshops -- 2014

Come learn with us! Classes and workshops are offered throughout the year on gardening and farming topics, cooking, and sustainable living. Do you have an idea for a class you'd like to teach? Call us at 402.474.9802 to discuss!

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Gardening Classes

Urban Homestead Classes

View past classes here. Many will be offered again!

Gardening Classes

Keep Your Garden Producing All Fall

Saturday, September 20th, 10am-12pm

Summer will be over before you know it! Are you ready to take your gardening to the next level? Come learn how to get the most out of your garden by growing throughout the fall and into the winter. These simple steps will have you harvesting spinach, kale and radishes long after most gardens have gone into hibernation.

Nate Belcher from Eastward Gardens in Omaha will lead the class. Nate is an expert on all things organic, backyard gardening. He'll cover the basics of season extension and four-season gardening in Nebraska. The class will be held at Antelope Church of the Bretheren, 3645 Sumner St.

Register for Season Extension

The Urban Homestead Series: Transforming your Kitchen and Lifestyle

Open Harvest and Community Crops present a homesteading series for 2014! Teaching DIY and fun kitchen skills using local and healthy food, classes are $5 for CSA members, $10 for Crops participants and Open Harvest Members and $15 for general public. Those receiving financial aid from Crops may attend for free.

All classes are held at Antelope Church of the Brethren, 3645 Sumner Street, from 6-8pm. (map)

DIY Kimchi

Tuesday, September 16, 6pm-8pm

Did you know that Kimchi can be eaten fresh or fermented? Learn how to create a tasty Kimchi from great produce. This traditional Korean dish will present you with endless possibilites in the kitchen!

Register for DIY Kimchi

Cheese Pairing 101

Tuesday, September 23, 6pm-8pm

Come and learn about the complex world of cheese! Cheese buyer Izzy Koch will walk you through the basics of pairing cheese with other food, and also some factual tidbits. Come and try some awesome cheeses paired with a variety of other tastes, and up the education of your palate!

Register for Cheese Pairing 101

Community Crops classes are open to all. Prices below are standard unless otherwise notified. Cost for classes through Southeast Community College vary.

  • $15 - general registration
  • $10 - pre-paid, program participant (Gardener, Farmer, CSA Member, Volunteer)
  • free - program participants receiving financial assistance

Past Garden/Farm Classes

Composting with Worms

Have a small space? Want to compost inside over the winter? Let worms do the work for you! Make your own worm composting bin to use all year long in an indoor space to turn your kitchen scraps into natural fertilizer for your plants. Classroom participants had a great time learning about Vermicomposting and creating their own bin to take home.

Double Digging Workshop

More information on: Double Digging and Biointensive gardening, (

Drip Irrigation and Other Tools on the Market Farm

A class about how, when and why to use a variety of irrigation methods. We focused on drip irrigation and set up a system together. We also tried out several tools used by market farmers.

Small Engine Use, Selection and Maintenance

Basic maintenance and troubleshooting tips for small engines used on market farms were covered. We learned about how small engines work, and serviced a mower as a class.

Pruning, Trellising, Pinching and Mounding for Vegetable Crops

Ruth and Evrett of Common Good Farm discussed pros and cons of various plant management techniques, and demonstrated a variety of techniques commonly used on market farms. They also covered planning for succession plantings into the fall. And Ruth served her amazing lemon bars!

Harvest and Post-Harvest Handling

Class participants joined Kevin's crew at ShadowBrook Farm for the day to harvest, wash and pack an order for Whole Foods. This hands-on experience illustrated the importance of sanitation, efficiency and communication with work crews.

Kevin and Charuth have owned and operated ShadowBrook Farm for 15 seasons. ShadowBrook is a certified organic vegetable farm which sells through multiple area farmers' markets, runs a CSA and sells to many grocery stores and restaurants. They always bring high quality produce to market!

Organic Insect Pest Management

In this class we viewed many vegetable pests in action and covered principles of organic insect pest management. The class walked through the fields learning to scout for and identify pests.

Season Extension: High Tunnels, Cold Frames and Row Cover

This class outlined a variety of techniques to extend your growing season without using fossil fuels for heat.

Seed Saving Workshop

Saving seed is an ancient human activity. For thousands of years humans have diversified our diets with vegetable varieties that we have changed to reflect our environments, tastes, and cultures. This one hour seed saving workshop will cover the techniques and technologies of effective seed saving. Additionally, we will cover basic information concerning cross pollination, open pollinated heirloom varieties, genetic engineering, and garden biodiversity.

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