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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!

You can sign up to get regular e-mails about upcoming workshops.

Gardening Classes

Urban Homestead Classes

View past classes here. Many will be offered again!


Gardening Classes

Omaha Gardens Tour

Saturday July 19th, 8am-3pm

Community Crops is excited to take you on a tour of some of Omaha's urban gardens! In collaboration with our friends from The Big Garden and Eastward Gardens we'll be stopping at four community gardens and learning from staff and gardeners about the sites. Crops will provide transportation to 12 attendees who register at the $20 level. Those wanting to provide their own transportation will receive a map and schedule to join us along the way.

We plan to leave the Crops office at 8am July 19th and return to Lincoln around 3pm. Before leaving Omaha, we will stop at a great local restaurant for lunch! (Price of lunch not included in registration).

Register Here

Composting

Saturday, July 12, 10 am - 12pm

Turn your kitchen and yard waste into amazing soil! Letting natural processes create compost for you is easy with techniques presented in this class.

This class will be hosted through SCC's continuing education program for a $10 fee, to register click here Keyword:Composting

Keep Your Garden Producing All Fall

Saturday, August 2, 10 am - 12pm

Extend your growing season and enjoy the benefits of garden-fresh greens, root crops, and other vegetables well into the fall and even winter

This class will be hosted through SCC's continuing education program for a $10 fee, to register click here Keyword:Garden

Class will be held at Antelope Church of the Brethren 3645 Sumner Street, Lincoln, NE 68506 (map)


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)

Raw Foods

Tuesday, August 5, 6pm-8pm

This engaging presentation on the benefits of a raw food diet will inspire you to try this healthful and delicious way of eating, and will answer the most common questions you have about raw foods. This class will demonstrate how to prepare raw foods, and provide tasty samples!

Register for Raw Foods

Canning

Tuesday, August 12, 6pm-8pm

Learn all about how to water bath can in this class -safety, equipment, techniques, and more. It's a beneficial skill to master and a great way to preserve extra vegetables you've grown during the season for winter use. You'll take home some great recipes too!

Register for Canning

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


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, (www.growbiointensive.org).

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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