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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

Starting a Garden without Digging or Tilling

Wednesday, April 9th, 7:00-9:00pm, Southeast Community College

Discover how to start a garden without much money and how to use resources from around your home or neighborhood. It's so easy even children can do it!

Register on-line through Southeast Community College - click Register Now and enter "Garden" as the keyword to find the class.

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

Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation

Got coffee grounds and soy-ink phonebooks? Then you should be eating gourmet mushrooms. We'll be demonstrating methods of how to produce edible mushrooms in your own home on waste products.

Class is Sold Out!

Magical Microgreens

Tuesday, May 6, 6pm-8pm

Learn all about nutrient-rich microgreens - a tiny salad green packed with big flavor. In this class, we'll make a simple light table suitable for growing in your home, taste a variety of greens, and plant some for you to take home. Microgreens are easy, nutritious, and delicious!

Register for Magical Microgreens

Getting the Most Out of Your CSA

Tuesday, May 20, 6pm-8pm

Did you join a CSA this year? Learn more about the history of CSA, what to expect from the season, how to manage your share, and take home customizable recipes. We'll have a typical spring 'box' to check out, and we'll make something delicious with it!

Register for Getting the Most Out of Your CSA

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

  • $15 - at the door
  • $12 - pre-paid 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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