move grass class

Can you imagine turning your backyard, or neighborhood park, or your kitchen into an urban paradise? We can. MOVE GRASS CLASSES are designed to help you help us to build communities who grow their own food creating a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all - starting with YOU!

Summer Healthy Cooking Classes (FREE!) 

6-Class Series at Concordia Gardens (July 11 - August 31)

Class 1: Salad with a homemade dressing  Monday, july 11 5:15 - 6:45 pm
 You've grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but how are you going to start using it? Learn how to make a delicious salad with a homemade dressing as well as new culinary techniques. Come out ot the garden to learn how to harvest and utilize your vegetables. 
Instructor: Chef Kevin Brown, Lake Hill House


Class 2: appetizers Date: Wednesday, july 20 12:00 - 1:30 PM
After learning to make a great salad, our cooking series continues with exploring fresh ingredients to prepare a complimentary appetizer(s). Appetizers are a staple to a great meal! Head over to the garden to learn to make 1-2 appetizers using primarily fresh ingredients that you could easily serve before any meal. 
Instructor: Chef Christopher Stoye


Class 3: Side dishes Saturday, july 30 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Salads and appetizers may be the start of a great meal, but no meal is complete without a complimentary side dish. Side dishes add nutritional value, texture, and taste to each main dish. You will learn how to prepare 1-2 side dishes using primarily fresh ingredients that will complete any main course. 
Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and  a Farm
   

Class 4: Entree #1 (lunch in the garden) Wednesday, August 3 12:00 - 2:00 pm
The perfect break from work! Our healthy cooking class series continues with the primary component to any meal: the entree. Find out what to do with all that food you grow that helps your culinary and gardening skills go above and beyond. Learn how to make a delicious entree as well as new and exciting culinary techniques.  
Instructor: Chef Cole Ersel of Wolf Peach
   

Class 5: Entree #2 (Zucchini noodles with mushroom marinara & raw "alfredo" sauce)  wednesday, august 17 5:15 - 6:45 pm

Previous classes have developed skills in salads, appetizers, and side dishes. All of these components help to develop a fantastic meal but you can't forget about the main component, the entree! This entree will be a raw vegetarian dish to fully utilize ingredients that can be grown and harvested at home. Come out to Concordia Gardens to learn about harvesting and developing a healthy meal with the ingredients you have been growing at home. 

Instructor: Chef Karen Gill of Down to Earth Chef

Register here 

Class 6: Dessert Date: TBD

Wrapping up our Healthy Cooking Class Series with a healthy and fresh dessert. What is a meal without a little sugar? These sweets will focus on alternatives to processed sugars such as agave nectar, honey, or brown rice syrup. Desserts will feature at least one ingredient from the garden. Come out to the garden to satisfy that sweet tooth! Instructor: TBD

Register here 


6-class series at north division Community center (Jan. 27 - Mar. 2)

Class 1: Design Your Edible Urban Paradise  Wednesday, Jan. 27 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain an urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Also learn how to start your compost and plan for seasonal and sustainable planting through permaculture techniques. Instructor: Gretchen Mead
Class 2: BFFs and Frenemies: Companion Planting, Pest Control and Preparing Your Garden for Spring Wednesday, Feb. 3 6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Understanding how plants can work together to combat disease is key to a successful garden. You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We'll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other to control pests and reduce the need for fertilizer. Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Class 3: Spring Training: Seed Starting and Transplanting Wednesday, Feb. 10 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Which seeds can you start indoors, and when? What about those hardy seeds that can withstand a winter chill? And how do you know when to transplant into the garden? Learn how to save money by starting your own seeds and get the low-down on transplanting! Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm

Class 4: Keeping Up With The Dandelions: Garden Maintenance Wednesday, Feb. 17 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Too many weeds? Plants not growing well? A little fungus got you down? Come and learn how to deal with common garden problems from nitrogen deficiency to improper watering. Your plants may be missing something...but with this class you'll have it all figured out! Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm

Class 5: Get BLITZed: The Nation's Largest Garden-Building Event Wednesday, Feb. 24 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Get all the details about how to get a garden or volunteer during our Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ, the nation's largest garden-building event. Come learn why the BLITZ is as Milwaukee as beer or cheese! Instructor: Kelly Moore Brands

Class 6: Guiding Gardeners: How to Be A Mentor Wednesday, March 2 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Are you a font of gardening knowledge? Even just know a little about throwing some seeds in the ground and watching them grow? Learn how to be an effective mentor to new gardeners. You'll even get the chance to be paired up with a new gardener and show them your veggie expertise throughout the growing season! Instructor: Kelly Moore Brands

Single Classes (Spring 2016)

DESIGN YOUR EDIBLE URBAN PARADISE

Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain an urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Also learn how to start your compost and plan for seasonal and sustainable planting through permaculture techniques. 
Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Date: Saturday, January 30th 
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

BFFs and Frenemies: Companion Planting, Pest control and preparing your garden for spring

Understanding how plants can work together to combat disease is key to a successful garden. You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We will show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other to control pests and reduce the need for fertilizer. 

Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Date: Monday, February 8th  
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

Spring training: Seed starting and transplanting

Which seeds can you start indoors, and when? What about those hardy seeds that can withstand a winter chill? And how do you know when to transplant into the garden? Learn how to save money by starting your own seeds and get the low-down on transplanting! 

Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Date: Saturday, February 13th   
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

Small is beautiful: Microgreens

Microgreens are the most nutritious vegetables on earth and thus are very popular with holistic health enthusiasts and lovers of good, raw, natural, living food. Did you know that YOU can easily and quickly grow huge amounts of them in controlled indoor places such as your home all year round? No matter the size of your apartment or house, you can be a farmer all year round! Come learn how to effectively grow microgreens and be inspired by a man that has a passion for growing microgreens and living sustainably.

Instructor: Farmer Tony Farrell
Date: Monday, February 22nd   
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

forest of food: permaculture basics

Have you heard about permaculture and are curious to learn more? Permaculture is a design theory based on mimicking nature’s ecosystems. In nature, plants and animals work together to create a sustainable system.  We'll teach you how to group plants together to make the best use of your small space and reinforce the health of your valuable edibles! We’ll also discuss how to plant a “food forest” around fruit trees.

Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Date: Monday, February 29th   DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, March 30
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

butterflies, bees and birds: Pollinator-friendly plants

Using nature’s design, we will teach you how to integrate pollinator-friendly plants into your garden. Following the principles of permaculture, you’ll have better fruits, healthier plants, fewer pests, and won’t need to fertilize! Let nature be the farmer.  

Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Date: Saturday, March 12th  DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, March 23rd
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM TIME CHANGE: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

keeping up with the dandelions: Garden Maintenance

Too many weeds? Plants not growing well? A little fungus got you down? Come and learn how to deal with common garden problems from nitrogen deficiency to improper watering. Your plants may be missing something...but with this class you’ll have it all figured out!

Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Date: Monday, March 14th  DATE CHANGE to Monday, March 7th
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

The right cuts: tree care and pruning

The key to getting great fruit production from your trees is to keep them healthy and well-maintained. Victory Garden Initiative’s experts will go through disease prevention, when (and how) to seek expert advice for tree diseases, and then move on to pruning techniques that can keep your trees manageable and productive.

Instructor: Arborist Andy DiMezza
Date: Saturday, March 19th
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

seed saving and seed swap

As humans have done for centuries, come learn a few basic tips and techniques for saving seeds from your garden. Also, bring any extra seeds you have to swap with friends and neighbors and go home with an abundance of seeds for next year! We'll even bring ours to share.

Instructor: Polly Muradas of Two Girls and a Farm
Date: Monday, March 28th
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Beulah Brinton Community Center 
2555 S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Cost: $8 (Milwaukee Resident) / $12 (Non-Resident)

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Community Organizing 101

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Bringing a community together around growing food can be quite a challenge in this day and age, when people know the characters on sitcoms better than their next-door neighbors. This crash-course in community organizing will give you some tools of the trade to work with. We’ll practice talking about the food system and how growing food can be a fun, healthy way to build community. This course is great for those trying to start (or improve) a community garden or neighborhood orchard. Instructor :: Erika Wolf

Microgreens

Saturday, February 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

No matter the size of your apartment or house, you can be a farmer year round! Come learn how to effectively grow microgreens and be inspired by a man that has a passion for growing micro greens and living sustainably. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Planning and Planting

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Planning and Planting

Saturday, March 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Taming Trees, Healthy Trees

Wednesday, April 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

The key to getting great fruit production from your trees is to keep them healthy and well-maintained. We’ll go through disease prevention, when (and how) to seek expert advice for tree diseases, and then move onto pruning techniques that can keep your trees manageable and productive. Instructor :: Michaela Molter

Milwaukee Food Ordinances

Wednesday, April 11

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Come learn from a member of the city of Milwaukee's Home Gr/own initiative to learn about ways in which you can work with the city to repurpose vacant lots in your neighborhood to "spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. Instructors :: Tim McCollow & Dan Graves

Forest of Food

Saturday, April 15

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

In nature, plants and animals work together to create a sustainable system. We’ll teach you how to group plants together to make the best use of your small space and reinforce the health of your valuable edibles! At the end of the class, we’ll demonstrate how to plant a “food forest” around some of our fruit trees. Instructors :: Ryan Dale

Get Dirty with Victory Garden Initiative

April 18

Help us plant orchard trees around Milwaukee. Get hands on experience 

May 9 - 23

Permaculture Basics

Saturday, May 30

9:00 am - Noon

Jazz Gallery

Have you heard about permaculture and are curious to learn more? Permaculture is a design theory based on mimicking nature’s ecosystems. Learn how to use permaculture’s ethics and principles to create a more sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Bee Keeping 101

Wednesday, June 3

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Interested in beekeeping but don't know where to begin? Come spend some time learning with Charbee to get the basics of beekeeping including the hive, general care, and how to be a part of their important role in the worldwide ecosystem. Instructor :: Charlie Koenen

Soil Rehab

Saturday, June 13

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Great vegetables start with awesome soil. Many urban lots are contaminated with lead or other toxins; this class will discuss how to handle soil contaminants. We’ll also cover how to identify soil types and improve your soil through basic techniques like composting, mulching, vermicomposting, and using natural fertilizers. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Fall Gardening – Starting Early!

Wednesday, July 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Greens and peas in November? Crazy! This class will give you the tools you need to plan ahead for an abundant fall harvest that will reap round two on the summer beets, greens, and other favorites. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, July 18

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Design Your Urban Paradise

Wednesday, August 8

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery 

Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain a urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Seed Saving / Seed Swap

Saturday, August 29

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

As humans have done for centuries, come learn a few basic tips and techniques for saving seeds from your garden. Also, bring any extra seeds you have to swap with friends and neighbors and go home with an abundance of seeds for next year! Instructor :: Dan Graves

Food Preservation

Wednesday, September 2

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: TBD

With some time and planning ahead, you can eat from your garden year-round! We’ll go over the basics of “putting food by,” including what freezes well, what you can dehydrate, and what can be canned (sealed in jars). Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, September 19

9:00 – Noon

Location: TBD

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Winter Garden Prep

Saturday, October 24

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

It is time to get your garden ready for winter. What is the best way to do it? Discover techniques that build soil fertility, protect your soil create biomatter, and are easy to do. Join us as we "put our gardens to rest." Instructor :: Dan Graves

Worm Composting

Wednesday, November 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Don't have a place for all of those fruit and vegetable scraps? Come learn how to transform this "waste" (treasure) into garden gold. Techniques covered include vermicomposting and composting in your yard. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Making Salves

Saturday, November 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

Dandelion, Honey, Lemon, Tea Tree. Using essential oils, learn how to make your own salves to heal body and soul. Walk away you’re your own salves! Instructor :: Charlie Koenen  

Community Organizing 101

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Bringing a community together around growing food can be quite a challenge in this day and age, when people know the characters on sitcoms better than their next-door neighbors. This crash-course in community organizing will give you some tools of the trade to work with. We’ll practice talking about the food system and how growing food can be a fun, healthy way to build community. This course is great for those trying to start (or improve) a community garden or neighborhood orchard. Instructor :: Erika Wolf

Microgreens

Saturday, February 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

No matter the size of your apartment or house, you can be a farmer year round! Come learn how to effectively grow microgreens and be inspired by a man that has a passion for growing micro greens and living sustainably. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Planning and Planting

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Planning and Planting

Saturday, March 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Taming Trees, Healthy Trees

Wednesday, April 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

The key to getting great fruit production from your trees is to keep them healthy and well-maintained. We’ll go through disease prevention, when (and how) to seek expert advice for tree diseases, and then move onto pruning techniques that can keep your trees manageable and productive. Instructor :: Michaela Molter

Milwaukee Food Ordinances

Wednesday, April 11

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Come learn from a member of the city of Milwaukee's Home Gr/own initiative to learn about ways in which you can work with the city to repurpose vacant lots in your neighborhood to "spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. Instructors :: Tim McCollow & Dan Graves

Forest of Food

Saturday, April 15

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

In nature, plants and animals work together to create a sustainable system. We’ll teach you how to group plants together to make the best use of your small space and reinforce the health of your valuable edibles! At the end of the class, we’ll demonstrate how to plant a “food forest” around some of our fruit trees. Instructors :: Ryan Dale

Get Dirty with Victory Garden Initiative

April 18

Help us plant orchard trees around Milwaukee. Get hands on experience 

May 9 - 23

Permaculture Basics

Saturday, May 30

9:00 am - Noon

Jazz Gallery

Have you heard about permaculture and are curious to learn more? Permaculture is a design theory based on mimicking nature’s ecosystems. Learn how to use permaculture’s ethics and principles to create a more sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Bee Keeping 101

Wednesday, June 3

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Interested in beekeeping but don't know where to begin? Come spend some time learning with Charbee to get the basics of beekeeping including the hive, general care, and how to be a part of their important role in the worldwide ecosystem. Instructor :: Charlie Koenen

Soil Rehab

Saturday, June 13

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Great vegetables start with awesome soil. Many urban lots are contaminated with lead or other toxins; this class will discuss how to handle soil contaminants. We’ll also cover how to identify soil types and improve your soil through basic techniques like composting, mulching, vermicomposting, and using natural fertilizers. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Fall Gardening – Starting Early!

Wednesday, July 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Greens and peas in November? Crazy! This class will give you the tools you need to plan ahead for an abundant fall harvest that will reap round two on the summer beets, greens, and other favorites. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, July 18

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Design Your Urban Paradise

Wednesday, August 8

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery 

Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain a urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Seed Saving / Seed Swap

Saturday, August 29

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

As humans have done for centuries, come learn a few basic tips and techniques for saving seeds from your garden. Also, bring any extra seeds you have to swap with friends and neighbors and go home with an abundance of seeds for next year! Instructor :: Dan Graves

Food Preservation

Wednesday, September 2

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: TBD

With some time and planning ahead, you can eat from your garden year-round! We’ll go over the basics of “putting food by,” including what freezes well, what you can dehydrate, and what can be canned (sealed in jars). Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, September 19

9:00 – Noon

Location: TBD

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Winter Garden Prep

Saturday, October 24

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

It is time to get your garden ready for winter. What is the best way to do it? Discover techniques that build soil fertility, protect your soil create biomatter, and are easy to do. Join us as we "put our gardens to rest." Instructor :: Dan Graves

Worm Composting

Wednesday, November 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Don't have a place for all of those fruit and vegetable scraps? Come learn how to transform this "waste" (treasure) into garden gold. Techniques covered include vermicomposting and composting in your yard. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Making Salves

Saturday, November 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

Dandelion, Honey, Lemon, Tea Tree. Using essential oils, learn how to make your own salves to heal body and soul. Walk away you’re your own salves! Instructor :: Charlie Koenen  

Community Organizing 101

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Bringing a community together around growing food can be quite a challenge in this day and age, when people know the characters on sitcoms better than their next-door neighbors. This crash-course in community organizing will give you some tools of the trade to work with. We’ll practice talking about the food system and how growing food can be a fun, healthy way to build community. This course is great for those trying to start (or improve) a community garden or neighborhood orchard. Instructor :: Erika Wolf

Microgreens

Saturday, February 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

No matter the size of your apartment or house, you can be a farmer year round! Come learn how to effectively grow microgreens and be inspired by a man that has a passion for growing micro greens and living sustainably. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Planning and Planting

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Planning and Planting

Saturday, March 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Taming Trees, Healthy Trees

Wednesday, April 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

The key to getting great fruit production from your trees is to keep them healthy and well-maintained. We’ll go through disease prevention, when (and how) to seek expert advice for tree diseases, and then move onto pruning techniques that can keep your trees manageable and productive. Instructor :: Michaela Molter

Milwaukee Food Ordinances

Wednesday, April 11

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Come learn from a member of the city of Milwaukee's Home Gr/own initiative to learn about ways in which you can work with the city to repurpose vacant lots in your neighborhood to "spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. Instructors :: Tim McCollow & Dan Graves

Forest of Food

Saturday, April 15

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

In nature, plants and animals work together to create a sustainable system. We’ll teach you how to group plants together to make the best use of your small space and reinforce the health of your valuable edibles! At the end of the class, we’ll demonstrate how to plant a “food forest” around some of our fruit trees. Instructors :: Ryan Dale

Get Dirty with Victory Garden Initiative

April 18

Help us plant orchard trees around Milwaukee. Get hands on experience 

May 9 - 23

Permaculture Basics

Saturday, May 30

9:00 am - Noon

Jazz Gallery

Have you heard about permaculture and are curious to learn more? Permaculture is a design theory based on mimicking nature’s ecosystems. Learn how to use permaculture’s ethics and principles to create a more sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Bee Keeping 101

Wednesday, June 3

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Interested in beekeeping but don't know where to begin? Come spend some time learning with Charbee to get the basics of beekeeping including the hive, general care, and how to be a part of their important role in the worldwide ecosystem. Instructor :: Charlie Koenen

Soil Rehab

Saturday, June 13

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Great vegetables start with awesome soil. Many urban lots are contaminated with lead or other toxins; this class will discuss how to handle soil contaminants. We’ll also cover how to identify soil types and improve your soil through basic techniques like composting, mulching, vermicomposting, and using natural fertilizers. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Fall Gardening – Starting Early!

Wednesday, July 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Greens and peas in November? Crazy! This class will give you the tools you need to plan ahead for an abundant fall harvest that will reap round two on the summer beets, greens, and other favorites. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, July 18

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Design Your Urban Paradise

Wednesday, August 8

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery 

Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain a urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Seed Saving / Seed Swap

Saturday, August 29

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

As humans have done for centuries, come learn a few basic tips and techniques for saving seeds from your garden. Also, bring any extra seeds you have to swap with friends and neighbors and go home with an abundance of seeds for next year! Instructor :: Dan Graves

Food Preservation

Wednesday, September 2

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: TBD

With some time and planning ahead, you can eat from your garden year-round! We’ll go over the basics of “putting food by,” including what freezes well, what you can dehydrate, and what can be canned (sealed in jars). Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, September 19

9:00 – Noon

Location: TBD

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Winter Garden Prep

Saturday, October 24

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

It is time to get your garden ready for winter. What is the best way to do it? Discover techniques that build soil fertility, protect your soil create biomatter, and are easy to do. Join us as we "put our gardens to rest." Instructor :: Dan Graves

Worm Composting

Wednesday, November 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Don't have a place for all of those fruit and vegetable scraps? Come learn how to transform this "waste" (treasure) into garden gold. Techniques covered include vermicomposting and composting in your yard. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Making Salves

Saturday, November 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

Dandelion, Honey, Lemon, Tea Tree. Using essential oils, learn how to make your own salves to heal body and soul. Walk away you’re your own salves! Instructor :: Charlie Koenen  

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