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MOVE GRASS CLASS: edible gardening for sustainability


This year we're trying something a little different! Introducing Move Grass Class, a series of classes designed to help you get stuff done. We believe that the best way to learn  is to do,  so each class includes a hands-on component. We've broken down our classes into five main areas. Scroll down to view our full class schedule, or view and register for our mini-series by clicking the on the titles below. Read about our teachers here!

Pricing:

Single class:
 $18

Class Mini-Series:
 Click titles at right for specific pricing

5-Class Punchcard:
 $75
10-Class Punchcard: $140
Full Series (15 classes): $165

How do punchcards work?
Class Mini-Series:

Beginners: Want to transform your regular yard into a food producing garden?


Permaculture: Want to take your vegetable garden to the next level?

Cooking: Want to transform your kitchen?

Public Gardens: Want to reclaim an unused urban space?

Orchards: Want to start an urban orchard?

>>Stay tuned for the 2015 Class Schedule <<




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Check out what 2014 brought:

Beginners Mini-Series: Want to transform your regular yard into a food producing garden?

Are you ready to start your first garden? Or maybe you've got a few containers, but are looking to start gardening in earnest for the first time. Either way, this miniseries is perfect for the beginning gardener who's looking for basic techniques to turn their thumbs bright green. 


REGISTER

February 8: Planting Seeds

Learn all about where to find great seeds, how to start them indoors to get the most out of the season, and which seeds should be planted directly in the soil after the spring thaw. We’ll also cover some basic plant biology to help you understand how it all works! Bring your own seeds for starting, or use some of ours!


March 8 or May 29: Planning and Planting

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.


April 9: Soil Rehab

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. Finally, this class inlcudes a hands-on tutorial on starting a worm bin!


June 11: Good to the Last Drop

Plants need water, just like we do! We’ll show you how to conserve this precious resource through various easy techniques. At the end of the class, you’ll also learn hands-on how  install a rain barrel!


October 4th: Extending the Season

**Note date change from Oct 1st to Oct 4th**

Not ready to give up on the garden? We’ll show you how to take your garden further into the fall with season-extending tips. Together we’ll demonstrate how to build a low-tunnel over your beds.

Permaculture Miniseries: Want to take your vegetable garden to the next level?
If you're already a vegetable gardener but want to take your skills to the next level, this miniseries is perfect for you. In these four courses we'll cover four key concepts of permaculture, a theory of ecological design that mimic's nature's own ecosystems. 

REGISTER

March 19: Permaculture Basics: Ethical Yard Design

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.


May 7: A Forest of Food: More Food, Less Work

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.


June 18: Berms, Swales, Keylines, and A-Frames--Oh My!

One of the best ways to conserve water is to keep it from flowing off your land in the first place. This can be achieved by slightly altering the shape of your space to encourage water to seep in, not run away. This hands-on class will give you the skills you need to build your own berms and swales at home!


September 27: Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur, German for “mound culture,” is a method of creating self-feeding, self-watering, season extending garden beds. We’ll go over the concepts then show you how to build your own hugelkultur with widely available materials!


Cooking Miniseries: Want to transform your kitchen?
You're a successful gardener and you've got produce coming out the wazoo. Congratulations! Now what? This Cooking Miniseries is designed to help you cook and eat healthy, delicious meals and make the most of your harvest--year round.

REGISTER

August 6: Healthy Cookin’ From the Garden

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!


September 3: Save the Food! Food Preservation

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). As a group, we’ll build a solar dehydrator--a great low-energy way to save food for later!  




Public Gardens Miniseries: Want to reclaim an unused urban space?
If you're considering starting a new community or school garden, or if you have your eye on the vacant lot next door, you'll want to take these classes. From engaging your community in the process to the logistics of soil and water, we've got you covered. 

REGISTER

January 15th: Community Organizing 101

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 nextdoor 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.


January 25th: Community Garden Design

Getting a community or school garden started can seem like a daunting task. Victory Garden Initiative will walk you through the basics of finding a space, managing the red tape, and laying out your new garden. A community garden should be functional, beautiful, and inviting; we’re here to help!


April 9: Soil Rehab: Building Soil and Rehabilitating Your Space

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. Finally, this class inlcudes a hands-on tutorial on starting a worm bin!


June 11: Good to the Last Drop

Plants need water, just like we do! We’ll show you how to conserve this precious resource through various easy techniques. At the end of the class, you’ll also learn hands-on how  install a rain barrel!


Orchard Miniseries: Want to start an urban orchard?


REGISTER

January 15th: Community Organizing 101

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 nextdoor 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.


February 15: Taming Trees: Pruning, Training, and Keeping Fruit Trees Healthy

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. As a group, we’ll visit a neighborhood orchard and practice pruning on real trees!


April 19: Grafting Workshop

Most fruit trees are grafted, not grown from seed. Victory Garden Initiative will take you through the grafting (or cloning) process of taking a small branch of scion wood from an existing tree and grafting it onto the stem and roots of another tree. We’ll practice grafting on rootstock and you’ll have a brand new sapling fruit tree to take home!


May 7: A Forest of Food

Picture a forest with many different types of plants growing at many different heights--the canopy, the woody underbrush, and even groundcovers taking up every bit of space.  Each plant has a different function in the ecosystem. Now contrast that to a typical orchard: fruit trees surrounded by grass. We’ll teach you how to grow fruit trees in food forests, polyculture plantings called guilds in which each plant supports the health of the others, and gives you food! At the end of the class, we’ll visit our emerging food forest and show you how to plant a brand new guild!


September 3: Save the Food! Food Preservation

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). As a group, we’ll build a solar dehydrator--a great low-energy way to save food for later!
 

 How do punchcards and registration work?
If you register for a specific class, a miniseries, or a full series all you have to do is come to class. We'll have your registration on file! If you choose one of the punchcards, that means you can attend any class you like, no matter which mini-series they belong to. If you have a five-class card, you can pick it up at the first class you attend and you'll get your first punch. After that, you can choose any four other classes--each time you'll get a punch. Once your card is full, you'll have to pay to attend any further classes. The more classes you attend, the less you will pay per class (unless you choose a miniseries). Here's the per class rate for each type of registration:

Single Class: $18 per class
5 Class Punchcard: $15 per class
10 Class Punchcard: $14 per class
Mini-Series: $13 per class
Full Series: $11 per class

Got questions? Feel free to contact us or phone the office at 414-431-0888.


               
Teacher Bios

Jesse Blom
has been working for 12 years as an experiential educator. He began as an outdoor and adventure educator, using the wilderness as a teaching tool. Next, he spent many years as a leadership development educator, teaching aspects of group dynamics and achieving goals, often using outdoor environments and nature as teachers of this subject matter. Now, Jesse has been working in the urban agriculture field for the past four years, specializing in converting waste to resources. His work involves teaching and training young children, teens, and adults how to work together to grow food and create change in the community. Jesse likes to use hands-on, practical methods to teach about soil-based gardening as well as water-based gardening (hydro and aquaponics).

Jesse teaches Good to the Last Drop, Soil Rehab and more.

Cullen Bosworth has over a decade of farming experience on his own sustainable farm. Before that, he was a chef for Organic Valley, and he's thrilled to be living back in the city, able to share his wealth of hard-earned knowledge.

Cullen teaches Berms, Swales, Keylines and A-Frames, Healthy Cookin' from the Garden and more.




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