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Getting Started with Backyard Chickens

Considering a small, backyard flock of hens but not sure how to get started? Have a flock but also want more information about your feathered friends? If so, this is the class for you! We will learn the ins and outs of raising chickens, and the benefits of raising chickens in your own backyard. From having your own fresh eggs to enjoying "chicken TV" for pure entertainment there are plenty of reasons to have a backyard flock of your own. We will examine the basics of coop selection and design, feeding and watering, manure management, and dealing with predators. We will also present information on acquiring chickens, flock health and behavior, everything you need to know about eggs, aging hens, dealing with weather extremes, and more! Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden at Indiana University. For all ages. Instructor: Julie James

Sa 2/27 · 1-4 p.m. · Register by 2/25 (Code 46506-A)
$20/in-city, $22/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries: The Backyard Growers' Fruiting All-Stars

This comprehensive course introduces the beginning grower to the basics of successful berry production, and also helps experienced gardeners avoid common pitfalls and increase yields. Location, planting, care, feeding, pest management, pruning, and cultivars that have performed well in Indiana will all be discussed. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For all ages. Instructor: Keith Uridel, co-founder of Backyard Berry Plants, the first certified organic berry plant nursery in the U.S.

Tu, Th 3/1-3/3 · 6-8 p.m. · Register by 2/29 (Code 46503-A)
$36/in-city, $40/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Landscaping with Native Plants

Have you always wanted to convert your yard to native plants, but you are not sure how to do it or what plants you should use? This class presents the reasons and methods for choosing the right native plants for your home landscape goals. Take home knowledge of plants native to Indiana as well as practical design skills. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For all ages. Instructor: Natalie Marinova, field biologist and native plant expert

Sa 3/5 · 1-2:30 p.m. · Register by 3/3 (Code 46507-A)
$14/in-city, $15/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Eat Your Weeds

Celebrate sturdy weed volunteers! Many weeds in North America were brought from Europe by immigrants for their value in cooking and healing. This class looks at the benefits of select weeds to the ecosystem and how weeds can benefit your health. Tasty recipes for edible varieties will be shared with the class. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, the Center for Sustainable Living, and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For all ages. Instructor: Rhonda Baird

W 3/30 · 6:30-8:30 p.m. · Register by 3/29 (Code 46505-A)
$13/in-city, $15/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Companion Plants and Strong Guilds

This workshop looks at the benefits of companion planting and situating plants relative to others, both annual and perennial, in the garden or landscape for maximum benefit and production. We will look at traditional, permaculture, and biodynamic approaches to encourage health and fertility in your setting. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, and the Center for Sustainable Living. For all ages. Instructor: Rhonda Baird

Tu 4/5 · 6:30-8 p.m. · Register by 4/4 (Code 46504-A)
$12/in-city, $13/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.