Registration for these Winter/Spring Gardening Classes Opens Dec. 6.

Getting Started with Backyard Chickens

If you have ever dreamed of having your own backyard flock of chickens, this class is for you! Learn the ins and outs 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. The instructor will cover the basics of coop selection and design, feeding and watering, manure management, dealing with predators, flock health and behavior, and everything you need to know about eggs, weather extremes and more! Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Julie James

Sa · 2/7 · 1-4 p.m.
$15/in-city, $18/non-city -
Register by 2/5 (Code: 16508-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Introduction to Permaculture Design

What is permaculture design and how does it fit into an evolving world of sustainability? This two-part workshop gives an overview of permaculture design as a tool and a network of people. In the first session we will look at design and its uses from the permaculture perspective. You will be assigned homework that is intended to help you view your home from a new perspective. In the second session, we will work on basic permaculture design based on your assessment of your own habitat. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Rhonda Baird, permaculture designer and teacher

W · 2/18-2/25 · 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$25/in-city, $29/non-city -
Register by 2/16 (Code: 16505-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Berries for the Home Garden

This two-part class covers pertinent information for the small-scale and home grower on growing blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Planting and establishment, annual care, maintaining fertility, pest management, and cultivars for this bioregion will be discussed. This class will be presented from the standpoint of the organic method of growing berries and cane fruits. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Julie James

M, W · 3/9-3/11 · 6-9 p.m.
$36/in-city, $40/non-city -
Register by 3/8 (Code: 16506-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Vegetable Garden Planning

Plan for a successful home vegetable garden with help from Mother Hubbard's Cupboard garden educators. Discuss basic organic gardening techniques and how to use strategies such as crop rotation, soil building, companion planting, and garden mapping to prepare for success with a productive garden season. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Julie James

W · 3/11 · 5:30-7:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $10/non-city -
Register by 3/9 (Code: 16504-A)
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, 1100 W. Allen St., Ste. A

Creating a Perennial Paradise

Gear up for spring with this course on perennial planting. Learn how to create landscapes that yield food, fun, and beauty. We will discuss a wide range of species and strategies for garden establishment and maintenance. In addition to indoor class time, we will take a plant walk around the Hilltop gardens to see what is emerging from winter hibernation! Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Julie James

W · 3/25 · 5:30-7:30 p.m.
$15/in-city, $18/non-city -
Register by 3/23 (Code: 16507-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.