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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 Gardens at Indiana University. Instructor: Julie James, chicken enthusiast

Sa 2/18 · 1-4 p.m. · Register by 2/16 (Code 76507-A)
$16/in-city, $18/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Spring Garden Planning in Winter

So, you want to try gardening? You may wish to save money on your grocery bill, have more control and knowledge over the food you eat, help feed the hungry, or start a new hobby. The first steps to take in any garden venture is planning. Participants in this class learn what plants will succeed in this part of Indiana, and the organic method of giving plants what they need to thrive. Discover how to start plants indoors for different types of gardens, plan a layout of your garden area, and learn what materials and tools will be useful as you get going. This class is the first of a four-part series for beginning gardeners. Co-Sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: Steven Stewart

Sa 2/25 · 1-3 p.m. · Register by 2/23 (Code 76502-A)
$16/in-city, $18/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Better Preparation, Better Results in the Spring Garden

Ready to get started in your garden? By putting in a little effort at the beginning, you'll save time and work, enjoy a better looking garden, and have a more productive harvest. Learn about how to test and prepare your garden soil, pick up tricks that will help prevent weeds, disease, and pest problems, acquire strategies around watering and nutrient delivery, become a savvy mulcher, and make the most of your available space. Part two of a four-part series for beginning gardeners. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: Steven Stewart

Sa 3/25 · 1-3 p.m. · Register by 3/23 (Code 76503-A)
$16/in-city, $18/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 exactly how to do it or what plants you should use? Listen in for the whys, hows and whats of choosing the right native plants for your yard! Landscaping with native plants is not only beneficial to wildlife, but doing so is also beneficial to the environment. Go home with knowledge of plants native to Indiana, who benefits from them, and practical design skills. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: Steven Stewart

Sa 4/1 · 2-3:30 p.m. · Register by 3/30 (Code 76506-A)
$15/in-city, $17/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

The Gardening Whodunit: Inspector Green Thumb at your Service!

"Oh no, panic time! The leaves on my plants are turning brown, wilting, and have holes in them! My garden must be dying!" It is certainly not the end. Your hard work is not wasted! Here you can learn how to investigate the crime scene. Was it a predator, disease, lack of nutrients, an overbalance in the mineral profile, too little or too much water? Learn how to figure out the cause and fix the damage without breaking your budget or harming the environment. Also, discover how to pamper those plants to ensure they can finish the race. Come find out just what your plants need to become healthy and productive again! Part three of a four-part series for beginning gardeners. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: Steven Stewart

Sa 4/15 · 1-3 p.m. · Register by 4/13 (Code 76504-A)
$16/in-city, $18/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Managing the Abundance from Your Garden All Year Long

What to do with all these zucchini! Learn how to look for optimum ripeness in your garden products, and preservation techniques and great recipes for all those tasty vegetables. Learn what you can plant for a late crop and how to prepare your beds for next season. Evaluate what did well and what could be improved. Attendees will receive guidance on how to keep the organic cycle going the whole year round. Part four of a four-part series for beginning gardeners. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: Steven Stewart

Sa 4/29 · 1-3 p.m. · Register by 4/27 (Code 76505-A)
$16/in-city, $18/non-city
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.


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Winter Woods Tree ID

Don't let a lack of leaves keep you from identifying the trees on your next winter hike. Learn how differences in bark, buds, growth habits, and even scent hold the keys to unlocking the names of trees during times of leaf-off. Dress for the weather and expect about a one-mile hike. Participants are encouraged to bring photos or fresh samples from trees at home to identify. For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 1/21 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 1/16 · Code 74010-A

Winslow Woods Park-Playground Shelter

Maple Syrup Made Easy

A maple tree is all it takes to experience the sweetness of homemade maple syrup. During this hands-on workshop, discuss tree identification, equipment, collection and sugaring techniques, and learn the history of maple syrup and sugar. Take-home instructions are supplied, along with a taste of the final product. This class is held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. For all ages; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 2/18 · 10-11 a.m.
$6/in-city, $7/non-city · Register by 2/10 Code 74009-A

RCA Community Park