Grow Organic Educator Series

Learn organic gardening from the experts and share your knowledge with the community in this organic outreach horticultural certification program, which covers soil science to seed saving and everything in between. Complete the course and volunteer hours in a number of community projects to be certified as a Grow Organic Educator or just take the course for your own enrichment. Get gardening with GOES! Textbook and comprehensive reference notebook included in fee. There are a number of optional Saturday workshops and field trips scheduled. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, the Center for Sustainable Living, and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructors: A team of organic gardening experts

W · 9/3-12/3 · 6-9 p.m.
$125/in-city, $145/non-city - Register by 8/29 (Code: 86501-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Class does not meet on 11/26.

Thanks to the generosity of a GOES graduate, scholarship assistance is available through the Cassell Memorial Scholarship fund. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the program and are available at the Parks and Recreation office. Applicants must provide proof of income and a brief statement indicating why they are interested in completing the GOES series. For more information about applying for a scholarship, call 349-3702.

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! In this two-part series 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. The first session examines the basics of coop selection and design, feeding and watering, manure management, and dealing with predators. The second session focuses on aquiring 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 and Nature Center. For all ages. Instructor: Julie James

Sa · 9/6-9/13 · 1-3 p.m.
$14/in-city, $16/non-city - Register by 9/4 (Code: 96504-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Fall and Winter Gardening

Join Mother Hubbard's Cupboard garden program staff to learn how to extend the gardening season into the fall and winter. Participants learn how to plan a cold-season garden and to mitigate the cold temperatures with weather barriers that allow for the production of fresh vegetables when most gardens have been put to bed for the season. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Mother Hubbard's Cupbord. For all ages. Instructor: Stephanie Solomon, Grow Organic Educator and Director of Education and Outreach at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Tu · 9/23 · 6-7:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $10/non-city - Register by 9/22 (Code: 96502-A)
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, 1100 W. Allen St., Ste. A

Growing and Using Herbs

Herbs don't have to be restricted to a formal herb garden. They provide an excellent, easy-care choice for the edible landscape and reward the grower with flavorful additions to culinary creations. Learn how to grow, harvest, store, and use herbs for seasonings, tisanes, and herbal preparations such as herbal oils, vinegars, and tinctures. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For all ages. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener

Sa · 9/27 · 2-4 p.m.
$10/in-city, $12/non-city - Register by 9/25 (Code: 96505-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Introduction to Permaculture Patterns

This short workshop introduces common patterns from nature, the elegance of the patterns' ability to do work, and how we can mimic nature to solve common problems in our homes, gardens, and communities. Along the way, we find a deeper appreciation for the natural world and beautiful ways to create in our lives. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For all ages. Instructor: Rhonda Baird, permaculture designer and teacher

Th · 10/9 · 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$16/in-city, $20/non-city - Register by 10/7 (Code: 96506-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center,, 2367 E. 10th St.

Prepare to Keep Bees

Are you interested in beekeeping, but feel overwhelmed at where to begin? In order to start a healthy and productive hive in the spring, much advance planning must be done. The instructors walk you through the necessary preparation steps and offer guidance and mentoring through the IU Campus Beekeeping Program. Beekeeping is an accessible hobby for everyone and fall is the perfect time to start! Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For all ages. Instructors: Ellie Symes and George Hegeman, beekeeping educators

Sa · 10/18 · noon-2 p.m.
$10/in-city, $12/non-city - Register by 10/16 (Code: 96507-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Forest Garden Design

This course focuses on the development of the home forest garden, which incorporates fruit trees and other perennials with herbs, flowers, and annual veggies to create diverse, beautiful systems that give both fruit and friends. Classes cover basic bermaculture design tips and strategies that guide garden design and improvement. We will look at choosing species, management, pest control, and harvest. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For all ages. Instructor: Rhonda Baird, permaculture designer and teacher

$10/in-city, $12/non-city - Register by 10/16 (Code: 96507-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.