Through education and example, we nurture understanding of the rhythms of nature, and our place in the natural world, fostering recognition of personal responsibility for stewardship of the land, ourselves and development of a nurturing community. From the Turner Farm Mission Statement
Turner Farm’s adult educational programing provides practical and affordable education in order to build a vibrant and thriving food and farming community in the Greater Cincinnati region.
We offer hands-on organic growing, land stewardship and natural exploration classes designed to enlighten, inspire and increase the success of gardeners and farmers in our region.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Due to the limited space availability, all payments for Turner Farm educational classes are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather, classes proceed provided that the weather is safe for visitors to be on the farm. Turner Farm reserves the right to cancel events for any reason with a full refund provided to each participant.
Turner Farm 2018 Gardening Series
Registration is now open for classes in the 2018 Gardening Series. All classes are $20.
For questions about the classes, contact Melinda O’Briant, Turner Farm Adult Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Turner Farm Studio Barn
Take this workshop and you’ll be eating red, ripe, juicy tomatoes from your garden before the 4th of July! Melinda O’Briant will spill all her secrets learned from growing tomatoes at Turner Farm more than 20 years. She will cover techniques for achieving the earliest tomatoes, variety selection for flavor and size, trellising techniques, and disease management. Light tomato-themed appetizers prepared by Chef Stephanie Michalak will be served.
Saturday, March 24, 10 am-12 p.m.
Turner Farm Studio Barn
Can the answer to reversing a decline in native pollinators be found in our own backyards? Join us for a closer look at the native bees with special guest Natalie Boyle, a researcher for the USDA’s Pollinating Insects Research Unit in Utah. With over 4,000 species described in North America, these incredible bees occur in a diversity of landscapes, ranging from forests to deserts, on agricultural lands, and in our own backyards. In this class, you will learn some simple and effective techniques to support and learn about our under-appreciated native bee communities.
Saturday, April 21, 10 am-12 p.m.
Come ready to learn how to grow fruits and vegetables in a raised wood bed. A wood raised garden bed, filled with a mixture of soil and compost, is a convenient and effective way for home gardeners to grow fresh healthy food. Although there are other techniques and bed designs that are appropriate for the home gardener, these designs borrow from traditional market gardening techniques and Permaculture practices, and will be discussed in the class.
During the class construction of a 4×8 foot cedar bed will be demonstrated. Additional topics will include choosing the right lumber and soil mix for the garden bed as well as building healthy soil using compost and green manure crops. The class is accompanied by an instructional handout.
Wednesday, May 16,6:30-8:30 pm
Butterflies need your help! Many butterfly habitats have been lost to human activities, such as home construction, industrial landscaping and conventional farming. Planting a butterfly garden is an easy way to help butterflies and to attract them to your home. This class will cover the selection of nectar plants to attract adult butterflies, selection of host plants for specific native butterflies, other butterfly needs and how to become a certified monarch waystation.
The cost of the class includes a four-pack of Milkweed to get your garden started.
6:30- 8:30 pm, Monday, May 21
Rita Heikenfeld will teach the basics of herb gardening and the benefits of cooking with herbs for healthy, delicious meals. Ron Wilson, from Natorp’s will answer all your gardening questions. A delicious salad with greens harvested from Turner Farm, fresh fruit compote with sweet herbs, Kombucha and vitamin water will be served during class. Class participants will be going home with a scoby, to start your own kombucha and some lucky participants will be taking a plant home, provided by Natorp’s!