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.

Turner Farm 2017 Teaching Kitchen

The Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen offers a state-of-the-art learning experience where chefs and other food and wellness educators make sustainability and mindfulness into a delicious and edifying experience.

Muddlers and Mixers: Summer Cocktail Night at Turner Farm 
Friday, June 26:00-7:30 pm

Gentlemen, don your linen button down and ladies slip into a summer dress and head out to Turner Farm for a night of perfect summer libations. Turner Farm gardener and Cincinnati mixologist Joshua Jones will guide you through the step-by-step preparation of three sensational summer drinks using fresh farm ingredients.

YOU’LL LEARN TO MAKE:

Cucumber Mint Martini
A fun, light, and refreshing take on the old classic. Slightly sweet and straight from the garden, this is a cocktail you sip and enjoy on your patio as you watch the sun go down on a long summer evening.

Hickory Old Fashion
This isn’t Don Draper’s drink of choice, but rather a rustic take on the vintage Old Fashioned. With a sturdy mix of good whiskey and smoked flavor from the bark of Turner Farm’s very own hickory trees, this bold-tasting cocktail will surely keep the fire going.

Summertime Sangria
The traditional drink for those hard days at work in the berry fields. This gorgeously effervescent cocktail features crisp Pinot Grigio with a mix of berries and citrus. Sit back and relax. You deserve it!

This one-of-a-kind learning and entertainment event will also feature light appetizers for your enjoyment. Don’t miss out on these warm weather treats featuring fresh ingredients in Turner Farm’s new Teaching Kitchen and Studio Barn.

Cost: $45

Lunch and Learn: Connecting to Health through Mindful Eating
Tuesday, June 6th: 11am-1pm

Food reveals our connection with the earth. Each bite contains the life of the sun and the earth. We can see and taste the whole universe in a piece of bread. Contemplating our food for a few seconds before eating it, and eating mindfully can bring us happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh

The third installment of Turner Farm’s Lunch and Learn series will teach participants to appreciate the beautiful connection between healthy food and a calmed, tranquil mind.

Think about how often you eat in the car, at the computer, in front of the television, standing up, or rushing down the street to make a meeting on time. Eating quickly without awareness not only leads to excess calorie consumption, but also disrupts our digestion process

The antidote is mindful eating; an approach that moves beyond focusing on what one is eating to focusing on how one is eating. Mindful eating re-teaches individuals to eat consciously through simple actions such as sitting down to eat, savoring smells and textures of food, and chewing thoroughly.

In this class, mindfulness instructor Meriden Peters will present the fresh, crisp, organic ingredients for a salad and other healthful foods and have participants savor both the complexity of each taste and the joy in every moment. Meriden is a well-respected mental and public health professional who combines mind and body modalities to teach individuals and groups the techniques to optimize their well-being.

Topics include:

  • Evidence-based health benefits of mindful eating
  • Tapping into the mind/body connection
  • Awareness and gratitude
  • Practical and easily implemented mindful eating practices

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to savor and experience the taste of a fresh salad in a mindful way that will bring a sense of peace to your life.

Location: Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen and Studio Barn
Cost: $45

Turner Farm 2017 Gardening Series

Registration is now open for the first classes of the 2017 Gardening Series. All classes are $15.

For questions about the classes, contact Melinda O’Briant, Turner Farm Adult Education Director, at melinda@turnerfarm.org

Wednesday, June 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

Join Melinda O’Briant for a relaxing morning walk through the gardens at Turner Farm. On this walk, Melinda will focus on techniques that Turner Farm uses to keep vegetables productive over the longest period of time. Proper harvesting, watering, shading and succession planting will be covered. You will be able to take these lessons home to maximize your own garden yields for a steady supply of fresh vegetables all summer and fall. Come ready to ask questions about your garden. Each participant will receive a succession planting chart.

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30-8 p.m.

Learn to put cover crops to work for you this fall and winter! Cover crops suppress weeds, kill disease organisms, add nitrogen to soil and make your garden more productive and healthy next season. Melinda O’Briant will cover when, why and how to use cover crops. Each participant will receive enough fall cover crop seed to cover 200 sq. ft. of garden space.

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30-8 p.m.

Come to Turner Farm for a how-to gardening class taught by our own Melinda O’Briant. Plant now to have salads all winter. With fewer pests and weeds, it’s easy to grow lettuce and spinach in cooler weather. We will also discuss other fall and winter crops, including carrots, broccoli, kale, cilantro, arugula and more.  All levels of experience are welcome!

Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home & Community Gardener

A Series of Five Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program and hosted by the Price Hill Recreation Center.

Classes are FREE with advance registration

Beginning Tuesday, February 7 the Turner Farm Community Garden Program will offer a series of five free gardening classes for home and community gardeners.  During the five sessions we will work and learn garden basics together in the classroom and the Price Hill Recreation Center Peoples Garden.  Class topics will include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest as well as store your garden bounty.

Saturday, May 20, 10am – 1pm

Location:
Price Hill Recreation Center
959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Saturday, June 10, 10am – 1pm

Location:
Price Hill Recreation Center
959 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Would you like a Garden Bed for Your Home?

Learn-Grow-Earn Program

Participation in the Learn-Grow-Earn Program is an option for gardeners who would like to earn a garden bed for their home in exchange for participating in the garden classes, practicum and volunteer work.  Turner Farm provides, at no charge, the resources to build a raised 4×8 foot cedar garden bed.

The requirements to receive a home garden bed are attending the classes and thirty (30) hours of participation in the practicum garden training, volunteer work in a community garden and helping to build beds for others.

For more information, contact Peter Huttinger at peter@turnerfarm.org

Fruit Tree Workshop for Home and Community Gardeners

Hayfields Orchard will host a workshop on how to successfully graft fruit trees. With Hayfields Orchard’s diverse selection of fruit tree varieties, grown on a variety of rootstocks, it is an ideal location for the workshop.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Area Organic Fruit Growers and Turner Farm Community Garden Program. The workshops will be taught by David K Koester, UK Extension Boone County Agent and Hayfield orchardist Marsha Lindner, with the assistance of Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program.

Location:
Hayfields Orchard
8835 Old Indian Hill Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243

How to Register:
Workshop is open to the public, however it is limited to 25 participants so please enroll early.
To register please contact:
Marsha Lindner, Hayfields Orchard

Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the East Price Hill Community Garden and Refugee Garden Programing.

Saturday, April 1, 1-3pm

Instructor: David K Koester, UK Extension Campbell County

A hands-on workshop in grafting fruit trees – participants will receive instruction in the different techniques of grafting fruit trees. Rootstock, scionwood as well as tools will be provided for participants to graft their own fruit trees. Participants will leave with several newly grafted fruit trees to plant at home or in community gardens.

Fee: $20.

For more information please contact:

Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program
513-328-0100 mobile
peter@turnerfarm.org