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.

The Yardboy and the Cook present:
The Alchemy of Herbs and Edible Flowers,
Plus Tips for Carefree Landscape and Gardening

Monday, May 8th: 6:30-8pm

Join renowned herb expert Rita Heikenfeld and Ron Wilson of Natorp’s and 55 WKRC’s “In the Garden” for a one-of-a-kind demonstration and Q&A session. Learn how to grow, cook and use herbs an foods for your health.
Ron will answer your garden landscape questions. Rita will make a special menu for you to enjoy during the class.
Vitamin water
Mixed Greens with Herbs and Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette
Herb Roasted Turner Farm Free Range Chicken**
Fresh Fruit Compote with Sweet Herbs
**If you enjoy Rita’s chicken, be sure to stop into the Turner Farm Market after the class to get your own fresh, pasture-raised, whole chicken.
Cost: $25 per person

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

Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-noon

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.

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

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

Saturday, June 10, 10am – 1pm

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

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.

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