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.

UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness Presents:

Wellness at Turner Farm Community Education Series

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

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!

6:30-8:30 pm, Wednesday, August 30 

Turner Farm Studio Barn

Bring your own container and let award-winning florist Melinda O’Briant guide your through the art of creating a beautiful, professional-looking centerpiece. We will provide the foam, tape and wire, and participants will have the chance to cut their own bright summer flowers, including zinnias, cosmos and asters. Don’t miss out on this chance to bring some of summer’s beauty into your home!


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, September 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

Turner Farm Studio Barn

Van Gogh would be envious of what you’ll do with sunflowers in Melinda O’Briant’s second floral arrangement class of the season. Bring your own large container such as a watering can, bucket or jar and Turner Farm will provide the rest! Learn how to make Turner Farm’s stunning sunflowers into a beautiful display for your home.


Wednesday, October 4, 6-8 p.m.

Turner Farm Studio Barn

Take a walk in Turner Farm’s flower garden with Melinda O’Briant and choose your own fall flowers and foliage. Miniature pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet! You can choose a pumpkin or something from home as your floral container. Turner Farm will supply the rest!


Mindful Eating Series

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. If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us would admit to doing one of those things at some point every day. Eating quickly without awareness not only leads to excess calorie consumption, but also disrupts our digestion process which can lead to negative health outcomes. Additionally, it doesn’t leave room to notice and respect the beautiful connection between food, earth, and body.

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. Scientific studies show that through these practices, individuals feel satiated sooner, consume fewer calories, and experience improved digestion.

Mindful eating is not a diet or about giving up anything at all. It’s about experiencing food more intensely — especially the pleasure of it. In the course you will be taught a variety of mindfulness techniques including eating exercises, self kindness, and guided meditation.

Weekly Sessions:

Week One: Awareness: Why do I eat? Practices for awareness.

Week Two: Curiosity: When do I eat? Practices for noticing cravings, habits, and how to use
mindfulness when you eat.

Week Three: Non-Judgment. What do I eat? Practices for working with emotions, coping with triggers.

Week Four: Being Present How do I eat? Practices to slow down, give gratitude, tips and tools for
adopting these practices into busy, modern life.

When: Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., September 12, 19, 26, and October 3

Cost: $120 for the 4-week series, $40 for a drop-in

For questions about the classes, contact Meriden Peters at

When: Tuesdays 1-3 p.m., September 12, 19, 26, and October 3

Cost: $120

When: 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, September 12

Cost: $40/participant

When: 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, September 19

Cost: $40/participant

When: 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, September 26

Cost: $40/participant

When: 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, October 3

Cost: $40/participant

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Series

Stress has been called the health epidemic of the 21st century. This four-week series provides an introduction to these simple, yet transformational practices to bring stress-reducing mindful awareness into your life.

Week One: Introduction to mindfulness, orientation to the breath, and a practice for rest and relaxation.

Week Two: Body scan meditation. Meditation on the breath. Practice for rest and relaxation.

Week Three: Practice for times of high stress or anger. Meditation on breath, sensations, and sound . Practice for rest and relaxation.

Week Four: Practice for decreased stress and increased compassion. Meditation on breath, sensations, sounds and thoughts. Practice for rest and relaxation.

When: Wednesday 6:30-8:00PM; October 11th, 18th, 25th, and November 1st

Cost for Participants: $120 for the 4-week series, $40 for a drop-in

For questions about the classes, contact Meriden Peters at

When: Wednesday nights, 6:30-8 p.m.; October 11, 18, 25, and November 1

Cost: $120/participant

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 11

Cost: $40/participant

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 18

Cost: $40/participant

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 25

Cost: $40/participant

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 1

Cost: $40/participant

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