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.
2019 Gardening Class Series
Join us at Turner Farm for exciting and informative gardening classes taught by expert growers.
Rain Gardens with Kate Cook
10 am-12 pm, Saturday, March 23
Join Kate Cook of Carriage House Farm for another great event! In this class, attendees will learn about the basics of Rain Gardening and Rain Garden design. Emphasis will be on site observation, soil type identification and an overview of associated native botany. Discussion will include design tools and techniques, including Rain Catchment Systems and their uses.
Companion Planting with Kate Cook
6:30-8 pm, Wednesday, March 27
What herbs should you plant with tomatoes? How can you group vegetable plantings in order to fight pests? Join us at Turner Farm for this one-of-a-kind educational opportunity featuring renowned grower Kate Cook of Carriage House Farm. Kate brings a wealth of knowledge and growing expertise to help participants better understand practical strategies for grouping plants to maximize beneficial relationships. Don’t miss this chance to learn from one of the best!
All Things Tomato
6:30-8 pm, Wednesday, April 10
Take this worksop 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 learn from growing tomatoes at Turner Farm more than 20 years. Learn techniques for achieving the earliest tomatoes, variety selection for flavor and earliness, trellising techniques, and disease management.
In and Outside the Box: Growing Organically
10 am-12 pm, Saturday, April 27
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.
Create Your Own Butterfly Garden
10 am-12 pm, Saturday, May 4
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.