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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.

2020 Gardening Classes

When it’s too cold to work outside for extended periods of time, you’ll find farmers like us warming up inside with our seed catalogues and garden plans … and you can join us when we do! Get a head start on your garden this winter when you get tickets to one of our upcoming adult education classes.

Planning Your Best Garden Ever

How much space do I need for tomatoes? When should I plant onions? Is building raised beds worth it? What mistakes can I avoid? Get answers to these and plenty more garden planning questions at this class with farming mentor Melinda O’Briant. This class will cover basics such as site selection, garden placement, soil prep and basic tools, so you can plan (and plant!) your best garden ever this year. 

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8pm

Cost: $20

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A Conversation with Farmers & Market Gardeners 

Come cozy up in the Barn Studio at Turner Farm and get to know your local farmers and market gardeners. Gather around the dinner table and hear about their favorite vegetable varieties, get deer protection tips and ask your gardening questions, all while enjoying fresh-baked bread and homemade soup from the Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen.

This year’s expert panel will be moderated by Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program Director. Other panelists will include:

  • Abby Lundrigan, Turner Farm Crop Production Manager
  • Joshua Jones, Turner Farm Community Garden Manager
  • Ian Zeglin, Greenacres Manager of Garden Operations

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-8pm

Cost: $20

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Organic Gardening 101 

If you want to grow vegetables organically, start here. This class will cover the nuts to bolts of gardening without pesticides and synthetic inputs. Join Melinda O’Briant in the warm and cozy Turner Farm Barn Studio as she delves into a broad range of topics, including: organic pest control, soil health, crop rotation, cover crops, organic soil additions and weed control. Plan to leave ready to begin a new organic gardening season with confidence and knowledge!

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-8pm

Cost: $20

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Fruit Trees: Pruning, Care & Selecting Varieties

Instructed by David Koester of the UK Boone County Extension Service, this workshop includes onsite demonstration and instruction in pruning fruit trees at Hayfields Orchard in Indian Hill. We will cover the care and selection of fruit tree varieties well-suited for our region; sustainable organic biological practices, including organic sprays and treatments; and conventional approaches to orchard management. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Area Organic Fruit Growers and Turner Farm Community Garden Program. Hayfield orchardist Marsha Lindner supports instruction with the assistance of Peter Huttinger, director of the Turner Farm Community Garden Program. 

Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Turner Farm Community Garden Program.

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

Saturday, February 22, 11am-2pm

Cost: $20

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Seed Starting Workshop

Have the joy and satisfaction of starting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed. Starting from seeds gives the gardener a much better selection of plant varieties. In this class, longtime organic farmer Melinda O’Briant will share the ins and outs of this rewarding hobby. She will cover what should be started ahead of time versus what should be planted directly in the ground, as well as share the special techniques she’s developed over decades of seed starting. Students will get to plunge their hands into plenty of fluffy potting soil and take home a flat of new plants to nurture and grow.

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Cost: $20

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Fruit Tree Grafting

Join us at Hayfields Orchard in Indian Hill for a hands-on workshop in grafting fruit trees. Participants will receive instruction in the different techniques for grafting fruit trees from David Koester of the UK Boone County Extension Service. The rootstock, scionwood and tools needed to graft your own fruit trees will be provided. You will leave with several newly grafted fruit trees to plant at home or in community gardens.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Area Organic Fruit Growers and Turner Farm Community Garden Program. Hayfield orchardist Marsha Lindner supports instruction with the assistance of Peter Huttinger, director of the Turner Farm Community Garden Program. 

Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Turner Farm Community Garden Program.

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

Saturday, March 21, 1-3pm

Cost: $20

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Seed Starting Workshop

Have the joy and satisfaction of starting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed. Starting from seeds gives the gardener a much better selection of plant varieties. In this class, longtime organic farmer Melinda O’Briant will share the ins and outs of this rewarding hobby. She will cover what should be started ahead of time versus what should be planted directly in the ground, as well as share the special techniques she’s developed over decades of seed starting. Students will get to plunge their hands into plenty of fluffy potting soil and take home a flat of new plants to nurture and grow.

Saturday, March 21, 10am-12pm

Cost: $20

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All Things Tomato

Eat red, ripe, juicy tomatoes from your garden before the Fourth of July when you take this workshop! Longtime farmer Melinda O’Briant will spill all the secrets she’s learned from growing tomatoes at Turner farm for more than 20 years. Learn how to get the earliest tomato harvest, select varieties for flavor and size and trellis like a pro, plus get disease management tips. Students will take home four early season tomato plants ready for planting. 

Saturday, April 16, 10am-12pm

Cost: $25

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Create Your Own Butterfly Garden

Butterflies need your help. Many butterfly habitats have been lost to human activities like building houses, maintaining landscapes and farming with herbicides. Planting a butterfly garden is an easy way to help them, plus it means you get to enjoy more butterfly sightings in your yard. This class will cover selecting nectar plants to attract adult butterflies, host plants for specific native butterflies, other butterfly needs and how to become a certified monarch waystation. Because butterflies are attracted to flowers, it’s easy to plant a garden that both you and the butterflies can enjoy. Class includes a 4-pack of milkweed to get your garden started.

Wednesday, April 29, 6:30-8pm

Cost: $20

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