The Turner Farm Community Garden Program

The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is committed to connecting people to their food through new collaborative methods and innovative urban land use with an emphasis on sustainable biological agricultural practices, experiential learning and civic engagement.

At present the Turner Farm Community Garden Program continues its pilot garden in the East End and during the summer of 2011 developed the Winton Terrace Community Garden.  In addition we are partnering with the Franciscan Community Garden on garden training for Bhutanese refugees and neighborhood gardeners.  We are currently researching community interest, need and existing garden programs in other neighborhoods with the goal of identifying and reaching out to residents, potential organizations and diverse populations with whom to collaborate.  The purpose of the research is to avoid duplication of existing services and most importantly to better understand and identify neighborhoods with an interest in community-based gardening.

Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home & Community Gardener

Join the Turner Farm Community Garden Program for a series of six classes hosted by the Price Hill Recreation Center. During the six sessions we will work and learn garden basics together in the classroom at the Price Hill Recreation Center and the Price Hill Community Garden.  Class topics include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, planning a garden, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, healthy eating and nutrition, when and how to harvest as well as store your garden bounty.

To inspire and sustain a lifetime of gardening, our hands-on approach to home and community vegetable garden training is supported by classes to provide a foundation of knowledge and gardening projects in the community garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices – including fact sheets and diagrams.

In addition through the Learn-Grow-Earn Program participants will have the opportunity to earn a garden bed for their home in exchange for participating in the garden classes, practicum and volunteer work.

Class 1

Gardening in Partnership with Nature

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Instructors: Joshua Jones and Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Topics: Best Practices for Organic Gardening, Garden Layout, Site/Soil Evaluation, and Seed Starting

Class 2

Cultivating a Healthy Garden

Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Instructors: Joshua Jones and Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Topics:  Composting and Healthy Soil, Crop Rotation, Inter-planting and Succession Planting, Transplanting Annual Vegetables, and Preparing and planting Potatoes

Class 3

Create Your Garden Plan

Wednesday, March 6, 7 – 8:30pm

Instructors: Joshua Jones and Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Topics: Pest Management – Prevention and Organic Solutions, Introduction to Season Extension, Companion Planting, and using Cover Crops and Green Manures

Class 4

Health & Wellness / Cooking and Storing your Harvest

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Instructors: Chef Stephanie Michalak, Turner Farm, Chef and Culinary Manager

Chef Stephanie will cover how to plan a Nutritious Family Menu followed by a demonstration of techniques to Cook Healthy Meals using vegetables from your garden.

Class 5

Garden Practicum: Preparing Garden Beds, Seed Sowing and Composting

Saturday, April 6, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Instructors: Joshua Jones and Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

This is a hands-on gardening session. We will demonstrate what you learned in the classroom and give you an opportunity to learn through meaningful work.

Class 6

Garden Practicum: Planting and Cultivation Techniques

Instructors: Joshua Jones and Peter Huttinger, Turner Farm Community Garden Program

An opportunity to put what you learned in the classroom to work,  During this is a hands-on gardening session we will review and check the progression of the seeds planted during class 5 and then learn how to transplant seedlings as well as practical cultivation techniques including hoeing, trellising and mulching.

Saturday, May 18, 10:00am – 1:00pm

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

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