Classes

Offered most Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 pm, April-September throughout the apprenticeship program, the public is welcome to join our apprentices for classes on topics ranging from permaculture design to soil stewardship to preserving the harvest. See our 2018 class offerings below.

April 24, 2018 - What Farm & Why? Exploring a Diversity of Farm & Garden Models

Kaitie Adams, EarthDance Assistant Farm Manager, will explore what farming looks likes beyond EarthDance’s field. This class will focus on real-life examples of large-scale vegetable farms, orchards, pastured meat production, homesteads, and herb & flower farming, as well as examples of community-based food production. TICKETS.

May 1, 2018 - Preserving the Harvest with Simple Methods

Say goodbye to food waste. EarthDance Garden Manager, Crystal Stevens, and Managing Director, Rachel Levi will demo simple and tasty methods to make your produce last all year round.

May 8, 2018 - Field Trip: Maplewood Richmond Heights School Gardens

Melissa Breed-Parks, head of the MRH school district’s extensive educational garden program will lead a tour of district’s permaculture-inspired edible schoolyards. She will discuss garden-enriched learning and youth leadership in the garden.

May 15, 2018 - Compost = Miracle

Custom Foodscaping founder, Matt Lebon will share the science of composting, and how you can get started building your best compost pile yet! Participants will also learn how a functioning compost pile is like a dance party in an elevator.

May 22, 2018 - Starting from Scratch: Methods of Propagation

No need to spend money on more perennial plants. Farm Manager, Eric Stevens, will walk you through the steps of creating new plants from plants you or someone you know already have.

May 29, 2018 - Water Management for the Farm or Garden

Jason Gerhardt founder of Real Earth Design will teach the best practices to manage water on the farm or in the garden.

June 5, 2018 - Field Trip- Three Rivers Farm

Three Rivers Community Farm in Elsah, Illinois produces mixed vegetables for 300 CSA members on 12 acres of ground. Farmers Amy Cloud and Segue Lara will speak to the mechanization and efficiency methods that enable them to grow so much food with minimal labor.

June 12, 2018 - Introduction to Permaculture & Permie Principles

Permaculture, which is permanent and agriculture combined, is a way of designing with nature in mind involving caring for the earth and people and sharing resources. In this class, EarthDance founder, Molly Rockamann will overview the basics of permaculture and its key principles.

June 19, 2018 - Permaculture Design

Real Earth Design founder Jason Gerhardt will walk through the function and implementation of permaculture design principles. 

June 26, 2018 - Garden Design Workshop

EarthDance Assistant Farm Manager Kaitie Adams & Garden Manager Crystal Stevens will lead students through designing your own farm or garden in this hands-on class. Topics will include site selection, garden layout, top plant picks for successful produce, flower, and herb productions, and how to keep your space thriving season after season.

July 3, 2018 - Container Gardening

Do you dream of having a garden but don’t have the yard space, time, or know-how of tending a larger plot? Gardening just got easier- learn the basics of container gardening with Sister Connie Probst. 

July 10, 2018 - Field Trip: Urban Permaculture Backyard

Observe how to obtain a permaculture oasis on any scale, even in a city.

July 24, 2018 - Crop Planning

 

Matt Lebon, founder of Custom Foodscaping and Assistant Farm Manager Kaitie Adams will walk you through one of the most daunting, yet important aspects of planning your farm or garden. Learn how to set yourself up for a bountiful season through succession planting, crop rotation, and using the right technology for the job.

July 31, 2018 - The Real Dirt on Soil

Farm Manager, Eric Stevens will discuss soil ecology & how to keep it healthy.

August 7, 2018 - Uncommon Fruits of Missouri

There are native fruits in Missouri? You bet. Matt Lebon, founder of Custom Foodscaping, will discuss various native fruits for the small farm or home. 

August 21, 2018 - Farm & Garden Resource Fair

Come out to EarthDance Farm to learn about other local organizations and the resources they have to help you start your farm or garden. 

August 28, 2018 - Field Trip: Central West End Urban Farm

Vacant lot to garden. Tour the Central West End Urban Farm and learn about their community farm operation.

September 4, 2018 - Herbal Medicine 101

EarthDance Garden Manager and herb expert Crystal Stevens will teach the basics of medicinal herbs and lead a hands-on activity. Be sure to bring a mason jar.

September 11, 2018 - Business Planning Basics

Do you have a great idea for a small farm or other agriculture adventure but don’t know where to start? Liz Graznak of Happy Hollow Farm, a successful CSA and market farm, will explain the crucial process of planning a profitable farm or garden business.