2017 Class Schedule

Most courses are part of the Farm & Garden Apprenticeship but are also open to the public for $20 per session. They occur on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 pm, and will either be at EarthDance, in a public classroom or at a field trip host farm. Please register in advance. Current apprentices may bring along one guest free of charge to one session during the year. Schedule subject to change; contact programs@earthdancefarms.org for updates and class locations.

Apr.25th

 

The Real Dirt on Soil

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

May 2nd

 

 

 

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. Register HERE.

May 9th

 

 

Save the Veggies! Pest & Disease Management

Join us for a class on the preventative and action-based methods of saving your produce from various local pests and diseases with Farm Manager, Matt Lebon. Register HERE.

    May 16th

 

Preserving the Harvest with Simple Methods

Crystal Stevens and other EarthDance staff will outline the best methods to make your produce last. Register HERE.

May23rd

 

 

Permaculture 101 Part I

In this introduction to permaculture, you will learn about the function and implementation of permaculture design principles at the homestead and garden scales, as well as several examples of commercial farm-scale permaculture. Register HERE.

May30th

 

Permaculture 101 Part II

Real Earth Design founder Jason Gerhardt will further discuss permaculture design and implementation. Register HERE.

June 6th

 

Starting from Scratch: Methods of Propagation

Farm Manager, Eric, will walk through the steps of creating new plants from various plant parts. Register HERE.

  June 13th

 

 

Field Trip-Gateway Greening Bell Demonstration Garden

Tour Gateway Greening‘s urban garden featuring 20 demonstration beds and learn about all the garden has to offer to the community. Register HERE

  June 20th

 

 

Organic Fruit Production & Orcharding

Join Guy Ames of Ames Nursery and Orchard for a talk about the challenges and solutions for raising a wide variety of fruit on a small or commercial scale in the Midwest’s hot and humid climate. Register HERE.

   June 27th

 

Water Management for the Farm or Garden

Jason Gerhardt returns to the farm to teach the best practices to manage water on the farm or in the garden. Register HERE

    July 11th

 

 

Resources for the Farm or Garden

Listen in on a panel-style discussion with speakers from Gateway Greening and other organizations on obtaining useful resources to begin your farm or garden project. Register HERE

    July 18th

 

 

Field Trip: Farm Manager, Matt Lebon’s, Urban Permaculture Backyard

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

Aug. 1st

 

 

 

Field Trip to Food Roof Farm

Food Roof Farm is a project of Urban Harvest STL, founded in 2011 by EarthDance apprenticeship alumni, Mary Ostafi! Urban Harvest is a nonprofit aiming to provide food for urban dwellers in need, restore biodiversity to downtown St. Louis, and engage the community in the benefits of urban food production. Register HERE

Aug. 8th

 

Profitable Small Scale Farming

Patrice Gros will discuss the most efficient and effective practices to allow your small farm to reach ultimate abundance. Register HERE

Aug. 15th

 

 

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. Register HERE

Aug.22nd

 

 

Compost = Miracle

Farm Manager and Compost Enthusiast, 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. Register HERE

Aug. 29th

 

 

How to Farm Without Buying Your Own

Farm Manager, Eric, and Farm Apprentice and EarthDance apprenticeship alumni, Nate will discuss their farm work history and the best routes to take to find a career in the field. Register HERE.

Sept. 5th

 

 

Practical Soil Stewardship & Cover Cropping

Join us at the farm for a hands-on class on soil stewardship techniques. Learn about cover cropping, soil samples, crop rotation, and other methods of soil management used at EarthDance. Register HERE.

Sept. 12th

 

Field trip- Thies Farm & Greenhouses

Take a tour of the highly productive Thies Farm and learn about the sustainable practices they utilize. Register HERE

Sept. 19th

 

 

Marketing & Networking for Farmers or Gardeners

Join speakers from EarthDance and Gateway Greening for a panel style discussion about marketing strategies for your growing project. Register HERE