The public is welcome to join our Farm & Garden Apprentices for classes offered most Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m., May-September, throughout the apprenticeship program, on topics ranging from permaculture design to soil stewardship to preserving the harvest. View our past class offerings for 2019 and check back this spring for the updated schedule!

- Uncommon Fruits for Missouri with Custom Foodscaping

There are a great number of unique fruits that are relatively easy to grow here in the hot and humid Missouri weather. In this class, you’ll learn about a myriad of uncommon fruits that are well adapted to our midwest climate. 

- Field Trip: Good Life Growing

Good Life Growing is an urban farming company that relies on aquaponic, hydroponic, aeroponic, and other organic farming methods in order to produce high-quality, local food all year round. Their social enterprise is proud to be a community-based organization that is focused on combating urban decay and food insecurity in North St. Louis. 

- The Real Dirt on Soil: Soil Health and Ecology with the Natural Resource Conservation Service

Dig into the topic of soil ecology with Doug Peterson of the  Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Currently, he is the State Soil Health Conservationist teaching staff and producers around the state about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it will take to effectively improve our soils’ health. Learn how to keep your soil healthy for a garden that thrives. 

- Intro to Herbalism with Grow Create Inspire and Flourish

Learn the magic of the medicinal properties of herbs! Founder of Grow Create Inspire 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. 

- Silvo Pasture: Vegetable and Animal Integration with the Savannah Institute

Silvopasture is a combination of forestry and livestock production. The perennial grasses grown in the forestry setting are used for the grazing of domesticated animals. Kaitie Adams,  Research and Demonstration Farm Manager at the Savanna Institute, will teach you the ways of the Silvopasture system. 

- Farm & Garden Resource Fair

Do you need help getting your farm, garden or food-based project blooming? Get the resources you need to start your new career path, build on your current growing or foodie endeavors, or just to network at EarthDance’s Farm & Garden Resource Fair! Local organizations from the food, farming, and gardening industries will be on hand to share information and job opportunities. This is a free event with no tickets or sign-up necessary. Invite your family and friends on FaceBook.

- Field Trip: Custom Foodscaping

Matt Lebon, founder of Custom Foodscaping, offers consultation, design, and installation services to realize your edible landscaping, garden or permaculture goals!

- Crop Planning Basics Part 2 with EarthDance’s Farm Team

This class follows up with the Crop Planning Part 1 to enhance previous materials covered and set crop goals.