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 2018 and check back this spring for the updated schedule!
Labeling and documentation is an important aspect of keeping an organized farm. In this class, Callie Casteel from A Greener World will introduce different techniques in this process. Grab your ticket here.
In this class focusing on crop planning, you will be walked 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 smart use of technology. Grab your ticket here.
You have a bountiful garden: even after sharing the harvest with your friends, family, & neighbors you still have products that you just can’t eat fast enough. In this preservation class, you will learn about dehydrating and freezing to make your food last longer! Grab your ticket here.
Melissa Breed-Parks, head of the MRH school district’s extensive educational garden program will lead a tour of the district’s permaculture-inspired edible schoolyards. She will discuss garden-enriched learning and youth leadership in the garden. Grab your ticket here!
Permaculture (permanent + agriculture) is a way of designing with nature in mind that involves caring for the earth and people while sharing resources. This method of growing works to conserve water usage and create less waste. This class will dive into the basics of permaculture, touch on its key principles, and walk through the function and implementation of permaculture design principles. Grab your ticket here.
Composting is a technique that uses food scraps in your garden to provide nutrients and other benefits to the soil. Custom Foodscaping founder, Matt Lebon, will share the science and benefits 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! Grab your ticket here.
No need to spend money on more perennial plants! In this class, you will learn the steps of growing new plants from plants you already have. These methods can save you money, and show you how to better utilize mature plants for a fresh new start. Grab your ticket here.
New Roots Urban Farm is an anti-profit collective that has come together because of their shared vision for human sustainability. They believe all communities of people are responsible for creating and maintaining their basic needs using methods that are sustainable to the members of their community and environment. They straddle the geographic border of two neighborhoods in North St. Louis city where they maintain and nurture a farm site, a greenhouse with an outdoor kitchen, fruit trees, chickens, bees, a few community houses, and each other. Grab your ticket here!
Water is a common thread that flows through all life. Join Eric Stevens of Flourish for a water management tour of EarthDance. He will discuss the berm and swale system, diverting water, preventing erosion, earthworks and earth shaping, and discuss the importance of no-till practices for water retention and conservation. Grab your ticket here.
One of the greatest opportunities small farmers have is extending your season. You can do this by having an earlier crop in the spring and a later crop into the fall or even into the early winter. This class will cover four types of season extension and the pros and cons of each. Low hoops, quick hoops, caterpillar tunnels, and high tunnels will be discussed. Grab your ticket here.
MARSH: Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus. MARSH is a new life-art lab site, established to research and implement bio-cultural practices. Located locally in the Carondelet neighborhood of St. Louis, but also connected globally by supporting other transitional movements lead by artists, thinkers, activists, and social practitioners. Grab your ticket here!
Miranda Dushcack, co-owner of Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Small Farm Specialist for the St. Louis region will share lessons learned from starting a commercial farm in the city. Topics include business planning, regulations, tax requirements, and budgeting. Grab your ticket here!
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. Grab your ticket here.
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. Grab your ticket here!
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. Grab your ticket here.
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. Grab your ticket here.
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. Grab your ticket here.
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.
Matt Lebon, founder of Custom Foodscaping, offers consultation, design, and installation services to realize your edible landscaping, garden or permaculture goals. Grab your ticket here!
This class follows up with the Crop Planning Part 1 to enhance previous materials covered and set crop goals. Grab your ticket here.