Classes

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!

April 23, 2019 - Intro to Organic Farm Systems, Labeling, and Documentation with a Greener World

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

April 30, 2019 - Crop Planning Basics Part 1 with EarthDance’s Farm Team

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

May 7, 2019 - Preserving the Harvest with Eddington Farm

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

May 14, 2019 - 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 the district’s permaculture-inspired edible schoolyards. She will discuss garden-enriched learning and youth leadership in the garden. Grab your ticket here!

May 21, 2019 - Introduction to Permaculture Design with Flourish

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

May 28, 2019 - Compost = Miracle with Custom Foodscaping

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

June 4, 2019 - Methods of Propagation & Plant Starting Demo with Flourish

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

June 11, 2019 - Field Trip: New Roots Urban Farm

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!

June 18, 2019 - Water Management with Flourish

Water is a common thread that flows through all life. This class will focus on how to manage that shared resource in our urban and rural landscapes to support even more life. From home rainscaping to city-wide green infrastructure, Crystal Stevens of Flourish will teach you how to practice water management in a beneficial and effective way by examining different techniques. Merging best practices with affordable solutions, the information shared in this class is applicable to anyone, anywhere. Grab your ticket here

 

 

June 25, 2019 - Introduction to Season Extension, High Tunnels, and Greenhouse Production (Protected Cultures) with EarthDance’s Farm Team

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

July 2, 2019 - Field Trip: MARSH

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!

July 23, 2019 - Strategies for Starting Your Farm: Suggestions from Urban Buds, an Urban Cut Flower Farm in St. Louis

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!

July 30, 2019 - 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. Grab your ticket here

August 6, 2019 - 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. Grab your ticket here!

August 13, 2019 - 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. Grab your ticket here

August 20, 2019 - 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. Grab your ticket here

August 27, 2019 - 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. Grab your ticket here

September 3, 2019 - 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.

September 10, 2019 - 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. Grab your ticket here!

September 17, 2019 - 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. Grab your ticket here