15Thousand Farmers Beginning Food Growers’ Workshop


15Thousand Farmers Beginning Food Growing Workshop

This is a beginner’s workshop to teach you how to grow your own food in your back or front yard! We’ll teach the Square Foot Gardening method as one simple method of food growing. We’ll also show you how to grow food in other simple ways, including container gardening and we’ll create a No-Dig garden. We’ll show you how to simply and easily compost your kitchen and yard scraps to build amazing soil for your food growing.

There is a $10 suggested donation per person for this workshop (sliding scale.)

Saturday, March 10 – held at:
15Thousand Farmers’ Growing Center
at Dismas/St. Ann, 1515 Algonquin Parkway
10am – noon

We’ll have Heine Brothers’ Coffee to share! Come join us to begin the new growing season. It’ll be fun!!

Fresh Start Growers’ Supply Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop


WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2012 10am-12pm

WHERE: Fresh Start Growers’ Supply

WHAT: This workshop will teach you how to do “whip grafting” where a select variety of fruit is grafter onto a compatible root stock chose for its growth characterics and resistance to disease. We will be grafting apples and pears at this workshop and you will take your grafted tree home to plant in your yard. The workshop will be limited to 20 people, so make your reservation today by emailing David Coyte at dcoyte@juno.com. Include your interest in either apple and/or pear trees.

The Clifton Orchard Project is a Sustainability Project of the Clifton Unitarian Church and is supported by a grant from Metro Councilperson, Tina Ward-Pugh. Additional workshops on other grafting techniques, tree maintenance and food preservation are held throughout the Spring and Summer. Check our website for more information and educational videos at: http:cliftonorchard.ning.com.

Vegetable Garden Design Workshop at Yew Dell Gardens


Here’s a great chance to give your 2012 vegetable garden a shining start. Spend a morning with lifelong vegetable gardener and Yew Dell’s new Garden manager Ann Mattingly to plan a garden that will be all you want it to be. Whether you are a beginner or advanced garden geek, there is always plenty to learn. Ann will cover crop selection, layouts to maximize productivity and minimize maintenance and a whole lot more.

Date: February 11

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members

Cooking from the Garden with Mark Williams at Yew Dell Gardens

Mark Williams PeaShoot & Frisee Saladw-Bacon & Honey

Among Yew Dell’s most popular classes, the Cooking from the Garden series offers Mark’s expert information in a lively interactive class. The whole while, Mark slices, dices and entertains, followed by sumptuous sampling of the seasonally inspired dishes he creates. You’ll go home with a new take on the veggie garden, a handful of recipes and enough new knowledge to make you the hit of your next dinner party!

Date: March 4

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members

Mark Winne to speak in Louisville on Food Policy

Mark Winne

What: Food Policy Forum

When: January 31, 2012

Time: 3:30-5:30

Where: Metro United Way (334 E. Broadway)

The Mayor’s Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) takes great pleasure in inviting you to our 2012 Food Policy Forum. The mission of FPAC is to develop policies in support of a just, sustainable food system that will improve public health, spur economic development in urban and rural communities and increase access to healthy food for all Louisville Metro citizens. This Forum will be an opportunity for FPAC to engage decision-makers in the community around efforts to create a healthier, local food system.

Our keynote speaker is esteemed author and food policy expert, Mark Winne, who will address the role of policy in changing our food system, our health and our lives. A panel discussion with local stakeholders will follow. Please RSVP to Josh Jennings, FPAC Coordinator, at joshua.jennings@louisvilleky.gov or 502-574-5716. Locally-sourced refreshments will be provided.