Urban Harvest Classes January - June, 2020

January 1, 2020 @ 1:21PM — June 30, 2020 @ 1:20PM

2020 Classes (Scroll down to view class descriptions)

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GROWING ORGANIC VEGETABLES SERIES (10-Thurs. starts 1/9/20 - 5/14/20) UNIV. OF HOUSTON, CENTRAL, Charles McElhinney Hall, Room 113

This lecture series covers everything you want to know about growing vegetables organically. Topics include the advantages of organic and ecological approaches over chemicals; vegetable garden design; irrigation and drainage; soil fertility, mulches and composts; organic pest control; seeds, transplants, where to get them and how to plant them. The last half is a detailed discussion of selecting, growing and using the many varieties of vegetables, annual herbs, and melons.

Those who complete this 25 hour class series will become certified Organic Vegetable Specialists. This is a series of ten classes and may not be taken individually. Assignments for the class include the reading of Dr. Bob Randall's book, Year-Round Food Gardening for Houston and Southeast Texas. Cost of the book is $55, no tax.

SCHEDULE: Thursdays, 2020 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm,

  • Class 1 January 9
  • Class 2 January 23
  • Class 3 February 6
  • Class 4 February 20
  • Class 5 March 5
  • Class 6 March 19
  • Class 7 April 2
  • Class 8 April 16
  • Class 9 April 30
  • Class 10 May 14

For a more in depth outline of what is covered, go to the "Education & Classes" tab at the top of the Urban Harvest website, select "Certificate Courses," and "Growing Organic Vegetables Class Series." There are no refunds on classes.

FRUIT TREE TRAINING & PRUNING CLASS SERIES
SAT. 1/11, 1/25 & 2/8/20, 10:00AM - 12:30PM Class 1:
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE ; Classes 2 & 3: Instructor’s Home Orchard $90

This series consists of three classes that will start with a two and a half hour lecture style class designed to teach you the principles of pruning and training your fruit trees.

The following two classes will be held at a private home orchard and will demonstrate to you how to prune all of the basic fruits that grow in the Houston and surrounding areas. Since classes 2 and 3 are taught outside you will need to dress appropriately for the weather.
Sat. 1/11: Class 1 is a classroom talk and photo demo on basic ideas such as: pruning tools and equipment, proper cutting techniques, timing, how to plan each tree’s next year production, and the many goals of fruit pruning for both young and mature plants. As time permits, the class will explain details about training and pruning the commonly grown fruits.
Sat. 1/25: Class 2 and Sat. 2/8: Class 3 are in the instructor's backyard orchard, using what was discussed in Class 1 to study the application to particular fruits. Class 1 is a prerequisite. Class 2 explains pears, apples, berries, peaches and plums by demonstrating on specific plants what should be done. Class 3 continues with persimmons, grapes, citrus, pomegranates, figs, and as time permits other semi-tropicals.

There are no refunds on classes.

GROWING FRUIT TREES IN SMALL SPACES
SAT. 1/18/20, 9:30 - 11:30AM
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE; $30

These techniques will allow homeowners with the smallest urban lots to grow fruitful gardens of increased variety and beauty. This system, also known as high density orchard, enables the urban gardener to quadruple the variety of fruit they can grow without buying a single square foot of land. Maintenance is made easier by employing simple changes in the way home orchard management is approached. Practical and decorative techniques are included. Fruits covered include stone and pome fruits as well as tropical fruits and small bush fruits and berries.

Indoor presentation. Class ticket may be used to tour museum permanent exhibits. There are no refunds on classes.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING THROUGH PERMACULTURE #1
SUN. 1/19/20, 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Home Orchard (address will be emailed the Fri beforehand), $55

Permaculture is a design methodology that focuses on sustainable practices and uses effective principles and processes found in nature to inform design decisions. In a post-Harvey Houston, permaculture principles directly address the ways to be more sustainable and flood resistant in both garden and home design. In this class, the design principles of permaculture are explained, observed and illustrated in a series of breakout sessions at a house and garden remodeled to reflect permaculture sustainability principles.

Students should be prepared to walk about an urban garden and should have clothing appropriate for the weather.

Required prerequisite to taking other permaculture classes.

There are no refunds on classes.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING THROUGH PERMACULTURE #2
SUN. 1/26/20, 12:30PM - 5:30PM
UNIV. OF HOUSTON, CENTRAL Charles McElhinney Hall, Room 106, $65

In this classroom presentation, we further explore the use of principles demonstrated in the previous class. We begin to design home sites using permaculture design principles. These connect and integrate food with housing and nature. We also explain permaculture's approach to sustainability and the series of classes we use to teach it, as well as how students can get the International Permaculture Designer's Certificate.

Required prerequisite class before taking the permaculture class series.

There are no refunds on classes

DESIGNING OUR GREEN HOMES & COMMUNITIES THROUGH PERMACULTURE CLASS SERIES
SAT 2/1/20 AND 6 - SUNDAYS (SKIP 2/16) 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15/20
UNIV. OF HOUSTON, CENTRAL, Charles McElhinney Hall, Room 106 and JAPHET CREEK CLASSROOM $305

Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1 & 2 are prerequisites for any part of this module. In a world of climate change threats and unstable oil producing regions, it is essential that our homes and communities change to become more energy efficient. This course helps us get there. Designing Our Green Homes and Communities is one of five modules in the permaculture design certificate course, and is open to anyone who has completed Module 1: Sustainable Living Through Permaculture Classes 1 and 2. No city planning, engineering or architectural knowledge is assumed.

#1 Sat, Feb 1, 9:30am - 1:30pm; Univ of Hou (Smart Communities)
#2 Sun, Feb 2, 1pm - 5pm; Tour of Houses (Urban Ecohouse Tours)
#3 Sun, Feb 9, 12 - 4pm; Japhet Creek(The Urban Ecohouse)
SKIP 2/16/20
#4 Sun, Feb 23, 12 - 4pm Japhet Creek (Renewable Energy & Natural Building)
#5 Sun, Mar 1, 10 - 5pm Animal Farm (Hands on Renewable Energy & Natural Building)
#6 Sun, Mar 8, 12 - 4pm Japhet Creek (Bioregional organizing, Economics and Design)
#7 Sun, Mar 15, 10 am - 3pm Japhet Creek (Tomorrow's Ecovillages & Sustainable Communities)

There are no refunds on classes.

URBAN HARVEST EDIBLE ACADEMY: SPRING GARDENING AND NUTRITION EDUCATION
SAT 2/8/2020, 9:00AM – 1:00PM GREGORY-LINCOLN EDUCATION CENTER PVA, $50

A 4-hour teacher garden workshop of seed-to-plate lessons! In the garden, we will prepare beds for spring weather planting and enjoy a seasonal harvest. After we wash up, participants will put on chef aprons in the culinary classroom and prepare a tasty recipe with the garden produce for a light lunch. 4 CPE's.

There are no refunds on classes.

IN THE GARDEN: SPRING VEGETABLE PLANTING
WEDS 2/12/20, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
MCGOVERN CENTENNIAL FAMILY GARDENS $20

This class is for newer gardeners. We will demonstrate and students will participate in soil building and management, fertilization, composting, mulching and planting with seed and transplants to have the experience of gardening.

The foundation for growing healthy, nutrient dense vegetables is healthy soil - structure, chemistry and as important are supporting microscopic soil organisms. The basics of growing vegetables will be covered in the presentation, with the handout providing what vegetable varieties to plant in the spring gardens. There will not be time in the presentation for specific questions about your garden, but the instructor will stay afterwards and answer your questions.

This class is hands-on for about 30 minutes, with a presentation at the garden. Be ready to get dirty! Sponsored by Hermann Park Conservancy. Limited to 20 participants, no walk ins.

There are no refunds on classes.

BASIC FRUIT TREE CARE & PLANTING SAT. 2/22/20, 9:30AM - 12:00PM, HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE $30

This class will teach you the basics of fruit tree selection, planting, care, and maintenance. We will cover temperate fruit trees, citrus, and the semi-tropical varieties that are appropriate for our area.

Indoor presentation. Class ticket may be used to tour museum permanent exhibits.There are no refunds on classes.

BASIC ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING, SAT 2/29/19, (RESCHEDULED TO 4/4/20 Due to Water Pipe Break) 9:30AM - 12:00PM, HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE, $30 CANCELLED

This is an introductory class to growing vegetables organically in Houston, with all of its climate challenges. Growing your own food can be rewarding in many ways---a healthy family activity, fresh air and exercise, as well as better food quality and lower food costs. In this class, you will learn how to select the site, build the beds, plant, care & maintain a vegetable garden.

Indoor presentation. Cass ticket may be used to tour museum permanent exhibits. There are no refunds on classes.

IN THE GARDEN: SPRING VEGETABLE PLANTING, SAT 3/7/20, 9:30AM - 11:00AM, MCGOVERN CENTENNIAL FAMILY GARDENS $20

This class is for newer gardeners. We will demonstrate and students will participate in soil building and management, fertilization, composting, mulching and planting with seed and transplants to have the experience of gardening.

The foundation for growing healthy, nutrient dense vegetables is healthy soil - structure, chemistry and as important are supporting microscopic soil organisms. The basics of growing vegetables will be covered in the presentation, with the handout providing what vegetable varieties to plant in the spring gardens. There will not be time in the presentation for specific questions about your garden, but the instructor will stay afterwards and answer your questions.

This class is hands-on for about 30 minutes, with a presentation at the garden. Be ready to get dirty! Limited to 20 participants, no walk ins.

There are no refunds on classes.

STARTING A COMMUNITY OR SCHOOL GARDEN WORKSHOP--CANCELLED
SAT. 3/14/20 8:30AM - 2:30PM
UNIV. OF HOUSTON, DOWNTOWN, Academic Bldg, Room TBD, $20

There are many reasons for starting a community garden: creating a strong sense of community and stewardship; developing a community's identity and spirit; providing a space for communities to grow safe, nutritious food; empowering communities with the knowledge to grow their own food and offering education and support to manage the food they grow and their own health.
In this comprehensive workshop, the presenters will take you through the process of building community, setting goals and exploring funding options, to the nuts and bolts of creating the garden and helping to ensure its sustainability.
Morning snacks and drinks will be provided - please bring your own sack lunch.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration check in is from 8:30 -8:45. Workshop to start at 8:45am with introductions.
Indoor Presentation. Class is hosted by University of Houston/Downtown, Office of Sustainability.

RESTORING NATURE THROUGH PERMACULTURE SERIES, 4 - SUNDAYS: 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26, JAPHET CREEK CLASSROOM , $190 CANCELLED

This four class module is open to anyone who has completed our prerequisite classes: Sustainable Living Through Permaculture classes 1 & 2. No ecology or nature training is necessary. In this module we will combine nature study at area prairies, woodlands, and watersheds with class sessions that explore restoration permaculture and its implications for sustaining our planet. We will plan and carry out a restoration project at a local site. Bring a sack lunch to our classes 1 & 4. At these classes, students should wear clothing appropriate for the weather and closed toe shoes. Be ready to get dirty at our class 4 restoration project.

  • Class 1: Ecosystems, Sunday, March 29, 12 - 5:00pm Japhet Creek Community Classroom
  • Class 2: Texas Ecosystems, Sunday, April 5, 12 - 4:30pm Japhet Creek Community Classroom
  • Class 3: Restoring Nature Field Trip, Sunday, April 19, 10:00am - 3pm Shlenker School, 5600 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096
  • Class 4: Restoration Project, Sunday, April 26, 10am - 5pm Japhet Creek restoration project 

There are no refunds on classes.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES, SAT. 4/18/20, 9:30AM - 11:30AM, HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE, MORAN HALL, $30 CANCELLED

In making the most of our small spaces, it's a good idea to think about an edible landscape. This class will discuss the basics of good landscape design based on sound gardening principles and aesthetic beauty. Included will be instruction on how to design the basic components of the garden space and how to accomplish much of this through the use of food plants - from traditional vegetable crops to edible flowers, fruit trees and more.

Indoor presentation. Class ticket may be used to tour museum permanent exhibits.There are no refunds on classes.

SQUARE FOOT GARDENING, SAT. 5/9/20, 9:30AM - 11:30AM, HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE, $30 CANCELLED

Square Foot Gardening is a simple method for planting seeds in a specific way in a raised bed garden. However, this class is designed for Houston's deluge/drought rainfall, heat and humidity; information not included on the internet when you read about square foot gardening. You will learn alternative methods for making a raised bed, what soils and augmentations to utilize, and then specific planting methodologies which will allow you to maximize your garden's productivity in a small space.

Indoor presentation. Class ticket may be used to tour museum permanent exhibits.There are no refunds on classes.

IN THE GARDEN: SUMMER VEGETABLE PLANTING CANCELLED
WEDS 5/13/20, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
MCGOVERN CENTENNIAL FAMILY GARDENS $20

This class is for newer gardeners. We will demonstrate and students will participate in soil building and management, fertilization, composting, mulching and planting with seed and transplants to have the experience of gardening.

The foundation for growing healthy, nutrient dense vegetables is healthy soil - structure, chemistry and as important are supporting microscopic soil organisms. The basics of growing vegetables will be covered in the presentation, with the handout providing what vegetable varieties to plant in the spring gardens. There will not be time in the presentation for specific questions about your garden, but the instructor will stay afterwards and answer your questions.

This class is hands-on for about 30 minutes, with a presentation at the garden. Be ready to get dirty! Sponsored by Hermann Park Conservancy. Limited to 20 participants, no walk ins.

LOW VOLUME IRRIGATION CANCELLED
SAT. 6/13/20 9:30AM - 11:30AM
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
$30

A garden that conserves precious water resources is a rewarding investment. Keeping water on our property is good for our gardens, as well as the health of the city's water supply. Through micro or low volume irrigation, we can eliminate water runoff into the street and water more deeply for healthier root systems. This class will teach design, installation and maintenance of drip and micro-spray systems.

Indoor presentation. Class ticket may be used to tour museum permanent exhibits. There are no refunds on classes.

STARTING A COMMUNITY OR SCHOOL GARDEN WORKSHOP CANCELLED
SAT. 6/27/20 8:30AM - 2:30PM
UNIV. OF HOUSTON, DOWNTOWN, Academic Bldg, Room TBD, $20

There are many reasons for starting a community garden: creating a strong sense of community and stewardship; developing a community's identity and spirit; providing a space for communities to grow safe, nutritious food; empowering communities with the knowledge to grow their own food and offering education and support to manage the food they grow and their own health.
In this comprehensive workshop, the presenters will take you through the process of building community, setting goals and exploring funding options, to the nuts and bolts of creating the garden and helping to ensure its sustainability.
Morning snacks and drinks will be provided - please bring your own sack lunch.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration check in is from 8:30 -8:45. Workshop to start at 8:45am with introductions.
Indoor Presentation. Class is hosted by University of Houston/Downtown, Office of Sustainability.