2021 Urban Harvest Classes September- December

September 1, 2021 @ 12:00AM — December 31, 2021 @ 12:00AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

FALL 2021 CLASSES (Scroll down to view class descriptions)

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Grow your own food for nutrition, taste and food security.

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BASIC ORGANIC GARDENING 101

4 PART SERIES

TUES. 9/7/21, 9/14/21, 9/21/21, 9/28/21, 6:00PM-7:30PM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITATION

$60

This 4-class series is designed for beginning gardeners to learn basic gardening skills and techniques in designing and siting a garden, cultivating and planting your vegetable garden in the Houston area and SE Texas.

Class 1- 9/7/21: Essential elements in siting, designing, building your garden

Class 2- 9/14/21: Soil, compost, fertilizer, mulch

Class 3- 9/21/21: Growing by seed, transplants and seasonal planting guides

Class 4- 9/28/21: Ecological pest management, weed and heat management, sustainability practices

The instructors are Urban Harvest garden educators experienced and knowledgeable in the topics covered.

The Zoom class invitation link will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

(at registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info. if you have questions)

BASIC ORGANIC GARDENING

SAT. 9/11/2021 9:30AM – 11:30AM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITATION

$20

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.

PRESENTER: Angela Chandler is a life-long hobby gardener. Angela holds Specialist Certifications in Plant Propagation, Entomology, Rainwater Harvesting, and Greenhouse Management. She teaches Urban Harvest monthly classes in varying subjects from Basic Organic Gardening, Basic Fruit Tree Care to Low Volume Irrigation and Bokashi Composting.

The Zoom class invitation link will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

(At registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info if you have questions.)

SUSTAINABLE LIVING THROUGH PERMACULTURE #1

SUN. 9/26/2021, 2:00PM-6:00PM

DEMONSTRATION SITE IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON

$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 by instructors from the Houston Permaculture Guild, who are Permaculture Designer Certificate graduates.

The class details, including exact location, will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing during the event.

(at registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info. if you have questions)

SUSTAINABLE LIVING THROUGH PERMACULTURE #2

SUN. 1
0/03/21 12:30PM-5:30PM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITATION

$55

We further explore the use of principles demonstrated in the sustainable living #1 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.

The class details, including exact location, will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

(at registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info. if you have questions)

GROWING HERBS FOR USE, INSIGHT, AND DELIGHT

TUES. 10/05/2021 6:00PM-7:30PM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITITATION, $20

Turn your herb garden into an outdoor classroom with Herb Society member Karen Cottingham! For each of a dozen seasonal herbs, Karen will discuss the basics of planting and care, but also how to use, enjoy, and learn from them. The class will include creative culinary applications for each herb, but also a bit about their interesting chemistry, botany, nutritional and medicinal benefits, history of use, and ecological significance. Herbs for teas, salves, fragrance, and pollinators will be among the herbs discussed.

PRESENTER: Karen Cottingham lives in Houston, Texas, but she grew up in a farming community in rural Washington state. After a long career in medicine, Karen now devotes most of her time to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for all aspects of herbs. She serves as Program Chair of the South Texas Unit, contributes articles to various STU and Herb Society of America publications, and provides the content for the HSA-STU Facebook page. Karen particularly enjoys introducing herbs to the public through demonstrations at libraries, museums, elementary schools, and public gardens.

(at registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info if you have questions)

BOKASHI COMPOSTING: WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

SAT. 10/9/2021 9:30AM – 10:30AM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITATION

$20

Stop throwing your food scraps in the trash. Come learn the how tos and the benefits of bokashi and vermicomposting. Physical limitations, space limitations, deed restrictions – any number of things may limit a gardener’s ability to compost in bins or piles. However, ANY gardener or homeowner can practice bokashi and vermicomposting.

Bokashi composting uses kitchen scraps of all kinds, including meat and dairy products, mixed with inoculated bran to make compost faster than bin composting. Vermicomposting uses composting worms to recycle kitchen, garden, and specific paper wastes. The worms turn the waste into worm castings that are nutrient rich.

PRESENTER: Angela Chandler is a life-long hobby gardener. Angela holds Specialist Certifications in Plant Propagation, Entomology, Rainwater Harvesting, and Greenhouse Management. She teaches Urban Harvest monthly classes in varying subjects from Basic Organic Gardening, Basic Fruit Tree Care to Low Volume Irrigation and Bokashi Composting.

The Zoom class invitation link will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

(At registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info if you have questions.)


IN THE GARDEN: COOL WEATHER VEGETABLE GARDENING

TUES. 10/12/2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM

IN PERSON – TEACHING GARDEN

$20

This introductory organic gardening class is hands-on in the Urban Harvest Teaching Gardens. The foundation for growing healthy, nutrient dense vegetables is healthy soil - structure, chemistry and as important are supporting microscopic soil organisms. We will demonstrate and students will participate in soil building and management, fertilization, composting, mulching and planting by seed, plant starts and transplants. Vegetable varieties to be planted for Fall gardens will be provided in a handout.

This class is hands-on, with presentation at the garden, so be ready to get dirty! Limited to 15 participants, no walk-ins.

The class will take place outdoors with masks available and social distancing in place. There are no refunds on classes.

PRESENTER: Gabriel Borja is the Urban Harvest Mobile Market Manager. Gabe is a certified permaculturist and urban composter. For friendly advice he can be found at our Mobile Markets.


DESIGNING BOUNTIFUL GARDENS THROUGH PERMACULTURE

4 ZOOM LIVE CLASSES

SUN. 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 11/14; 1:00PM – 5:30PM

2 FIELD TRIPS TO LOCAL PERMACULTURE FARMS

SUN. 10/31, 9:30AM-5:30PM

SUN. 11/7, 10:00AM-5:00PM

$350

Designing Bountiful Gardens is open to anyone who has completed the prerequisite classes of Sustainable Living 1 and 2. Knowledge of gardening is not needed as this is a series about design not gardening. This module is over 6 Sundays totaling 31 class hours. Four of the classes are 1pm-5:30 pm in zoom class meetings. Two classes are all day at Animal Farm 1.5-2 hours west of Houston by car. These in person classes will likely require masks and social distancing. The uncertainty of the virus and its spread make the existence of these in person classes problematic at this date. The class administrator is Meagan Terry, contact her by emailing education@urbanharvest.org. The class facilitator is Bob Randall, Ph.D.

Bountiful Gardens focuses on the design of family gardens in its context of being an element in the design of a home or farm property using permaculture principles. We survey the permaculture of vegetables, fruits, domestic animals and the factors we use to place these for maximum productivity and minimum labor. We learn some basic gardening skills along with how to design and build a garden. Water, soil, pest management, garden ecology, and climate are also featured.

CL 1: Sun. 10/10 1:00 - 5:30pm

CL 2: Sun. 10/17 1:00 - 5:30pm

FIELD TRIP 1: Sun. 10/24 9:30am – 5:00pm

CL 3: Sun. 10/31 1:00 - 5:30pm

FEILD TRIP 2: Sun. 11/7 10:00am – 5:00pm

CL 4: Sun. 11/14 1:00 - 5:30pm

Class details and specifics will be emailed to you a couple of days before the start of the series. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing during the in person events.

Field trips are subject to cancelation per CDC guidelines.

(at registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info. if you have questions)

TOUGH TEXAS NATIVE PLANTS

WED. 10/13/2021 10:00AM – 11:00AM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITATION

COMPLIMENTARY

Texas has a diverse climatic range. Planting the right Texas native plants for the gulf coast is critical to being successful with these plants in the landscape. Texas natives, once established in the landscape, will provide years of enjoyment with minimal maintenance and appreciated by both pollinators and beneficial insects. This program will review proper plant establishment and maintenance along with a list of 20 plants that will help get you Texas native garden growing.

PRESENTER: Paul Winski is a County Extension Agent of Commercial Horticulture with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Harris County since January 2013. Paul has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College and an MS in Plant Science from the University of Connecticut. He has over 30 years of experience in the greenhouse and nursery industry with expertise in the following areas of horticulture: new product development, trialing and evaluation, integrated pest management, greenhouse and nursery production, product knowledge and technical support.

The Zoom class invitation link will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

(At registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info if you have questions.)

FRESH HERBS, COOKIES, AND TEA

SAT. 11/6/2021 9:30AM – 10:30AM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITATION

COMPLIMENTARY

Tis the season for delicious cookies and tea. Please join us and get ready to use those fresh herbs. We'll begin with a triple ginger cookie and learn how to use fresh ginger, powered ginger, and crystalized ginger in this recipe along with growing tips and health benefits of ginger. This in conjunction with the best steeped herbs that pair well with these holiday cookies.

PRESENTER: Kimberly Perry serves as the Food Access Director for Urban Harvest where she helps to oversee the Mobile Market and Community Gardens’ initiatives. Prior to this she was the Harris County Extension Agent for Prairie View University where she helped to educate local growers and farmers. Mrs. Perry also co-founded and operated Healthy Habits Produce Co-op that distributed produce to over 300 families. Kim was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, where she received a bachelor's degree from the Metropolitan State University in the field of Social Work with an emphasis on Child Welfare and the Law, and she received a Master's degree in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M Kingsville. She’s has been featured in many blogs, newsletters, and educational speaking engagements. In 2019 she was awarded with the Outstanding Service Award from the Harris County Master Gardeners Association where she has been a Master Gardener for over 6 years.

The Zoom class invitation link will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

(At registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info if you have questions.)

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES

SAT. 11/13/2021 9:30AM – 11:30AM

ZOOM LIVE CLASS BY INVITATION

$20

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.

PRESENTER: Angela Chandler is a life-long hobby gardener. Angela holds Specialist Certifications in Plant Propagation, Entomology, Rainwater Harvesting, and Greenhouse Management. She teaches Urban Harvest monthly classes in varying subjects from Basic Organic Gardening, Basic Fruit Tree Care to Low Volume Irrigation and Bokashi Composting.

The Zoom class invitation link will be emailed to you a couple of days before the class date. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder. There are no refunds, substitutions or recordings if you cannot attend a live class for which you signed up.

(At registration you will receive two emails, one is a receipt and the other is a registration confirmation with contact info if you have questions.)