Urban Harvest Classes September - December 2019

July 1, 2019 @ 1:00AM — December 30, 2019 @ 1:01AM

FALL 2019 CLASSES (Scroll down to view class descriptions)

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SUSTAINABLE LIVING THROUGH PERMACULTURE #1, SUN. 9/29/19, 2:00PM – 6:00PM, HOME GARDENS, SW HOUSTON (address will be emailed the Friday before class) $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.

Outdoor class, 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.

BASIC FRUIT TREE PLANTING SAT. 10/5/19, 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.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING THROUGH PERMACULTURE #2 SUN. 10/6/19, 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.
Indoor Presentation Required prerequisite class before taking the permaculture class series. There are no refunds on classes.


URBAN HARVEST EDIBLE ACADEMY: FALL GARDENING AND NUTRITION EDUCATION. Sat. 10/12/2019, 9:00AM – 12:00PM, GREGORY-LINCOLN EDUCATION CENTER PVA $50 (includes refreshments, seeds, transplants and seasonal recipes in addition to the School Gardening Guide)

What: A 3-hour Teacher Professional Development Workshop of "fresh from the garden" lessons! In the garden, participants will learn to prepare beds for cool weather crops and harvest garden produce. Gardeners will then put on chef aprons in the culinary classroom and prepare a tasty recipe for a light lunch.

NEW! All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2019 Urban Harvest School Gardening Guide! (A $40 value)

Who: Classroom teachers, garden educators, homeschool parents

Where: The Cultivated Classroom at Gregory-Lincoln EC-PVA 1101 Taft St; Houston, TX 77019

Presenters: Carol Burton, Director of Youth Education and Kellie Kariavias, Director of the Cultivated Classroom

Cost: $50 includes refreshments, seeds, transplants and seasonal recipes, in addition to the School Gardening Guide and 3 CPEs.

Indoor and outdoor class, dress for being outdoors in a garden. Be ready to get dirty.There are no refunds on classes.

IN THE GARDEN AT UH: FALL VEGETABLE PLANTING SAT. 10/19/19, 9:30AM - 11:30AM, UNIV. OF HOUSTON, CENTRAL, Charles McElhinney Hall, Room 106 $30

This introductory organic gardening class teaches that 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 with seeds and transplants. Vegetable varieties to be planting will be provided in a handout. This class is hands-on, so be ready to get dirty!

This is indoors for the lecture portion and outside at the UH community garden, so dress accordingly with closed toe shoes, long pants, hat, refillable water bottle. Limited to 25 participants, no walk ins. There are no refunds on classes.


DESIGNING BOUNTIFUL GARDENS THROUGH PERMACULTURE CLASS SERIES 6 - SUNDAYS 10/13, 10/20,10/27, (no class 11/3),11/10,11/17 & 11/24/19 UNIV. OF HOUSTON, CENTRAL, Charles McElhinney Hall, Room 106 $325

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 30 class hours. Pre-registration is required.

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. Initially we survey the permaculture of vegetables, fruits, domestic animals and the factors we use to place these for maximum productivity and minimum labor. Later in the course 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. The price for the series includes materials and catered lunch at one of the field trips to Animal Farm Permaculture Center in Cat Spring, TX. We will have a potluck at one of the field trips. You will want to bring a lunch to the other classes.

Class 1: Sunday, October 13, 2019 1pm - 5:30pm at the University of Houston

Class 2: Sunday, October 20, 2019 1pm - 5:30pm at the University of Houston

Class 3: Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:30am-5pm at Animal Farm Permaculture Center, Cat Spring, TX

SKIP class Sunday November 3 – Urban Harvest 25th Anniversary Sunday Supper

Class 4: Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:30am-5pm at Animal Farm Permaculture Center, Cat Spring, TX

Class 5: Sunday, November 17, 2019 1pm - 5:30pm at the University of Houston

Class 6: Sunday, November 24, 2019 1pm - 5:30pm at the University of Houston

Payment plans are available as well as family, financial and veteran discounts. Call the office to speak with the classes coordinator. There are no refunds on classes.

STARTING A COMMUNITY OR SCHOOL GARDEN WORKSHOP, SAT. 11/2/19 8:30AM - 2:30PM, UNIV. OF HOUSTON, DOWNTOWN, ROOM A629 $20

There are many reasons for starting a community or school 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; teaching the next generation where their food comes from and 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 brown bag lunch. 
PLEASE NOTE: Registration check in is from 8:30 -8:45. Workshop to start at 8:45am with introductions.

There are no refunds on classes.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES SAT. 11/9/19, 9:30AM - 11:30AM, HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE $30

You can grow your own food within your landscaping. Concerned about your HOA and growing in your front yard? Take out a little of the lawn each year and replace with more edibles in your 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.

INSECTARY GARDENS – NATURE’S PEST CONTROL SAT. 12/7/19, 9:30AM - 11:30AM, HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE $30

Insectaries are fascinating gardens – in bloom much of the time, and alive with some of nature’s most interesting creatures! Organic gardeners depend on beneficial insects as one of our front line defenses against pest species. Yet how do we invite them to choose our gardens as their home and hunting ground? Beneficials are attracted to a specific ecosystem that provides food and habitat and supports their reproduction. Learn to create pocket insectaries that include all of the plants and amenities required to attract beneficials and keep them in your garden. You can create a pocket insectary in a container and move it anywhere you see a pest problem arising.

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