Category Archives: Farm School

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A Monthly Garden Meet Up!

I am super excited to announce a fun new way to connect and grow in the garden this year – the Urban Farm Schoolhouse Monthly Meet Up!

This is an opportunity to plan and grow, side-by-side, throughout the entire growing season. I’ll be letting you in on what’s worked for me and what I’m doing in my own garden each month. It’s like a garden apprenticeship! In each session, you will be able to plan, practice, and learn about what to do in the vegetable garden each month with encouragement and “technical” support.

Topics will include:

  • Seeds – what vegetable seeds to plant that month and how to care for them
  • Soil – how to care for and build soil
  • Fertilizer – which plants to fertilize when and how
  • Tools and Structures – what structures to put in place for plants that month
  • Future Planning – gardening moves to make in order to be prepared for the coming months
  • Miscellaneous topics relevant to that month, such as seed sowing, harvesting, and seed saving

The meet ups will be on the 4th Saturday of the month, starting this month on Saturday, February 28th!

For more details and to sign up, click HERE!

I hope you’ll share this with other aspiring gardeners in your life -the more, the merrier!! Better yet, maybe you’ll decide to join me! It’s going to be so fun!

*Image by Lori Eanes

An Upcoming Class That Will Spice it Up!

PittaThe Urban Farm Schoolhouse is teaming up with Ayurvedic Health Coach, Nicole Perriella, to bring you Ayurveda in the Garden! Learn the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in this interactive class in the schoolhouse and garden!  By balancing Pitta, the fire element, we can achieve balanced digestion, a peaceful mind and gorgeous skin this summer.

ayurvediaIn this class, learn tips and techniques for growing, cooking and eating seasonal plants and herbs to balance the body during Pitta season. Sample Ayurvedic foods, spices and beauty techniques to get you started right away.  Let your inner radiance shine through! Sign up here!

The Urban Farm Schoolhouse Summer Session!

Mr_MrsYou may have noticed, I’m getting hitched this summer! So in an effort to keep my sanity in tact as I simultaneously work two practically full-time jobs (5th grade plus farm school), tend my urban farm and plan and craft a wedding, I decided to plan my entire farm schoolhouse schedule for the summer. It’s going to be lighter than usual, but relevant, practical, and fun as usual. I hope you’ll join me in a class this summer and will spread the word about these awesome upcoming garden learning opportunities! Catch ’em while you can!

Cocktail gardening is all the rage right now- and for good reason!  There is nothing more satisfying than sipping on a cool and delicious, homegrown beverage on a hot day.  From your own sodas to drinks of the ‘happy hour’ variety, we’ll cover all the basics.  Topics include growing aromatic herbs like lemon verbena and basil; tips and recipes for making nonalcoholic beverages like shrubs (old fashioned drinking vinegar) and simple syrups for homemade soda; and the basic ratios professionals use to create restaurant-quality cocktails with your own homegrown herbs and fruits.

This class will give you the tools you need to grow the largest yield of food you can in a small space! In addition to learning about the square foot gardening method, I’ll help you build your understanding of the major plant families so you know what plants grow well together and how to best care for them organically! You’ll leave this class armed with strategies for making the most of your yard!

You are cordially invited to a beverage gardening cocktail party! Spend this special Friday evening in the urban farm schoolhouse sipping on tasty botanical beverages*, noshing on appetizers and learning how to make your own homegrown beverages! Topics will include growing aromatic herbs like lemon verbena, basil and lemon balm; tips and recipes for making non-alcoholic beverages like shrubs (old fashion drinking vinegar) and simple syrups for homemade soda; and the basic ratios professionals use to create restaurant-quality cocktails with your own homegrown herbs and fruits. *We’ll discuss recipes and tips for crafting cocktails, but at this event, only non-alcoholic beverages will be sampled.

This is a two-part class. In part one, you will work on creating your own flower stone design on a stone that you will take home at the end of the workshop. In part two, you will grout your flower stone so that it’s ready to beautify your garden! 

I’ve organized the class around a few important categories: Tools for temperature and moisturePlant supports and trellises; and Organic pest prevention and fertilizer! You will understand and learn about what different edible plants need to thrive, what garden structures and tools can help those vegetables grow, why the tools are effective, and how they work so you use them more purposefully in the garden.

The Urban Farm Schoolhouse is teaming up with Ayurvedic Health Coach, Nicole Perriella, to bring you Ayurveda in the Garden! Learn the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in this interactive class in the schoolhouse and garden!  By balancing Pitta, the fire element, we can achieve balanced digestion, a peaceful mind and gorgeous skin this summer. Learn tips and techniques for growing, cooking and eating seasonal plants and herbs to balance the body during Pitta season. Sample Ayurvedic foods, spices and beauty techniques to get you started right away.  Let your inner radiance shine through!

 

May is Time to Play!

sun-kissed_feetWhat an amazing start to May we’ve had here in the Pacific northwest. The sun did not disappoint this May day! My May newsletter won’t disappoint either! It will help you along with this month’s planting and this month’s harvests!

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Have you seen all the fun classes on the books for summer quarter at farm school? Come grow with me!