7 Gardening and Cooking Classes in Metro Phoenix to Take in the New Year (and a Movie, too)
The Simple Farm's Blog Joy, a volunteer with Simple Farm, stands by a sign promoting their many workshops.
Yep, 2014 is coming on strong. Might we suggest that taking a class on growing food or other earthy practices is easier than losing weight -- and more fun, too. It might even help you get in shape. Here are several great classes to sign up for now with a friend or on your own. Happy New Year!
Simple Soil Building at The Simple Farm
January 9, 10:15 a.m.
At this workshop, you'll learn: simple soil building, "lasagna gardening," how to cover crops, mulch, compost and proper water management to make gardening cheaper, easier and more productive.
From Desert Botanical Garden's website. Citrus is in season.
Starting Plant from Seed via Valley Permaculture Alliance
January 29, 7 p.m.
Usher in the new year by learning how to grow from seed. It's often the more sustainable and more affordable option. Learn what seeds you should start indoors now to be moved outdoors as the weather warms and learn what you can start sowing outside.The description says, "This class will include seed selection, sowing, care, how to help your plants make that delicate transition from nurtured seedling to a hearty mature plant that will thrive outdoors in the elements, and much more."
Cost: $15 or Attend with a Friend: 2 for $25. (Check website for up to date location information.)
Lettuce Bowl Gardening at the Southwest Gardener
February 2, Noon
February is the perfect time to plan for warmer weather gardening. At the Southwest Gardener, local grower Gregory Ware will help you plan your edible gardening. You'll get help with selecting appropriate vegetables and herbs for the season, soil preparation, watering guidelines and hints for maximizing the growing season. You will also select three of Gregory's organic vegetable or herb plants to take home and plant in your own garden.
Savvy Cooking with Citrus at the Desert Botanical Garden
February 2, 1 p.m.
Chef Rachel Albert helps you learn new ways to use seasonal fruit in this class. "Come hungry and enjoy ample samples and take home printed recipes plus preparation, cooking and serving tips," according to the class description. This is a wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free demonstration class at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Cost: general/non member $62; members $50