The Growing Project University
All workshops are limited to 20 participants, so sign up fast!
Preserving the Harvest: Canning 101:
What: As the garden’s bounty begins to pour in, now is the time to learn how to preserve the excess to revel in all through the winter! Learn how to safely create “quick” pickles using vinegar, salt, spices, and sometimes sugar, using the “boiling water bath” method. This process will also prepare you to safely can fruit preserves of all kinds, including jams and jellies. We’ll cover locating safety-tested recipes, making reduced salt or sugar pickles, and more! All supplies will be provided.
Ruth Inglis-Widrick, MS, RD, is a former Larimer County Master Food Safety Advisor, and current instructor of food preservation at Colorado State University. Ruth and her husband enjoy preserving the vast majority of the fruit and vegetables they consume, from their garden and the Farmers’ Market.
Michelle Milholland, MS, RD is a board member for The Growing Project, and online nutrition instructor for Colorado State University. Michelle delights in finding interesting ways to preserve fresh, local produce.
When: August 7th, 5:30-8:30 pm
Where: The FoCo Cafe, 225 Maple Street
Details: $20 . You MUST RSVP. Tickets can be purchased HERE. Work trades and other trades are available to those unable to pay. Please email us if this is the case.
What: Learn how to naturally and easily ferment vegetables for preservation, probiotic health benefits, amazing flavors, and creative gift making. We'll make special versions of saurkraut, kimchee, and other vegetables, discuss which vegetables are best and safest to lacto-ferment, and which you need to be more careful with and why.
When: August 22nd at 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Where: The FoCo Cafe, 225 Maple Street
Teacher: Laura Shiels, Growing Project Board Member, biologist and ethnobotanist.
How Much: $12. You MUST RSVP. Tickets can be purchased HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on paying with cash or check. Work trades and other trades are available to those unable to pay. Please email us if this is the case.
What: Explore the wonderful world of weeds! What many people see as pest plants are actually often a valuable source of nutrition, medicine, and chance to understand and bond with your local ecosystem. In this workshop take a walk with herbalist, ethnobotanist, and ecologist Laura Shields to observe and talk about useful weedy plants, and which ones are most important to not spread.
When: August 27th, 5:30-7 pm
Where: The Growing Project Educational Garden at The Burrow, 1502 N. Shields St
Details: $10. You must RSVP by emailing email@example.com or by purchasing a ticket on our website.
What: Learn the traditional yet radical art of saving your own seed for your own garden and your community. Get excited about heirloom produce, biodiversity, sustainability and self-sufficiency through this beginners class that touches on garden planning, plant isolation, hand-pollination, seed harvesting, seed cleaning, storage and seed sharing.
When: September 18th, 5:30 -7 pm
Where: The Burrow, 1502 N. Shields St, 80524
Teacher: Adam Lovell, Community Garden and Outreach Specialist with The Growing Project
Details: $10.Please dress for the weather, we will be outside. Also for those unable to pay, a work trade option is available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot
Adam Lovell is The Growing Project's Programs Director. He worked as a farm hand for Aspen Moon Farms before completing an Urban Farm Management class at FRCC. In 2016 he interned for The Growing Project and absolutely fell in love with the community, the farm, and everything TGP does. As a Teens For Food Justice and Stonecrest Rentals Mobile Home Park garden mentor, he grew his skills in community development and horticulture therapy. He also was the children’s garden education intern for The Gardens On Spring Creek in 2016.
Laura Shiels is an ethnobotanist, herbalist, ecologist, and biologist. She studied botanical medicine with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, earned an MS in Botany from the University of Hawaii, has conducted research on plant uses and human-environmental interactions in Namibia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, taught biology classes at the University of Hawaii for 11 years (including ethnobotany, conservation biology, ecology, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology, among others), and is an avid gardener and wildcrafter.
We repeat workshops annually, check back next year if you missed one!