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Composting and Better Garden Management

Want to make great compost for your garden? Curious about how to manage all the work that building a year-round garden entails?   Learn from the experts.

This class covers:

  •  building great compost piles
  •  nutrient conservation
  •  worm bins
  •  free materials
  •  organic pest control
  • spring garden management

This class will be held entirely in the garden, so please dress for the weather.

When: Saturday April 12, 1-3:30

Cost:  $35

REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

Location: 4255 NE Alberta St. Portland.  Frequent service on Trimet #75,  easily accessible by bike.  Off-street bike parking available.

Field Trip to Wildcat Mountain Farm Saturday 3.22

Join Us for an Afternoon on the Farm!wildcat2014

 

Saturday, March 22 1-3pm Dean Simpson of Wildcat Mountain Farm will host us for a farm tour and demonstration on starting seeds for transplant. Beginners and experienced gardeners alike will find this a great opportunity to learn from an expert and enjoy a tour of the farm that grows Living City’s transplants.

Dean’s operation is a beautifully simple one-man show, one he designed and built from square one on his small farm outside of Sandy. He began as an intensive market gardener in the mid-1990’s, selling his vegetables, eggs and honey at farmer’s markets. By 1998, Dean ran up against the labor constraint that so many small farmers experience. There was more land to plant, but amidst weeding, harvesting, delivering and marketing, no more time to do it. At that point, Dean shifted his business, choosing to focus on growing plant starts. He has since grown his customer base from his original location at People’s Co-op to several Co-ops, grocery stores including Cherry Sprout Produce, and garden shops around Portland.

As a grower with a direct relationship with his customers, Dean has never sought certification, though he has always adhered to organic methods. He works with a clear reverence for natural cycles and a deep commitment to quality. “The foundation of my business is the compost I make.” Dean explains, “You can’t buy the stuff I make.” And while he’ll tell you he started making his potting mix and compost simply for the sake of thrift, his pride and enthusiasm belie a fascination and passion for soil building processes. Horse manure from a neighbor up the road comprises the compost, turned by hand and aged at least three years before use in nursery mix.

Dean will share his entire process with us at the farm. Come and learn all the basic skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started at home yourself! The cost of the field trip is $5. We will meet at noon and carpool from NE Portland to the farm.  Sorry kids, this field trip is open to adults only!

Please register by March 20.  All payments will be taken the day of trip, cash or check only for this event please.

FREE Class March 20: Waking up the garden

Come and learn the basics for early spring gardening in Portland.  Many vegetables can be planted now for delicious garden meals.

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We will cover:

*What to plant in early Spring

*How to read a seed packet

*Protecting seedlings from pests and cold

*Best practices for sowing seeds

When:  Thursday, March 20 6-7pm

Where:  Cherry Sprout Produce

Cost:  FREE!  In fact, we will give you a coupon for 10% off on seeds at the store!

Register now!

Instructor:  Katie Nichols of Cherry Sprout and Living City

This class is a shortened version of Living City’s “Waking up the Garden”, part of our 9 month program The Year Round Harvest.

Waking up the Garden–Saturday, March 8 from 1-3:30

Class 3: Waking up the Garden

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Spring is around the corner! Many vegetables can be planted now for delicious garden meals.

We will cover:

  • what to plant in early spring
  • protecting seedlings from pests and cold
  • best practices for planting
  • garden structures from reclaimed materials

When: Saturday, March 8, 1-3:30

Please arrive a few minutes early, as we will begin promptly.  We will be in the garden, so dress comfortably for outdoors. A warm hat and shoes that can take a little mud are a good idea.

Location: 4446 NE Going St. Portland.Frequent service on Trimet #75. Off-street bike parking available.

Instructor:  Sarah Canterberry

Cost: $35

REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

This class is part of Living City’s 9 month program in the Year Round Harvest. 

 

Garden Planning 101, Saturday Feb 22 1-3:30

We will discuss:

  • Growing food year-round in Portland’s mild climateSaving water and time
  • Choosing the right crops for your garden
  • Mapping your garden
  • Reading planting calendars, seed packets and seed catalogs
  • ..and more.

To get the most out of this class, please bring a map of your gardensite and a list of what you hope to grow.

When: Saturday February 22, 1-3:30

Please arrive a few minutes early, as we will begin promptly.

We will walk around the garden looking at things, so dress comfortably for outdoors.  A warm hat and shoes that can take a little mud are a good idea.

Location: 4446 NE Going St. Portland.

Frequent service on Trimet #75. Off-street bike parking available.

Instructors: Rachel Freifelder and Sarah Canterberry

Cost: $35

REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

This class is part of Living City’s 9 month program in the Year Round Harvest.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Year-round Garden Training begins February 1, 2014

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New Year’s resolutions:

-exercise
-get outside in the fresh air
-spend more time with family
-have a healthy diet
-make new friends
-try some new recipes
-save money
-learn to garden

Living City’s Integrated Garden Training can help!

Sign up by January 1 for a 10% discount on any program. Bring your spouse, family member, or one person you share yourgarden with – free! Makes a great gift too.

To register for our adult Garden Course or classes click here

To register for youth or family events: click here

Learn to harvest properly

Learn to harvest properly

Fall Garden Planning–Sat. Oct. 26

Next year’s garden starts now!

Sumner Demonstration Plot 7/2012

Sumner Demonstration Plot 7/2012

Want your garden to yield more food with less work? Plan now and get a
jump on year-round abundance!

We will discuss:
How to grow food year-round in Portland’s mild climate
Saving water and time
Working with your soil
Mapping your garden
Reading planting calendars, seed packets and seed catalogs
..and more.

To get the most out of this class, please bring a map of your garden
site and any garden records you may have.  No map? no records? No
worries, we’ll show you how.

When: 1-3:30 pm Saturday, October 26th

Please arrive a few minutes early, as we will begin promptly.  We will
spend time
walking around the garden looking at things, so dress comfortably
for outdoors.

Location: 4446 NE Going St. Portland.  Frequent service on Trimet #75,
easily accessible by bike.  Off-street bike parking available.

Instructors: Rachel Freifelder and Sarah Canterberry (Bios below)
Cost: $35

REGISTER NOW
Scholarships for SNAP recipients; work trade available, must be
approved by the Wednesday before the class.  Call to discuss.
This class is part of Living City’s 9 month training in the Year Round Harvest.

We look forward to meeting you!

Winter Harvest and Soil Conservation

Tasty, fresh winter salads.  Hearty, flavorful roots and squashes.  Rich soil, year after year.   Less work.

We want you to have it all!

 
Learn to:
  • keep your winter crops healthy and abundant in the garden
  • make a cold frame without carpentry skills
  • harvest for peak flavor and appeal
  • build your soil during our northwest winters

This class will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

REGISTER HERE

When:   3-5 pm Saturday, October 12

(Harvest Celebration, 5-6 pm – bring a treat from your garden if you like)

Location: 4446 NE Going St, Portland.  Frequent service on Trimet #75,  easily accessible by bike.  Off-street bike parking available.

Instructors: Rachel Freifelder and Sarah Canterberry

Cost: $25 – Scholarships for SNAP recipients.  Work-trade available, but must be approved by the Tuesday before the class.   Call to discuss.

New group discount!  Bring a friend for $20.

This class is part of Living City’s 9-month program in the Year Round Harvest.

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Class is limited to 20 students. Please call 503-849-9466 to reserve your spot, orREGISTER HERE. And tell your friends!

The BEST time to prepare your garden is in the fall!

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2013-2014 Year-round Gardening course begins this Saturday, September 28: Soils and Site Analysis

Eat from your garden year-round! (and save on your grocery bills)

Our 2013-2014 course series, beginning on September 28th, can teach you how to have an abundant and successful garden throughout the year.  We provide plants, seeds, mentorship, and hands-on learning.  Download the 2013 – 2014 Registration Packet to learn more about our program today!

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For the first time in January I’m eating from my garden thanks to Living City!  My beets, broccoli, arugula and kale have survived the winter and supply me with delicious winter salads topped with fresh eggs from my chickens.  While I can’t eat from my garden everyday of the week in the winter, just the fact that I have some food from my garden year round keeps me connected to my role as an urban farmer and the simple reminder to value the food I eat.”

—-Stephanie, 2011 Living City Subscriber

Want your garden to yield more food with less work? Soils and Site Analysis will help you plan for year round abundance.  Focus of this class will be soil preparation and orientation to the year-round gardening program.

To get the most out of this class, sketch your garden space and take measurements before you come.

When: Saturday, September 28 1-4 pm

REGISTER HERE

Please arrive a few minutes early, as we will begin promptly.  We will mostly be walking around the garden looking at things, so dress comfortably for RAIN and COLD.

Cost: $35 – Scholarships  (for entire series!)  and work-trade available, but must be approved by the Wednesday before the class.   Call to discuss.

Location: 4446 NE Going St. Portland.  Frequent service on Trimet #75,easily accessible by bike.  Off-street bike parking available.