Monday, February 20, 2012

Classes, classes and more classes

I'm sure my dad had great educational resources in from the local extension office, magazines and the Old Farmer's Almanac. Last year except for asking my mom for a bit of mulch advice, I didn't actively seek information about gardening. And then the emails and class postings started to come my way and I'm finding so many cool things to learn about, and so many cool people to teach the stuff. 

So I'm going to start a series of what look like great educational resources. Most of these have fees, but they are small, and often you get to take something home - I mean, check out the hoop house class, you get a hoop house to take home! If you know of others, send 'em my way and I'll add them to the list.

3 and 4 Season Hoophouse Construction - March 17 (I'm totally going to this one)
With the growing season fast approaching, Fitchburg Fields aims togive local gardeners the self-reliance skills necessary to reduce our
impact on the earth. Here are some details about our upcoming

Extend Wisconsin's growing season by building your own 3 or 4 season mini-hoophouse. Expert gardener Nox Seehafer will show you how, and tell you the secret of harvesting root crops all winter long. The hoophouse can be used to protect early spring crops, grow seedlings, or let you overwinter hardy greens.

All supplie and tools are provided, and handouts too! You will need to supply boards or stones to weigh down the plastic cover and blanket. Delivery of your hoophouse in the Madison area may be available for a small fee - please email if you would like to register but need
assistance to get your hoophouse home.

For more details and registration visit -

Crop Family Specifics: Brassicas and Solanaceae (no surprise, going to this too)
Two specialized classes will be scheduled this summer. Troy Gardens  Farm Manager, Claire Strader, and Educator/Manager, Megan Cain, of  Farmworks will be giving two 2-hour demonstration/talks on culture of  specific families in my yard in rural Middleton. Claire and Megan will  reveal how to get the most out of your cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, then your tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.

My backyard is a functional suburban food production plot. With  chickens, bees, orchard, berry bushes and extensive garden, it's a tour in itself.

June 19 (brassicas) and July 17 (solanaceae) 6-8 pm
In my backyard, rural-suburban Middleton

These two classes will cost $26/person (total for both). Class will be limited to 20 participants. Your check, made out to Betsy True, will hold your spot. Email for address.

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