Backyard Organic Gardening (series)

From Paper to Plant – How to Design and Execute Your Ideal Garden
Saturday, March 17, 2018
2-5 p.m.
Trinidad State – Berg 401Fresh radishes
Discover the secrets of a successful backyard vegetable garden through self-evaluation, planning and thoughtful execution. With the proper plan, all gardeners, beginner and adept, will save time and money allowing for more time to enjoy the garden and it’s bounty!

Getting a Head-Start on the Season – How to Grow and Transplant Seedlings Using a Greenhouse
Saturday, March 24, 2018
2-5 p.m.
Trinidad State – Berg 401
Learn how to grow healthy seedlings using a greenhouse and other methods as well as how to successfully transplant them into the garden. Gain hands-on experience as we discuss greenhouse maintenance and growing outdoors during the cool season.From the Ground Up – Improving the Soil for a Healthy,

Resilient Garden Using Compost
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
6-8 p.m.
Trinidad State – Berg 401
We often fail to realize how complicated and mysterious our soils really are and how much they contribute to a gardener’s success. This class will shed some light on the connection between soil life and plant vitality while also showing the many methods of composting and several ways of putting it to good use.

Urban Permaculture – Building Self-Sufficient, Regenerative Home and Garden Systems that Mimic Nature
Tuesday, April 19, 2018
6-8 p.m.
Trinidad State – Berg 401
Permaculture, on one hand an abbreviation of permanent agriculture, on the other, permanent culture, is a design science for creating and implementing enduring food and cultural systems. The principles of Permaculture have been used not only on farms, but in the planning of businesses, school curriculum, and state policies to improve efficiency and reduce ecological impacts.

Catching the Rain – Methods for Harvesting, Storing, and Using Rain
Saturday, May 5, 2018
3-5 p.m., The Good Food Project Organic Farm
Make the most of the rainy season by saving it for a sunny day. Learn how to take advantage of water flows on the house and yard for increased fertility, security, fire safety, and storm water management.

Starting a Small Organic Farm Business – Strategies and Resources to Ensure Success
Saturday, March 19, 2018
2-6 p.m.
Trinidad State – Berg 401
Many individuals today are enjoying the benefits of self-employment on small farms across America with the growing number of health conscious food buyers. With imagination, a plan, and a few good business skills, having a farm can be rewarding and a lot of fun. Learn how to build a business plan, gain funds, perform marketing research, brand development, ongoing management and more.

Organic Disease & Pest Control – Using Nature as an Ally
Thursday, June 7, 2018
6-8 p.m.
Trinidad State – Berg 401
Why fight a loosing battle to nature when working with it can be cheaper, easier and better for the environment? When gardening organically, we often overlook the many convenient, inexpensive, and harmless plant-based pesticide/herbicides out there. What’s more, we often overlook nature’s answer to an abundance of something; something bigger that will eat it. Learn how to use biology to keep your garden in check from harmful pests and diseases as well as methods to keep your plants healthy, increasing resilience.

Composting 101 – The Science and Art of Decay
Saturday, June 23, 2018
3-5 p.m.
Trinidad State – Berg 401
Building the soil, as a gardener, is the most important part of growing good, nutrient packed, fast growing food. There are many ways of turning food wastes and other organic materials into wholesome, living compost from making a pile, to using worms and chickens. Learn how to build a simple compost bin and the multiple ways the finished product can be used for happy veggies.

From Field to Plate – Wholesome Cooking with Ingredients Fresh from the Garden
Thursday, July 12, 2018
6-8 p.m., TBD
Biting into the first carrot or cabbage of the season is a gardener’s greatest reward. Using produce creatively in the kitchen is a fantastic way to stay connected to your food and healthy. Learn about the nutritional benefits of growing vegetables and how you can combine and cook them for a delicious, nutrient rich diet.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
3-6 p.m.
The Good Food Project
While the warm weather and abundant growth may make a gardener want to rest on their laurels, with a little extra input of planning and work, we can grow a second round of quite a few cool season crops. Enjoy time on an organic farm and gain hands on experience planting seeds, transplanting, installing row covers, and more.

About the instructor Garrett Watson: Good Food Project and Trinidad Community Gardens manager, Garrett Watson, has been growing food and gaining experience in the garden for over 20 years. Having grown up on a small farm and ranch, he has worked as a city horticultural assistant, a dairy farm herd manager, and a sales associate and volunteer for the largest organic farm in Louisiana. With a strong passion for good, quality food and a diverse background in sustainable gardening and land management, Garrett combines techniques learned along the way to deliver helpful, applicable, and fresh approaches to the home kitchen garden to help save time, money, and the world.

 

Each class costs $20.  The deadline to register is three business days before the class begins.  To register call Donna at 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu