There are several urban farming classes/workshops in Chicago this fall that can help you extend the growing season or help you get prepared for next spring. Here are some opportunities that have landed in my inbox recently.
There's a cold frame building workday-October 14th, 4-7p.m. at Uncommon Ground on Devon. Techniques for building a cold frame and how to utilize one in your own backyard will be covered, while you build cold frames to extend the growing season into winter.
The hoop houses at ground level of Uncommon Ground on Devon will be planted for early winter salad greens, along with planting garlic in raised beds. Get a primer on winter growing, both covered and uncovered, that will help you get started planning your next spring harvest.
For information about these two volunteer days at the Organic Rooftop Farm contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse 2009 Fall Organic Gardening Series:
Making Compost Teas
October 10th, 10 a.m.-Noon.
Christine Nye of the Shedd Aquarium teaches a workshop about soil biology, the benefits of natural fertilization methods, and how you can apply this techcnique in your own garden.
October 24th, 10 a.m.-Noon
Bill Shores, Rick Bayless' gardener, of Shores Consulting teaches a class on composting. Learn how to reduce waste and create compost in your own backyard, deck or basement. You'll learn about creating compost from leaves, garden trimmings, food waste and paper. The class will cover worm composting, hot and cold piles and the science behind composting.
Fall Perennial Care and Pruning Basics
November 14th 10 a.m.-Noon
Laury Lewis of Foliage Fantasies will lead a workshop on pruning techniques for the fall and winter and creating winter interest in the garden and soil improvements. This workshop will be hands-on so take your hand pruners.
Organic Vegetables Gardening Planning
December 5th, 10 a.m-Noon
Anna Viertel of the Chicago Botanic Garden will lead a workshop that will help guide you through planning and starting a new organic vegetable garden from scratch. It will cover; planning and design for long-term productivity and sustainability. You'll learn about choosing raw materials and conserving resources.
The workshops at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse are $20 and pre-registration is suggested by calling the greenhouse at 773-685-3359 and leaving a name, class name, and your phone number or e-mail for confirmation.