Eat Local, Grow Local Series: Urban Homesteading
The goal of this workshop series is to provide an introduction to the art of self-sufficiency via home-grown food production for people living in an urban environment.
We will hold classes twice a month, February (one class only) thru October with a celebration potluck at the end of October. The first meeting each month will be informational in nature in a lecture-type setting. The second meeting will consist of mini-workshops to provide participants with one-on-one and/or small group consulting on their particular projects. Participants will rotate through several mini-workshops and participate in guided discussions/ Q&A about topics related to that month’s theme.
Workshop Topics and Dates:
Session 1: Goal Setting & Landscape Design (Feb. 20)*
Session 2: Vegetable Gardening (Mar. 6)*
Session 2: Vegetable Gardening Mini-Workshops (Mar. 20)
Session 3: Soil, Compost & Nutrient Management (Apr. 3)*
Session 3: Soil, Compost & Nutrient Management Mini-Workshops (Apr. 17)
Session 4: Backyard Bees (May 1)*
Session 4: Backyard Bees and Gardening Planning (May 15)
Session 5: IPM Pest & Disease Management (June 5)
Session 5: Plant Diseases Identification (June 19)
Session 6: Water Conservation w. Rain Barrel Option (July 3)*
Session 6: Mini-Workshops (July 17)
Session 7: Backyard Chickens (Aug. 7)*
Session 7: Urban Farm Tour (Aug. TBD)
Session 8: Food Preservation (Sept. TBD)*
Session 9: Perennial Crops (Oct. 2)*
Session 9: Perennial Crops Mini-Workshops (Oct. 16)
Potluck Dinner Program Celebration (Oct. 29)*
Urban Homesteader Certificate: participants who meet the requirements listed below will be “Certified Urban Homesteaders”.
Must attend 9 of 17 classes with 7 including the classes noted above with an *. Can choose between Vegetable Gardening OR Perennial Crops and Backyard Bees OR Chickens.
Complete site plan and personal goals
Complete both program evaluations
Instructors for this workshop series include representatives from Jefferson County Extension Services, the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District and other local experts. It is being hosted at Louisville Grows’ Healthy House office in the historic Portland neighborhood of Louisville, KY. The cost for a single workshop is $15. The entire series is offered at a discounted rate of $100. Financial assistance is available to those in need. Class sizes are limited to 25 participants. If you are in need of financial assistance please call (502) 791-0966 before registering online.