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Join us at the Community Farm and Education Center as we grow, eat, & learn! 

All community classes take place at Urban Roots Farm, Market, and Education Center (1316 Madison Ave SE 49507) and are family friendly.

Interested in hosting Urban Roots to teach a class at your school, organization, or workplace through our Mobile Classroom? Click here to learn more!

2019 COMMUNITY CLASSES:

Growing for Beginners (and beyond!)

$9 for public / $5 for market members / free for neighbors

Proper plant spacing, fertilizers, Michigan’s growing timeline, harvesting… it can be overwhelming! Our skilled team is here to make growing more manageable, and this workshop gives you all the information you need to have a thriving garden. Growers of all levels are encouraged to attend! Get your tickets here.

  • Thursday April 18th, 5:30-6:30

  • Wednesday, May 15th, 12:00-1:00

  • Saturday, June 15th, 1:00-2:00

  • Monday, July 15th, 5:30-6:30

  • Saturday, August 17th, 1:00-2:00

  • Tuesday, September 10th, 5:30-6:30

Compost You Can Really Do!

$9 for public / $5 for market members / free for neighbors

We love composting! That’s why we provide GR a compost collection service through YOUR Compost. Want to start your own at-home composting system, but need some guidance? This workshop will show you all you need to know to have a productive compost pile! Get your tickets here.

  • Thursday, May 9th, 1:30-2:30

  • Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30-7:30

  • Tuesday, July 23rd, 5:30-6:30

  • Thursday, August 8th, 1:30-2:30

  • Wednesday, September 4th, 1:00-2:00

Container and Small Space Gardening

$15 for public / $10 for market members / free for neighbors

Gardening in a city often leads to one key roadblock: space! This workshop will guide you through the steep learning-curve of container gardening to help you make the most of your patio, window sill, or even driveway garden! Leave with your own window planter, filled with our special high-quality container soil and a few plants of your choosing! Get your tickets here.

  • Tuesday, April 23rd, 5:30-6:30

  • Monday, May 20th, 1:00-2:00

  • Wednesday, June 19th, 1:00-2:00

  • Wednesday, July 31st, 5:00-6:00

  • Monday, August 19th, 5:30-6:30

  • Tuesday, September 24th, 3:00-4:00

Make and take cooking classes!

Our cooking classes focus on what’s in season and how to make the most of your garden! We aim to teach skills to make food that is both delicious and nourishing for your body. Each class provides samples and recipes to take home!

$18 for public / $9 for market members / $5 for neighbors

  • Thursday, May 2 5:30-7:00 - Almond and Cashew Milk: dairy alternatives come with many health benefits, however store-bought nut milks are often packed with sugar and other additives. This workshop will teach you how to make your own nut milk at home - where you can control the taste and ingredients to your preference! Tickets Here.

  • Tuesday, June 11 6:30-8:00 - Fermenting Foods: in this class, we use ancient techniques to preserve foods that can spice up any dish. Kimchi, sauerkraut, and fermented pineapple are just the beginning! Tickets Here.

  • Thursday, July 18 5:30-7:00 - Garden Smoothies: we’ll show you the best smoothie combinations for flavor and nutrients! Perfect for breakfast, a quick snack, or a meal on the go. Tickets available soon!

  • Tuesday, August 13th, 5:30-7:00 - Salsa: learn the basics to making your own salsa. Make enough in this class to take home and enjoy! Tickets available soon!

  • Thursday, September 26th, 5:30-7:00 - Flavor-Packed Salads: side dish no more! Learn in this class how to make a salad that is filling and delicious to take over the main course. We’ll be making a few different dressings that you can take home and try yourself! Tickets available soon!

  • Tuesday, October 8th, 5:30-7:00 - Quick-pickling: quick-pickled cabbage, cucumbers, onions, boiled eggs and more! Pickles bring any dish from ordinary to gourmet. Learn to make pickles in a pinch that can spice up your plate. Tickets available soon!

  • Monday, November 4th, 5:30-7:00 - Winter Food: get your holiday inspiration here! With the changing seasons, we’ll show you how to marry comfort food with nutritional and seasonal eating. Tickets available soon!

Have questions on any of these community classes? Reach out to info@urbanrootsgr.org!


2018 COMMUNITY CLASS Gallery

We offered six workshops in three different categories in 2018: Grow Your First Garden, Compost You Can Actually Do, and Make-and-Take Cooking.