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!


Note: our policy is to cancel if there is more than 80% chance of rain and if three people or less are signed up for the class. If you plan to pay in person, let us know you are coming by emailing!

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!

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!

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.

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, 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 here!

  • 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 here!

  • 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 here!

  • 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 here!

  • 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 here!

Have questions on any of these community classes? Reach out to!


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