Get Growing KC offers free gardening workshop

Teresa Kelly teresa@cultivatekc.org (913) 944-7655

Get Growing KC is excited to announce their spring 2013 Workshop lineup. Get Growing KC is a collaborative effort between Cultivate KC, Kansas City Community Gardens and Lincoln University Extention. They offer free workshops and technical assistance to help people get growing good food in every neighborhood.

The popular Get Growing a Community Garden kicks off the series on February 23rd (Saturday) 9am-12pm at Kansas City Community Gardens. This workshop is essential for anyone thinking of starting a community garden or wanting to expand or improve their existing community garden. Offered as three consecutive sessions, one can attend one or all three in one day.

Water: ‘Cause It Sure Ain’t Been Rainin’! was Get Growing KC’s highest attended workshop last season. Accessing water for successful food production has become a hot topic. Have you wondered about tapping into fire hydrants, installing a hydrant, or rain water catchment to provide water to your plantings? What about water conservation? How do you save the rain when it comes? We will look at different ways farmers and gardeners are accessing, saving and using water sustainably throughout the city. Join the conversation, Monday, March 11th 6-7:30pm at the Rosedale Development Association office in Kansas City, Kansas.

Whether it is the economy or the concern over food safety or both, more people are growing vegetables and fruits on a larger scale in the Kansas City area. Many see selling produce as a step into food entrepreneurship. The Get Growing Team is offering How to Sell at a Farmer’s Market, March 25th (Monday) 6-7:30pm at Urban Impact Center, for those who are considering selling for the first time or to help established vendors hone their marketing skills. Marketing is an integral part of a successful farm based business. Marketing helps identify what, who, and where the grower wants to sell. This workshop includes an interactive activity showing how to set up a farm stand. Learn about role of customer service, pricing, and sales as a successful farmer’s market vendor.

As anyone who grows food knows, feeding the soil is an important component of healthy vegetable production. A common way to feed the soil is to add compost. Want to know how to turn leaves, plant debris, grass clippings, old straw, manure, or kitchen waste into black gold for your soil? Learn how to get started, about active and passive composting, the benefits and some common problems associated with composting. Join us for Composting 101, April 8th (Monday) 6-7:30pm at the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center for a discussion about composting.

All of the Get Growing KC workshops are free. Get Growing KC is a collaboration between Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City Community Gardens & Lincoln University Cooperative Extension to get more people growing food through home & community gardening, urban farming, & community food projects.

To register and to find details on the full Get Growing KC workshop series visit www.getgrowingkc.org or call (816) 226-7979.

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