Education Series - September 2013


Wednesday, September 9, 6-7:30 pm
Latimer Woods, 3200 East Buick Cadillac Blvd (just south of College Mall)

Fall is a great time to discover the wild edibles around you. Sara Stonaha teaches you how to identify some wild edibles on this short hike through a local forest, and sample some sassafras tea afterwards. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Directions to Latimer Woods are supplied upon registration. For ages 8 years and up.

$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Register by September 9 at or call 812-349-3700.



Saturday, September 14, 2-4pm
The Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 South Highland Avenue in Winslow Woods Park

One of the many advantages of organic fruit production is the elimination of toxic pesticide sprays, and there are a number of safe, organic sprays that can enhance the health and productivity of the home orchard. Learn to use these sprays effectively in this informative class that includes helpful demonstrations. H. Michael Simmons covers organic sprays, spraying techniques, equipment, and spray schedules for home fruit production. Rain date is September 21 (participants notified if rain date is required).

$8 in city/ $10 out of city

Register by September 11 at or call 812-349-3700.



Sunday, September 15, 2-4pm
Bloomingfoods East Patio Garden Room, 3220 East Third Street

The East Garden Center lecture series resumes with a workshop led by Chris Bobbitt. Come learn which crops actually thrive in cold weather, when and how they should be planted, and how to protect them from extreme weather. In addition to seeds, the Garden Center also has fall/winter bedding plants ready for sale, and should have cold frames and materials for low hoop houses available by the time of the workshop.

Free and open to all gardening enthusiasts.


HEALTHY JAPANESE SUSHI – East-meets-West Kitchen

Sunday, September 22, 2-5pm
705 South Parkridge Road

Healthy Asian fusion cooking classes featuring organic, local, natural and whole food ingredients prepared in a colorful, nutritious, East meets West style.

In this much-requested class, we’ll make at least two kinds of Japanese sushi rolls (“maki”) using primarily seasonal, local, whole food ingredients. Various ways of presenting and enjoying sushi, in addition to “maki” style, will also be prepared and demonstrated, time permitting. Guaranteed to expand your sushi experience while having fun and learning various hands-on techniques.

Yuko Omukara, a former cooking instructor at Bloomington Cooking School, will be the co-instructor for the class. Yuko is an expert in Macrobiotic cooking and temple cuisine Shojin Ryori, a vegan, spiritual, and culinary art form in Japanese cuisine.

$40 Class size limited to 10 people

Register by September 20 at 812-334-7730.



Tuesday, September 24, 6-7:30pm
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 1100 West Allen Street, Suite A

Join Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's Garden Program to learn how to extend your gardening year into the fall and winter. Stephanie Solomon teaches you how to plan a cold season garden and to mitigate cold temperatures with weather barriers that allow for fresh vegetables when most gardens have been put to bed for the season.

$8 in city/ $9 out of city

Register by September 20 at or call 812-349-3700.



Wednesday, October 2, 6:30-8pm
Banneker Community Center, 930 West 7th Street

Join local chef Sasha Divine for a cooking demonstration that will show you how to use local wild edibles in delicious recipes to fill your plate and awaken your palette. Enjoy tasting several creations during the class.

$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Register by September 27 at or call 812-349-3700.



Thursday, October 3, 6-8pm
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

September through November is an excellent time to get perennials in the ground. The dependable rains and cooler weather of autumn create ideal conditions for transplanting perennials which will burst into life in springtime with little or no maintenance. Jonas Carpenter, Permaculture Designer and Educator, will focus on planting and mulching techniques, companion plantings, establishing multi-layer landscapes, attracting beneficial insects and pollinators, and developing a perennial backbone for every garden system.

$10 in city/ $14 out of city

Register by October 1 at or call 812-349-3700.



Saturday, October 5, 2-4pm
The Bloomington Community Orchard,
2120 South Highland Avenue in Winslow Woods Park

Most commonly planted fruit trees are not native to North America, but by creating and maintaining an ecosystem that includes fruit trees, supporting orchard floor plants, beneficial insects, and an active soil food web, we can enjoy a healthy and productive orchard. H. Michael Simmons covers the elements of an effective orchard ecosystem and how to install and maintain them. Rain date is 12 October (participants notified if use of rain date is necessary).

$8 in city/ $10 out of city

Register by October 2 at or call 812-349-3700.