Education Series - April 2014

Composting Basics

Join MHC’s Garden Coordinator, Kendra Brewer, to learn the basics of backyard composting. Use composting to provide your soil with the nutrients it needs at no cost while cutting down on kitchen and yard waste. We will cover the basics of backyard composting, and MHC will show off our composting system.

Wednesday, April 2,  6:30-7:30pm Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 1100 West Allen St.

This workshop is free to MHC patrons and volunteers with a $5 suggested donation for community members.

 

Bloomingfoods Garden Center Lecture Series

Natural lawn care and lawn alternatives

Workshop led by Chris Bobbitt.

Sunday, April 6, 2pm Patio Room at Bloomingfoods East, 3220 East 3rd St.

Free and open to the public;  no registration required

 

One and Done: cook one day, have meals for the whole week.

Do you ever come home and wish that dinner would just make itself? Relieve the stress of daily cooking by preparing meals for the week all at once. Learn how to make a meal plan and grocery list that suits your schedule and your budget. This hands-on cooking session with Biz Stother caters to a busy lifestyle on a budget, with tips and ideas for making cooking fun. "One and done!" will keep you satisfied and stress free all week!

Tuesday, April 8, 1-3 pm MHC Kitchen, 1100 West Allen St.

Our workshops are free for MHC patrons and volunteers, and those who meet the guidelines to use our food pantry services. Those who do not meet our food pantry guidelines may register 2 weeks before the workshop (if we have space) at a suggested donation of $5 per person. To register, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,812-355-6843

 

Gardens for Kids

Let's bring out the kid in all of us by creating gardens that speak to child passions. From small ponds to small fruits, hiding places and flowers… Rhonda Baird, Permaculture Designer and Teacher, uses her experience creating and observing her own permaculture garden and children to inspire you and your family. We will cover design considerations, encouraging children's sensibilities, connecting with nature in the garden, and the practical aspects of creating these spaces.

Wednesday, April 9, 6-8pm Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th St.

$16 in-city, $20 non-city, including materials Register by April 7 at at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700

 

Chickens in the City

Join MHC and expert poultry folks to learn about the chicken ordinance in Bloomington and how you can have chickens in your backyard. Learn about having chickens in the city as well as practical information about chicken physiology, behavior, health, nutrition, and different breeds.  We’ll also go over the basics on building or purchasing coops.

Thursday, April 10, 6-7:30pm Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 1100 West Allen St.

This workshop is free to MHC patrons and volunteers with a $5 suggested donation for community members.

 

Managing the Orchard Floor

Learn what to grow and what not to grow under your fruit trees. H. Michael Simmons, Orchard Educator, covers using legumes to contribute to the nitrogen budget of fruit trees, using flowering plants to attract beneficial insects, and avoiding competition with tree roots. This class takes place in the Community Orchard, so dress appropriately for the weather.

Saturday, April 12, 2-4pm; rain date April 19 Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 S. Highland Ave. in Winslow Woods Park adjacent to the YMCA.

$10 in-city, $12 non-city Register by April 10 at at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700

 

Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Learn how to successfully plan your own vegetable garden for the coming growing season. We’ll talk about efficient use of large and small garden spaces, how to correctly space seeds and transplants, and planting with companion planting schemes in mind. We’ll also discuss soil building and basic organic gardening methods.

Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7pm Detmer Park Garden Shelter (Rain Location: Karst Farm Park Commons)

$5 Fee to Monroe County Parks and Recreation Register by calling 812-349-2800 or emailing Cathy Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Pizza Making

Making your own pizza is easier than you think, and tons of fun for all ages. Homemade pizza is also cheaper, healthier and tastier than anything you’ll get from a box.  In this hands-on workshop with Kayte Young and Brandon Shurr, you’ll learn all the steps involved in making your own delicious pizzas in your home oven, and how to make "pizza night" part of your regular routine.

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30-8:30pm MHC Kitchen, 1100 West  Allen St.

Our workshops are free for MHC patrons and volunteers, and those who meet the guidelines to use our food pantry services. Those who do not meet our food pantry guidelines may register 2 weeks before the workshop (if we have space) at a suggested donation of $5 per person. To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 812-355-6843

 

Garden Planning with the Hub

Learn how to successfully plan your own vegetable garden for the coming growing season. We'll talk about a variety of sustainable gardening methods from bio-intensive to permaculture.  Learn the basics of planning for a summer and fall yield, crop rotation, companion planting, and soil building.

Thursday, April 24, 6-7:30pm Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 1100 West Allen St.

This workshop is free to MHC patrons and volunteers with a $5 suggested donation for community members.