Education Series – June 2012

Root Systems of Vegetables

The roots of a lima-bean bush can occupy over 200 cubic feet of soil, and a cucumber can send its taproot three feet deep at the rate of one inch per day! Whether you garden in containers, in raised beds, or in the ground, it's helpful to know the natural spread, depth, and special characteristics of the root system of each type of vegetable you grow.  H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener will help you understand the root maps of vegetables and the way roots of different plants interact.

Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

$12/in-city, $14/non-city

Register by June 11 at or call 812-349-3737


Baking Versatile Dinner Rolls

Learn how to make delicious dinner rolls -- from soft, pull-apart rolls to traditional bread served in fine French restaurants. Nelia Hostetter shows you how to weigh ingredients, mix, use fermented dough, and shape different types of rolls: potato, stamped or Kaiser, and restaurant rolls.

Monday, June 18, 6-8pm

Sweet Claire Bakery, 309 East Third Street

$9/in-city, $10/non-city

Register by June 13 at or call 812-349-3737


Easy as Pie Workshop

Apple pie, peach pie, savory tarts, gorgeous galettes, pot pies and pocket pies—a mere sampling of the wonderful things you can make with pie crust. Crafting a pie crust that is both tender, and flaky can feel like a mysterious process. Even experienced cooks can be intimidated by pie crust. In this tasty workshop, we’ll discover how easy and fun pie making can be. In no time, you’ll be dreaming up new combinations, both savory and sweet, to be nestled in a delicate pie shell. Registration priority is given to MHC patrons and volunteers. Community members (those who are not volunteers, and don’t use our pantry services) may contact Kayte after May 30 to register on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thursday, June 21, 6-8pm

Bloomington Cooking School 115 North College #14 (Downstairs from Goods for Cooks)

This event is accessible to people with disabilities.

To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 355-6843


The Underground Life of Trees

The right tree carefully planted in the right place enhances the home landscape and increases property value. Making the wrong choices in planting trees can lead to damages to hardscape, lawns, and gardens and to a decrease in property value. Knowing the characteristics of the root systems of tree species helps us pick the right tree for the right place. H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener, will cover  the practical application of knowledge of tree root systems when planting trees in the home landscape.

Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8:30pm

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

$12/in-city, $14/non-city

Register by June 25 at or call 812-349-3737


Cover Cropping

The class provides an introduction to a variety of cover cropping methods and theories. A team of orchard educators will cover the ways in which different cover crops feed and improve the soil, protect the soil as living mulch, attract beneficial insects, and more.

Saturday, July 7, 2-4pm. Participants notified if July 14 rain date is necessary.

Bloomington Community Orchard, South Highland, opposite YMCA

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

Register by July 5 at or call 812-349-3737