Education Series – September 2012

Information about community cooking and gardening classes, workshops and events for the month of September 2012.


Saturday, September 1, 2–4pm (Rain date September 8)

A tree guild is a grouping of plants growing together around a tree in a mutually beneficial system. Orchard educators will provide an understanding of this important permaculture concept and shows how it benefits gardeners. Participants will visit three locations where tree guilds are being built (beginning with the Bloomington Community Orchard). Please bring transportation or carpool.

Bloomington Community Orchard, South Highland, opposite YMCA
$7/in-city, $8/non-city
Register by August 29 at or call 812-349-3700



Wednesdays, September 5 - December 5, 6-9pm • (No class November 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday)

Learn organic gardening from a team of organic gardening experts and share your knowledge with the community in this organic outreach horticultural certification program, which covers soil science to seed saving and everything in between. Complete the course and volunteer hours in a number of community projects to be certified as a Grow Organic Educator or just take the course for your own enrichment.

Textbook and comprehensive reference notebook included in fee. There will be a number of optional Saturday workshops and field trips scheduled.

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street
$125/in-city, $145/non-city
Register by August 31 at or call 812-349-3700

Thanks to the generosity of a GOES graduate, scholarship assistance is available through the Cassell Memorial Scholarship fund. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the program and are available at the Parks and Recreation office. Applicants must provide proof of income and a brief statement indicating why they are interested in completing the GOES series. For more information about applying for a scholarship, call 812-349-3710.


Saturday, September 15, 2-4 pm (Rain date September 22)

Learn the basics of beekeeping from George Hegeman, experienced beekeeper. You'll learn how to get started, including where to purchase beekeeping supplies, expenses involved, and how to site the hives. The class also covers the ecosystem services provided by bees in orchards and gardens as well as the production of honey.

Bloomington Community Orchard, South Highland Avenue, opposite YMCA
$7 in city / $8 out of city
Register by September 12 at or call 812-349-3700


Thursday, September 20, 6-7pm

Fall is a great time to discover the wild edibles around you. Learn how to identify some wild edibles on this short hike through our local Indiana forest. Taste some seasonal edibles and try some sassafras tea after the hike. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Directions are supplied upon registration.

Latimer Woods, Bloomington
$4 in city/ $5 out of city
Register by September 16 at or call 812-349-3700



Monday, September 24, 7 - 9pm

Thinking about renewable energy? Learn about the costs, financial incentives, carbon savings, and other considerations for installing solar and geothermal systems. Have your questions answered by local green energy experts and sign up for a free, solar pre-assessment to determine the solar potential of your home.

Here's another chance to learn about "Going Solar" and shifting your home to clean energy! The Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) will be hosting a free public presentation at 7 pm Monday, September 24th in room 1B of the Monroe County Public Library. SIREN volunteers will talk about the costs, financial incentives, carbon savings, and other considerations for installing solar and geothermal systems. Options to be presented include solar PV electric systems, solar furnaces, solar water heaters and geothermal systems. Learn what is involved, have your questions answered by local green energy experts, and sign up for a free home energy audit. Hundreds of people have attended this program in the past year. Monroe County is leading the state in the number of solar energy systems with renewable energy production. SIREN data estimates the annual total power production for Monroe county to be: 433 MegaWatt_hours   =  433,000 KiloWatt_hours  =  433,000,000 Watt_hours. You can choose from several qualified local companies. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B

Free • Register by September 15th by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (812)269-6109.



Two sessions to choose from: Friday, September 21, 1-3pm, or Saturday, September 22, 10am-noon

Harness the sun’s energy to create a simple solar oven! This quick and easy workshop, led by Carrie Albright,  teaches you to build your own solar oven to take home, along with additional ways to use passive solar energy at home. Sample snacks are provided.

Bryan Park, North Shelter
$6 in city/ $7 out of city
Register by September 18 at or call 812-349-3700


Thursday, September 27, 5:30 – 7pm

Join Sherry Wise of Wylie House to learn about our very own Bloomington heirloom garden and the historic Wylie House. Learn how to use open-pollinated heirloom varieties in your garden, and save your own seeds from year to year! This class is open to the public, with priority given to MHC patrons and volunteers. Community members may register if there are additional spots after September 13, community members are asked to bring a sliding scale suggested donation of $2-$5.

Wylie House, 307 East 2nd Street
To register for this class contact Stephanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 812-355-6843


Thursday, September 27, 6-8pm

Composting made clean and easy! Carrie Albright teaches you to be successful at composting. You will receive guides for how to maintain this simple, effective system and each registration includes one compost bin to take home.

Winslow Woods Park, Playground Shelter
$10 in city/ $12 out of city
Register by September 21 at or call 812-349-3700

CHEFS ON STAGE: Canning Demonstration at the Farmer's Market


Saturday, September 29, 11am – 12:30pm

Learn how you can preserve the fresh, local, market produce all winter long. Join MHC's Kayte Young and Carl Pearson for an open canning demonstration at the Farmer's Market! We'll go through all the steps, and offer recipes and other resources to get you started on your own canning projects.

Bloomington Community Farmer's Market, 401 N. Morton St. next to City Hall—Showers Building

No registration required, just drop by!




Sunday, September 30, 2:15-7:15pm •  Bus departs City Hall at 2:15pm

Tour Ewe’nique Farm on a hay wagon, then share the afternoon with lambs and longhorn calves while learning to separate the chaff from the wheat and grind home-grown grain. Finish the evening with a meal of home-baked bread from Muddy Fork Farm, and homemade soup and cookies from Bloomingfoods.

$25 for all ages
Register by September 24 at or call 812-349-3700