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
Register by August 29 at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700
GROW ORGANIC EDUCATOR SERIES: Get Gardening with GOES!
Wednesdays, September 5 - December 5, 6-9pm • (No class November 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday)
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
Register by August 31 at bloomington.in.gov/parks 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 bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700
IDENTIFYING WILD EDIBLES
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 bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700
GOING SOLAR PRESENTATION WITH SIREN
Monday, September 24, 7 - 9pm
SOLAR POWER: NOW WE'RE COOKIN'
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 bloomington.in.gov/parks 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
FOOLPROOF COMPOSTING FOR FAMILIES
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 bloomington.in.gov/parks 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!
HOMEGROWN INDIANA FARM TOUR
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 bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700