Education Series - January 2013

Bread Baking with Muddy Fork Farm and Bakery

Wednesday, January 9, 5:30– 8:30pm
Bloomington Cooking School, 115 N. College #14 (Downstairs from Goods for Cooks)

Join Eric Schedler and Katie Zukof, of Muddy Fork Farm and Bakery, to learn the basics of baking your own bread from scratch. Home-baked bread is the most delicious, healthy, and by far the least expensive bread you can eat. In this class you'll learn how easy and fun bread baking can be!

Registration Priority is given to MHC patrons and volunteers. Community members (those who are not MHC patrons or volunteers) may contact Kayte after December 26th to register, on a first come first serve basis. Donations suggested if possible. To register for this class, sign up in the pantry, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone: 355-68434

 

Introduction to Permaculture
Thursday, January 10, 6-9pm
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

Rhonda Baird, Permaculture Designer and Teacher, covers the principles of permaculture, and how practicing permaculture at home leads to a lighter footprint, more savings, and a happier home economy.  We will examine specific actions for water, soil, and forest garden systems at home, so students are encouraged to bring sketch maps of their homes, plus ideas and interests to integrate into the class discussion.

$12 in city, $15 non-city. Register by January 7 at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 349-3700.

 

Certificate in the Organic Management of Orchards (COMO)
Tuesdays, January 15 - March 5 (8 sessions), 6:30-8:30pm
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

Learn how to use organic methods in the management of orchards and earn COMO certification. H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener, covers site selection and modification, soil evaluation and amendment, orchard floor management, cultivar selection, grafting, pollination requirements, planting techniques, pruning, insect pest monitoring and management, plant pathology and disease control, irrigation, fertilization, and harvesting and fruit handling. Optional field trips and hands-on training opportunities are included. Passing a final examination is required for certification, but anyone may take the course for personal enrichment without taking the exam. A reference notebook is included in the fee for the class.

$95 in city, $117 non-city. Register by January 11 at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 349-3700.

 

Bread Baking with Alex Chambers
Thursday, January 17, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Banneker Community Center Kitchen 930 West 7th Street

Join MHC staff, and expert bread baker Alex Chambers for a practical, hands-on workshop designed to get you baking your own bread at home. Learn to create beautiful, delicious, healthy breads, for a fraction of what you pay in the stores. The focus is on savory, yeast breads. This is one of our most popular workshops, so early registration is recommended Priority is given to MHC patrons and volunteers, Registration for community members (who are not MHC patrons or volunteers) begins on January 3, on a first come first serve basis. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 812.355.6843

 

Water, Water Everywhere
Thursday, January 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

Rhonda Baird, Permaculture Designer and Teacher, examines the many ways we use water and how to harvest and store it safely and economically. It focuses on practical applications to conserve water in the home and garden and planting strategies to help with water control in the garden setting.

$8 in city, $11 non-city. Register by January 14 at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 349-3700.

 

Preparing to Plant a Home Orchard
Saturday, January 26, 2-4pm
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

A little planning and preparation will help assure the success of your home orchard.  H. Michael Simmons and Ross Gay, Orchard Educators, cover site selection, soil testing and amendment, cover crops, planting design and techniques, cultivar selection, and pollination requirements.

$7 in city, $9 non-city. Register by January 23 at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 349-3700.

 

Polyculture Paradise
Thursday, January 31, 6:30-8pm
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

Whether you currently live in a forest or just enjoy learning about new ways to garden, Rhonda Baird, Permaculture Designer and Teacher, provides the information you need to construct one of the most productive landscapes ever known: a forest garden. The class covers the structure of a forest and how to replicate that structure in your landscape, including discussions of light, water, buildings, and harvesting.

$7 in city, $9 non-city. Register by January 28 at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 349-3700.