Upcoming Workshops and Events
Growing Food for Almost Free!
An introduction to edible gardening for the creative cheapskate.
(Scholarships available, apply here)
Growing your own food does not require a down payment! Nor does it start at the garden center. There are many ways to go about growing your own food, and Clark County is filled with resources to help you get started on a budget. This class provides a three-hour introduction to the basics of edible gardening, including time and money saving tricks.
We will learn the basics of:
- Edible gardening in the Pacific Northwest
- Garden design and location selection
- Soil and soil preparation
- Lasagna gardening
- Plant spacing
- Vertical gardening
- Pest and disease management
- Crop rotation
- Season extension
- Companion planting/interplanting
- Container gardening
- Succession planting
- Cover cropping
- Herbs, Fruit, Edible flowers
- …and more!
Take home plants that you will start from seed, handouts and the confidence to begin growing your own food this spring!
Intro to Urban Foraging
Discover the “wild” edibles that grow in your own backyard!
When: Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Columbia Springs Swift Classroom, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver, WA 98683
There is a $10/person fee for this class.
Pre-registration required: Sign-up here!
Did you know edible plants grow ubiquitously in our urban areas? Some are the common ornamental plants we grow in our gardens, and some are the weeds we cannot get rid of fast enough. Urban foraging nerd, Eve Hanlin, began learning about these incredible plants while working as a gardener. She discovered an abundance of surprisingly delicious, free foods. The goal of this workshop is to teach how to safely identify and prepare these urban edible plants, and ultimately improve access to nutritious foods.
The first hour includes an introduction to the practice of urban foraging, safety considerations, and an overview of how to prepare some common urban edibles. The second half is a guided walk around the site. This walk provides a special opportunity to interact and study the characteristics of common edible plants found in Clark County and beyond. This fun and informative workshop will have its guests looking at their back yards in a whole new light.