Calendar

Apr
27
Fri
Friday Volunteer Days @ Civic Garden Center
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Beginning on March 23rd, we’ll have volunteer work days every Friday from 9am-11:30am. These will be led by our CGC horticulturist, Greg Torres, and will be educational as well as helpful to us! No experience necessary. Just come wearing clothes that you can get dirty, and bring water.

Apr
28
Sat
Community Garden Workday @ Civic Garden Center
Apr 28 @ 9:45 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for a day of volunteering in 3 of our Walnut Hills Community Gardens: the Julie Hanser Garden, Concord Street Community Garden, and Melrose. Meet at the CGC at 9:45am, and we’ll split everyone into 3 groups. All of the gardens are very close in proximity, and close to the CGC. No experience necessary. Just wear clothes you can get dirty, and bring water!

May
4
Fri
Friday Volunteer Days @ Civic Garden Center
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Beginning on March 23rd, we’ll have volunteer work days every Friday from 9am-11:30am. These will be led by our CGC horticulturist, Greg Torres, and will be educational as well as helpful to us! No experience necessary. Just come wearing clothes that you can get dirty, and bring water.

May
9
Wed
The Art of Food Preservation – Freezing and Drying @ Civic Garden Center
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Part 1: Freezing and Drying
Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Instructors: Lisa Craig, Hamilton Butler County Agent, Central State Extension & Carol Pelfrey, Home Food Preservationist

This class will discuss different methods for freezing and drying your fruits and vegetables.  We will demonstrate freezing fresh vegetables, drying fruits with a dehydrator, and drying herbs using the air dry method as well as proper storage.

The Art of Food Preservation – 5 part class series @ Civic Garden Center
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Preserving the Harvest – 5 part class series

Spring and summer bring a bounty of goodness from the garden.  Learn how to safely preserve nature’s harvest to enjoy year-round through this 5-part series on home food preservation.  Each class will include demonstrations – part will be hands on and all will be fun.  You will come away with a better understanding of home food preservation and the confidence that you can do it yourself.
Cost: $20 per class OR $75 for the entire series ($25 savings!)

Part 1: Freezing and Drying

Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructors: Lisa Craig, Hamilton Butler County Agent, Central State Extension & Carol Pelfrey, Home Food Preservationist

This class will discuss different methods for freezing and drying your fruits and vegetables.  We will demonstrate freezing fresh vegetables, drying fruits with a dehydrator, and drying herbs using the air dry method as well as proper storage.

Part 2: Fermentation and Pickling

Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructors: Lisa Craig, Hamilton Butler County Agent, Central State Extension & Carol Pelfrey, Home Food Preservationist

You will see demonstrations on making kimchi and sauerkraut using fermentation.  We will also demonstrate how to make refrigerator dill pickles and sweet pickle chips. Samples of all will be available for your tasting pleasure.

Part 3: Jams, Jellies, and Preserves

Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructors: Lisa Craig, Hamilton Butler County Agent, Central State Extension & Carol Pelfrey, Home Food Preservationist

What’s the difference between jams, jellies, and preserves? We will discuss methods for making these sweet treats and demonstrate how to make strawberry freezer jam, hot pepper jelly, and peach preserves.  You will take home a jar of our freshly made goodies.

Part 4: Whole Milk and Its By-products

Wednesday, July 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructors: Lisa Craig, Hamilton Butler County Agent, Central State Extension & Carol Pelfrey, Home Food Preservationist

Join us for information about making cheese, buttermilk, and ice cream. We will demonstrate how to make your own cottage cheese, and you will get to sample this delicious product.  Finally, learn by doing with a hands-on, “make your own butter” session.  This class will be both informative and fun.

Part 5: Water Bath Canning

Wednesday, August 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructors: Lisa Craig, Hamilton Butler County Agent, Central State Extension & Carol Pelfrey, Home Food Preservationist

We will demonstrate the hot water bath method for high acid foods and pressure canning for low acid foods, meat, and fish. We’ll also demonstrate how to put your summer bounty to good use with a salsa making and canning demonstration. Join us to learn how to preserve your harvest while sampling foods we prepare along the way!

May
11
Fri
Friday Volunteer Days @ Civic Garden Center
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Beginning on March 23rd, we’ll have volunteer work days every Friday from 9am-11:30am. These will be led by our CGC horticulturist, Greg Torres, and will be educational as well as helpful to us! No experience necessary. Just come wearing clothes that you can get dirty, and bring water.

May
16
Wed
Botanically Infused Culinary Salt and Oil Kit @ Civic GardenCenter
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Botanically Infused Culinary Salt and Oil Kit

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY
Cost: $20 per participant, registration is required
Learn how to harness your garden’s bounty with flavorful and brilliantly colored infused culinary salts and oils. Your customized kit can be used in the kitchen for cooking, as well as external application and skin nourishment. Make and take your very own food grade infused salts and oils that day along with recipes and techniques for future infusing. to register click here.

May
17
Thu
Field Study of Weeds & Invasive Plants @ Civic Garden Center
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Field Study of Weeds and Invasive Plants
Thursday, May 17, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (class); 12:00 – 1:00 pm (optional work session)
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers & students)
People say a weed is just a plant growing where you don’t want it, but there are in fact plants that can be considered a weed in any context, especially invasive and noxious species. This field study will involve identification of common lawn and garden weeds, as well as invasive plant species. Different techniques for removal and prevention will be demonstrated, followed by an optional work session to reclaim a portion of the grounds here at the Civic Garden Center alongside local horticulture students.

May
18
Fri
Friday Volunteer Days @ Civic Garden Center
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Beginning on March 23rd, we’ll have volunteer work days every Friday from 9am-11:30am. These will be led by our CGC horticulturist, Greg Torres, and will be educational as well as helpful to us! No experience necessary. Just come wearing clothes that you can get dirty, and bring water.

May
21
Mon
Aquaponics Workshop @ Civic Garden Center
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Aquaponics Workshop
Presented by Central State Extension Hamilton County
Monday, May 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructors: Rid-All Green Partnership staff – Keymah Durden, Co-Founder and training/programming coordinator; Damien Forshe, Co-Founder; Randy McShepard, Co-Founder; Marc S. White, Co-Founder & Farm Operations Manager; Dave “Dr. Greenhand” Hester, Co-Founder

Cost: Free To register, call 513-221-0981.

The goal of this workshop is to give participants a basic understanding of the theory, science and fundamentals necessary to build, launch and maintain an urban fish farming enterprise. Accordingly, students will learn how aquaponics systems are built, operated, maintained, and where desired, integrated into a broader Urban/Community Agricultural Operation.
For questions or additional information, please contact Hamilton-Butler County Agent for Central State Extension, Lisa Craig, at 513-785-6652 or lcraig@centralstate.edu.