Classes

Community Garden Development Training

This series of classes (CGDT) begins in November and runs through the winter to get you ready for next spring.

Participants in CGDT classes must complete and submit an application. For the list of the CGTD classes click here.

 

Intro to Living Green Series

Want to learn to be a “greener” you by making your home, garden and products more organic and natural?  Delve into this series and see what you can easily accomplish to green up you life.  Classes offered in February, March, April, May, and June.  There will be additional classes scheduled for the remainder of the year – stay tuned and see classes listed below.

Professional Development Series**

Whether you’re a green industry professional seeking CEUs or an individual interested in learning more about sustainable architecture and reducing human impact on the environment, this series is for you! This set of classes will focus on The Living Building Challenge (LBC) – one of the newest green building rating systems. The LBC is a building certification program, advocacy tool, and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. A variety of experienced live instructors will provide engaging presentations related to the seven performance categories of the LBC known as Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Classes begin in April and will be hosted every other month in 2015. Stay tuned for postings and register for individual sessions listed below.

** after title indicates a class in this series

 

Baby Greens

We are offering the Baby Greens classes to families with children from birth to age 4.  The Classes will provide young children with opportunities to grow as they explore the world of plants at the Civic Garden Center!  Monthly classes will each have a different focus based on seasonal changes. The cost is $5.00 per participant and advance registrationis appreciated.

 

June

Choosing Plants for the Permaculture Garden

Thursday, June 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Amy Stross, Chief Home Officer at TenthAcreFarm.com & John Hemmerle, Owner + Designer of Our Land Organics, LLC
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers)
In permaculture, plants are chosen for their usefulness and their ability to perform multiple functions. For example, create an edible privacy hedge, or under-plant your fruit trees with herbs that increase their productivity and reduce their susceptibility to pests. Discover the plant selections that can help you create a productive, low-maintenance, and ecologically-friendly garden.  Click here to register.

 

Garden Basics: Keeping your garden looking great all summer

Monday, June 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Bennett O. Dowling, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $10 (free for CGC Volunteers)

The work you do in the garden all summer not only contributes to its beauty, but also can be pivotal in ensuring the health of your plants. This class covers watering and water conservation measures, pruning, feeding, common pest and disease issues, and other seasonally appropriate topics. Click here to register.

 

Living Green Series: Summer Organic Skincare

Tuesday, June 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten, Owner of 7th Street Gifts, Newport, KY
Cost: $20 per participant, registration is required
Summer sun and activities really take their toll on hair, hands, and feet. Learn natural ways for looking your best with help from your garden. Discover simple cures for bee stings and sunburn, as well as keeping those feet sandal-ready. Cari will share some of her favorite recipes to help you breeze right through the season. Participants will take home a “kit” for summer skin-care. Click here to register.

Introduction to the Living Building Challenge 3.0

Friday, June 12, 2015, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Instructor: David Hart, LEED AP BD+C, Tremco, Inc.
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)
Credits: Approved for 1 AIA LU and 1 GBCI CE Credit
Join us for an introduction to one of the newest green building rating systems, the Living Building Challenge (LBC). The LBC is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. This course will discuss the origins, values, and intents of the LBC rating system, and dissect the criteria and imperatives, as well as the certification process. We will also compare it to other green building rating systems, including USGBC’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). Taught by an experienced live instructor, this engaging presentation concludes with an in-depth look at real-life examples and case studies.  Click here to register.

Get the Most out of your Tomato Plants

Tuesday, June 16, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, President – Cincinnati Heirloom Open Pollinated Tomato Associate Growers (CHOPTAG)
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers)

Help your tomato plants not just survive but thrive throughout the growing season. Learn how to prevent or deal with common pests, diseases and other pitfalls of tomato cultivation to maximize your plants’ yield and the flavor of their fruit. Click here to register.

 

Family Class:  Flower Friends

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10:30-noon
We love to eat straight from the garden in the summer and so do some of our favorite insects.  Munch your way through the garden and discover what bugs help our garden grow. Click here to register.

July

Family Class:  Solar Cooking

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:30-noon
Have you ever tasted sunshine?  Join us for a funfilled day of solar oven construction and experimental cooking using energy from the sun. Click here to register.

Baby Greens

Tuesday, July 21, 10am-11am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5 per participant for ages birth to 4

Young children will be provided with the opportunity to grow as they explore the world of plants. Click here to register.

 

Preserving the Harvest, Part I: Freezing, Drying and Pickling

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Even, OSU Extension Agency
Cost: $10 (free to CGC volunteers)

Want to learn the latest recommendations for preserving pickled products, drying fruits, or freezing vegetables? Come to this workshop to learn the latest recommendations presented by Jenny Even, Extension Educator with OSU in Hamilton County. Information will be presented based on the latest USDA guidelines.  Recommended procedures, websites and fact sheets will be provided.  Click here to register.

 

August

Abundant Tomatoes: Taste Test, Save Seeds, Keep Plants Healthy

Tuesday, August 11, 6:00-8:30 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, President – Cincinnati Heirloom Open Pollinated Tomato Associate Growers (CHOPTAG)
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers)

Join us for a tomato taste test in the height of the season to sample a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes. Pick up ideas for which varieties to grow next year and how to use them in your kitchen. Learn the art of tomato seed saving so you can pass on your own heirloom seeds. Take home strategies for keeping your plants growing strong into the fall. Click here to register.

 

Preserving the Harvest, Part II – Water Bath Canning

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Even, OSU Extension Agency
Cost: $15.00 per person (Free for CGC donors)
Space is limited, registration required
Register by calling 946-8987 or emailing even.2@osu.edu
Location: OSU Extension Office, 5093 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

Summer brings a bounty of goodness from the garden.  Learn how to safely preserve nature’s harvest to enjoy year round through a water bath canning program and demonstration. Jenny Even, Extension Educator with OSU in Hamilton County, will present the latest canning recommendations from the USDA on safely preserving high acid foods, including tomatoes and fruit products. Recommended procedures, websites and fact sheets will be provided. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced canner, you won’t want to miss this program!  Free to Civic Garden Center donors.

The Materials Petal: Rationale and Strategies for Creating a Healthy, Low-Impact Built Environment**

Friday, August 14, 2015, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Instructor: David Whittaker, ASLA, LEED AP, and Living Future Accredited with Human Nature, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)
Credits: Approved for 1 AIA LU and 1 GBCI CE Credit

Join us for an in-depth overview of the Materials Petal, one of the seven regenerative categories (or Petals) that define the Living Building Challenge (LBC). This course will discuss the intent and rationale behind the Materials Petal and illustrate how the LBC can help us generate places that minimize or eliminate toxins, reduce material usage, maximize reuse, and support a regenerative economy. This informative and inspirational presentation will include an in-depth look at real-life examples and case studies. Click here to register.

Family Class:  Cosmic Compost

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:30-noon
Amazing adventures lie just below the soil!  Join us as we learn the secret lives of worms and how we can make “black gold” for the garden from composting our kitchen scraps. Click here to register.

Baby Greens

Tuesday, August 18, 10 – 11 am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per participant

Young children will be provided with the opportunity to grow as they explore the world of plants. Click here to register.

September

Saving Seeds

Tuesday, September 8, 6:00–8:00 pm
Instructor:  Sue Trusty, Horticulturist
Cost: $10 (free for CGC Volunteers)

Collecting seed from plants can be exciting, economical and is essential for preserving genetic diversity of plants.  Through discussion and demonstration, find out how to collect and store seed from annuals, perennials and woody plants; learn the best references to use in determining collection techniques; discover the difference between hybrids and open-pollinated plants. Click here to register.

Baby Greens

Tuesday, September 15, 10 – 11 am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per participant

Young children will be provided with the opportunity to grow as they explore the world of plants. Click here to register.

Family Class:  Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10:30-noon
Let your imagination soar as you collect curious garden objects and construct a place for magical fairies and gnomes to live.  We will provide some craft supplies and natural objects.  Participants are encouraged to bring additional items from home to enhance their projects! Click here to register.

 

October

Baby Greens

Tuesday, October 20, 10 – 11 am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per participant

Young children will be provided with the opportunity to grow as they explore the world of plants. Click here to register.

 

November

Baby Greens

Tuesday,November 17, 10 – 11 am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per participant

Young children will be provided with the opportunity to grow as they explore the world of plants. Click here to register.

 

December

Baby Greens

Tuesday, December 15, 10 – 11 am
Instructor:  Mary Dudley
Cost:  $5.00 per participant

Young children will be provided with the opportunity to grow as they explore the world of plants.  Click here to register.