Community Gardens Development

Training Series

Community Gardens Development Training (CGDT) provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education and start-up materials. This training ultimately helps to carry out the mission of the Civic Garden Center, extending the impact to a broad number of people in Cincinnati. This class is also a great resource for folks interested in becoming involved in an existing community garden or vegetable gardening at home. These classes are free of charge! Many classes are hands-on workshops. CGDT is sponsored in part by the Meshewa Farm Foundation. To apply to the program click here.  For a list of CGDT classes click here.





Winter Family Fun
(families with children of all ages are welcome)

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Instructor: Ellie Falk, CGC Youth Education CoordinatorCost: $5 per participant
Advance registration is appreciated but not required.

Drop in anytime between 10 am-noon to celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Civic Garden Center! Join us as we say goodbye to fall and welcome winter. Families will embark on a seasonal scavenger hunt, create a craft with natural items and take home a set of activity cards.  To register, click here.



Beekeeping 101 Series

3-part series: Tuesdays, February 13, 20, 27, 6:00-8:30 pm
Instructors: Randy Morgan, Emeritus Curator-Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Phil Hucke, Certified Arborist, Ray Babcock, President- Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association –SWOBA *Together over 55 years of beekeeping experience!
Cost: $50 for series (must register for entire series)

The amazing honey bee is an agriculturally-important pollinator threatened by many human activities. Beekeeping, the art and science of managing honey bees, is a fascinating hobby, fun backyard business and extensive agro-industry. This introductory course is intended to encourage and support interested non-beekeepers. Novice beekeepers are also welcome! Experienced members of the Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association (SWOBA) will help you become a successful beekeeper. Sign up now to learn about and experience the joy of beekeeping! This program will answer your questions about: Getting started, use of and ordering equipment, costs, where to place your bees, how to get your bees, protective clothing, etc. To register click here.


Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Wednesday, March 7, 6:00-8:00pm
Cost :$15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Instructors:  Dave Koester, Boone County Extension Agent

This course will provide a great introduction to growing vegetables without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Topics will include what to plant when, seasonal considerations for maintenance, selecting varieties, intensive gardening, succession planting and companion planting techniques.  To register click here.


Soil Health

Wednesday, March 14, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: TBD
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

This class will provide an introduction to basic soil science and discuss the importance of conserving and cultivating a biologically active soil to grow healthy fruits, vegetables and perennials. The seasonal cycle of soil as well as composting, green manure and cover crops will be reviewed as part of a strategy to build fertile soil. Soil testing kits will be available. The cost of the soil test for Hamilton County residents is $5 per test, for gardeners living outside of Hamilton County the fee is $12 per test.  To register click here.


Seed Starting and Thriving Garden Practices

Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Greg Potter, CGC Community Garden Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

Seed Starting:  Learn the process of starting plants from seed indoors and out
Thriving Garden Practices: Learn about crop rotation, beneficial insects, weeding, mulching and more.  To register click here.


Gardening Healthy Traditions: Perspectives on Nutrition & Food Preparation

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: TBD
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

The class will provide an overview about the nutritional benefits of eating a healthy diet including fresh whole foods, fruits and vegetables. The topics of growing, cooking, preserving, and eating healthy food will also be covered. To register click here.




Construction Techniques for the Gardener

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Greg Potter, CGC Community Garden Coordinator & Robert Cox, CGC Volunteer
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Garden construction fundamentals – learn to build raised beds, paths, compost bins, cold frames and simple trellis forms. Alternative building materials for these features will also be addressed.  To register click here.