Community Garden Development Training

This series of classes 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.


CGDT Class 5 – Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Wed., Jan. 28, 6-8:30pm
Instructor: Dave Koester, Campbell County Extension Agent
Dave Koester will provide an introduction to organic cultivation practices for the community gardener – how to plant, maintain and harvest your garden. Topics will include timing the vegetable garden; seasonal considerations; variety selection, and companion planting.

This class is open to the public.  Click here to register.




Master Composter Series

Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm, March 10,17, 24, & 31 (meeting at Civic Garden Center) and
Saturdays, 10-12:30pm, March 14, 21, 28 & April 4 (meeting at various locations)
Cost:  $30

Calling all garden gurus and environmental enthusiasts! Ready to get down and dirty? Enroll in our intensive Master Composter Training! You’ll learn the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, and how to share your knowledge with our local community. 10 hours of classroom instruction will be complemented by 10 hours of field study, exposing participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours working in community gardens and education programs. Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment. Course fees are $30 for instructional materials and access to field study tours. Contact Mary Dudley, for details.


  • 10 hours classroom + 10 hours field study + 30 hours volunteering = 50 hours for certificate
  • Pre-requisite = successful passage of pre-test (knowledge available during one of Civic Garden Center’s Basic Composting classes or Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District class)
  • $30 fee for instructional materials & field study access

 Mission Statement:

Teach local gardeners, teachers and facility personnel advanced practices and sustainable methods for composting and help them share this information with the local community.
Click here to register.



CGDT Class 8 – Botany for Vegetable Gardeners

Wed., Mar. 11, 6-8:30pm
Instructors: Mary Dudley Youth Education Coordinator and Greg Potter
Basic Botany:  Learn the environmental conditions needed for healthy plant growth, the function of roots, stems and leaves, and a basic understanding of photosynthesis and respiration.

This class is open to the public.  Click here to register.


Backyard Composting Methods

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: John Duke, Certified Master Composter and founder of the American Compost Society
Cost: $10 (free for CGC volunteers)

Explore a variety of outdoor composting systems and discuss the pros and cons of various bins and tools. Learn best practices in maintenance strategies to achieve your composting goals. This class covers basic composting techniques, explores different ways to compost in place and how to use compost in the garden. Click here to register.



Natural Egg Dying

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:30-noon
Welcome the spring season with a fun twist on dying eggs!  We will use natural materialsto make earthy hues on eggs and design a little nest to carry them home.  Click here to register.


Teas & Tonics

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:30-noon
Tea has a rich, ancient culture tht comes from both western and eastern traditions.  Learn how to grow, create and serve tea during this fun program. Click here to register.


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.


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.



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.


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 toenhance their projects! Click here to register.