Upcoming Classes

We host virtual classes and trainings year-round on the topics of gardening, horticulture, sustainability & more! Classes are taught by a combination of Civic Garden Center staff, regional experts, and local partners to provide our community with important education that is accessible to everyone.

January Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

Class on Sustainability

February Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

Basics of Organic Vegetable Gardening ClassClass on PlasticsCooking ClassBeekeeping ClassClass on Sustainability of the Fashion Industry

 

March Classes (Click an Image for More Information)

Class on Electric VehiclesClass of Soil HealthCooking Class on Beets

*All upcoming classes will be taking place virtually until further notice, we are not holding any in-person classes! See below for descriptions for upcoming classes.*

 


Descriptions for Upcoming Classes

 

Victory Gardens Cooking Series – The Humble Potato

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 20th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Lisa Andrews, Owner of Sounds Bites Nutrition
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

With over 5,000 varieties of potatoes world-wide, there are so many different shapes, sizes and colors of this ubiquitous vegetable. Whether waxy, starchy or all-purpose, you’ll learn the right varieties to use for different preparations. Lisa will also demonstrate recipes with potatoes full of flavor that don’t rely on heavy amounts of butter or sour cream to please your tastebuds. This class will give you a new appreciation for this simple ingredient.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


Living Sustainably Series – Sustainability 102

Date/Time: January, 21st, 6-7pm
Instructor: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost: $10 or $40 for the 5-part series, free for volunteers (volunteers must call to register)
Format: Virtual Webinar

Now that you understand the fundamentals of sustainability, this class will take a deeper dive into the topics of food, waste, and water. You will learn actionable steps for adopting a sustainable diet, reducing your food and household waste, and managing water in your house and on your property.



Victory Gardening Series – Planning Your Spring Garden Part 2: A Deeper Dive

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 27th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Joshua Jones, Director of Greenhouse Operations at Waterfields
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

Are you the kind of person that geeks out on planning? This is your class. We go deeper into the topic of setting goals and then planning to meet those goals. There are a lot of things to balance and it can get confusing. If you want to really make a big difference in your food budget by growing the maximum amount of your own healthy food, don’t miss this class.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


Victory Gardening Series – Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Date/Time: Wednesday February 3rd, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Sara Stolz, Extension Agent for Horticulture Education-Campbell County 
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

Sara gives a great overview of growing organic vegetables. She covers soup to nuts including – how to plant, maintain and harvest your garden. Topics will include timing the vegetable garden; seasonal considerations; variety selection, companion planting, and implementing BMP’s into your garden.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


Living Sustainably Series – The Problem With Plastics

Date/Time: Thursday, February 4th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost: $10 or $40 for the whole 5-part series, free for volunteers (volunteers must call to register)
Format: Virtual Webinar

Plastic has infiltrated virtually every aspect of our lives. It may be cheap, convenient, and versatile, but it’s widespread use has become a global problem. This class will address the problem with plastics and the “throwaway” culture it’s created. We will also outline ways to reduce individual and household plastic usage while saving money and protecting the environment.



Victory Gardens Cooking Series – Gardening Healthy Traditions: Perspectives on Nutrition

Date/Time: Wednesday February 17th, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Lisa Andrews, Owner of Sounds Bites Nutrition & Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

Lisa Andrews will provide an overview about nutrition and eating a healthy diet including whole foods, fruits and vegetables. With a quick demonstration, Greg will discuss crop choices for growing and give an overview of preserving techniques to get the most nutrition and value out of your food.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


Living Sustainably Series – Sustainable Fashion

Date/Time: Thursday, February 18th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Ashley Kubley, Professor of Fashion Design at the University of Cincinnati
Cost: $10 or $40 for the whole 5-part series, free for volunteers (volunteers must call to register)
Format: Virtual Webinar

Prof. Ashley Kubley will be joined by student researcher, Grace Weir, from the University of Cincinnati’s Fashion Program at DAAP (College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning) to give an overview the tenets of sustainable fashion with a focus on the role that natural and animal fibers and agriculture play in the fashion supply chain.  They will discuss problems, solutions, and actions being taken to address sustainability in fashion from fiber to finished apparel products, and will introduce several new sustainable fiber, textile, and tech innovations that are “taking root” to improve fashion. 



Victory Gardening Series – Seed Starting & Thriving Garden Practices

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 24th, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

Are you the kind of person that geeks out on planning? This is your class. We go deeper into the topic of setting goals and then planning to meet those goals. There are a lot of things to balance and it can get confusing. If you want to really make a big difference in your food budget by growing the maximum amount of your own healthy food, don’t miss this class.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


First Year Beekeeping: What to Expect

Date/Time: Thursday, February 25th, 6-7:30 pm
Instructor: Ray Babcock, Member of the Southwest Ohio Beekeepers Association
Cost: $10, free for volunteers (volunteers must call to register)
Format: Virtual Webinar

Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat comes from bee pollination? Join Ray Babcock, a past President of the Southwest Ohio Beekeepers Association (SWOBA) with over 15 years of beekeeping experience to learn the basics. Ray will walk you through the do’s and don’ts of your first year as a beekeeper including resources to help you get started.



Victory Gardening Series – Soil Health

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 3rd, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Aaron Habig, Earthwork Technician at Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

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 plants.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


Living Sustainably Series – Evolving to Electric

Date/Time: Thursday, March 4th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Sarah Fischer, EV Specialist at the Electrification Coalition
Cost: $10 or $40 for the whole 5-part series, free for volunteers (volunteers must call to register)
Format: Virtual Webinar

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity with consumers thanks to their money-saving and emissions reduction potential. In addition to their consumer benefits, EVs reduce our country’s reliance on petroleum, helping us to preserve economic and national security. Join Sarah Fischer to learn more about the benefits of EVs, City of Cincinnati EV incentive programs, and the work the Electrification Coalition is doing to create a more sustainable transportation system for all.



Victory Gardens Cooking Series – The Beneficial Beet

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 17th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Lisa Andrews, Owner of Sounds Bites Nutrition
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

This class will cover cooking with beets.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


Victory Gardening Series – Garden Bed Preparation

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 24th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Joshua Jones, Director of Greenhouse Operations at Waterfields
Cost: Free
Format: Virtual Webinar

The weather is warming up. It’s time to start thinking about getting those garden beds ready for either your seeds or your starter plants. As with all things gardening, there is a right way to approach it and definitely some things to avoid. Join us to learn about one of your first outside vegetable garden chores of the season, garden bed preparation.


This class is part of our Victory Gardens Education Series, click here to learn more!


All classes in our Victory Gardens Education Series are recorded, check out our YouTube page for replays and more educational videos.