Classes

*All classes will be taking place virtually until further notice, we are not holding any in-person classes!*

 

September :

Cincinnati’s Urban Forests: 3-part series on trees and proper tree care.

October :

Sustainable Food Systems: 3-part series on reforming today’s globalized food systems.

 


Class Descriptions

Cincinnati’s Urban Forests Part 1: The State of Cincinnati’s Forest

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22nd, 6-7pm
Instructor: Crystal Courtney, Cincinnati Parks Urban Forestry Supervisor and Manager of Natural Resources
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: CLICK HERE

This class will provide and overview of Cincinnati’s urban forest and the current state of our urban forest. Participants will learn what an urban forestry is, how the forest is managed, and how are trees are regulated in the city. The class will also discuss where policy falls short in maintaining our urban forests and how YOU can take action to help the urban forests. Crystal Courtney is the Urban Forestry Supervisor for the Cincinnati Parks Department directly overseeing more than 5,000 acres of public forest and at least 85,000 street trees!

Cincinnati’s Urban Forests Part 2: The Importance of Trees & Proper Tree Care

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Greg Torres – CGC Horticulturalist & President of Northside Greenspace
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: CLICK HERE

This class will dive into the vital role trees play in our ecosystems, especially those dominated by humans, and the deep connections humans have formed with trees as a result. This class will also cover proper tree planting techniques and care for young trees. Greg Torres is the Horticulturalist for Hauck Botanic Gardens and the President of Northside Greenspace which oversees the management and care of more than 100 acres of forest in Cincinnati, including some of the healthiest forests in the city.

Cincinnati’s Urban Forests Part 3: Trees That Thrive in Ohio

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 6th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Dave Gressely – Director of Horticulture at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: CLICK HERE

This class will identify species of trees that thrive in the habitats of SW Ohio and outline the conditions they need to reach old age. It will also cover some strategies for managing and caring for trees throughout their lifetime, especially once they reach an old age. Dave Gressley is the Director of Horticulture at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, home to one of the largest and most unique collections of trees, especially old trees, in the country.

*Gardening: Fall Clean-Up & Winterizing

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 7th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Joshua Jones, University of Cincinnati Professor of Horticulture
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: CLICK HERE

Seed Saving in the Garden

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 14th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Ben Cohen, Founder of Michigan Seed Library
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: CLICK HERE

Join us for a fun and informative virtual seed saving workshop! Learn how to harvest, clean and store seeds from many of your favorite garden vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, beans and more! Find out how to take advantage of the true abundance that your garden has to offer.

Ben Cohen, author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer.  Founder of Michigan Seed Library, he has worked to establish nearly seventy seed library programs. Ben offers workshops and lectures nationally on the benefits of living closer to the land. He finds himself at home wherever his hands are in the soil, sowing the seeds of yesterday to reap the bountiful harvest of tomorrow. We will also have a link to purchase signed copies of his book, From Our Seeds and Their Keepers.”

Today’s Globalized Food System

Date/Time: Thursday, October 15th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Karen Kahle, Director of the Civic Garden Center
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: Coming Soon!

For decades, alternative food movements promoting local markets and sustainable production methods have sought to expand their reach in the face of growing social inequities and a changing climate. But lower prices and abundant supply offered by the global food system were serious headwinds. Now that the pandemic has shown just how fragile that system is, it’s time to seize the moment to build real change that prioritizes diversity and resilience. In this class we will discuss the current state of our global food system and the need to reform it in light of its environmental and social impacts.

Building a Resilient Food System

Date/Time: Thursday, October 29th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Karen Kahle, Director of the Civic Garden Center
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: Coming Soon!

Over the next few months and years, significant thought will be given to the lessons we need to learn from the coronavirus pandemic, its impact on the global economy, the rapid way in which it spread across the global population and the impact it is having on our daily lives. Join us for this class to explore how we can build resilient food systems that give us the ability to better endure a crisis in the future.

Sustainable Eating

Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 6-7pm
Instructor: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost: Free, Donations Encouraged
Registration: Coming Soon!

Our everyday consumer choices have far-reaching effects on the world around us, especially when it comes to our diets and cooking habits. Making your home kitchen more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be overwhelming, even small steps can lead to meaningful change. In this class we’ll give you the tips, tricks and recipes to green up your kitchen.

 

*Victory Gardens Education Series*

 

These classes are designed to educate gardeners of all skill levels on how to get the most from their garden and the seasonal produce it yields. Due to Covid-19 they are now being produced as a virtual webinars. These webinars are offered free of charge to make this vital information easily accessible to anyone and everyone interested.

Each month we will offer one gardening and one cooking demonstration. Gardening classes will provide seasonal tips and tricks to receiving a strong yield from your garden, and begin planning for what opportunities next season will bring. Cooking demonstrations, also virtual, will be using fresh produce from some of our community gardens, providing valuable cooking skills and some delicious recipes for you to test out in your kitchen.

The Victory Garden Education Series is sponsored by Grow Appalachia and from the contributions of individual donors. Please consider supporting this initiative by donating if you are able or volunteering in one of our community gardens.