WINTER SEMINARS 2014

As always, FREE of charge - now a series in Northeast, too!
All classes held evenings at 7pm, with the exception of the Northeast Terrarium Workshop , which will be Saturday, February 22nd at 11am.

All Longfellow classes will take place ACROSS the street from Mother Earth Gardens, at the Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis) Though the classes are free, we ask that you preregister, as we have limited space. Sign up here for Longfellow classes: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3-winter

All Northeast classes will take place at our Northeast location, 2318 NE Lowry Ave, at the corner of Stinson Blvd and Lowry Aves NE.  Sign up here for Northeast classes: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3-winter2

Check both lists - there are some classes that will be presented at both locations, and some that will only be at one.

LONGFELLOW - Riverview Wine Bar 3745 42nd Ave S
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MONDAY, FEB 3, 7pm - Get Your Seeds Out 2014 (LF)
This is your chance to convene with a professional seed starter, Elizabeth Wheeler of  Rush Creek Growers. She will give you the info you need to successfully start seeds indoors and actually have them complete their mission outdoors.  Elizabeth has started somewhere around a zillion seeds during her time with Rush Creek. This is our annual kick-off class, because it is the best, most practical seed starting discussion in the tri-state area.

MONDAY, FEB 10, 7pm - Neonics and Their Effects on Honey Bees (LF)
Honey Bees have been a hot topic since the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder (CCD) became major news around 2006. Recently the chemical class "Neonicotinoids" have come into the spotlight with some studies showing a possible connection to CCD.  This year the European Union suspend the use of Neonics on most crops for a minimum of two years with the US looking at following similar actions.  So what exactly are Neonics, how are they used in agriculture/horticulture, and what is the connection CCD?
Sam Janicki is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, an organic gardening specialist, and as sales rep for BFG, is one of our favorite suppliers of soil and amendments.

MONDAY, FEB 24, 7pm - Expanding Your Houseplant Horizons (LF)
Interested in air plants, planting a terrarium or adding some unusual cacti or succulents to your home? Check out all the new and interesting varieties, bring your questions and share some of your own houseplant successes and failures.
Mary Jane Lavin has been ordering, caring for and loving houseplants at Mother Earth Gardens since 2007 and has completed the University of Minnesota Master Gardener program.

MONDAY, MAR 3, 7pm - This Year’s Model: New Varieties of Annuals, Veggies and Perennials 2014 (with pictures!) (LF)
This class is strangely gratifying in the dead of winter - a beacon of light for all those who miss their gardens or who just like to sit in a warm space and look at pretty things.
Vicky Weis is co-owner of Rush Creek Growers and hates it when I brag about what a warm and engaging speaker she is...

MONDAY, MAR 10, 7pm - Intro to Permaculture for the Urban Gardener (LF)
Permaculture is a method of gardening, and living, that looks to nature for guidance, emulating the patterns found in natural ecosystems. The word Permaculture is a combination of permanent and agriculture, and stresses the importance of low maintenance perennial crops, natural water catchment, and low energy inputs. This is an introduction to the basics of permaculture for the urban, backyard gardener.
Presented by Rob Czernik, Education Coordinator for the Center for Deep Ecology and a firm believer that permaculture can save the world.

MONDAY, MAR 17, 7pm - Urban Veggie Gardening for Beginners (LF)
You can do it!  This is a nuts and bolts class focusing on the beginning gardener and small spaces. Taught by Paige Pelini and Karen O'Connor of Mother Earth Gardens, who have answered approximately one billion beginning gardening questions.

MONDAY, MAR 24, 7pm - Tasks, Tools and Transitions (LF)
Do you love gardening but quickly get overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done? The joy of gardening can quickly become the chore of gardening if you lose focus and get caught up in the never endingness of it. Put the zen back into the practice by learning some basics to keep you organized and some tips that can make tasks more enjoyable.
Courtney Bolstad is a Home and Garden Coach, and we all need her help.

NORTHEAST COURSE - Mother Earth Gardens 2318 NE Lowry Ave.
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THURSDAY, FEB 6, 7pm - Get Your Seeds Out 2014 (NE)
This is your chance to convene with a professional seed starter, Elizabeth Wheeler of  Rush Creek Growers. She will give you the info you need to successfully start seeds indoors and actually have them complete their mission outdoors. Elizabeth has started somewhere around a zillion seeds during her time with Rush Creek. This is our annual kick-off class, because it is the best, most practical seed starting discussion in the tri-state area.

CANCELLED WEDNESDAY, FEB 12, 7pm - Neonics and their effects on Honey Bees (NE)
Honey Bees have been a hot topic since the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder (CCD) became major news around 2006.  Recently the chemical class "Neonicotinoids" have come into the spotlight with some studies showing a possible connection to CCD.  This year the European Union suspend the use of Neonics on most crops for a minimum of two years with the US looking at following similar actions.  So what exactly are Neonics, how are they used in agriculture/horticulture, and what is the connection CCD?
Sam Janicki is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, an organic gardening specialist, and as sales rep for BFG, is one of our favorite suppliers of soil and amendments.

SATURDAY, FEB 22, 11am - Terrarium Workshop (NE)
We'll give you all the tools, soil, plants and knowledge you need to make your own miniature indoor garden.  You will leave with the finished terrarium you create in class. This is our only paid workshop - $45.
Jessica Heimer has taught all of our Northeast Terrarium Workshops, is crazy for tropicals and houseplants, and is rounding the bend on her horticulture degree.

WEDNESDAY, FEB 26, 7pm - Tasks, Tools and Transitions (NE)
Do you love gardening but quickly get overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done? The joy of gardening can quickly become the chore of gardening if you lose focus and get caught up in the never endingness of it. Put the zen back into the practice by learning some basics to keep you organized and some tips that can make tasks more enjoyable.
Courtney Bolstad is a Home and Garden Coach, and we all need her help.

WEDNESDAY, MAR 5, 7pm - This Year’s Model: New Varieties of Annuals, Veggies and Perennials 2014 (with pictures!) (NE)
This class is strangely gratifying in the dead of winter - a beacon of light for all those who miss their gardens or who just like to sit in a warm space and look at pretty things.
Vicky Weis is co-owner of Rush Creek Growers and hates it when I brag about what a warm and engaging speaker she is...

WEDNESDAY, MAR 12, 7pm - Attracting Wild Birds With a Backyard Feeding Station and Native Plants (NE)
This presentation will cover the excitement of feeding wild birds through the use of an assortment of seeds and feeders, and explaining the importance of water and native plants in the landscape to attract the greatest variety of wild birds to your home.
Delightful presenter Kevin Manley says: I enjoy birds throughout the year...feeding all 365 days, which allows my family to see our spring and fall migrants along with our summer and winter residents.  Currently living in the drift less area of western Wisconsin, I see first hand the benefits of native plants attracting native insects which attract our native bird populations.  I have been a birding enthusiast my entire life...my binoculars are always with me! For the past six years, I have been the in-house ornithologist for Meadow Ridge Farms brand wild bird seed.

WEDNESDAY, MAR 19, 7pm - Small but Mighty: Grow Pea Shoots, Sunflower Shoots, & Micro-Greens (NE)
There's nothing quite like growing your own food! In this hands-on, get your paws dirty, educational class, discover the ins and outs of pea shoots and various micro- greens. From seed to harvest, you'll learn how to grow your own on a small scale, using recycled produce containers, keeping the process clean and simple. No fancy grow lights or materials needed! In addition, you'll enjoy a pea shoots and micro-greens tasting, learn quick and easy meal ideas, and take home your very own starter kit.
Taught by Karla Pankow & Elizabeth Millard of Bossy Acres, USDA Certified Organic vegetable farm).

WEDNESDAY, APR 2, 7pm - Herbs: The Practical Plants with Numerous Possibilities (NE)
“Herbs are plants to serve us and delight us, offering us an ever-increasing rapport with nature.” Herbs consist of a broad range of plants, and this seminar invites you into an introductory herbal immersion to open your eyes to the immense possibilities of herbs; and perhaps, deepen your relationship with one or more aspects of these highly skilled plants.  We will explore some of our old favorites, and be introduced to some new possibilities, as we dive into growing ideas for herbs as garden plants: look at herbs as culinary companions: and begin to investigate the lure of herbs in medicinal and cosmetic uses.
Presented by Roxanne T. Stuhr, owner of True Nature Design. Roxanne is a trained as a Landscape Architect, she is an MNLA certified landscape designer, a Master Water Steward and a lifelong gardener.

Classes are free,  but we need to know numbers, as seating is limited!

THANKS AND ENJOY!

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