WINTER SEMINARS 2015

As always, FREE of charge - now in Northeast, too!
All classes held evenings at 7pm and run approximately an hour and a half.
All are free of charge, but require registration; we have limited seating at both locations.
Spend some winter evenings with us learning more about flora, fauna and food!

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-winter1

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-winter3

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 February 9  Your Organic Lawn.
Can you really have beautiful, green grass that you don’t have to keep your children and pets off of because it’s been sprayed with chemicals? YES. Bob Dahm, aka Organic Bob, is the Twin Cities premier organic lawn guru and somehow keeps everyone wide awake with his interesting explanation of healthy soil and microbial action.

Monday February 16  Fermenting: Ancient Food Preservation for Beginners.
Long before our forebears canned food, and way before anyone thought of a freezer, ancient food pioneers used fermentation. Every culture in the northern climates has traditional fermentation techniques. Natalie Benson from Mother Earth Gardens and Eli Wheeler from Rush Creek Growers will show you how to preserve the harvest and eat living food all winter using the low-tech methods of ancient folk - using little more than your hands and some salt. They might even touch on fermented drinks...

Monday March 2  This City is Perfect for Chickens.
Rob Czernik from Powderhorn Feed Company will present almost everything you need to know about keeping chickens in the city!  Learn about different breeds, housing the birds, feeding your hens, and applying Permaculture principles to backyard poultry. Multifaceted Rob has 2 Permaculture Design Certificates and has been hanging out with backyard chickens in South Minneapolis for over 5 years. His own Powderhorn Feed Co. has been providing organic, non-GMO all grain chicken feed milled in Minneapolis since 2011.

Monday March 9  You Heard it Here First: New Plants 2015.
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, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, presents a gorgeous series of slides alongside her inspiring descriptions of new edibles, annuals and perennials for 2015.

Monday March 16  Big Plants for Small Spaces.
The sheer size of many trees and shrubs can be intimidating. Are you confused about the array of tree and shrub choices available, especially if you are dealing with a small city lot? Susan Rupert from Green Value Nursery will walk you through the choices for both shade and sun when it comes to balancing trees, shrubs and perennials with a small urban footprint.

Monday Mar 30  The Urban Native.
Midwest native plants have been growing in popularity, especially with the news of climate change and pesticide use affecting pollinators. How can you use these hardy, beneficial plants to best effect in your urban landscape? Mother Earth Gardens’ own Stephen Gregg will walk you through the basics, starting with 10 easy natives to get you started.

NORTHEAST COURSE - Mother Earth Gardens 2318 NE Lowry Ave.
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Wednesday February 11  Seed Starting 101.
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.

Wednesday February 25  Your Organic Lawn.
Can you really have beautiful, green grass that you don’t have to keep your children and pets off of because it’s been sprayed with chemicals? YES. Bob Dahm, aka Organic Bob, is the Twin Cities premier organic lawn guru and somehow keeps everyone wide awake with his interesting explanation of healthy soil.

Wednesday March 4  This City is Perfect for Chickens.
Rob Czernik from Powderhorn Feed Company will present almost everything you need to know about keeping chickens in the city! Learn about different breeds, housing the birds, feeding your hens, and applying Permaculture principles to backyard poultry. Multifaceted Rob has 2 Permaculture Design Certificates and has been hanging out with backyard chickens in South Minneapolis for over 5 years. His own Powderhorn Feed Co. has been providing organic, non-GMO all grain chicken feed milled in Minneapolis since 2011.

Wednesday March 11  Homemade Mushrooms.
Edible mushrooms are the fleshy and edible fruit bodies of several species of macrofungi (fungi which bear fruiting structures that are large enough to be seen with the naked eye). So says Wikipedia! And so say we all. Mycology expert and enthusiast Gerald Presley will get you schooled in home cultivation methods for edible mushrooms, the newest ancient food fascination.

Wednesday March 18  You Heard it Here First: New Plants 2015.
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, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, presents a gorgeous series of slides alongside her inspiring descriptions of new edibles, annuals and perennials for 2015.

Wednesday April 1  The Bee Situation.
Join Kristy Allen of The Beez Kneez to learn about their work with the community to protect pollinators in our urban landscapes and discover what we can all do to create a better place for Healthy Bees and Healthy Lives. In 2013, the Beez Kneez experienced a pesticide kill on one their education hives - hear the story and how it changed Kristy's perspective on beekeeping and pollinators. The Beez Kneez is a Minneapolis based business working to Revive the Hive through bicycle-powered honey production and delivery, pedal-powered extraction and beekeeper support at the Beez Kneez Honey House and the Beez Kneez Honey Collective.

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

THANKS AND ENJOY!

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Longfellow: 3738 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406 [map] Phone: (612) 724-2296
NorthEast: 2318 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418 [map] Phone: (612) 789-0796
Store Hours: M-F: 9am-8pm, Sat: 9am-7pm, Sun: 10am-6pm, Fax: (612) 724-8463