Workshops

SCF collaborates with a variety of groups and individual experts to offer workshops on topics related to urban agriculture and sustainable living in the city. The goal of these workshops is to bring community members together in a learning environment that promotes community food security, proper care of the land, and helps people build the skills needed to grow their own food.

2017 Workshops 

All workshops will be held at from 10am-12pm (unless otherwise noted).  Workshops are open to all community residents, email us to inquire about more details or to request a scholarship.

Seed StartingSaturday April 22, 2017, 1:30-2:00pm – City of Lakewood Earth Day Celebration, Lakewood Heritage Center at Belmar Park (free)
Join SCF’s Farmer Katie to learn all the basics of starting your own seedlings.

Composting Saturday June 3, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm – Dahlia Campus Community Farm, 3401 Eudora St., $5-10 suggested donation, register at info@sproutcityfarms.org
Learn all the basics of composting! This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get started composting or to troubleshoot your existing compost. Several different ways of composting will be covered so that you can turn kitchen and garden waste in garden gold whether you live in a home with a yard or a small apartment.

Composting Saturday June 17, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm – Mountair Park Community Farm, 13th & Depew, Lakewood
Join Nelson Heider, Master Composter, to learn all the basics of composting! This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get started composting or to troubleshoot your existing compost. Several different ways of composting will be covered so that you can turn kitchen and garden waste in garden gold whether you live in a home with a yard or a small apartment.
Tickets available here.

Herb WorkshopSaturday July 8, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm – Mountair Park Community Farm, 13th & Depew, Lakewood
Come learn from Johnnie Kuhns about medicinal herbs. The workshop will explore some native and easily grown herbs to help reduce stress, decrease insomnia and increase overall health! The workshop will cover how the herbs work in the body and how to use the herbs for the fullest affect.
Tickets available here.

Composting – Saturday July 29, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm – Dahlia Campus Community Farm, 3401 Eudora St., $5-10 suggested donation, register at info@sproutcityfarms.org
Learn all the basics of composting! This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get started composting or to troubleshoot your existing compost. Several different ways of composting will be covered so that you can turn kitchen and garden waste in garden gold whether you live in a home with a yard or a small apartment.

Building for the Beginner Workshop SeriesSaturdays, August 12, 19, & 26, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm – Mountair Park Community Farm, 13th & Depew, Lakewood
This will be a 3-part series (8/12, 8/19, and 8/26) taught by Quentin Hartman.  This session will introduce attendees to some of the most important tools for maintaining their homestead and taking on projects to improve it. We will cover both manual and power tools that would be used for basic construction, electrical, and plumbing work. It will go over the basics at a high level and review hand out material. Also, we will be practicing hands on exercises.
Tickets available here.

Pickling Workshop – Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00am-11:30am – Denver Green School Community Farm, 6700 E Virginia Ave., Denver, $5-10 suggested donation, register at info@sproutcityfarms.org
Preserve the harvest by pickling all sorts of veggies.

Food Preservation Workshop SeriesSeptember 2017 – Saturdays, Sept 16, 23, & 30, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm –Mountair Park Community Farm, 13th & Depew, Lakewood –
This three part food preservation series taught by Farmer Katie and Liz Hartman will cover then many ways to preserve fruits, vegetables, and tomatoes. Hygiene and preserving safety will be the center piece of each workshop as we show you how you how to put up the Colorado harvest so you can eat local all year long! Workshops are scheduled from 10-12pm but they may run over if you choose to participate in the hands on demonstration. We suggest scheduling in some wiggle room if workshops run 30-45 minutes long (It’s worth it, we promise!).

9/16- Fruit Preservation: In part one of a three part food preserving series, we will cover the ins and outs of preserving Colorado fruit. Topics may include jams, jellies, dried fruit, fruit butters, canned whole and halved fruits, and freezing. Everything you need to know to put up fruit to enjoy through the winter! There will be a hands on part at the end of the workshop (depending on what fruit is most available!).
9/23- Vegetable Preservation: In part two of the food preserving workshop series we will look at several ways to preserve a bountiful vegetable harvest. Topics may include pickling, freezing, water bath canning, fermenting and freezing. You may be surprised at the delicious pickled creations you can create from your garden! This workshop will end with a refrigerator pickle hands on demonstration!
9/30- Tomato Preservation: The three part series will wrap up with tomatoes! Tomatoes are a dynamic fruit to preserve that can pose a unique challenge and year long rewards! Think pasta sauce, canned whole and diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sun dried tomatoes, home made ketchup, frozen tomatoes, oh my! After this workshop you will be able to handle all the tomatoes your garden can dish out.
Tickets available here (single or for the whole series).

 

Pollinator Garden WorkshopSaturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm – Mountair Park Community Farm, 13th & Depew, Lakewood
Be a Pollinator Protector! Without the help of pollinators, our lives would be fruitless…literally! This workshop will give pointers on how to identify the many insects that pollinate flowering plants and walk attendees through the entire process for designing and creating healthy pollinator habitat in your own landscape.  Workshop will be taught by Amy Yarger, Butterfly Pavilion’s Horticulture Director.
Tickets available here.

 

If you have a special request, or are interested in teaching a skill to your community, please email us.

Past workshops include:

  • Water Conservation/Drip Irrigation
  • Composting/Vermicomposting
  • Pickling/Fermenting
  • Canning/Preserving
  • Seed Saving 
  • Soil Building