Louisville Grows and Kentucky State University partnered to present the Urban Growers Series, a program that trains community members in the art, science, and business of providing food in a city environment.

Register for the 2017 Urban Growers Series workshops here.

The Urban Grower Series runs from JuneĀ 2017 to October 2016. Monthly workshops, hosted on the second Saturday of each month, provide participants with the tools and knowledge needed to become successful home, community, or market gardeners.

The Urban Grower Series is a half-year program where participants will learn practical urban agriculture techniques including sustainable agriculture, water management, integrative pest management, beekeeping, processing honey, composting, rain barrel implementation, and building compost bins and raised beds. Each event will consist of two instructive and hands-on workshops, and is hosted at the Louisville Grows Healthy House (1641 Portland Ave).

The hands-on-training will build participantsā€™ knowledge and understanding of naturally grown farming principles and practices. During the course, trainees will connect with some of the best minds in the field. At the end of the program, each participant will have the tools in hand to be a successful Urban Grower!

No prior agricultural training or experience is needed to enter the program. The only prerequisites are an openness to learn, a commitment to hard work, and the desire to succeed. Breakfast and lunch are included, and scholarships to attend workshops are provided for community members; email whitney@louisvillegrows.org for more information!

SCHEDULE:

June 10th:
10:15-12:30 Laura Rogers, Kentucky State University, Beekeeping
1:30-3:30 Jeremy Pharris, Honey: Home Scale Processing

July 8th:
10:15-12:30 TBD – Organic Farming
1:30-3:30 Dr. Leigh Whittinghill, Kentucky State University, Sustainable agriculture (nutrient management, water management, integrative pest management)

August 12th:
10:15-12:30 Kedrick Stanfield, Metro Solid Waste Management, Composting and bin building
1:30-3:30 Brian Barnes, University of Louisville, Vermicomposting

September 9th:
10:15-12:30 Kurt Mason, USDA Natural Resources Conservation, hoop houses and season extension
1:30-3:30 TBD – Market Readiness, GAPS

October 14th:
10:15-12:30 Jordan Basham, MSD, water management with rain barrels
1:30-3:30 Tim Joice, KY Waterways Alliance, edible buffers and rain gardens

REMEMBER: If you’re a Louisville Grows member, your 25% off membership discount can be applied to your ticket and/or season pass!