Even the busiest families can enjoy simple meals made from fresh local food year-round! Grow your own groceries or find and enjoy locally grown food while saving time, money and the planet. Prepare now to maximize your use of an abundant harvest. Workshops brought to you by the Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission. Walk-ins welcome. Cash/check accepted at the door.
Class location: Coon Rapids Civic Center Training Room, 11155 Robinson Drive NW
Your Yard- A Food Producing Paradise!
Marcia Baudino has transformed her average Coon Rapids sized lot into a food producing paradise using permaculture (permanent agriculture) techniques including raised beds, over 130 fruit bushes and more. Using food she grows and purchases locally she fills four freezers with meals each season that sustain her family year-round. She will share her story with photos and send you home with resources to help you get started.
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Cost: $14.00
Grow Vegetables in Permanent Raised Beds the Permaculture Way
Enjoy abundant yields, almost no weeding and never till again! (No lumber or hammers needed.) Learn how to build, plant, mulch and maintain raised beds using Permaculture Principles. Companion and succession planting and crop rotation will be discussed. Plan to enjoy abundant yields of annual vegetables with minimal labor. Take home resources provided. (You are strongly encouraged to take "Your Yard" before taking this class. Presented by Marcia Baudino Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Cost: $14.00
Local Food for Dinner 365 Days a Year
Learn time and money saving strategies that will enable even the busiest families to use local foods to make simple, healthy meals that can be frozen and enjoyed year round. Recipes and local food resources provide. (Your are strongly encouraged to take "Your Yard" before taking this class.) Presented by Marcia Baudino Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Cost: $14.00
Community gardener and home canner. Mary Riha, will discuss food preservation using the water bath and pressure canning methods. Learn about reliable resources, choosing equipment and supplies, nutrition and safety considerations to preserve your own or locally purchased produce. Wednesday, May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm Cost:$14.00
Fresh Food Roundtable
Have you taken Fresh Food Frenzy workshops last year and want to continue learning? This is an opportunity for those who have previously attended the "Your Yard", "Permaculture Raised Beds", or Local Food 365 Days" presentations to gather and learn from each others successes and challenges. Tuesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm Cost: $8.00
Common plants like dandelion, creeping Charlie, plantain and yarrow have a long history of use in the herbal community. Local herbal enthusiast, Wendy Barron, will describe ways you can use these, and many other plants to support your health as well as how to make your own herbal tinctures and oils. Wednesday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm Cost: $14.00