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March 11, 2024 | Education | Food

Gardening Workshops Are Back By Popular Demand

Registration is now open for our 2024 Gardening Workshops!

Cultivate Hope Gardening Workshops are an opportunity to make friends while learning to keep a garden. We’ll explore the practical, social and environmental dimensions of growing food through hands-on experience, expert guidance and comprehensive, seasonal lesson plans at the Cultivate Hope Urban Farm.

This Gardening Workshop Series consists of six hands-on classes from April-September, held at our Urban Farm, located at 437 G Ave NW near downtown Cedar Rapids. Each monthly session will have small class sizes for maximizing time and individualized attention. During harvests, participants will take home some of the produce, and the rest will be provided to the Cultivate Hope Corner Store, our small nonprofit grocery store with affordable groceries.

These $30 monthly workshops are from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month, April – September.

Here is a breakdown of each month’s lesson themes:gardening-1

  • April 11 – Garden Preparation
  • May 9 – Seeding and Planting
  • June 13  – Crop Management
  • July 11  – Planning and Preparation
  • August 8 – Soil Management
  • September 12 – Preservation

This series will be taught by Matthew Arndt and Kendal Hausmann. Matthew is a farmer and educator who has spent years working on land management, restoration and research projects across North and South America. Kendal is a lifelong gardener who spends her days teaching PreK-12 students how to garden and grow their own food.

Participants will get a lot out of this program, including:gardening-workshops

  •  Hands-on instruction from seasoned growers
  • Tips and tricks to take home for their own garden
  • Produce to take home from plots they’ve helped to cultivate
  • Interactions with other gardening-minded individuals

If you’re interested in attending, you can sign up for just the classes that interest you most, or for all 6 to get one free!