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Backyard Beekeeping 101

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Raise your own bees to pollinate your garden and produce delicious honey.

Have you been thinking about raising bees in your backyard? Winter is the perfect time to begin your spring hive to enjoy throughout the year. Honeybees are essential pollinators for your garden. Their honey is a delicious and valuable product you can harvest at home and share with your family and friends.An expert beekeeper will cover the fundamentals of beekeeping, including equipment, parts of the hive, bee food, seasonal management, apiary location and city codes. Then get ready to enjoy your own beehive and fascinating new hobby all year! 

This lecture-based introductory course is designed for people who are considering keeping bees. Bring your questions!

Beekeeping 101 is the first part of our three-part beekeeping series.

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Instructor BioEvan Sugden was born in Salt Lake City and raised close to nature in the Wasatch mountain foothills. His mother and biologist uncle encouraged him in entomology, which he pursued through the University of Utah and, eventually, doctoral work at the University of California, Davis. He lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for a year as an experimental beekeeper, collected avidly and sent thousands of desert insects to the Bohart Museum of Entomology at U.C. Davis. After a two-year post-doctoral project on honey bee interactions with native bees at the Australian Museum in Sydney, Evan worked for the California Exotic Pests Office on fly eradication projects.  He also worked for the USDA on Africanized honey bees and on bee parasites at Kentucky State University before moving to Puget Sound in the mid-1990's. He now teaches insect biology at the University of Washington and runs a small business focusing on insect education, pollination, and solitary bee cultivation. When not involved in entomology he enjoys mountaineering, kayaking, skiing, gardening, and homebrew. However, arthropods work their way into these pursuits as well.

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Put Your Garden to Bed

Put_Your_Garden_to_BedPrepare your garden for next year by improving your soil over the winter.

Grab those last few days of sunshine and put your garden to bed! Soil building is an important component of organic gardening and the fall and winter are perfect times to add organic matter that will feed your plants throughout the year. We will discuss key components of the final harvest, how to test your soil, what cover crops to plant and different techniques for mulching. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need to protect your soil so it is ready to go next spring!

This class will be outdoors with hands-on activities. Please dress for the weather and messy garden soil.

“Put Your Garden to Bed” is the perfect follow-up to “Organic Gardening 101,” and pairs well with “Composting 101.” 

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Pickles and Fermentation

Pickles__Fermentation_056Preserve the harvest by pickling and fermenting vegetables at home!

Do you love pickles, sauerkraut or kim chee? Learn how to make your own delicious naturally preserved foods and make your summer harvest last throughout the year. This class covers the basics of food safety with different pickling methods. We will also discuss the differences between canning quick-packed pickles and fermenting them and the ingredients and equipment required for both of these preservation methods. You’ll get a chance to try out these methods as we make pickles together in class and take home tested recipes to use in your own kitchen.

This class includes hands-on activities in the kitchen, so come prepared to get messy. Cost of class includes supplies; you will take a small sample home.

This class pairs well with “Canning 101,” or expand your skills with "Seattle Tilth's Food Preservation Certification Course".  Learn how to grow your own vegetables for preserving in “Organic Gardening 101” or our “Comprehensive Organic Gardening” course. 

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Build Unique Raised Beds

Build_Unique_Raised_Beds_3Improve your garden with unique and innovative raised beds.

Learn how to design and construct a raised bed that can help you improve your soil and extend your harvest. We’ll discuss food-safe building materials and construction, soil building and intensive planting techniques. You will be introduced to various types of raised beds, from basic wood frames to straw bales and hugelkutur. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need to start a new garden or improve and expand your existing space.

This class includes a lecture and an outdoor, hands-on raised bed installation. Dress for the weather and messy garden soil.

This class is the perfect follow-up to “Organic Gardening 101,” and pairs well with “Small Space and Vertical Gardening.” 

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Composting 101

100_0438Discover how easy it is to create nutrient-rich compost for your garden.

This outdoor, hands-on class will show you how to create rich compost using food, livestock and yard waste. Compost is fundamental to organic vegetable gardening and will improve and enliven any type of garden soil. Compost can be expensive to purchase - and many of us have all the materials we need at home or in our neighborhoods to create it for free! Learn what systems work best for you and how to find additional free sources of compostable material in the community. Do you have urban livestock? We will also cover how to use livestock waste as compost. 

We will be building a hot compost pile in class, so dress for messy materials and get ready to make "black gold"!

This class is a great follow-up to "Organic Gardening 101" and pairs well with all of our veggie gardening and livestock classes. 

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Urban Weeds and Wild Foods-Part 1: Identify and Harvest

Urban_WeedsIdentify and gather some of our city’s most common and delicious edible weeds.

Why fight the weeds in your lawn when you can eat them?!  Join “Front Yard Forager” author Melany Vorass-Herrera at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford and learn how to identify and gather some of the most common edible weeds and wild foods available in the city. This hands-on workshop includes discussion on gathering ethics, local rules and regulations, safety, and general information about how to cook with weeds.

This is the first part of a two-part series.  Be sure to take a look at “Urban Weeds and Wild Foods- Part 2: Preparing for Your Table” offered later in the afternoon for a hands-on cooking workshop. 

It is recommended, but not required to take both. Or try a different kind of foraging with “Harvest Wild Sea Vegetables.”

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Instructor Bio: After almost 25 years as an environmental policy analyst and a few years as a massage therapist, Melany retired to pursue a combination of her three greatest loves: plants, food and writing. She studied ethnobotany at Evergreen State College, has a degree in environmental policy, and has been an avid forager for well over 40 years. With over 20 years experience in adult instruction, she now teaches urban foraging to a wide audience, including University of Washington, high schools, youth groups, homeless shelters, and students at Seattle Tilth. Her family tends an urban farm with chickens, honeybees and goats smack in the heart of Seattle. Between farming, foraging for plants, bugs and snails, urban trapping and fishing,  cooking, canning, drying and fermenting her family’s food, she seldom has the time or need to visit a grocery store.

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Put Your Garden to Bed

Put_Your_Garden_to_BedPrepare your garden for next year by improving your soil over the winter.

Grab those last few days of sunshine and put your garden to bed! Soil building is an important component of organic gardening and the fall and winter are perfect times to add organic matter that will feed your plants throughout the year. We will discuss key components of the final harvest, how to test your soil, what cover crops to plant and different techniques for mulching. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need to protect your soil so it is ready to go next spring!

This class will be outdoors with hands-on activities. Please dress for the weather and messy garden soil.

“Put Your Garden to Bed” is the perfect follow-up to “Organic Gardening 101,” and pairs well with “Composting 101.” 

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Urban Weeds and Wild Foods-Part 2: Preparing for Your Table

Urban_Weeds_2Taste and cook some of our city’s most common and delicious edible weeds.

Weeds are a common source of free food available for the picking.  Many of our most common weeds hide huge amounts of nutrition in their tasty little leaves. Join “Front Yard Forager” author Melany Vorass-Herrera at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford and learn how to cook some of the most common edible weeds and wild foods available in the city. In this hands-on cooking class we will prepare delicious dishes using weeds like dandelion, plantain, cat’s ear, nipplewort and shotweed.  

This is the second part of a two-part series.  Be sure to take a look at “Urban Weeds and Wild Foods- Part 1: Identify and Harvest” offered earlier in the afternoon for hands-on weed identification and gathering. It is recommended, but not required to take both. Or try our other cooking classes like “Pickles and Fermentation” or “Basic Canning 101.”

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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The ticket prices for this class have increased to cover cooking supplies. Thank you for your understanding.

Instructor Bio: After almost 25 years as an environmental policy analyst and a few years as a massage therapist, Melany retired to pursue a combination of her three greatest loves: plants, food and writing. She studied ethnobotany at Evergreen State College, has a degree in environmental policy, and has been an avid forager for well over 40 years. With over 20 years experience in adult instruction, she now teaches urban foraging to a wide audience, including University of Washington, high schools, youth groups, homeless shelters, and students at Seattle Tilth. Her family tends an urban farm with chickens, honeybees and goats smack in the heart of Seattle. Between farming, foraging for plants, bugs and snails, urban trapping and fishing,  cooking, canning, drying and fermenting her family’s food, she seldom has the time or need to visit a grocery store.

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Garden Educator Workshop: The Garden Classroom

Use the garden as a living classroom!GEW_March

Learn and practice outdoor teaching techniques and seasonal gardening activities.  Bring your teaching to life with hands-on activities for children and other students in the garden. Explore garden design, seasonal program planning, community engagement and how to develop a volunteer program. Teachers, treat yourself to a learning opportunity and receive clock hours in this fun and rewarding workshop.

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Composting 101

100_0438Discover how easy it is to create nutrient-rich compost for your garden.

This outdoor, hands-on class will show you how to create rich compost using food, livestock and yard waste. Compost is fundamental to organic vegetable gardening and will improve and enliven any type of garden soil. Compost can be expensive to purchase - and many of us have all the materials we need at home or in our neighborhoods to create it for free! Learn what systems work best for you and how to find additional free sources of compostable material in the community. Do you have urban livestock? We will also cover how to use livestock waste as compost. 

We will be building a hot compost pile in class, so dress for messy materials and get ready to make "black gold"!

This class is a great follow-up to "Organic Gardening 101" and pairs well with all of our veggie gardening and livestock classes. 

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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