"Timing is Important" -Masanobu Fukuoka
This workshop series is designed to help you maximize your yields and endeavors in the garden by providing an overview of key activities to engage in at the right time each month from February through November.
Facilitator Marisha Auerbach has spent many years observing and interacting in her garden and in the greater bioregion. She has been growing most of her own produce year round for the past decade. Each month, she will provide you with a road map for the month ahead. We will discuss different subjects that are pertinent to the garden each month with supported handouts.
These classes are available here as an entire series ($100) or as individual events ($25 each). RSVP on this page for the full series, or click on any of the individual class titles to sign up for that event individually.
Tuesday, July 1 - Berries, Herbs, and Water Catchment
This workshop will focus on different types of fruiting crops that are available right now. We will taste different varieties and discuss recipes and ways to put up the harvest of berries. In addtion, many herbs can be dried for tea or medicine. practices for collecting and drying herbs for your home. Our bioregion has a long drought period during the summer. We will talk about water catchment and how to determine what type of system would work best for your household. As always, this class will highlight what is happening in the garden in July, how to preserve your harvest, and prepare for the coming month. Handouts will include a to do list for the month, herbs for tea, and other pertinent information. This workshop may be offered outdoors in a location(s) to be announced, most likely in SE Portland. Please contact Marisha if the location determines whether you can join us or not.
Tuesday, August 5th - Seedsaving & the Winter Garden
In August, it is time to save seeds. The weather has been dry and many plants are ripening their seed. This workshop will cover the basics of saving seed and offer you the opportunity to gather some hands-on experience. August is a key month to get many starts in the ground for harvest in the winter and early spring. We will highlight key varieties and garden planning. As always, this class will highlight what is happening in the garden in August, how to preserve your harvest, and prepare for the coming month. Handouts will include a to do list for the month, information on seedsaving, and other pertinent information.
Tuesday, September 9th - Putting up the Harvest
The abundance from the garden and orchard is coming in and it is time to put it up for storage in the winter. In this class, we will discuss the key ways to store food for the winter including: canning, dehydration, fermentation, & freezing. A key component of this class will be focused on how to assess what your family will eat in the winter and the space that you have available for storage. The last of the winter crops should be in the garden by Equinox so we will cover the last of the plantings. As always, this class will highlight what is happening in the garden in September, how to preserve your harvest, and prepare for the coming month. Handouts will include a to do list for the month, information on canning and food preservation, and other pertinent information.
Tuesday, October 7th - Garlic, Cover Crops, and Compost
October is a time for returning inward and thinking about nourishing the soil for the future garden. This class will highlight soil building method including mulches, composting, leaf mold and more. We will discuss types of cover crops for building soil tilth and fixing nitrogen. Garlic goes in the ground this month for summer harvest. We will talk about the different types of garlic and best varieties for our region. As always, this class will highlight what is happening in the garden in October, how to tend to your garden, and prepare for the coming month. Handouts will include a to do list for the month, information on soil building methods, and other pertinent information.
Tuesday, November 4th - Wildlife in the Garden, Nourishing Soups, and Planning for the Coming Year
In November, the weather has become cold and the garden has been put to bed. However, the birds, insects, and other critters still need habitat to keep them around. During this class, we will discuss ways to encourage these allies to stick around in your garden. By having active food webs in the garden, we invite collaboration and enhance fertility cycles on site. As this is our final class for 2013, this class will provide juicy information to help you begin planning for the 2014 garden season. We will also highlight nourishing soup recipes from local herbs, veggies, and stocks. As always, this class will highlight what is happening in the garden in November, how to tend to your garden, and prepare for the coming month. Handouts will include a to do list for the month, information on wildlife, soup recipes, and other pertinent information.