The Rocky Mountain Audubon Society describes wildscaping as, “creating healthy diverse habitats that include native plantings to feed, shelter, and nurture wild creatures .” Come learn from long-time community activist and educator, Judith Rice-Jones, about how to incorporate native plants into your garden to attract pollinators and native birds that are essential for our biodiversity.
Come to an Introduction to Permaculture. What is permaculture? Standing on solid ethics, permaculture is a designing tool kit for our times. Based on nature's laws and principles, permaculture brings resilience and sustainability into our lives through the design process. Using the ethics and principles as a guide, we can male sound decisions and chart our way forward in earth friendly, abundant avenues. Discover permaculture for yourself and find inspiration for building your own path to sustainability.
Becky Elder is a Federated Garden Club's environmental consultant, fifteen years as an El Paso County Master Gardener (1995-2010) and has been gardening on the Colorado Front Range since 1975. A permaculture designer, and Executive Director of Pikes Peak Permaculture, Becky is a passionate advocate for building community resilience. Well-known for her earth-conscious Blue Planet Earthscapes and her many educational programs, Becky brings the planet into the conversation!
Are you thinking about ducks? In your backyard? In the city? Yes, it can be done! Ducks are a wonderful addition to any backyard flock. Come learn about duck care and the pros and cons they bring to your backyard. Special visitors from Homegrown and Happiness will make a special appearance.
Join us with Elsa Kendall who will be teaching “Embodying Seedlings".
Class description in Elsa’s own words:
“When people refer to the "green thumb", what they're really saying is that feeling and listening to what plants need produces successful growth. Each and every one of us has powerful senses that we can use to intuit a plant's needs and wants. There's plenty of science out there that tells you "how to grow", but personally sensing what a plant is asking for remains the greatest technique available to us. Let's recognize the messages seeds and plants have to tell us through the exploration of different seeds, seeding methods, and hands-on transplanting. Let's practice embodying a seedling.”
Learn how to compost in your kitchen! Vermi-composting a great way to divert food waste and lower your carbon foot print. PLUS the worm castings make for a great natural fertilizer for your vegetable garden and houseplants. Learn how to DIY vermi-compost and leave with your own worm bin and WORMS!
Growing, harvesting and using herbs for our challenging climate. In this class, you will discover essential, easy to grow herbs that can be grown, processed and prepared for use as herbal medicine for you and your family. You will learn the properties, uses and doses for these useful herbal allies and will be prepared to begin growing them in time to harvest many of them this year!
This class is taught by Clinical Herbalist Valerie Blankenship, of Sage Consulting & Apothecary, a local herbal pharmacy, clinic and home of the Sage Herbal Foundations educational program. Valerie has over 29 years experience as Clinician, herbal educator and formulator. She is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, one of a handful in the state.
Come learn how to grow BIG in small spaces! This class will inspire you with gardening tips from container gardening, vertical gardening and bucket gardening. You don’t want to miss this class! You’ll be leaving with knowledge and bucket of onions or chives to grow in your own small space!
Learn the foundations of caring for healthy and thriving succulents. This course will cover ideal potting containers, dive into what makes a successful succulent potting mix, when to water, and how to keep your succulent looking sharp all year long. Common succulents will be introduce with care tips including light placement and propagation methods!
Are you a first time gardener? Do you want to revamp your garden this year? Victory gardens are a fun spice things up! Learn the history behind Victory Gardens and plan out your garden this season! There will be dicussion on seeds, succession planting and garden planning. Bring a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes!
Join PPUG at the Public Forum for Happy Hour at UCCS’s Grain School 2019.
Evening programs include
5:30-6:10pm: Happy Hour and Market Place
6:30-7:00pm: Keynote speaker, Smitha Haneef from Princeton University
7:00-8:00pm: Women in the Grain Movement
8:15-8:45pm: The Land Institute Address with Fred Lutzi
8:45-9:00pm: Nanna Meyer with UCCS
More information at: https://www.uccs.edu/swell/Public_Forum