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Classes at Chatfield

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Beekeeping

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

August 18, Beekeeping

This class is a thorough introduction to beekeeping meant for first-time and beginning beekeepers; learn how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot your own bee hive.

 

 

Location:

Denver Botanic Gardens, York St.

Cottonwood Classroom

1007 York St.

Denver, CO 80206

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Community and Volunteer Programs

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

September 22, Community and Volunteer Programs

Are you interested in involving the community more in your farming operation? This class will provide strategies for increasing community involvement and managing volunteer farm programs

 

Location:

Mariposa

1089 Osage St.

Denver, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Full Series

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

Full Workshop Series

 

February 24th: Building Healthy Soils and Compost,

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to improve the quality and fertility of any soil type and how to start and manage a compost program.

 

March 10th: Greenhouse Propagation and Crop Planning

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to schedule crops to maximize your harvest; this also includes instruction in basic indoor propagation of vegetable plants.

 

April 7th: Irrigation and Equipment Use

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to set up an irrigation system using drip tape; you will also be introduced to tools commonly used on small- to medium-scale farms for a variety of tasks including tilling, planting, harvesting and fertilizing.

 

May 19th: Growing for Market

York St

Learn how to prepare your vegetables for a variety of markets including direct-to-consumer and wholesale; get advice from market managers and produce buyers located in Denver.

 

June 16th: Harvest

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to harvest a wide-variety of vegetables as well as how to manage labor and storage space for your bounty.

 

June 20th: Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Chatfield Farms

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are necessary to keep food safe on the journey from post-harvest to the consumer’s plate; learn how food safety informs all operations on the farm.

 

July 14th: Plant Pests, Disease, and Weed Management

Sprout City, 6700 E. Virginia Ave., Denver, CO

Day-to-day farm maintenance requires an intimate knowledge of the insect, disease and weed pests that are attacking your produce; learn how to identify pests and implement management strategies.

 

July 28th: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

TBD

Diversify your farm by offering raspberries, grapes, apples, strawberries and many other fruit crops; learn what is possible in Colorado and the best management practices for these crops.

 

August 11th: Beekeeping

Chatfield Farms

This class is a thorough introduction to beekeeping meant for first-time and beginning beekeepers; learn how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot your own bee hive.

 

August 25th: Small Livestock

63rd St. Farm, 3796 63rd St., Boulder, CO

Diversity your farm by offering eggs, dairy products or meat birds; learn what is possible in Colorado and strategies for successfully marketing your products.

 

September 8th: Indoor Growing

Rebel Farm, 5445 W. Evans Ave, Denver, CO

Year-round vegetable production is a reality using greenhouses and high-tunnels. In this workshop, you will learn about hydroponically grown produce operations and season extension devices for in-ground growing.

 

September 22nd: Community and Volunteer Programs

Mariposa, 1089 Osage Ave., Denver, CO

Are you interested in involving the community more in your farming operation? This class will provide strategies for increasing community involvement and managing volunteer farm programs.

 

 

Price: $165 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Indoor Growing

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

September 8, Indoor Growing

Year-round vegetable production is a reality using greenhouses and high-tunnels. In this workshop, you will learn about hydroponically grown produce operations and season extension devices for in-ground growing.

 

Location:

Rebel Farm

5445 W. Evans Ave

Denver, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Small Livestock

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

August 25, Small Livestock

Diversify your farm by offering eggs, dairy products or meat birds; learn what is possible in Colorado and strategies for successfully marketing your products.

 

Location:

63rd St. Farm

3796 63rd St.

Boulder, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Food Preservation Boot Camp

*This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth*

 

Part I of Food Preservation Boot Camp Series: Drying & Freezing

Morning Class

Turn your garden or farmers market bounty into a ready-to-use pantry full of flavorful dried or frozen veggies, fruits and herbs. Get an overview of the best freezing and drying techniques.

Fun and easy to process, compact dried and/or frozen food is perfect for long storage, high nutrient value and concentrated taste. This preservation method is ideal for camping, school lunches, small storage spaces, and quick, tasty meals. Beginner level course, all levels welcome. Recipes and generous tastings provided.

Instructor: Susan Evans, Clinical Herbalist, Chef, & Owner of Chrysalis Herbs

 

Part II of Preservation Boot Camp Series: Fermentation

Early Afternoon Class

Did you know that most of the worlds favorite foods, including bread, cheese, beer, and chocolate involve fermentation? Fermentation is all the rage these days from house made pickles to hot sauce to kombucha to mead; it seems that every locavore worth their salt has a crock of something fermenting in their basement.

Want to get in on the fun? Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this tasty and informative beginner-level class where well discuss the basics of fermentation, its health benefits, and how you can safely and deliciously ferment at home. Whether you're interested in fermented pickles, kimchi, kombucha or sauerkraut, this class will have you ready to make your own incredible house made fermented foods! This is a beginner-friendly course. Generous tastings and recipes included.

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham, A Moveable Feast Colorado

 

Part III of Preservation Boot Camp Series: Boiling Water-Bath Canning

Late Afternoon Class

Come enjoy an afternoon at Chatfield Farms while learning how to safely and creatively preserve your summer and fall bounties to last you through the winter months! No need to be intimidated by the art of canning any longer!

This beginning canning class will teach the new/beginner home canner the basics for boiling water bath canning. We will cover equipment you need, recipe sources, food safety, and we will make 2 different items for your pantry. Generous tasting and recipes will be provided.

Instructor: Kathy Lee, Owner of Modern Gingham Preserves

 

Price: $120, $108 member

Special Instructions: This class takes place exclusively outside at Chatfield Farms (in the outdoor kitchen) and is an all-day program. Please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised. There will be breaks in between classes. Generous tastings will be provided in each class throughout the day.

Selecting and Planting Trees Along the Front Range

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms at C-470 and Wadsworth *

Long-term success for trees along the Front Range is highly dependent on species selection and proper planting procedures. This class will identify trees that perform well in our environment and help diversify the urban forest. Secondly, it will aim to promote proper nursery selection and planting techniques.

Instructor: Erik Geyer, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

Erik Geyer is a Horticulturist for the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Eastern New Mexico University. He has arboriculture experience in the Southern Denver area and Northern New Mexico. Erik enjoys the challenge of growing trees along the front range of Colorado.

Price: $29, $24 member price

Special Instructions: Class will start indoors, and move outdoors for a walking tour; please dress according to weather and bring water and sunscreen!

 

 

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