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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. 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!

 

August 11: 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:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Building Healthy Soils and Compost

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!

 

February 24th: Building Healthy Soils and Compost

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

 

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

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. 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!

 

September 22nd, 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: Greenhouse Propagation and Crop Planning

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!

 

March 10th, Greenhouse Propogation and Crop Planning

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

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Growing for Market

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!

 

May 19th, Growing for Market

 

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.

 

Location:

York St, Plant Society Building

1007 York St

Denver, CO 80206

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Harvest

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!

 

June 16th, Harvest

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.

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 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. 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!

 

September 8th, 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: Irrigation and Equipment Use

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!

 

April 7th, Irrigation and Equipment Use

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.

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Post-Harvest and Food Safety

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!

 

June 30th, Post-Harvest and Food Safety

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.

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

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!

 

July 28, Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

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.

 

Location:

TBD

 

 

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. 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!

 

August 25th, Small Livestock

Diversity 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.

 

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

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

Chatfield Farms’ annual celebration of Colorado history, music and food featuring local chefs, tours and live music. Traditional Colorado dishes with regionally sourced ingredients are presented during this “strolling supper” on the farm. Participants can tour the organic vegetable and lavender fields, explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch house, and hear a talk on water conservation. This year, guests can also enjoy a tour of the riparian conservation and restoration efforts in process at Chatfield Farms by research staff.

Food and beverage are included. This event sells out quickly.

Price: $42, $39 member

Special Instructions: This event takes place outdoors on a rustic, operating farm.

 

Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference

 

The average age of U.S. farmers today is 58. Two acres of farmland are lost every minute. Many people dream of starting a farm, but lack access to land, capital, education, and training.

Join us for the Front Range Beginning Farmer’s Conference, featuring instructional workshops from regional experts, targeted towards small scale, sustainable farming. Come share your ideas, knowledge and questions and enjoy lunch and a post-conference social hour with local experts and aspiring farmers.

The conference is targeted to those who are considering starting an urban, suburban, or rural farm, those who have already been growing for a couple of years, and those who want to learn more and support the burgeoning small farm movement on the Front Range. All levels of experience and interest are welcome!

Pre-registration is highly encouraged.

$52 general public, cost of lunch and social hour is included

 

*Please send any dietary restriction information to sami.lester@botanicgardens.org by Saturday, Feb. 18th and we will do what we can to accommodate special needs.

 

Location: Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128

 

*More information regarding specific session topics, presenters, and partners coming soon!

 

Photo credit: J Reeder

 

Gardening With Lavender Tour

 

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

Take a stroll through the new Lavender Garden at Chatfield Farms and learn about the different species and varieties that grow well in the Rocky Mountain Region. You will be introduced to different growing methods including growing lavender as a garden perennial, container plant, and agricultural crop. Several other garden features within the Lavender Garden will also be explained, to include the Labyrinth, Rock Garden, Pollinator Perennial Beds and Herb Garden. The tour is led by Angie Jewett, Horticulturist and primary lavender grower on the farm.

 

Instructor: Angie Jewett, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

 

Price: $15, $12 member price

 

Special Instructions: The tour is all outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen!

Heirloom Flower Gardening

 

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

 

Learn about plants that were popular during the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and how to incorporate them into modern landscapes. Whether you want to redesign your landscape to match your historical property or just want to learn about the old varieties your grandmother planted in her garden, you will leave the class excited with new ideas for old plants. Taught by one of our Chatfield horticulturists who designs and maintains the homestead garden at Hildebrand. Lecutre-style class with slide show, followed by a one hour tour of gardens. Open to all skill levels.

 

Instructor: Jen Trunce, Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

 

Price: $29, $24 member price

 

Special Instructions: There is a substantial amount of walking for the tour portion of the class, which takes place outdoors. Please dress according to the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring water and sunscreen!

 

Life on the Farm at Chatfield Farms

June 26-30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • July 24-28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Care for farm animals, learn what it takes to make vegetables grow and explore the Hildebrand Ranch. Prepare snacks and discover how every ingredient is connected to the farm.

Price: $250 members, $270 non-members.

 

Ooh La Lavender

 

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

 

Enjoy a Saturday at Chatfield Farms learning all about lavender - how to grow it, how to cook with it, and how to use it for health and wellbeing. It's like three classes in one!

Spend the morning learning from Chatfield Farms’ Horticulturist Angie Jewett about the horticultural side of lavender. She will discuss over a dozen varieties of lavender, primarily those that are hardy for growing in Colorado, including the 14 varieties on site, as well as "exotic" and container varieties. She will demonstrate how to grow lavender from propagation to planting to harvest and will discuss winter care and pests and diseases. Our hope is to inspire homeowners and members of the agricultural community alike to consider growing lavender as a low water, disease and pest resistant option with a wide variety of uses.

Then enjoy a lavender themed lunch with popular cooking instructor and herbalist Susan Evans at the beautiful outdoor kitchen. Following lunch, Susan will teach an afternoon class on all the ways to use lavender and discuss the many health and wellness properties of this easy to grow plant. You’ll make and take home Herbes de Provence seasoning blend, soothing lavender/calendula lip balm, conditioning herbal hair rinse, fragrant lavender sachets to scent drawers or to use in the dryer, and a refreshing facial toner. Recipes, refreshments and take home samples included.

 

Instructors: Angie Jewett & Susan Evans

Price: $67, $62 members

Special instructions: Please bring water bottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside all day, such as sunscreen, hat, and layers. Lunch will be provided.

 

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