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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: 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: 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: 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.

 

Cutting Gardens

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

Join Chatfield Farms’ longtime volunteer and cutting gardens specialist, Peg Motagne, for a day amongst the flowers! Explore our small but mighty cutting garden and take away tips to start your own cutting garden. Learn about what varieties work well for regenerative cutting, stem length and other growing tips. Learn about best gardeners tools and sustainable methods for harvesting blooms all season long. After we explore the garden we will cut some flowers and make bouquets to take home. Some light garden-sourced treats will be served as a special treat to complement the class!

Instructor: Peg Montagne

Price: $29, $24 member price

Special Instructions: Class will take place outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen. The light garden lunch is optional.

 

 

Dyeing with Plants

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

 

DBG Chatfield has a dye garden full of a variety of plants that give color to natural fibers. Spend the day learning about dye plants, how to use them for color and the proper procedures for natural dyeing. Each participant will spend time harvesting dye material from the garden and then learn to cook for color. Everyone will go home with fabric samples naturally dyed from the garden!

Instructor: Donna Brown

Price: $67, $62 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and whatever else is needed to make you comfortable being outside. If you have these items, please bring garden gloves and shears and rubber gloves for dyeing. Please wear clothing appropriate for a hands-on gardening and dyeing class.

Instructor Bio: Donna Brown is a natural dye expert and teacher of natural dyeing for over 20 years. She is the former owner of the Dyeworks   a natural dye company and is the natural dye sales representative for the current owners of Table Rock Llamas Fiber Arts Studio.Donna helped start and is an active DBG volunteer at the Janice Ford Memorial dye garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms.

Here are links to more information about the dye garden:

http://www.rmweaversguild.org/natural-dye-garden/

http://www.botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms/janice-ford-memorial-dye-garden

https://www.facebook.com/growingadyegarden/

https://growingadyegarden.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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 youre 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.

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!

Lavender Festival - Botanical Lavender Soap Making

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Interested in learning how to make your own natural hand-poured soap with gentle natural ingredients like coconut oil, honey, fresh citrus, lavender, olive oil, and shea butter? Herbalist Kim Cherie will walk you through it step by step as she demonstrates a fresh lavender batch of cold processed soap. Each student will take home a bar of soap and their own bag of lavender from K. CHERIE- Kim Cherie's herb farm.

 

Price: $53, $48 member

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

 

 

Lavender Festival - Cutting Gardens Demo

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Join Chatfield Farms longtime volunteer, Peg Motagne, for a morning amongst the flowers! Explore our small but mighty cutting garden and take away tips to start your own cutting garden at home. Learn about what varieties work well for regenerative cutting, stem length and other growing tips. Students will also learn about best gardener’s tools and sustainable methods for harvesting blooms all season long.

This class is an hour long demo only, and will not include a bouquet to take home as the cutting garden produces for the CSA flower share.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

Instructor: Peg Montagne

 

Lavender Festival - DIY Lavender Skincare

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Herbalist Kim Cherie will inspire you with glorious fresh lavender infused oils and butters to create your own homemade lavender creations. Class participants will learn to make your own luscious lavender body products, and lavender-infused toner. Students will take home a jar of fresh made lavender body butter, lavender toner, bag of lavender from Kim Cherie's herb farm, and some great ideas for making your own lavender products at home.

 

Price: $53, $48 member

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

 

 

Lavender Festival - Everyday Uses for Essential Oils

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Have you ever wondered about essential oils? All your friends are excited about them, so what’s the big deal? This class will answer all of these questions! Essential oils offer support for every system of your body, including your immune and respiratory systems. Toss those toxic cleaning supplies you’ve felt guilty about and start using a natural healthy alternative that smells amazing – and for pennies on the dollar! Diffuse essential oils for emotional support, and apply them topically for hundreds of different benefits. Some oils can even be used in cooking. Join us for two hours of education, fun, contest prizes, and gifts. Each attendee will receive a free bottle of lavender essential oil, as well as a surprise gift!

 

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Tonya Chapa is a wife, mother of 6, and grandmother of 2. She loves to travel the world and educate others about the wonderful blessings and amazing power of essential oils.

 

Lavender Festival - Gentle Morning Yoga

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Come find your flow amongst the flowers! In this slower yoga practice, you will be encouraged to move mindfully on your mat. As an all-levels flow, you can expect appropriate opportunities to explore strength and balance while connecting to your breath.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and situate. You will want to bring a mat to practice on and any additional props that you might desire as we won’t have any to offer.

 

Price: $10, $8 member

Instructor: Meredith Saver

Lavender Festival - Growing Lavender in Your Landscape

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

In this class, students will learn all about growing lavender in your garden. This class will explore the different attributes of the different species and cultivars that we can grow in the Rocky Mountains and high desert. We will explore how to maintain your plant to encourage long life, review watering, and pruning and growing requirements. Learn how to incorporate lavender in a xeriscape garden and which plants compliment lavender. Each student will go home with their own lavender plant, hand sickle, and growing guide.

 

Price: $35, $30 member

Instructor: Paola Legarre

Owner of Sage Creations Organic Farm, Paola Legarre has worked in organic farming and marketing for the last 25 years. In looking to continue Paola’s commitment to organic farming and raising her family in Colorado’s clean air and wholesome way of life, her and her family moved to Palisade in 2005.

Paola’s first lavender planting was in 2006. As her lavender fields grew, she extended her product line to include certified organic essential oil, bath and body products, and lavender plant starts. Sage Creations currently has 5 acres in lavender production and grows 3 species and 50 different cultivars of lavender. Paola manages the farm and maintains lavender fields, medicinal herb crops, heirloom vegetables and a cherry orchard by using sustainable farming practices; nourishing soil life, not using herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and encouraging the beneficial insects through diversified plant hedge rows, companion planting and insect releases.

 

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