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Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop present and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.

Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

Special Instructions: Students must bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom (Version 5 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will be provided with images to edit. Make sure there is an available USB port on your laptop to download images.

Beginning Farmers Core Curriculum & Hands-On Workshops

 

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

By participating in this program, you will attend seven core curriculum lectures that will cover everything from planning your farm to selling at market. You will also apply what you have learned in the classroom on working farms during five hands-on workshops. Finally, you will have the opportunity to choose up to four advanced, elective classes that cover innovative topics such as seed saving and season extension. Lecture classes and workshops will take place on Fridays, 9-noon and electives will take place in the evening.

 

Staff from our program will work with you to help find hands-on experiences at local farms. This may take the form of a regular volunteer shift, an internship or an apprenticeship. If you have your own farm already up and running, DBG or CSU Extension staff can work with you over the growing season on any issues or questions that arise.

 

 

To complete the certificate you must:

- Attend all Core Curriculum (7 total) & Hands-On Workshops (5 total)

- Attend a minimum of 2 Elective courses (4 offered in 2019, register individually)

- Complete all courses within the 2018-2019 calendar year

 

All Core Curriculum lecture classes take place at the CSU Extension office located at:

Colorado State University-Denver Extension

888 E. Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

 

All Hands-On Workshops will be located an offsite location/farm. Directions and locations will be communicated with students the week before class.

 

All Beginning Farmers Elective courses will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens located at:

Denver Botanic Gardens

909 York St.
Denver, CO 802016

 

To register for the Beginning Farmers Certificate Course students will register separately for the Beginning Farmers Core Curriculum & for each of your desired Beginning Farmers Elective courses.

 

For registration questions please contact the Education Department at adult.programs@botanicgardens.org

For program inquiries including specific dates and program content and information about applying for a scholarship, please contact Brien Darby at Brien.Darby@botanicgardens.org

 

Program Overview

 

CORE CURRICULUM (must complete all)

 

October 26, 2018
Introduction to the Realities of Farming: Farm Design, Record Keeping, Scale and Site Selection

This course serves as the introduction to the Beginning Farmers program. We will cover the skills and knowledge necessary to design a farm that meets your goals and discuss how good record keeping can help you stay in business.

 

November 2, 2018
Crop Planning and Scheduling

In this class, you will learn how to plan for a successful three-season harvest.

 

November 9, 2018
Soils, Fertility and Plant Nutrition

It all starts with the soil! In this class, you will learn how to identify soil type, troubleshoot potential problem soils and manage your soil to ensure healthy plants.

 

November 16, 2018
On Farm Food Safety

In this class, we will cover how to design and run your farm to minimize the risks associated with foodborne diseases.

 

November 30, 2018
Managing Employees, Volunteers and the Customer

Managing people can be difficult. This class will cover some techniques and strategies to best manage the different types of interactions you need to master and run a successful farming business.

 

December 7, 2018
Vegetable Crop Insect Pests

In this class, you will learn how to identify and manage the major vegetable insect pests.

 

December 14, 2018
Vegetable Crop Plant Pathogens and abiotic disorders

In this class, you will learn how to identify and manage the major vegetable pathogens in vegetables as well as many of the common abiotic issues that you will encounter in Colorado.

 

WORKSHOPS (must complete all)

 

March 15, 2019
Greenhouse Propagation
Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80128

Growing healthy plants starts in the greenhouse. During this workshop, you will be introduced to the materials, equipment and techniques needed to start and finish a large variety of vegetable crops.

 

April 12, 2019
Soil Management and Compost
Micro Farms Colorado, 8090 W. 19th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214

Building on the soils lecture, this workshop takes a more in-depth look at overall soil health and a farmer’s responsibility to be a good steward to the land. Compost will also be covered during this workshop.

 

May 17th, 2019
Tools and Irrigation Field Day
ARDEC South, 4300 E County Rd 50, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Join us at a teaching farm to try out a variety of engine- and hand-powered tools. Other hands-on topics include assembling drip irrigation systems and crop transplanting.

 

June 21, 2019
Vegetable Pests
Micro Farms Colorado, 8090 W. 19th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214

During this workshop, you will build on the vegetable pests lectures and get a first-hand view of insects, weeds and pathogens as well as practicing mitigation strategies.

 

July 19, 2019
Harvesting
Micro Farms Colorado, 8090 W. 19th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214

This workshop will provide techniques for harvesting the full range of vegetable crops as well as cleaning, preparing and implementing cold storage for harvested produce.

 

 

ELECTIVES (Must complete 2 of 4 courses):

Topics TBD, will take place August-September of 2019

 

 

Creating a Hobby Greenhouse

Come learn how to take your master outdoor gardening skills to the next level and extend your growing season and increase your green thumb skills. Is the next step in your horticulture experience maintaining a greenhouse? Before building or buying a greenhouse, learn the benefits and the liabilities of owning a greenhouse.

In this class participants will experience everything they ever wanted to know about building or buying a greenhouse, but were afraid to ask. The purpose of this class is to cover the true costs of owning a hobby greenhouse and let participants determine if a greenhouse is really something you really need.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master’s Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of horticulture, gardening, weed science, entomology, plant pathology and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $31, $26 members

Creating Your Own Signature Scent

Learn the basics of essential oil blending to create your own signature roll-on perfume. Sample a variety of essential oils and learn how to balance top, heart, and base fragrance notes. Together we will calculate the proper essential oil concentration to safely build your own natural blend. Essential oils, perfume base, and containers will be provided for each participant to take home two unique custom made perfumes.

 

We will also discuss the medicinal and spiritual properties of select essential oils to deepen the complexity of your blends, if you so choose.

 

Price: $55, $48 members

Instructor: Catharine McCord is one of Denver Botanic Gardens program coordinators who is also an herbalist and horticultural therapist. Founder of Herbal Intuition, she creates essential oil blends that evoke emotional, physical, and spiritual healing principles. Holding advanced degrees in biochemistry and landscape architecture, she brings a uniquely nerdy perspective to her herbal practices.

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Gifts from the Herb Garden

 

Spend a fun morning crafting enchanting gifts to delight friends and family. Make and take home chocolate delights including delicious chocolate nut clusters and irresistible chocolate dipped candied ginger and orange peel. Learn how to make spicy/sweet cocktail nuts, a soothing lavender lip balm, a pressed-flower glass candle holder and pot up some narcissus for fragrant blooms. We ll have chai tea and scones to keep that creative juice going. Recipes and all materials included. Treat yourself!

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $59, $54 member

Growing A Business

 

 

 

Healing Oils of the Bible

Extensive scientific studies over the centuries have found that essential oils have the ability to support the human body physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Learn the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people. We will explore the twelve most significant oils of ancient scripture.

 

Instructors: Judy Jehn

Price: $41, $36 members

 

Home Cheesemaking

Learn the basic ins and outs of traditional cheesemaking and the animal husbandry, botany, and microbiology behind it, as well as the different types of cheese and how to make fresh cheeses at home! In this hands-on workshop we ll explore how to turn milk into curds and whey and stretch your own fresh mozzarella for you to take home!

Price: $44, $39 members

Instructor: Meg Caley is the Executive Director (or  Founder and Farmer-in-Chief ) for local urban agriculture non-profit Sprout City Farms. Before moving to Denver in 2008, she was the head cheesemaker on a 400-acre grassfed meat and dairy farm in central New Jersey where she made 7 different kinds of farmstead raw milk cheeses from their pastured Jersey cows. Meg has been a cheese nerd since learning the craft in Italy in 2006, and is ever eager to share her love of cheese with the world!

 

 

Ink & Stem - Succulent Wreath

Learn how to design and plant your own living succulent wreath using gorgeous fresh succulents. Succulents are wonderful water-wise plants, and the diversity of shapes and textures will set your imagination on fire! We will discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, varieties of succulents and principles of design. We will also take time to awaken our creative soul with playful and reflective writing activities and wordplay. This mini-retreat will help you push pause on your inner critic and savor a day of beauty, nature and rest. Attendees will experience the calming, restorative benefits of succulent design and take home their own living succulent wreath, just in time for the holidays.

Participants will experience the calming, restorative benefits of succulent design and take home their own living succulent wreath, just in time for the holidays.

 

Price: $69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D. is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the writer and photographer behind a forthcoming terrarium book with Roost Books (fall 2019) and the author of  Dress Culture in Late Victorian Womens Fiction.  You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post! Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem workshops have been named one of the  top 38 cool classes for adults  by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

 

Special Instructions:

Students, please bring: journal and pen, gloves & smock (if desired), any special dried flowers, grasses, or seedpods you want to include in your design, any rooted succulent plants or cuttings you want to include in your design (these are great as focal points).

 

Instructor will provide: wreath frame, succulent cuttings, and all planting materials/tools.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

 

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

This class is an introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique.

 

Price: $44, $39 member price

 

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

 

Ikebana is an expression of respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere. During each class, participants will get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

If a participant has enough experience on Moribana, she /he could go forward to Nageire arrangement during class.

 

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Jurassic World: Build Your Own Dinosaur Terrarium

Terrariums and miniature succulent gardens are all the rage these days. You can find them in specialty garden centers and local boutiques. But have you found one with a dinosaur in it?

In this workshop, participants will create a miniature habitat for the famous Stegosaurus. The first Stegosaurus fossil was found right here in Colorado, near Morrison! These Late Jurassic giants roamed across dry scrubland. They battled their dreaded enemy, the Allosaurus, near wooded riverbeds softened with mosses, ferns, horsetails and cycads. In this class, design a whimsical, modern terrarium using plants that resemble those that lived during the time of the Stegosaurus. Learn about Late Jurassic dinosaurs and paleobotany, as well as plant and terrarium care.

 

This workshop is for playful adults, or for a parent and child planting one terrarium together. In our fast-paced world, it can be hard to take time to create, especially with a child you love. This workshop offers a fun opportunity to sit side by side and build a one-of-a-kind miniature world for your dinosaur. Not only does this workshop give you a chance to design a beautiful terrarium, it also promises hours of imaginative play to come! Come get a sneak preview of the awesome terrarium projects in Christine's forthcoming dinosaur terrarium book!

 

Price: $69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D. is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the writer and photographer behind a forthcoming terrarium book with Roost Books (fall 2019) and the author of  Dress Culture in Late Victorian Womens Fiction.  You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post! Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem workshops have been named one of the  top 38 cool classes for adults  by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

Special Instructions:

Students, please bring: any other Jurassic dinosaurs of your choice, journal and pen, gloves & smock (if desired), any small objects you want to include in your design (shells, beads, figurines, rocks, sticks, etc.).

Instructor will provide: glass container, terrarium plants, dinosaur, and all planting materials/tools.

 

Knit to Find your Zen: Knitting for Beginners

 

After a hectic day your mind needs to unwind. You grab your knitting needles and yarn and head to your favorite spot. As you start to knit, your shoulders relax, your breathing becomes deeper and your mind starts to think only about the yarn and what you are creating. You have found your Zen!

 

If you are a beginning knitter or if you learned a long time ago and need a refresher, then this is the class for you. Learn how to knit and purl with confidence, read a pattern and understand how to care for your handmade item. Depending on your skill level there will be two scarf patterns from which to choose.

 

Price: $52, $44 member

Instructor: Shilo Wilkinson has been passionate about fiber arts since 1991 when she learned to hand spin yarn.A few years later, her mother taught her how to knit her ever-growing amount of yarn. Shilo teaches both knitting and spinning. Fiber arts connect everyone throughout time and different geographies. No matter where you go, there is a fiber tradition that connects us. Shilo loves bringing the tradition of spinning, knitting, art and science together to create wonderful handmade items.

Special Instructions: Knitting needles and yarn will be included with the class. Feel free to bring your own needles and yarn if you have them.

 

 

 

Medicinal Plants for Digestive Health and Wellness

When our digestive system is happy, we are happy. Conversely, when digestive issues arise, many other systems of the body can be affected. After a quick overview of the digestive system, this class will cover ways to encourage proper function using herbs, promote healthy bacteria growth in our gut and explore the idea of our "gut biome." After discussing some beneficial herbs, we will make bitters, review the process of making water keifer, sample a digestive tea blend and prepare a tea blend to take home.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Blake Burger

Photography Expeditions at Plains Conservation Center

 

Photography expeditions to the Plains Conservation Center offer opportunities to capture the life and the seasonal characteristics of the prairie in the best light possible. Dates and times are set to coordinate with sunsets, sunrises, moonsets and moonrises with one exception in May to focus on spring flowers. Each expedition is led by David Winger, a renowned garden and nature photographer.

 

Open to all skill levels. Participants are encourage to bring a tripod and a telephoto lens and dress appropriately for the weather as the class takes place outdoors.

 

 

Price: $36, $34 member

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

 

 

Photography On The Move

 

It’s time to get ready for your winter and spring travel by polishing up your photo skills! Hitting the road this winter and upcoming spring? Hate your tripod? Love to be on the move? This class leaves the tripod behind and explores the world of active, fast paced photography for travelers, hikers, and anyone that likes to catch the world in a flash and still come home with great images!

Open to all skill levels

 

Price: $47, $42 members

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens' official photographer

Special Instructions: Students should bring their cameras but no other gear

 

 

Plants for Respiratory Health and Wellness

Wintertime can compromise the body in many ways, especially our respiratory system. Cold and dry winter air, decreased physical activity, and cold and flu season present challenges to the health of our lungs and systems of breathing. Learn which herbs help keep our respiratory system strong and promote proper function and balance. We will discuss powerful herbs such as mullein, yarrow, peppermint, osha and many more.

Take home a tea blend that promotes clarity and balance of the respiratory system, learn to make a vapor rub and learn how to tincture your favorite herbs.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Blake Burger

Portrait Photography Basics

 

Whether you simply want to take better photos of your family or start to build a portrait portfolio for your business, this is the class for you. Come and learn the basics of taking great portraits. Beginning with camera settings, lenses, and basic lighting setups, you will start to build a foundation for many styles of portrait photography. The topics of posing and directing your subjects will also be covered.

 

Price: $55, $48 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette³ work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her studentsM increased confidence as photographers.

 

Special Instructions: This class is a combination of lecture and hands-on. Please bring a camera with manual capabilities if you’d like to shoot along.

 

Promoting a Healthy Heart and Circulation Using Herbs

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of health issues in the United States, but with a healthy diet, exercise and stress management,  it is preventable. Luckily we have herbal allies to encourage these healthy measures. This class will discuss the use of medicinal plants that are both scientifically proven and trusted worldwide to help prevent cardiovascular disease. We will also touch base on herbs that help heal grief of the heart and even promote healthy circulation of blood. Participants will learn to make a heart-healthy tea, hawthorn syrup and how to tincture heart-healthy plants.  

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Blake Burger

 

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