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Lifelong Learning

 

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.

 

A Simple Guide to Planning a Seed Garden

Learn how planning ahead can yield big results from your seed harvest. Knowing how a seed is saved allows you to let nature take its course and give back even more than you put in. This class breaks down the easy-to-save, intermediate-to-save and advanced-to-save varieties most commonly grown in home gardens. The seed life cycle is already happening in your garden so it’s easy to integrate seed saving into your current practices. With a little planning, you can greatly increase your personal seed bank and keep plants – including vegetables, herbs and flowers – vigorous and adapting in your garden.

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, masks, creams, serums, moisturizers and more that contain far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything commercially available. You'll learn how to precisely tailor natural ingredients and nutrients to address any skin issue specific to your wants and needs. Take home an extensive handout and two items made in class to enjoy!

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

Price: $68, $63 member, includes $35 for materials

Ancient Art of Wild Fermentation

Learn the beautiful and transformative art of wild fermentation which leverages naturally occurring bacteria in soil and on plants to preserve and enhance vegetables. Join the cultured foods renaissance and experience the increased immune and digestive benefits fermented foods bring to your internal ecosystem.

These are not your grandmother’s cultured veggies – each creation is alive with wild-crafted, probiotic-rich flavor and texture unique to your garden.

The theory, science and practical application of this simple and safe preservation method will be shared. This is an introductory fermentation class; cooking skills not required. We’ll celebrate spring with seasonal ferments that transform and delight. Demo and samples included.

Price: $38, $34 member

Instructor Bio: Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition & lifestyle programs for women in their prime wanting to heal digestive & immune issues naturally. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut which is created through gentle and easy to incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood, and sustainable wellness. She holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation, transformational coaching, is a board certified holistic health coach and founder of FOOD & YOU with Cynthia Farris.

 

Be a Bee Advocate Workshop

This class is great for people interested in learning about bees, both wild and domesticated. Instructor, Tracy Bellehumeur teaches about how honeybees and wild bees live, the variety of wild bees in Colorado, and different honeybee hive designs. Participants will build a wild bee house for their home and a handout with suggested reading, and supportive resources is provided. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for eight years using natural methods in top bar and langstroth hives and helps maintain hives for community gardens in boulder. She teaches a series of hands-on beekeeping classes for growing gardens in boulder and also teaches for the boulder county beekeepers association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.

Special Instructions: Part of class takes place outdoors and is hands-on; please dress appropriately and comfortably to move around and participate in hands-on workshop activities. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form. Each participant receives a tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

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: Plant Pest, Disease, and Weed Management

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 14th, Plant Pests, Disease, and Weed Management

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.

 

Location:

Sprout City Farms

6700 E. Virginia Ave, SE

Denver, CO 80224

 

 

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.

 

Beginning Mushroom Identification

Whether you want to collect mushrooms just to learn about them or to eat them, you will want to be able to identify them.

The two evening lectures will cover how to properly collect and identify mushrooms using their features and environment.

Then, join us for a field trip during which participants will collect mushrooms and practice identifying them. The location of the field trip will be based on Ed's scouting trip the day before to ensure there are mushrooms available to collect.

Students will be notified of the location for the trip the day before the trip.

 

Instructor: Ed Lubow has been hunting mushrooms since the 1970s and has been volunteering in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2008.

Skill Level: All levels welcome

Price: $48, $43 member

Special Instructions: Note this class meets two thursdays, and has a four hour field trip as well.

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $90, $80 members

Special Instruction: Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

Bilingual Yoga

BILINGUAL VINYASA – LEVEL 1/2

Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. This class will feature several elements of traditional Ashtanga yoga—including sun salutations, standing poses, preparation for arm balances, dynamic stretching, and pranayama (breathwork). This type of class contains creative sequences based on these elements while building heat, exploring energy and fostering greater self-awareness. This practice will provide strength, aid balance and weight loss, while reducing stress and increasing vitality.

Vinyasa classes labeled “1-2” take care to define and align the key components of traditional and modern Vinyasa practice, including weight-bearing on wrists and arms, fluid transitions between postures, and muscular movements linked to inhales and exhales. Beneficial for all practitioners, these classes teach important foundations while leaving space for more advanced practitioners to play.

What can you expect in Bilingual Vinyasa 1-2?

Poses will be cued in traditional Sanskrit, so that both English and Spanish speakers have a common language, however in order to afford the opportunity to understand the postures and transitions; all refinement cues will be provided in the first side (usually the right side) in English, and once we move on to the second (usually the left side), the exact same setting and refined cues will be provided in Spanish. Speakers of all languages are welcome!

 

VINYASA BILINGÜE - NIVEL INTERMEDIO

Vinyasa es una práctica de yoga fluido, dinámico que cultiva presencia mediante la conexión de movimiento con la respiración. Este tipo de clase cuenta con varios elementos del tradicional linaje de Ashtanga, que incluye series de posturas de saludo al sol A y B, posturas de pie, preparación para balances en manos, series de estiracion dinámicas y pranayama (ejercicios de respiración). Cuentan con secuencias creativas de estos elementos, que continúan aumentando gradualmente el calor corporal, la exploración de la energía y el fomento de una mayor conciencia de sí mismo. Esta práctica desarrolla la fuerza, el equilibrio y ayuda a la pérdida de peso, al mismo tiempo reduce el estrés y aumenta la vitalidad.

Clases de Vinyasa etiquetados niveles "1-2" definen y alinean los componentes claves de la práctica tradicional y moderna llamada Vinyasa, incluyendo soporte de peso en las muñecas y los brazos, transiciones fluidas entre las posturas y movimientos musculares vinculados a la inhalación y exhalación. Beneficioso para todo los estudiantes, estas clases enseñan fundamentos importantes, a la misma vez dejando espacio para los practicantes más avanzados para jugar y divertirse.

¿Qué puedes esperar en una clase tipo Vinyasa Bilingüe de nivel intermedio?

Las posturas serán anunciadas primeramente en Sánscrito, honrando el idioma universal de yoga, que permitirán tanto al hablante de inglés y español compartir la misma terminología y saber de manera general hacia dónde vamos en el flujo de yoga. Las instrucciones serán proporcionadas en ambas lenguas. El primer lado , usualmente el derecho, será instruido en Ingles, y el segundo lado, usualmente el izquierdo, será instruido en Español. De tal manera, esta organización mental provee estructura a la clase y permite que el estudiante se relaje y disfrute. Promete ser un entrenamiento divertido para la mente y el cuerpo!

 

Instructor: Noemi is a Renaissance Woman! She s worn many hats, among those: Immigration Attorney, Competitive Gymnast , Environmental Activist, Beer Geek & Judge, Hung & Handpan Drum Player, Middle-Eastern Dance Performer, and her favorite hat as of late: Multilingual Yoga Instructor! As such, Noemi caters to your individual needs utilizing her richly varied skill-set and training. If you are looking for an alignment based practice with creative sequencing, fun transitions that nourishes both body and mind, while intelligently deconstructing postures in each class safely aided by props, along with soul-quenching philosophy and yogic mythology, sprinkled with breath facilitation and meditation then allow Noemi the Renaissance Yogini to be of service to you!

Favorite way to show kindness: Be of Service Three words that describe me: Legacy, Advocacy, Activism. Three things that make me smile: Universe's Sense of Humor, Possibilities, Random Acts of Kindness. Three things I could do without: Expectations, Competition, Ego. Three words that describe my class: Creative, Fun, Safely Challenging. Pose that has taken me the longest to master: Handstand

 

Price: $5 suggested donation

Botanical Soap Making

In this class you'll learn how easy it is to make cold process soap in your own kitchen! Homemade soap contains moisturizing glycerin and is free of the harsh preservatives and other chemicals found in commercial soaps that can be so drying and irritating to skin. You'd never believe that soapmaking was this easy! Warning: soapmaking is addictive, but you'll never lack for a birthday, hostess, or shower gift for families and friends. This class is part demo, part hands on. Take home an extensive handout full of recipes, web sites, and resources plus a bar of the handmade soap and a bottle of fragrance oil for your first batch.

 

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

Price: $62, $57 member, includes $30 for materials

Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Yvonne (flickr)

Bread Baking at Home

Making homemade bread is one of the simplest yet most rewarding kitchen projects - yet many people find it intimidating or overwhelming, especially at altitude. In this delicious class, you’ll learn from Chef Elizabeth Buckingham how easy it really is to bake incredible artisan loaves at home with no special equipment or oven required – and you can avoid all the preservatives and other additives in commercial bread. We’ll discuss flours, yeasts, starters, rising, kneading and much more. While the class will primarily concentrate on wheat-based breads, we’ll also talk about the vast range of non-wheat flours now available to the home baker. There is truly no activity more satisfying than producing amazing bread at home, and this class will inspire you to bake bread at home regularly. (Generous food samples served.)

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native and has just returned from a five-month round-the-world sabbatical. She earned her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and has cooked aboard dive boats and private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado with her husband, Nicholas, and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and is a certified Master Gardener; she runs a small urban homestead complete with bees, chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and she thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $47, $42 members, includes $20 for materials

 

 

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