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A Wild Gourmet Workshop: Foraging the Wild Edible

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

Become the ultimate locavore as we explore the tasty world of wild edibles. Discover how to locate, identify, harvest and prepare the wild plants growing all around you. Learn how to make tasty teas, artisan drink mixes, nutritious salads and gourmet additions for pastas, soups and side dishes. Plant foraging walk, cooking class and wild lunch with handout and recipes included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $58, $54 member, includes $25 materials fee

Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

 

Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms for a celebration of our state’s traditions in culture, food, and history at the annual Colorado Foodways event.

Local chefs provide traditional Colorado dishes using regionally sourced ingredients. Enjoy locally crafted food and beverages while you stroll the grounds and tour the organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardens with Community Supported Agriculture farm staff. Explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch and enjoy music from Denver-based acoustic rock band, Miles Wide while enjoying a Colorado sunset. This event sells out quickly.

 

Dinner and cocktails included with registration.

$39 members, $42 non members

 

 

 

Crafting Wild Mixers, Tonics, Bitters & Syrups

 

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

 

Crave something new in drink mixers for your favorite mocktail? Want to experiment with tonics and syrups? Go wild. This class is an exploration into the world of botanically infused mixers, bitters, tonics, syrups and digestifs. Gardeners – learn how to add some muddled flowers (rose geranium, anyone?) to flavor up your favorite drink. Herb lovers – create something new from your herb beds (think health and wellness, and digestion). We will make grenadine without the dye and corn syrup, sample a fun creation during class, craft some lovely bitters, and nick some tantalizing recipes to start your own collection.

 

Instructor: Laura Bergh

 

Price: $56, $51 member, $ 15 materials fee included

 

About the instructor: Laura owns Indigo Blooms Botanicals; an organic and botanically based body care company and has the newest lavender field in Colorado at her eco-friendly farmette. She is an enthusiastic drink creator culling enticing components from her bountiful herb and flower gardens.

 

Special instructions: Please bring water bottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside such as sunscreen, hat, and layers. Class will be outdoors.

Cutting Gardens

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

 

Join Chatfield Farms staff Josie Hart and longtime volunteer, 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 gardener’s 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. A light CSA lunch will be served so you can explore the edible flower varieties that may be growing in your garden already!

 

Instructors: Josie Hart & Peg Montagne

 

Price: $29, $24 member price

 

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

Eco-Friendly Farmette - The Eensy Farm (Beginning Your Homestead)

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

 

So you want to start a mini-farm? Learn what you can do with the land (or backyard) you have and explore ideas on starting your spread. How can you keep chickens, ducks and bees, grow your food and medicine, compost in the most eco-friendly way possible? We will touch on composting, improving your soil, growing and harvesting veggies and saving seeds for next year. Get creative with recycled materials, save on food costs by preserving your bounty, and learn how to grow your own medicine. Start small and grow (or stay small). How about growing natural dyes? There are so many ways to be eco-smart! Bring your walking shoes as we will take a tour around Chatfield Farms, and bring a snack and water.

 

Instructor: Laura Bergh, Indigo Blooms Botanicals

 

Price: $70, $63 member price

 

About the instructor: Laura Bergh owns Indigo Blooms Botanicals; an organic and botanically-based body care company and has the newest lavender field in Colorado at her eco-friendly farmette. Her family strives to be as gentle to their surroundings as possible while they grow their Eensy Farm and accomplish as many things as they can (if only time would cooperate!).

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