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Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference

 

The average age of U.S. farmers today is 58. Two acres of farmland are lost every minute. Many young 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

 

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

 

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

 

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New Gardener Boot Camp

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for a full day event, packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to master that garden once and for all!

 

Classes include:

 

Garden Planning 101… where do I start?

This beginner’s class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

 

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Brien will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Brien will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

 

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

 

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

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