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2020 Schoolyard Gardens Conference

Friday, March 6, 2020 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

SCHOOLYARD GARDENS provide an incomparable, hands-on opportunity for Educators to learn how to meet academic standards, engage with community partners, learn about agriculture, healthy eating, and cultural competency, and connect with natural systems. Whether you're a beginner or a schoolyard garden veteran, join us to learn innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging diverse learners in a thriving schoolyard garden.

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Register SCHOOLYARD GARDENS CONFERENCE ONLY
$70 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$80 General Registration 

Bundle BUNDLE BOTH CONFERENCE + WORKSHOPS
     Schoolyard Garden Conference
            Friday, March 6
     Garden-To-Plate Food Workshops
            Saturday, March 7
$90 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$100 General Registration 

Garden-To-Plate: A Day of Food Workshops

Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

Featured Sessions & Topics

  • Plant a Seed for Food Security: Be a Catalyst for Food System Change
  • Lessons from Little Falls Community Schools
  • The Good Acre and Family and Consumer Sciences
  • High Production Site Design and Production Planning
  • In the Kitchen with Minneapolis Public Schools
  • The Farm at the Arb Sustainable Horticulture Program
  • Growing Vegetables in a Changing Climate

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Register GARDEN-TO-PLATE WORKSHOPS ONLY
$70 Arboretum Members & Workshop Affiliates
$80 General Registration 

Bundle BUNDLE BOTH CONFERENCES
     Schoolyard Garden Conference
            Friday, March 6 
     Garden-To-Plate Food Workshops
            Saturday, March 7
$90 Arboretum Members & Workshop Affiliates
$100 General Registration 

 

Get Growing: A Day of Garden Workshops

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Level Beginner to intermediate

Cabin fever has hit and you are dreaming of your best yard yet for 2020, but who has time to learn everything? This day-long buffet of classes is the answer. In just one Saturday, you will get "Cliffs Notes" to get you started on the right foot with useful tips, tricks, and inspiration in a wide range of gardening topics. Customize your own schedule by choosing any 5 sessions!

You'll leave with a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies- motivated and educated for the best garden season yet!

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register $95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, coffee and breakfast treats, lunch buffet, a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies!

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Online Module: Growing Vegetables in Minnesota

Deadline to Register: Monday, March 16
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

If you've ever been daunted by the idea of growing vegetables, or have tried in the past but become overwhelmed with weeds, then the Growing Vegetables in Minnesota online module is for you! Developed through University of Minnesota Extension, this online class will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage your vegetable garden for success throughout the growing season. Learn online at your own pace starting in March, with the ability to ask your instructor questions along the way. 
Learning objectives include: 
  • What your growing site needs, from light to soil
  • How to choose vegetable varieties for Minnesota
  • Proper planting and plant management practices
  • Harvesting time and techniques
How it Works: Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Tuesday March 16. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. Online course materials will be available for the duration of the 2020 growing season.
Limit 60

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Online Modules and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register $35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Kitchen Gardening: A Bountiful Edible Landscape

150-04-18-20
Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30 a.m.-noon

Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Author, Photographer, Gardener, Magazine Contributor

Kick your vegetable garden aesthetic up a notch! In this class, you will: 
  • Learn about the history of "Potager-style" kitchen gardens from French Medieval times, and their resurgence into modern garden trends
  • Hear about the basic design of a potager, including symmetrical geometrical beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled
  • See how you can incorporate some or all of these ideas into your landscape that are useful for you
  • Learn Rhonda's tips for growing successful and bountiful kitchen gardens
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register
$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms: Introduction & Take-Home Log

Select a session
Saturday, June 20, 9-11 a.m.
OR
Saturday, June 20,1-3:30 p.m.

Matt Ratliff, Owner & Educator, Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms

Have you heard about the new trend of growing your own mushrooms? Get started on the right foot by understanding the basics and concepts of mushroom cultivation: 
  • How to cultivate a variety of gourmet mushrooms at home
  • Basic materials and simple techniques needed
  • Understand the difference between growing indoors annually or outdoors perennially
Get hands-on guidance during class with your own take-home shiitake log (included in fee)
  • Prepare your own perennial Shiitake log
  • Drill holes in your log
  • Inoculate your log with mycorrhizae
  • Seal your log with wax
A great father's day gift- bring along a parent or child (age 12 and up) to work on the same project for just $10 more!

Limit 50, Red Barn at the Farm at the Arb
register Morning Session, 9-11 a.m.
$40 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Couples price! $50 member couple/$65 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project

register Afternoon Session, 1-3:30 p.m.
$40 member/$55 non-member, includes Aboretum admission
Couples price! $50 member couple/$65 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project

Special Access Tour Behind-the-Scenes: What's "Growing On" at the Farm?

Select a session
Wednesday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tim Wilson, Arboretum Staff, Farm at the Arb Education Manager

The Farm at the Arb is in its first full growing season, and so much is already happening!
  • Learn more about the specially-selected edible crops that are growing
  • Discover what the Arboretum does with all this food when it is harvested
  • Tour the market garden and other areas of the Farm with Tim as he points out special highlights
  • Get an overview of the Arboretum's brand new Sustainable Horticulture Certificate, which offers hands-on training in market gardening

You'll leave with a greater understanding of what the Farm at the Arb is all about and excitement to come back and see how things are growing!
Note: While each session will give a different glimpse of the crops at various stages, much of the information on this tour will be the same for each session. We recommend selecting only 1 session to attend.

Limit 25, Red Barn at the Farm at the Arb

register Wednesday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register Wednesday, August 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

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