Community Crops Education & Classes
Come learn with us! Classes and workshops are offered throughout the year on gardening and farming topics, cooking, and sustainable living.
This class series, running 2023 through 2025 will focus on teaching sustainable growing skills for gardeners and farmers. Class formats may vary between field days, lectures, online classes, and other alternative formats. Registration is required, but classes are free!
Accommodations for translation can be made by request with advance notice of 2 weeks, and there is a question in the registration regarding translation needs. Please contact us with any questions.
Join us for an informal garden planning class! This will be an open format where we hold space to gather, plan our gardens, and look through seed catalogs together. Community Crops staff will give a short presentation on best practices and planning tips at the beginning of this session and will be available for one on one coaching and technical assistance during this working session.
This class will provide an introduction to pruning and asexual propagation of edible fruits and nuts. We will learn how to apply a few basic principles about how plants grow as useful guidelines for safely pruning and trimming almost anything in the temperate zone. This class will primarily be indoors, with two outdoor field practice components, with an inclement weather date set for March 9th. This class will be taught by Molly Phemister, Executive Director of the Southern Heights Food Forest.
Participants will learn basics of seed starting, including material needs, best practices, planning, and seedling care. This class will discuss troubleshooting and solutions to common pest and disease issues when starting seeds at home and soil blocking as an alternative to using form trays will be demonstrated. This class will be offered in Kurdish and/or Arabic based on participant needs. This class will be taught by Community Crops staff.
Participants will learn about growing food in Southeast Nebraska. We will cover climate, season length, pest & week pressures, as well as provide an overview of soil types found in southeast Nebraska and how to best manage them. This class will be focused for growers who are new to this region. This class will be taught by Community Crops staff.
This skill share will cover how to use low tunnels for early season extension and pest management. Materials needed to build low tunnels, as well as construction and management will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to build a low tunnel during class. This class will be taught by Amy Gerdes, owner and operator of Lake St. MicroFarm.
This class series, running 2023 through 2024 will focus on teaching introductory business and marketing skills for small scale farmers. This series will be 12 parts and will start in September 2023. Registration is required but classes are free for participants. Classes will be delivered in English, with Arabic and/or Kurdish Kurmanji translation available.