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Course Descriptions

Organic Gardening through the Seasons!
Instructor: Maureen O'Sullivan
This course covers proper planting and care of your organic garden. The material is covered in four class periods and the content is organized by seasons. 
Class 1 covers everything to get you started, from how to read a catalog to choosing a gardening plan.
Class 2 covers what to plant, when to plant it, composting and watering, organic pest/disease control and harvesting.
Class 3 covers direct seeding and the care of plants during the hot Oklahoma summer.  We'll plan a fall garden in this class as well as discuss seed saving.
Class 4 covers planting a cover crop, attending to your tools, cold weather composting, when to use a cold frame and putting your garden to bed.

Salad Bowl Gardening
Instructor: Maureen O'Sullivan
Short on space or ambition?   How about growing just what you need for a good salad?  With just a few containers and the right organic prep, you can feast on luscious salads all season long and right into fall!  Join us to learn the basics to grow your own salad! 

Lazy Man's Organic Gardening
Instructor: Maureen O'Sullivan
If you think you might enjoy going out to your back yard to pick your own vegetables, but think it's just too much work, then this class is for you!  We'll discuss all the techniques that make organic gardening ideal for the lazy man (or woman) in all of us.  Learn about raised beds, timers and soaker hoses, square foot gardening and lasagna gardening. 

Seed Saving
Instructor: Maureen O'Sullivan
Seed saving has long been the primary way to pass plants down from generation to generation. Seed Saving is not only fun, it's also an important way to perpetuate heirloom plants and to ensure the genetic diversity of the world's food crops.  Join us to learn how. 

Indoor Composting with Worm Bins
Instructor: Maureen O'Sullivan  (guest speaker)
Composting with worms is great for those with limited yard space, or for those who don't want to hike to a backyard compost bin with their food scraps. By letting worms eat your food wastes, you'll end up with one of the best soil amendments available-worm castings.  Join us to learn how to make a worm bin from simple items found around your house.

Beekeeping 101
Instructor: Jim Ross, Ross Honey Company, Minco, OK
When we think of bees we automatically think of honey, but bees pollinate nearly 80% of the fruits and vegetables we eat!  If you've ever thought about beekeeping either to help your garden/orchard or as a second income through honey production or pollination services, this is the class for you.  Aspiring beekeepers will discuss bee biology, modern beekeeping techniques, hive construction, necessary equipment, legal restrictions, and acquiring bees.  If you have never kept bees before, this class is the place to start.  Plan now for starting bees this Spring.

Field Study:  Beekeeping
Instructor: Jim Ross, Ross Honey Company, Minco, OK
This one day course will provide practical, hands-on instruction for starting, working with and caring for colonies of bees.  The class will meet in the instructor's bee yard in Minco, OK and include a tour of the Ross Honey Co.  Appropriate clothing and bee equipment will be necessary.  If you're thinking of beekeeping either for fun or profit, this course will walk you through it step by step.  Know what you're getting into and learn the skills you need to start right with your bees. 
Prerequisite:  Beekeeping 101

Landscaping for Water Conservation - FREE!
Instructor: Casey Sharber
Water conservation is becoming an important issue in Oklahoma as increasing urbanization and periodic drought are placing greater demands on water supplies.  One of the best means of conserving water is to design or modify the landscape to reduce its water requirements.  By selecting plants based on site characteristics and suitability, we can reduce our demand for water.  Come learn how you can implement water-conserving strategies in your yard.

Making Jams, Jellies & Butters 
Instructor: Donna Stangl-Jung
In this two-evening course, participants will gain practical, hands-on instruction for preparing fruit jams, jellies & butters.  Learn the differences among jelly, jam and butter; which varieties of fruit are best to use to make each; equipment you'll need; and when to can vs. when to freeze.  Be prepared to eat what you make!

Preserving Your Harvest
Instructor: Donna Stangle-Jung
With food costs rising, a lot of new gardeners need to know the best way to preserve what they grow.  This class will help you sort out the different methods of preserving food, the equipment required for each method and decide what's best for you.  Even old pros can learn a few new tricks in the food preserving "biz."

 Course  Title  Dates  Days  Time

Tuition

7007

Organic Gardening Through the Seasons

1/20-2/10

T

6:45-8:45 pm

$45

7008

Salad Bowl Gardening

3/03

T

6:45-9:15 pm

$15

7009

Lazy Man's Organic Gardening

2/24

T

6:45-9:15 pm

$15

7012

Seed Saving

2/09

M

6:45-8:15 pm

$12

7013

Indoor Composting with Worm Bins

2//17

T

6:45-8:45 pm

$18

7014

Beekeeping 101*

3/28-4/04

Sa

9:00 am-12:30 pm

$39

7015

Beekeeping Field Study**

4/18

Sa

9:30 am-2:30 pm

$29

7016

Landscaping for Water Conservation

3/12

Th

7:00-8:30 pm

FREE!

7017

Making Jams, Jellies and Butters

4/30-5/07

Th

7:00-10:00 pm

$29

7018

Preserving Your Harvest

4/02

Th

7:00-9:00 pm

$10

* Book Required

** Supplies Required