2017 Classes & Tours

Driving Directions:  All classes held at our farm, 2873 East Maple Rd, Jefferson, OH 44047.  Make sure your computer/phone takes you to "EAST Maple Road."  Many computers ignore the "east" and take you to "Maple Road," the northern leg of our street.  For the exact map point, click here.

Class Fee:  We charge a sliding scale so that anyone can afford the education we offer.  We aim to be accessible.  At the same time, we believe we provide high-quality education you can't find elsewhere.  We need to keep our doors open.  Please pay what you can to support our unique efforts.


Seed Library Seed-Saving Classes!

We are teaching seed saving classes at 5 libraries across Ashtabula County throughout August and September, 2017.  We are also teaching hands-on seed saving at our farm.

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Seed Saving Independence

Never buy seed again! In this hands-on class, we’ll save seeds from this year’s garden vegetables to use in next year’s beds. We teach you when to collect ripe seed and how to properly clean it. We also share the specific seed mixtures that have performed well for us in our gardens. Go home with seeds. Food independence is possible!

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners.

Dress to be outside for the whole class - rain or shine.


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Saturday, Sept 23, 2017
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Class Fee: $5-30

Click here to Sign up!

You can also call or email us, 440-316-BEET


As we develop our workshops, look for more on natural building methods, passive solar energy, clean water collection, passive irrigation, putting plants and animals to work for you, edible forest gardens, how to build grassroots movements, and much more!

Interested in teaching a workshop? Contact us!


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First Up!

What are the first edible & medicinal plants popping up in the Spring? We’ll walk around our gardens, field, and forest to teach the first foods mother nature has to offer – both cultivated crops and wild forage. We’ll taste as we walk. If there’s time, we’ll also show you what we’re planting first and how.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners.

Dress to be outside for the whole class - rain or shine.

Offered early Spring (April)

 


Garden Mounds!

Learn Swales, Berms, Ditches, Hugelkultur!

Drought? Monsoon? Gardening in our current climate means being prepared for extreme weather.  In this class, learn how to design to maximize food production in the face of unpredictable weather.  We teach you methods for directing water so can prepare for both drought and flood. 


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We also teach you hugelkultur!  Or, gardening with earth mounds.  Austrian Sepp Holzer popularized this permaculture technique in the US.  Indigenous cultures have grown food on mounds since forever, across the globe.  Hugel beds shed water better in times of excess rain, and they retain water in times of drought.  Hugel beds create microclimates, allowing you to grow plants that like shade, sun, dry, and moist conditions, all in the same bed!

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners.

Dress to be outside for the whole class - rain or shine.


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Homemade Fertilizers

Learn how to build fertility into your land naturally and responsibly. In this hands-on class, we’ll make homemade fertilizer out of weeds from the yard. We’ll discuss which plants to use for different soil deficiencies. Several techniques combined feed the soil without need for synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. We’ll also highlight home composting methods, vermiculture (worm compost), and a bit on cover cropping. Go home with fertilizer and cover crop seeds.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners.

Dress to be outside for the whole class - rain or shine.


Potluck & Farm Tour

Join us for a farm-fresh lunch. We’ll have homegrown goodies. Bring a dish if you’re in the mood. We’ll visit and eat at 12, then host a tour of the farm from 1-3:30. Highlights: underground greenhouse, no-till gardens, hugelkultur beds, chicken tractors, solar dehydrator, bicycle grain grinder, polyculture and perennial garden beds.
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We will have a sale table of our farm-fresh products.)

Free! No class $ fee on this one

Dress to be outside - rain or shine.


 



Useful Plants Tour

This tour is for true plant lovers! We’ll take an intensive look at the plants in our gardens and field, both wild and cultivated. We’ll review their uses & lore. We’ll explain how we propagate them, as well. We’ll focus on less-commonly-known plants: perennial vegetables, medicinal herbs, uncommon fruits, and plants that feed the soil.

Useful plants only!

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners.

Dress to be outside for the whole class - rain or shine.

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Cooking Class Series!

Red Beet Row is teaming with Ashtabula Local Food Council and Ashtabula County Community Action to offer classes that teach seasonal cooking on a budget. The main focus is preparing and preserving common seasonal foods - vegetables, herbs, meats.  Red Beet Row is throwing in the "wild food" component of the classes - we will be harvesting seasonal wild plants and teaching how to cook these alongside common produce.

Click on the fliers to the left to see the full class listing.  Red Beet Row's "wild food" component will be included in the 4 primary workshops:

  1. May 7, 1-5pm
    SPRING 2016- Introduction to Seasonal Eating
  2. August 27, 1-5pm
    SUMMER 2016- The Fruits of Summer
  3. November 5, 1-5pm
    FALL 2016- Celebrating the Harvest
  4. January 28, 1-5pm
    WINTER 2017– Comfort Food– Meat & Potatoes