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Organic Gardening Series


Whether you’ve been a gardener for years or are just getting started, these classes are for anyone interested in knowing more about organic food, gardening practices, and growing methods. There is more to organic growing than excluding chemicals. Tillers New Farmer Incubator program mentor and long-time organic farmer, Pete Robertson, will be teaching this series of classes. Sponsored by MSU Extension and Tillers International. Visit Tillers International website for details

Season Extending Cold Frames


Want to get your gardens started earlier this spring? At this workshop we will show you a variety of cold frames and will build one to give away. Recycled windows will be available to take home free of charge. Instructors: Tomme Maile, Trybal Revival Garden & Linda Whitlock, MSU Extension. This workshop is free and open to all. For more information or to register call 269-383-8815 or email Download Flyer
WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Riverview Launch (1523 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo)

Gardening to Protect Pollinators

Join us and "bee" introduced to the amazing pollinators in our world and their importance to us. Bees, birds, bats and insects all play a role and their needs are simple. We'll discuss what they need and how we can help make our green spaces pollinator friendly. From selecting appropriate plants that can provide habitat year round to thoughtful use of resources, you'll learn how we can all make a difference in the world when we find ways to protect our pollinators. This being held in Battle Creek as part of Kellogg Community College's Lifelong Learning series. Fee $19
WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek

Spring Cleanup in the Garden


Presenter is Master Gardener, Wendy Kent-Bracken. Free class but registration is required:
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Wenke's Greenhouse (5071 Market Street, Kalamazoo)

Gardening in Small Spaces/Containers


All types of gardening in small space and container gardening. Free and open to all. WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ransom Library, Plainwell (180 South Sherwood Ave., Plainwell)

Beneficial Insects & You: A Dream Team

Eeek! If that's the sound you make when you see a bug, we invite you to join us for an introduction to the world of insects. We'll share the differences between beneficial insects versus pests, as well as what makes an insect beneficial. Plus, we have tips for encouraging beneficial insects into your landscape and ways to keep pests out! Don't run when you see a bug; after this new class you'll have an appreciation for the role of insects in our world. This being held in Battle Creek as part of Kellogg Community College's Lifelong Learning series. Fee $19
WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek

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For more information about Common Ground and it's programs, contact:
Catie Boring at the Kalamazoo County Land Bank
phone: (269) 216-9681