Urban farming: gardens, bees, chickens, & our seed libraries

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

Urban farming classes at the library

It’s time to start thinking about spring. Soon the ground with thaw and be ready for gardens to bloom. We have a lineup of great programs in our Urban Farming series, from turning your lawn into food to container vegetable gardening, from beekeeping to raising chickens within city limits.

You can find a full description of each of the following urban farming programs online within our programs and events magazine, Engage, and on our event calendar.

Introduction to Beekeeping
OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturday, Feb 25, 10:30–11:30am

Garlic- & Herb-Infused Oils
FAIRFIELD
Tuesday, Feb 28, 6:30–7:30pm CLASS CANCELED

Introduction to Raising Chickens
OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturday, Mar 4, 10:30–11:30am

AIRWAY HEIGHTS
Saturday, Mar 25, 2–3pm

MEDICAL LAKE
Wednesday, Apr 19, 6:30–7:30pm

Lawns to Food
NORTH SPOKANE
Sunday, Mar 19, 2–3pm

Container Vegetable Gardening
CHENEY
Saturday, Mar 25, 2pm–3pm

3 Sisters Native American Gardens
MORAN PRAIRIE
Wednesday, Apr 26, 6:30–7:30pm RESCHEDULED
Sunday, May 21, 2–3pm

Plot Gardening
CHENEY
Sunday, Apr 30, 2–3pm

Programs in this series are presented by the WSU Master Gardner Program, West Plains Beekeepers Association, and S&P Homestead Farm.

Seed libraries & you

Our seed libraries take root in five locations: Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Medical Lake, and Otis Orchards Libraries.

You may be wondering how a seed library works. Here’s the idea: You borrow from a selection of vegetable and flower seeds available in our seed libraries, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to harvest, let a plant or two go to seed and bring some back to the library for the next round of gardeners to enjoy.

Not sure how to collect seeds from a plant. You can take a look at Complete Guide to Preserving Your Own Seeds for Your Garden: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by Katharine Murphy, available as downloadable PDF chapters from our digital resource Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.

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  • Jim ‘Rhino’ Reincke

    Looks like a great lineup of classes. Thanks!