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
Saturday, Feb 25, 10:30–11:30am

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

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

Saturday, Mar 25, 2–3pm

Wednesday, Apr 19, 6:30–7:30pm

Lawns to Food
Sunday, Mar 19, 2–3pm

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

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

Plot Gardening
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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