Organic Gardening Academy Workshops

The Greene County MU Extension office is pleased to host the Organic Gardening Academy.  This series of classes related to organic gardening will present proven, science based techniques on a wide range of topics.  Each class will include a presentation of the subject, followed by a hands-on demonstration of the techniques learned during the class.  The speakers have a passion for organic gardening, and subject matter expertise.

Details of 2015 Academy

Classes in the 2015 Organic Gardening Academy series teach participants about all aspects of growing and caring for plants using a sustainable approach.

OGA brochure and schedule (PDF)

Registration

The sessions will be divided between classroom instruction and hands-on activities. There is a fee of $10 per class or $100 for the entire series.

To register, or for more information, please contact Kelly McGowan at the MU Extension - Greene County office, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO; call 417-881-8909, or email McGowanK@missouri.edu.

Class Dates and Topics

6/2/15- Introduction to Organic Gardening Academy with Patrick Byers

What does organic gardening really mean? This free introductory class will provide an overview of organic gardening and what to expect in the upcoming series.  This class will include a guided walk in the Botanical Gardens with a discussion on organic practices and their effect on plant life, soil and water quality and beneficial insects. (Free; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

6/22/15- Backyard Composting for the Home Gardener, Part 1 with Dr. Hwei-Yeiing Johnson

Sharpen your composting skills by learning the art of aerobic composting and Bokashi composting. ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

6/23/15-Backyard Composting for the Home Gardener, Part 2 with Dr. Hwei-Yeiing Johnson

This class will teach you all of the basics of vermicomposting (composting with worms) and compost tea. ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

6/25/15-4 Season Gardening at Millsap Farm with Shon Bishop

Gardening does not have to end when colder temperatures arrive.  Learn about extending the growing season with a presentation by Shon Bishop and then tour Millsap Farm to learn about methods they use to grow produce year round.  ($10; 5:30-7:30 pm; Class held at Millsap Farm). Please note, this class will take place during the Thursday night Pizza Club.  Organic Gardening Academy attendees have been invited to stay after class for this fun, weekly, summer event that includes live music and wood fired pizza made with fresh ingredients from the farm.  Adults are $12 each and if you plan to stay for this, please pre-register at http.millsapfarms.wordpress.com.

6/30/15-Organic Insect Pest Management with Kelly McGowan

Learn about common insect pests in the garden and organic and alternative treatments for keeping them under control.  The hands-on portion will include a guided garden walk to learn scouting techniques for insect pests.  ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

7/8/15-Understanding Healthy Ecosystems/Flora and Fauna Tour of South Creek with Tiffany Frey and Joe Pitts

The first half of this class will include a presentation teaching home gardeners what they can do to keep our waterways healthy.  The second half of the class will include a guided wading tour of the Botanical Garden portion of South Creek discussing the flora and fauna.  **Please bring sturdy water shoes for this activity.  ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

7/23/15-Organic Plant Disease Management with Patrick Byers

Learn How to diagnose and treat diseases in the home garden.  The hands-on portion will include a guided garden walk to collect disease specimens.  ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

7/28/15-Organic Weed Control with Kelly McGowan

Learn about weeds common in the Ozarks, tips for identifying them and organic treatments.  The hands-on portion will give participants an opportunity to practice their weed identification skills. ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

8/5/15-Healthy Soils = Successful Gardens with Patrick Byers

Learn how to keep the soil healthy in your garden.  The hands-on portion will include a soil texture test and a look at the soil profile in the Botanical Center. ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

8/25/15- Sustainable Water Use for the Home Gardener with Rob Hunt

Learn about water-wise gardening techniques such as rain barrels, rain gardens and the use of native plants.  The hands-on portion will include a guided tour of the Botanical Gardens looking at water-wise techniques currently being used.  ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

9/1/15-Gardening for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindal

Learn about ways to attract and protect important pollinators and beneficial insects in your garden.  The hands-on portion will include a guided tour of the Butterfly House. ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

9/16/15- Organic Vegetable Gardening with Kelly McGowan

Save money by growing your organic vegetables at home.  The hands-on portion will include a guided tour of the Master Gardeners of Greene County’s kitchen garden.  ($10; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Botanical Center)

Organic Gardening Academy Links of Interest

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management (pdf) (Cornell University, 2013)