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February

5th—Growing Apples and Pears Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
We will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of apples & pears. Techniques will be covered for pruning newly planted trees to renovating older trees you’ve inherited.

12th—The Berry Favorites in Landscape Design. Garden Spot Nursery
Marty McPhail, Lynden berry grower, shares tips for selecting the best blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Marty will discuss the ideal growing conditions, maintenance  and harvesting of these edibles. It is good to know where your food comes from, and their varied health benefits. Create room for two or three blueberry plants in your garden. Plant a barrel of strawberries. Line raspberries along your fence. Bring your berry questions. No class fee.

12th— Growing Apples and Pears Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
We will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of apples & pears. Techniques will be covered for pruning newly planted trees to renovating older trees you’ve inherited.

12th—Growing Stone Fruits; Cherries, Peaches, & Plums  Cloud Mountain Farm 1:30pm to 3pm (no charge)
Growing cherries, plums, peaches and apricots can be rewarding and challenging in our maritime climate. We will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits

15th— Biodynamic Farming: From the Sublime to the Divine with Gigi Berardi, PhD Downtown Co-op  6:30-8:30 pm
$7 members, $8 non-members

19th—Designing and Planting an Edible Landscape Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
Integrating edibles and ornamentals can make a stunning and productive landscape. Come explore what’s possible in the realm of edibles. Selection, design and cultural practices will all be covered.

19th—Garden Spot Nursery. Starting Your Seeds Indoors 101:Learn the secrets from a Pro … our grower, Kim Swanson, will talk about lighting, soil, temperature, containers, and seed germination times. This class is free. Special discounts on all Territorial, Renee and Livingston
Seeds for this class.

20th- Fruitful Graft Gathering $10-$20 donation. Inspiration Farm
Fruit tree pruning season is upon us! As you prune, remember to save scion wood for the Great Graft Gathering! Bring your favorite Apple, Pear, Plum scion wood varieties from your neighborhood. Share with others and graft on root stock to start new trees! People will be on hand to demonstrate commonly used grafting techniques. You then can select scion wood and rootstock and graft your own tree to take home! Apple, pear and plum rootstock will be available for a nominal fee. Different scion wood varieties will be available to share.

26th—Growing Fruit: Espalier Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
If you’re considering creating a Belgian fence or growing Cherries trained to a fan, this is for you. Construction considerations, training, which plants work and those that don’t – all will be covered.

26th—Growing Grapes  Cloud Mountain Farm 1:30pm to 3pm (no charge)
We will discuss growing grapes in cool climates for wine and eating. Cultural practices including soil requirements, pruning techniques, pest management and harvesting will be covered. Workshop will take place in the vineyard.

27th-U-bar Building Workshop $145 limited to 6 people. Inspiration Farm . Build your own custom Broad fork out of recycled materials and then recycle your rototiller! Not a common tool in the US, though every gardener wants one. The U-bar is similar to a spading fork, but rather than turning the soil, it aerates down 10″ to 20” without mixing the soil strata, maintaining soil health and life force. Perfect for biointensive gardening. Long handles provide extraordinary leverage, allowing a person of average strength to loosen large areas with less time and effort it would take with a conventional fork. Using mostly recycled steel pipes and bar stock, you will build a U-bar specifically suited for you.

March

5th—Growing Small Fruits Cloud Mountain Farm 1:30pm to 3pm (no charge)
Northwest gardeners can grow an incredible variety of small fruits. This workshop will focus on blueberries, raspberry and blackberries, strawberries, and kiwis.

12th—Growing Apples and Pears Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
We will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of apples & pears. Techniques will be covered for pruning newly planted trees to renovating older trees you’ve inherited.

12th—Growing Stone Fruits; Cherries, Peaches, & Plums  Cloud Mountain Farm 1:30pm to 3pm (no charge)
Growing cherries, plums, peaches and apricots can be rewarding and challenging in our maritime climate. We will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits

13th-Practical Permaculture Basics. $30 – $60 Inspiration Farm
A hands on approach to implementing some Permaculture principals. Zones, sectors, ethics, mapping, compost and guilds This fun information stacked day will provide practical ways to design your environment into an integrated system of abundance and productivity. Using design strategies we will explore ways of stacking elements within a system to be more productive and self regulating. The morning will be class presentations and discussion, the afternoon will be a site tour and hands on session working with guilds, sheet mulch, keyhole beds and integrated composting systems.

27th-Fruit Tree Food Forest & Permaculture Guild Plants $30 – $60 Inspiration Farm . Plant a garden and eat for a year, plant a Forest Garden and eat for decades! This hands on workshop will give you a strong understanding for designing, planting and orchestrating a perennial food forest. Northwest fruit and nut tree cultivars suited to our bioregion, guild plants that fertilize, attract pollinators and mulch, will be covered. By stacking the layers of systems one can imitate the productivity of a forest by capturing and storing available nutrients, water and sunlight. Once established it will continue to provide for most of its own needs, and produce food for you for decades!

April

3rd- Critters on the MOVE! Portable Animal Shelters $30 – $60 Inspiration Farm
Incorporate animals and let them do what they do best, weed, feed and fertilize. Sheep & Goat rotations, Duck box, Chicken tractors, Pigorators. Learn about different types of low cost housing and containment for a variety of critters. Integrated animal husbandry practices for small to medium sized herds and flocks. Work with rotations to better manage pests, parasites and manure distribution.

17th, 18th-Mind Body and Soil $100-165 Inspiration Farm. Healthy soils = Healthy people. Learn more about Soil, Compost, Biodynamics, Biochar, Worms and Teas. Just how do these all work together to create better soils that allow you to grow the most nutrient dense food possible. Soil is more then just dirt, it is a universe teaming with a diverse array of interconnected micro organisms working together to perform multiple functions. Learn how to support this community and in turn sequester carbon, build soil, grow healthy disease and drought resistant plants and eat from a more nutritious garden as a result.

30th—Garden Spot Nursery. ‘Make It And Take It’ Hanging Tomato. Get a jump on the season. Plant up a tomato in the (As Seen On TV) the Topsy Turvy Planter. Let it grow inside in a sunny window to be ready to place outside the third week of May. Workshop fee is $20.00 and includes the Topsy Turvy planter, plants and soil.

May

11th-Spring Fling a Seed Ball and Natural Orchards with Special Guest Larry Korn $10-$20 donation Inspiration Farm
Translator and editor of One Straw Revolution. Seed Balls are a method inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka (author of One Straw Revolution) for planting without tilling or planting in harsh environments. Bring seeds if you have them and we will make a variety of seed balls with the mixture of seeds on hand. Then in the afternoon we will walk around Inspiration Farm and talk about natural orchards, food forests the Fukuoka method and more.

15th-Scythes the Cutting Edge of Power Down $30 – $60 Inspiration Farm
Sell your weed wacker and pick up a scythe! Learn the sharper points of this elegant tool. Scythes are thought to be old school, but better blades and set up ergonomic for your body makes it one of the most efficient tools out there. Learn what makes a good scythe, where to get one and how to properly maintain and use it.

20th -22nd Introduction to Permaculture Weekend Workshop At the Bullock’s 30 year old Permaculture Homestead, Orcas Island, WA
Tour, lecture, hand-on projects, presentations, group discussion, and networking. We will cover Permaculture design theory & practice, forest gardening, perennial food systems, plant propagation, efficient water & energy systems, fertility management – beneficial plants/healthy soils, and ecological systems as a model for human communities.
Course Tuition: $200; includes delicious, mostly organic meals & materials. Camping space is provided. Payment is due upon course registration. Course is limited to 50 participants.

29th- Biodynamics Demystified $30 – $60  Inspiration Farm
Applied Basic Biodynamics, Cosmic planting by the calender, using Biodynamic sprays and teas, making Biodynamic compost, bringing the land back into balance. These practices increase vitality and vigor, reduce pests and disease while you Inoculate the land with love and intention.

June

11th—Summer Care in the Vineyard Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
We will look at shoot positioning, summer pruning, bunch thinning, water management, and disease management. All of these issues are critical to the production of quality grapes for eating and wine.

12.June 2010.  Seaweed Ramble ~ 9:00AM – 2:00PM. Larabee State Park.
Sponsored by Bellingham Community Food Co-op. A workshop with Ryan Drum of Waldron Island Contact: Kevin Murphy. 360-734-8158 xt 220

19 & 20th- Water in the Landscape $100-165 Inspiration Farm
Water, love it, hate it. Learn how to make it work for you. Mapping, swales, ponds, considerations and more.

July
10th,11th- Natural Building Bonanza $100-165 Inspiration Farm
Harvest your building materials with what you have on land. Cob, earth bag. stone and pole construction techniques.

24th & 25th- Low tech Energy Systems, $100-165 Inspiration Farm .  Harvest low cost solar energy, save a bundle, Solar oven, Thermal syphon, hot water and more

August

20th Using Tunnels and Hoop houses for Productive Gardening Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
You can grow great tomatoes and peppers in the Pacific Northwest! Use of high tunnels and hoop houses can bring you success in crops that often fail out in the open. We’ll discuss hoop house construction, planting, pruning and training, and management issues.

20th—Preserving the Harvest Cloud Mountain Farm 1:30pm to 3pm (no charge)
Don’t let your garden bounty go to waste!  We’ll discuss canning, drying and freezing of different fruit and vegetable crops.

September

4th- Preserve what you Grow!- $45 – $75 Inspiration Farm
What can I do with all that #*!#* cabbage! Fermentation, drying, processing, root cellar, freezing, canning

5th- Small Homestead Dairy. Milk, butter, cheese, yogurt $45 -$75 Inspiration Farm . Thinking of getting a dairy animal? Learn about; housing, feeding, milking, storing and enjoying the products.

10th—Fall in the Orchard Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
When is it ripe? How do I store it? These are two of the most commonly asked questions in the fall. At this workshop, we will discuss ways to determine if fruit is ready to be picked, proper picking, and best storage methods. We will also discuss fall and winter orchard chores to help keep your trees at their healthiest.

17th—Wine & Table Grape Harvesting Cloud Mountain Farm 10:30am to noon (no charge)
It’s more complicated than just picking! We will talk about pre-harvest issues: verasion, leaf stripping, bird control, and how rain affects your crop. We will also check sugar levels, pH, and titratable acids of the fruit before harvesting. And last, but not least, we will finish the afternoon talking about the first steps involved in your grape crush.

18th—Poultry Processing $30 – $60 Inspiration Farm. Is your rooster a stewster? Learn how to humanely butcher raise and process your own foul to feed your family.

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