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To Register for Classes - MAKE THIS YOURS NC. Registering for Classes at Make This Yours NC Teaching Studio To register for a Bread Baking Class, Cooking Class or Sewing Class, contact me by e-mail at or call 336-574-0714 to express your interest in a class. Please provide the name of the class you wish to take and provide at least 3 possible class dates. After a class date is selected, payment of the registration fee is expected within 5 days to secure the class date. For example, if you contact me on April 1 to book the class, all registration fees should be received no later than April 6, or 5 days from the date the class was booked…not 5 days from the date chosen for the class to be held. Class registration will be guaranteed and the class date confirmed upon receipt of registration fees from all participants in the scheduled class.

Please note that payment of the registration fee is expected within 5 days after booking a class to secure the class date. Plantharvestguide20081.pdf. Gardening | North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Which Veggies for Which Season? Collards, cabbage, spinach, and kale are among the most cold-hardy vegetables. You can see the frost on these leaves, which makes them sweeter. Because a vegetable needs either warm or cool weather, crops sort themselves into two distinct categories: cool season (for spring and fall) and warm season (for summer). Planting in the proper season is the first step to a bountiful garden. FOR SPRING AND FALL: Plant the hardy and semi-hardy vegetables below in early spring for spring harvests and again in late summer for fall harvests.

These transplants should appear in your local garden centers at the right planting time. If you prefer a calendar, each state Extension service usually publishes a guide listing planting dates for all the vegetables. You can search the Web for your state’s calendar or find the contact information for your regional Extension agent. Hardy vegetables tolerate hard frosts (usually 25 to 28 degrees F). Squash is sensitive to cold, but loves warm summer weather. Heirloom Nettle Seeds | Grow Nettle.

The "Great Nettle" is one of over 500 varieties of nettle and is known to reach up to a meter high! The name Urtica Dioicia is the latin name; Uro meaning "to burn" and Dioicia meaning "two houses". This is because both male and female flowers grow on each stalk making the nettle self pollinating. Used in ancient times by the Romans for boosting leg circulation, the fibrous stalks were used to make sacking - a fine cloth - and even paper. In World War I, Germany and Austria utilized Nettles for cloth making and in dried form for horse feed and to induce egg laying in hens.

The uses of this surprisingly versatile herb include utilizing it as a Spring harvested vegetable, containing high amounts of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Potassium, Zinc, with Vitamins A, B, C, D and K. Nettles have many medicinal uses: Salves, Oils, Tonics, Hair rinses that stimulate growth, shine, strength and assist thinning. For planting Nettle seeds, sow them lightly on a moist fertile well draining soil. How to Protect a Community Garden From Thieves : TreeHugger. Growing Your Greens/Video screen capture Sharing gardens are all well and good, and some people have even planted up parking strips to produce free food for passers by. But in most cases, if you spend time, effort and money on growing food, the chances are you would quite like to eat some of it yourself.

But sadly, anyone who has ever run a community garden will know that stealing is often a significant issue. So how do we prevent it? John of Growing Your Greens has a few creative ideas for garden security that may help reduce pilfering. Plant spiky or stinging plants. Don't grow high-profile, popular crops. Grow crops people don't recognize. Grow root crops. Grow trickster plants. For more garden security ideas, check out John's video below. Garlic: Planting, Growing and Harvesting Garlic. Bonnie Plants - Garden Plants for Your Vegetable Garden or Herb Garden. Everything You Need to Know About Vegetable Gardening in One Graphic.

Garden_Layout_Fall_2013. Earth Matters ~ Programs and Activities. News | Deep Roots Market - Greensboro NC. 10 Healthy Herbs to Grow at Home Published: June 11, 2013 Source: Growing herbs at home is a fun, money-saving hobby that also happens to be good for your health. In addition to flavoring up your favorite dishes, herbs are filled with antioxidants and essential nutrients. Here we break down 10 of the healthiest herbs, along with recipes and tips for growing them yourself. more...

Foods to Help You Fight Stress Published: January 24, 2013 Source: The negative effects stress has on your body are well-documented, and I’m sure you have read about different ways to reduce stress in your life. More... Infection Protection Published: January 18, 2013 Source: We’re in the middle of winter cold and flu season, and inside your body, a series of small battles is being waged. More... FDA Moves on New Food Safety Rules Published: January 04, 2013 Source: more...

In Hopes of Healthier Chickens, Farms Turn to Oregano more... Buying the Vote on GMOs. Work | The Edible Schoolyard. Jobs There are no available positions at this time. Internships Summer Camp Internships 2014 Applications accepted on a rolling basis; 4 positions available. Spring Garden Program Internship Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Spring Kitchen Program Internship This position has been filled. Volunteer Positions Do you want to learn more about the seed-to-table process? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with children and their families and teachers? Are you willing to help on a regular basis? If you answered yes to the questions above, we have an exciting opportunity for you! Garden Volunteers Volunteers respond to the needs set forth by our garden manager and should be ready to weed, clip, dig, clean or rake — whatever is required.

Summer Camps Volunteers During summer camps, the weekday programs and field trips are suspended and week-long summer camp takes their place. Event and Class Volunteers Throughout the year, the Edible Schoolyard hosts special events and classes. Like this: NC SARE Calendar of Events. This calendar lists Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture (SOSA) events, and other events and happenings throughout the state and nation. North Carolina Regional Events follow state and national events. Registration is required for all CEFS events unless otherwise noted.

For further information concerning CEFS events, contact or call 919-513-0954. Sustainable agriculture events listed here and other events may be eligible for travel scholarships. April 2014 Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 3:30 pm Ricardo Salvador, PhD, Union of Concerned Scientists, Director, Food and Environment Program Sponsored by: The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University Where: NC State University Campus, Thompson Hall, Titmus Theater, 2241 Dunn Ave Raleigh, NC 27607 Directions to Preregister Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 and 2, All Day Audience: National Location: Vermont Tech-Randolph Center Campus, Randolph Center, VT April 24-26, All Day June.

Greensboro Children's Museum - Edible Schoolyard. Empowering kids and families to create new food futures through food education. Edible Schoolyard Birthday Parties - click here for a complete list. The second annual Greensboro Urban Coop Loop will take place on June 7, 2014. Approximately twelve coops will be selected to participate in a ‘tour of chicken homes’ throughout the City. The committee is looking for chicken owners within the city limits of Greensboro with unique coops, unusual chicken breeds, gardens, or those who can demonstrate other urban homesteading practices. Coops will be selected by committee based on location, uniqueness, and compatibility with other coops. The deadline to nominate your coop is Friday, February 28, 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be available to have your coop open to the public and manned on Saturday June 7th, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Build Your Own Chicken Coop DIY Coop Plans Last Saturday, The Edible Schoolyard hosted the first ever Greensboro Urban Coop Loop. I Edible Schoolyard.