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Once again, Pringle Creek Community has teamed up with the Sustainable Living Center to offer their very popular annual Urban Farmer Class. Learn from Colleen Owen, Pringle Creeks’ own Urban Farmer, and other experts on how to properly prune trees, harvest healthful organic produce, and many more gardening tips. Farming doesn’t have to be outside the city limits, it can be in your very own backyard or community garden. Pringle Creek even has a few community garden plots available for class members if you don’t have a growing space of your own. With spring creeping around the corner, it will be exciting to see what comes to fruition. Read more about urban farming classes here. 

Learn to grow a garden with series of classes 

Carlee Wright , Statesman Journal 12:24 p.m. PT Jan. 23, 2017 | View original source here. 

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(Photo: ANNA REED / Statesman Journal file)

Learn all you need to know about cultivating a lush living space through the Sustainable Living Center’s Urban Farmer’s Course.

Now in its sixth season, the Urban Farmer’s Course is a series of eight classes covering all aspects of information needed for a successful growing season.

“Growing your own fruits and vegetables isn’t difficult, and the benefits are amazing,” urban farmer Colleen Owen said.  “You get increased nutrients, no pesticides, exercise, a sense of accomplishment — and it’s a lot of fun.”

“Classes are set up to walk you through picking a site to seed catalogs to harvest,” Owen said. “It’s part teaching, part hands-on experience with lots of interaction and stories, plus gardening together.”

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The glass greenhouses are seen at the Pringle Creek Community in 2015. Urban gardening classes are beginning Feb. 4 at the community’s Sustainable Living Center. (Photo: ANNA REED / Statesman Journal file)

Participants will learn about planning, how to understand soil and pest management, too. Seeds are provided, and participants have access to the vintage greenhouses at Pringle Creek Community to get their seeds started. Additionally, for those without a garden plot at home, they can use a spot in the community’s garden space.

The center received a donation of more than 7,000 seeds, said Owen, and class participants also will be given a chance to swap seeds within the group.

Classes begin Feb. 4 and run through May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon select Saturdays with the exception of the March 4 class, which is 2 to 4 p.m. Classes take place at Pringle Creek Community, 3911 Village Center Drive.

Cost for the series, which is open to gardeners of all skill levels and recommended for ages 10 and older, is $130 for an individual or $180 for a couple and $140 for a parent and child.

To register, call 503-315-1055 or email slc@pringlecreek.com.

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Urban Farmer’s Course

Classes take place 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Pringle Creek Community, 3911 Village Center Drive.

  • Feb. 4: Pruning fruit trees
  • Feb. 18: Planning a Vegetable Garden
  • March 4: Starting Seeds Organically/ Navigating Seeds Catalogs. NOTE: This class is 2 to 4 p.m.
  • March 18: Companion Planting and Vegetable Gardening Tips
  • April 1: Plant Propagation and Herbs
  • April 22: Healthy Soil
  • May 6: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
  • May 20: Harvesting and Preserving

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