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Urban Farming Events, Workshops and Classes in April 2012

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April 2-6

Occidental, Calif.
Staring and Sustaining Intentional Communities Workshop
Establish a land-based intentional community or education center with the skills you'll gain here.
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April 5

Phoenix, Ariz.
Urban Farm Tour
8 a.m., 10 a.m., Noon
The Urban Farm
6750 N. 13th Place
Phoenix, Ariz. 85014
See peaches and apple just forming on the trees and the spring/summer garden coming into its own. Plus, chat chickens!
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April 4

Lexington, Ky.
Seedlead: Master Community Composter Training
Participants will receive information and tools in this interactive, hands-on training. Full attendance will be required, and space is limited.
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Various cities, Maine
Grow Your Own Organic Garden Workshops
Make the transition from conventional to organic gardening or improve your organic techniques with one of 30 workshops presented throughout the state.
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April 5

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Opening of BrightFarms
Come celebrate the opening of the U.S.'s first and largest hydroponic greenhouse rooftop. Hosts will include Marty Markowitz, Christine Callaghan Quinn and Mario Batali.
3-5 p.m.
Brooklyn Borough Hall
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April 7

Long Beach, Calif.
First Saturday Work Party
Join Long Beach Grows Unity Farm in preparing the ground for planting. Bring gloves and a hat. Also bring a plate and utensils for the potluck at noon. Harvest after the potluck.
9:15 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
5450 Atherton St.
Long Beach, CA
West of UCLB campus
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Kansas City, Mo.
Eat Local! (and Organic) Expos 2012
Meet and buy direct from local, organic farmers and vendors. Learn how to buy, preserve and dish up season food during the free workshop. Pick up seedlings, greens, free-range meat and get a free Producers Directory.
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Penn Valley Community College College Gym
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, Mo.
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April 10

Glendale, Ariz.
Urban Farm Class and Discussion
All about keeping chickens.
Glendale Family YMCA
14711 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, Ariz. 85306
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April 11

Arcadia, Calif.
Preserving Jams and Jellies
A Celebrating the Table event. Learn how to make chutney, marmalade, jam, limoncello liqueur and more.
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Baltimore, Md.
Beginning Farmer Training - Urban Workshop Series
Part I will include how to access land and water in Baltimore City, as well as how new city and zoning laws will affect urban farmers.
Clifton Mansion
2701 St. Lo Drive
Baltimore, Md.
410-366-8533 Ext. 203
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Hughesville, Md.
Aquaculture Workshop for Southern Maryland
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Topics include lease availability, ground management and harvest regulation.
SMECO Auditorium
15035 Burnt Store Road
Hughesville, Md. 20637
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Phoenix, Ariz.
The Basics of Desert Gardening
Figure out what you have to work with and what you need to start your desert garden. Includes site preparation, building healthy soil, fertilizers, amendments and watering-system types and methods.
The Urban Farm Nursery
7120 N. 12th St.
Phoenix, Ariz. 85020
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April 12-14

Tuscon, Ariz.
Seed Library School
Rebecca Newburn, founder of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, gives a three-day intensive course on starting your own seed library. Lunch included. Native American and other scholarships available.
NS/S Conservation Center
3584 E. River Road
Tuscon, AZ
520-622-0830 Ext.100
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April 13

San Francisco, Calif.
Food Justice With Nikki Henderson
Come hear how People's Grocery and organizations like it have been working to build local food systems that improve both economic wealth and community health.
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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April 14

Burlington, Vt.
Burlington Area Community Gardens Spring Potluck
6-8 p.m.
Potluck, silent auction and seed-saving talk and swap.
Miller Recreation Center
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Hempstead, N.Y.
Long Island Small Farm Summit
Will feature educational presentations, interactive workshops, Will Allen of Growing Power and Chef Ann Cooper, the "Renegade Lunch Lady."
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New Haven, Conn.
Building Your Own Coop
Keep your chickens comfortable, dry and safe from predators using local and reclaimed materials to create your coop.
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April 16-19

Portland, Ore.
Biocycle West Conference
Conference for those conducting research, managing projects and facilities that turn municipal, industrial and agricultural waste into marketable resources. Will feature trends, projects and equipment in waste diversion, composting, organics recycling, renewable energy and sustainable community infrastructure.
Red Lion Hotel on the River
909 N. Hayden Drive
Portland, OR 97217
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April 18-21

Templeton, Calif.
Earth Day Food & Wine Festival Weekend
Farm tours and tasting events, including a farm-to-fork dinner and tour.
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery
5036 South El Pomar
Templeton, CA 93465
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April 19

Burlington, Vt.
Organic Gardening 101
6:30 p.m.
Beginning gardener workshop that will cover the basics of growing your own organic vegetables at home or a community garden.
Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Between Given building and West Pavillion
Burlington, Vt.
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April 21

Memphis, Tenn.
Down to Earth Festival
Celebrate Earth Day with music,
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
500 North Pine Lake Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
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New Haven, Conn.
Slow Food Swaps!
4-6 p.m.
Students will learn about how and when to water their crops, the basics of design irrigation infrastructure and above-ground watering systems.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch
2140 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, Calif.
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Phoenix, Ariz.
Hands-on Gardening
Learn how to plant seeds and transplants by doing so in a real garden. Will show you what plants to grow in the summer, how far to plant a seed, how to remove transplants and how to set up a trellis.
Coronado Community Garden
1242 E. Virginia St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Irrigation Design and Water Management
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Students will learn about how and when to water their crops, the basics of design irrigation infrastructure and above-ground watering systems.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch
2140 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, Calif.
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April 22

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Seed Starting Workshop and Giveaway
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Beginning seed-starting workshop. Learn tips on how to start seeds, make your own germination mix and to successfully extend the planting season. Free seeds and planting calendar.
Hattie Carthan Herban Farm
49 Van Buren Place
Brooklyn, NY
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April 23

New York City, N.Y.
Food Movement Unite! Book Launch
6:30 p.m.
The launch of Food Movement Unite! with remarks by the author, Eric Holtz Gimenez of Food First. Discussion and debate on how to grow and strengthen the food movement in New York City.
Brecht Forum
451 West St.
New York City, NY
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April 25

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Container Gardening
6-8 p.m.
Learn how to grow delicious foods in the confines of small containers. Where to locate your containers, which food do best and what type of soil to use.
Quirk Cultural Center
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April 26

New York City, N.Y.
Mushrooms Wild and Cultivated
Illustrated lecture with Ari Rockland-Miller introducing the safest and most distinctive species for beginners, focusing on those in this region.
The Horticulture Society of New York
148 W. 37th St., 13th Floor
New York, NY 10018
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Lexington, Ky.
Gardener's Toolbox: Get to Know Gooseberries
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dive into growing the lesser-known gooseberry.
Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service
1140 Red Mile Place
Lexington, KY 40504
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April 26-28

Bordentown, N.J.
Bee-ginner's Beekeeping
Learn about bee biology, hive management, honey extraction and candle making.
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April 27-29

Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Home Builders' Home Show & Energy Fair
The longest-running home show in northern British Columbia features this new addition. Discover energy-efficient products, strategies and designs that you can incorporate into your home.
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April 28

Kansas City, Mo.
Earth Day Crop Mob
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Help out at urban farms and gardens around the Kansas City, Mo. metro area.
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Lake Oswego, Ore.
Getting the Most From Your Community Garden Plot
Maximize production in your small space with succession and companion planting, vertical gardening, soil building and more.
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Monroe, Conn.
Wild Spring Edibles Walk
Learn to identify common wild edible plants and mushrooms of mid-spring on this four-hour walk.
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Polk, Ohio
Backyard Chickens
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Find out how to have your own farm-fresh, organic eggs or how to grow your own Sunday chicken dinner. Stone Cottage Farm and Garden will be conducting this class at Meyer Hatchery.
888-568-9755 ext. 125
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Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Introduction to Beekeeping
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
You will be introduced to the basics of beekeeping, including what you need to get started. Time will be spent in the classroom and out in the field. Snacks and drinks provided. Bring a sack lunch and any beekeeping equipment you have.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch
2140 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA
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April 28-29

Piedmont, N.C
17th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour
1-5 p.m.
Learn about Tlhe Triangle's local and organic farm and foods scene. Meet local farmers and tour their farms.
Meet at Fifth Season Gardening @ 12:45 p.m.
106 S. Greenbsboro St
Carrboro, NC
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Tempe, Ariz.
Sustainable Home Tour: The Wilson Garden
9-11 a.m.
The Wilson Garden is a teaching garden as well as an example of permaculture principles. Check out the huge shade trees, herbs, fruit trees, drought-tolerant species and more.
The Wilson Garden
1012 S. Wilson St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
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April 29

Burlington, Vt.
Introduction to Square-Foot Gardening
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Discuss all aspects of planning to planting your garden, constructing raised beds, creating permanent paths, trellising and methods to avoid weeds in August.
City Market
Burlington, VT
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April 30

Boston, Mass.
Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference
Learn your role as a citizen in building a more sustainable state economy.
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