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Come Grow With Us! - Planting & Preserving Your Backyard Bounty

All Classes are being held at the Mound City Library - 630 W Main St - Mound City, KS 66056  unless otherwise noted!

Come Grow With Us 2018 Flier!

Printable list of Classes with descriptions

Gardening 101 Picture

Gardening 101
Thursday, March 1 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 22
Want to plant a garden? Do you know where to start? During this session Katelyn Barthol and Abbie Powell, Agriculture Extension Agents and Extension Master Gardner Volunteers will discuss the basics of gardening such as soil preparation, garden layout, planting dates, and harvest techniques. By the end of the night you will know how to set up your garden, what to do before planting, and how to care for your garden throughout the summer. Participants will go home with a copy of the Kansas Garden Guide.
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Growing Fruit in the Home Garden
Growing Fruit in the Home Garden
Thursday, March 8 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: March 1
Growing fruit in the home garden not only allows the gardener easier access to fresh fruit it also allows them the opportunity to save money! Small fruits offer the biggest potential in reducing household food costs. These perennial plantings not only offer several seasons of production, they contribute more value to the home gardener because small fruits are among the most expensive items in the produce section. In this session, Ward Upham (K-State Research & Extension Horticulture Specialist) will discuss how to grow and care for a variety of tree fruits and small fruits.  Must have 10 participants. 
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 Where Does Your Garden Grow?Where Does Your Garden Grow?
Thursday, March 29 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: March 22
Whether you live on a large farm, in town, in a rented house, or in an apartment you can garden! You can have a garden that is several thousand square feet or you can grow an entire garden in one tub. During this session Katelyn Barthol and Abbie Powell, Agriculture Extension Agents and Extension Master Gardner Volunteers will discuss several different methods of gardening like traditional gardens, raised beds, container gardening, and square foot gardening so you can decide what works best for your situation. Container gardening will be discussed in depth.
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Common Gardening Problems and solututionsCommon Gardening Problems & Solutions
Thursday, April 5| 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration Deadline: March 29
Join Katelyn Barthol and Abbie Powell, Agriculture Extension Agents and Extension Master Gardner Volunteers to learn about some of the most common garden problems, how to prevent them, and what you can do to treat them if they occur.
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Freezing and DryingFreezing & Drying
Thursday, April 12 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration Deadline: April 5
Every fruit or vegetable grown in the home garden reaches its peak at a certain time. The benefits of harvesting and eating produce when at its peak are many. The color, flavor, texture and nutritional value increase as produce ripens. But if you aren't able to eat produce when it reaches its peak, preserving it through freezing or drying is a great option. Come join Franny Eastwood, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent and Kathy Goul, Nutrition Educator, to learn how to preserve the fresh produce you have grown by freezing or drying it. In this class, participants will find out more about methods, equipment, and recommended practices used in freezing and drying.  Special guests Terry Logan and Jane Westerhold will share tips and techniques from their years of experience dehydrating fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Click here to Register - Registration will start March 1

Food Preservation 101Food Preservation 101*
Thursday, April 26 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: April 19
Home food preservation is a great way to preserve the season’s bounty.  Whether it's produce you have grown, or items purchased at a grocery store or farmer's market, canning, freezing and drying make it possible to enjoy them year-around.  Join Franny Eastwood, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent and Kathy Goul, Nutrition Educator, to learn the importance of using correct, tested methods for preserving food at home to ensure your produce is safe and shelf stable.  Essential for both new and seasoned canners!
*Completion of Food Preservation 101 is required prior to registering for Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning Hands-On Workshops.
Click here to Register - Registration will start March 1

SalsaWater Bath Canning Hands-On Workshop
Thursday, May 3 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: April 26  *Will be held at Jayhawk-Linn High School (14675 KS-52, Mound City, KS)
Water Bath Canning is recommended to preserve high-acid foods such as fruits, tomatoes, salsa and pickles.  In this class Franny Eastwood, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, and Extension Master Food Volunteers will share the best practices for using a water bath canner.  During this hands-on class, participants will make a jar of salsa before taking their how-to guide and canned item home.  Minimum age 16.  Must have attended Food Preservation 101. Class size is limited: Minimum 7, Maximum 21 participants.
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Pressure CanningPressure Canning Hands-On Workshop
Thursday, May 10 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: May 3
*Will be held at Jayhawk-Linn High School (14675 KS-52, Mound City, KS)
A pressure canner is needed to safely preserve low-acid food like vegetables, vegetable mixtures, red meats and wild game meats, poultry, and seafood and fish. Join Franny Eastwood, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, and Extension Master Food Volunteers to learn the techniques and best practices for preserving food using a pressure canner. During this hands-on class, participants will can a vegetable before taking the how-to guide and their canned goods home.  Minimum age 16.  Must have attended Food Preservation 101. Class size is limited: Minimum 7, Maximum 21 participants.
Click here to Register - Registration will start March 1

 

Join us to learn
how to grow,

prepare, and
preserve fresh
produce!

Classes

Gardening 101
March 1

Growing Fruit in the Home Garden
 March 8

Where Does Your
Garden Grow?
March 29

Common Gardening Problems & Solutions
 April 5

Freezing & Drying
  April 12

Food Preservation 101*
 April 26

Water Bath Canning
 May 3

Pressure Canning
 May 10