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Come Grow With Us!

All Classes are being held at the Osawatomie Public Library, 527 Brown Ave, Osawatomie, KS unless otherwise noted!

Come Grow With Us 2017 Flier!

Printable list of Classes with descriptions

Gardening 101 Picture


Gardening 101

Tuesday, February 7 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: January 31
Want to plant a garden? Do you know where to start? During this session Megan Westerhold, Agriculture Extension Agent, and Extension Master Gardener 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
 
Tuesday, February 21 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 14
 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?
 
Tuesday, March 7 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 28
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 Megan Westerhold, Agriculture Extension Agent, and Extension Master Gardener 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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Terrific Tomatoes 2017
Terrific Tomatoes
 
Tuesday, March 21 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration Deadline: March 14
In this session, Dennis Patton (Johnson County Horticulture Extension Agent) will discuss planting and care techniques so that you can grow some Terrific Tomatoes in your garden this summer! He will also cover which varieties are the most successful in East-Central Kansas and which are best suited for slicing, canning, etc. Must have 10 participants.
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Common Gardening Problems and solututions
Common Gardening Problems & Solutions
 
Tuesday, April 4 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration Deadline: March 28
Join Megan Westerhold, Agriculture Extension Agent, and Extension Master Gardeners 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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Food Preservation 101
Food Preservation 101*
 
Tuesday, April 18 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: April 11
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, Family Nutrition Program Assistant, 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 Jams & Jellies, Pressure Canning, and Salsa.
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Freezing & Dehydrating 2017
Freezing & Dehydrating

Tuesday, April 25 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration Deadline: April 18
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 it's peak, preserving it through freezing or drying is a great option. Come join Franny Eastwood, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent and Kathy Goul, Family Nutrition Program Assistant, 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. 
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Jams and Jellies
Jams & Jellies
 
Tuesday, May 9 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration Deadline: May 2
*Will be held at the Osawatomie High School (1200 Parker Ave, Osawatomie, KS)
In this class Diane Burnett, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent and Master Food Volunteers will show you how to turn your fresh fruit or fruit juice in to jams and jellies that you can enjoy all year long or use as gifts. Through this hands-on class, participants will learn how to safely make two types of spreads before taking their how-to guide and canned item home. Must have attended Food Preservation 101. Class size is limited: Minimum 4, Maximum 21 participants.
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Pressure Canning
Pressure Canning
 
Tuesday, May 23 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: May 16
*Will be held at the Osawatomie High School (1200 Parker Ave, Osawatomie, KS)
Canning food at home is a great way to preserve fresh food for later use. Most importantly, food must be canned properly and safely to prevent foodborne illness. A pressure canner is needed to safely can low-acid food like vegetables, vegetable mixtures, red meats and wild game meats, poultry, and seafood and fish. Join Karen Blakeslee (K-State Research & Extension Food Science Specialist) 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 vegetable before taking the how-to guide and their canned goods home. Must have attended Food Preservation 101. Class size is limited: Minimum 10, Maximum 21 participants.
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Salsa
Salsa
 
Tuesday, June 6 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Registration Deadline: May 30
*Will be held at the Osawatomie High School (1200 Parker Ave, Osawatomie, KS)
Salsa is America's favorite condiment.  Many consumers enjoy creating their own masterpiece salsas, incorporating their favorite ingredients.  While these mixtures are safe to eat fresh, they may not be safe to can for future enjoyment.  In this hands-on class Franny Eastwood, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, Kathy Goul, Family Nutrition Program Assistant and Master Food Volunteers will show participants the basics of choosing the right salsa recipes for canning and water-bath canning techniques. Each participant will leave with instructional materials and a jar of salsa!  Must have attended Food Preservation 101. Class size is limited: Minimum 4, Maximum 21 participants.
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Fall Gardening
Fall Gardening
 
 Tuesday, June 20 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Registration Deadline: June 13
Fall is an excellent time for gardening in Kansas, but often gets overlooked. Long time gardener and Extension Master Gardener, Nancy Kalman will discuss how you can extend the harvest and have a fresh supply of vegetables late into the year by planting a fall garden. Come learn how to grow a successful garden and what crops will thrive in the fall.
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Join us to learn
how to grow,

prepare, and
preserve fresh
produce!

Classes

Gardening 101
February 7

Growing Fruit in the Home Garden
 February 21

Where Does Your
Garden Grow?
March 7

Terrific Tomatoes
 March 21

Common Gardening Problems & Solutions
 April 4

Food Preservation 101
 April 18

Freezing & Dehydrating
  April 25

Jams & Jellies
 May 9

Pressure Canning
 May 23

Salsa
 June 6

Fall Gardening
 June 20