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Marais des Cygnes District

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

All Classes are being held at the Marais des Cygnes District, Paola Office - 104 S Brayman  - Paola, KS 66071  unless otherwise noted!

Come Grow With Us 2019 Flier!

Seed StartingSeed Starting & Composting
Thursday, February 28 | 6 - 8 pm
Registration Deadline:  February 21
Start your garden early!  Seed starting is a great way to save money and get a jump-start on the garden season.  During this session you will learn how to start various types of seeds, supplies needed and how to care for the seedlings.  When the seeds are ready to go, it's time to turn your attention to composting!  One of the best ways to improve your soil is by composting.  Participant will also learn about the basics of composting such as where to put your compost pile, various types of containment, what to put in your pile, how to manage the process and using the finished product! 
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Gardening 101 Picture

Gardening 101
Thursday, March 7 | 6 - 8 pm
Registration Deadline: March 1
Want to plant a garden? Do you know where to start? During this session you will learn 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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 Where Does Your Garden Grow?Where Does Your Garden Grow?
Thursday, March 28 | 6 - 8 pm
Registration Deadline: March 21
Regardless of where you live or how much land you have, you can garden!  During this session we will discuss several methods of gardening including 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 4| 6 - 7:30 pm
Registration Deadline: March 28
Now that you have a garden planted it's time 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.  This will provide you with a garden that produces an abundance of high-quality fruits and vegetables with minimal frustration!
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Food Preservation 101Food Preservation 101*
Tuesday, June 4 | 6 - 8 pm
Registration starts April 1
Registration Deadline: May 28 
Home food preservation is a great way to preserve the season’s bounty.  Food must be canned properly and safely to prevent foodborne illness.  Come and  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.
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SalsaWater Bath Canning Hands-On Workshop
Thursday, June 13 | 6 - 8 pm
Registration starts April 1
Registration Deadline: June 6 

*Class location to be determined
Water Bath Canning is recommended to preserve high-acid foods such as fruits, tomatoes, salsa and pickles.  Come and learn 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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Freezing and DryingFreezing & Drying
Tuesday, June 18 | 6 - 7:30 pm
Registration starts April 1
Registration Deadline: June 11
Every fruit or vegetable grown in the home garden reaches its peak at a certain time. In this class, participants will find out more about methods, equipment, and recommended practices used in freezing and drying. 
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Pressure CanningPressure Canning Hands-On Workshop
Thursday, June 27| 6 - 8 pm
Registration starts April 1
Registration Deadline: May 3
*Class location to be determined
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.  Come and 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.
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Join us to learn
how to grow,

prepare, and
preserve fresh
produce!

Classes

Seed Starting & Composting
February 28

 

Gardening 101
March 7

 

Where Does Your Garden Grow?
March 28

 

Common Gardening Problems & Solutions
April 4

 

Food Preservation 101*
June 4

 

Water Bath Canning
June 13

 

Freezing & Drying
June 18

 

Pressure Canning
June 27