With April hard upon us, and spring “likely” to follow (March 21 was officially the first day of spring), the Lyons Farmette is gearing up their class schedule for all your personal planting needs, from extending your growing season, to aquaponics, to four-season gardening. They’re even throwing in a free “movie night” (no it won’t be “How Green Was My Valley” or “Splendor In The Grass”).
On Saturday, April 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., it will be “Responding to climate change with season extension and four-season gardening.” Learn how you can use sustainable permaculture gardening strategies to enjoy a longer harvest. The workshop is taught by Jeff Graef, and will include instruction on year-round indoor salad and herb windowsill gardens, starting seeds inside, and selecting cold-tolerant plants. Learn about selecting effective garden locations, building soil in place using permaculture techniques, and effective wildlife protection. Discover the power of season extension using row covers, and low-cost cold frames and low-cost greenhouses.
Jeff Graef lives in Denver, and is an avid permaculture practitioner and designer. His non-profit business, Earth Rebirth, provides educational services, consulting and design in permaculture. Graef ran a solar design and energy education business for seven years, worked for the Nebraska State Energy Office for 13 years, is a journeyman carpenter and worked in the biofuels and biomass energy fields for 15 years. He is experienced in food preservation/storage and gardening in a variety of climates. Graef is a certified Permaculture Teacher and has completed the Basic and Advanced Permaculture courses, and he also holds a BA in Solar Design and Energy Education and an MS in Higher Education.
The fee for this class is $20 per person. Payment is required to reserve a space in this class. Please send your check to: The Lyons Farmette P.O. Box 312 Lyons, CO 80540
Imagine growing vegetables and fish together in your backyard this summer. Aquaponics is a way of growing plants organically and dirt-free using fish waste as plant food, while using 1/10th of water of soil-based gardening. In this class, which will be held Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you will learn how aquaponics works, and the basics of how to set up and operate your own backyard aquaponics system.
Instructor Sylvia Bernstein is the founder and CEO of The Aquaponics Source and an “aquaponics evangelist.” She is currently writing a book called Aquaponic Gardening that will be released this fall by New Society Publisher. Bernstein runs AquaponicsCommunity.com, writes the blog AquaponicGardeningBlog.com, and writes regular features for Urban Garden, Growing Edge, and Backyard Aquaponic magazines. In her past life she was the VP of Marketing, Innovation and Product Development for AeroGrow International, where she was one of the company’s original founders and was instrumental in developing the plant growth technology. She has a large aquaponic setup in her backyard greenhouse in Boulder run by tilapia, goldfish, and other creatures-that-swim.
The fee for this class is $25 per person, please RSVP to
. Payment is also required to reserve a space in this class. Please send your check to the above address.
Now about the free “movie night.” On Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m., the Farmette will present (in the Barnette) the Lyons premiere of the documentary film “The Future of Food.” The public is welcome and invited.