Seed Saving Class at Sustainable Food Center
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Seed Saving Class at Sustainable Food Center

Have you been wondering about GMOs? What's the deal with hybrids vs heirloom plants? Have you ever been disappointed because you couldn't find a special variety of tomato (or bean, or squash etc) that preformed well in your garden? My seed saving class will solve all of these problems. This is the most important topic I can teach. If you are a veggie gardener, you will benefit from this empowering and fun class.

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Tree ID Walk at Hatch Workshop with TreeFolks
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Tree ID Walk at Hatch Workshop with TreeFolks

The next Tree ID Walk will be held the morning of Saturday, March 25th at Hatch Workshop, a design studio and fabrication shop that uses locally sourced urban timber.

 

For this event, we’ll take a stroll around the neighborhood to learn about local trees and then tour the Hatch shop to learn about the process by which they transform urban lumber using their on-site sawmill and lumber kiln. This event is free but space is limited.

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Mar
4
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction To Food Gardening Three Part Series at SFC

Dates & Times:
March 4th, 9am-12pm | March 8th, 7:00-8:30pm | March 11th, 9am-12pm 

Location:
Sustainable Food Center
2921 E 17th St Bldg C
Austin, TX 78722 (view map)

If you are a new gardener or new to gardening in Central Texas, and if you are looking for a holistic introduction to organic food growing, then this class is just for you. Taught by expert food gardeners, this 3-part series combines hands-on activities and classroom discussion to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to start and maintain an organic, sustainable food garden. 

Class 1: On day one, participants learn what it means to garden organically. You also learn about the sunlight and soil needs of vegetable gardens, and you work together to weed, amend and plant one of the beds in SFC’s Teaching Garden.

Class 2: On day two, participants learn all about watering, from the basics of watering seeds and transplants to water conservation.

Class 3: Day three is devoted to composting and to organic pest and disease management. We begin with a bug hunt in the garden then continue with a discussion of environmentally-friendly ways to control pests and diseases. During the second part of class, participants enjoy a hands-on lesson in building and tending compost systems. 

Participants also take home a 45-page manual produced by SFC and designed specifically for Central Texas food growers.

Classes are for adults. Youth ages 12 and up may attend with purchase of an additional ticket and close parent/guardian supervision during class.

Registration closes one business day before class. All attendees must purchase tickets to attend. No walk-ins allowed. Register here.

* All payments are final and non-refundable. However, we would be happy to transfer your spot in this class to someone else if you cannot attend. 

Questions? Contact Katie Pace at katie@sustainablefoodcenter.org or (512) 236-0074 ext. 105.

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Fruit Tree Basics and Mueller Orchard Tour
Feb
11
9:00 AM09:00

Fruit Tree Basics and Mueller Orchard Tour

Colleen Dieter with www.redwheelbarrowplants.com will cover the basics of growing many different types of fruit trees in Central Texas. Bring all of your questions about growing fruit trees in Central Texas. We will also tour the Mueller Orchard to get up close and personal with pears, figs, lemon, peaches, loquats and more. This class is hosted by the Mueller POA. Each participant will also receive a "Central Texas Fruit Tree Guide" published by TreeFolks.  

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Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

Tool Workshop at Natural Gardener

Colleen Dieter, owner of Red Wheelbarrow (www.redwheelbarrowplants.com), presents “Tool Workshop.” Even though we often enjoy getting our hands dirty in the garden, we will inevitably benefit from using the proper implements of the trade. However, there are so many different weeders, for example, how do we know which one is the best for us? Come find out from a professional gardener how to select the right garden tool for the job. We’ll learn about the proper use and maintenance of our tools, and we’ll see examples of some unusual tools. Everyone is welcome to bring a tool or two from home for some hands-on help. Whether you're a novice or a master, join us for this informative and interactive talk that will make gardening safer, easier, and more fun. Save your tools and save your back! Colleen Dieter founded Red Wheelbarrow in 2003 and provides pro gardening advice for do it yourselfers. Colleen will show us what we need to do to keep our great Texas native landscapes looking their best.

 

 

 


 

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Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

LBJ Wildflower Center Tree Identification Walk

  • Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center's Winter Tree Fest, Colleen from Red Wheelbarrow will be leading a winter tree identification walk. Come learn how to identify trees during the winter and get to know some of the native trees of Central Texas. For more info about this day-long fest, check out the event web page.

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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Barton Hills Garden Club

Colleen Dieter of Red Wheelbarrow (redwheelbarrowplants.com) presents “Native Plant Maintenance and Tree Pruning Techniques” When do I prune my Salvias and Lantanas? Is it ok to shape my Texas Sage? Thanks to our recent drought, many folks are converting conventional yards to native plants. Whether you already have a native landscape, or you are thinking about planting one this spring, Colleen can help us. She founded Red Wheelbarrow Plant Care in 2003 to provide organic landscape and plant advice to Austin area residents. Colleen will explain how to to keep our special Texas native and adapted plants healthy. Barton Hills Garden Club meets at the Zilker Botanical Garden. Meeting is open to Barton Hills Residents only. Contact  info@redwheelbarrowplants.com for more info.

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Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Sustainable Food Center Fruit Tree Class

Location:
Sustainable Food Center
2921 E 17th St Bldg C
Austin, TX 78722 (view map)

In this class, you’ll learn how to select, plant, and care for fruit trees adapted to Central Texas’ climate. Certified arborist Colleen Dieter will show you how to properly prune to maximize fruit production, manage diseases, and create structurally sound trees. 

Classes are for adults. Youth ages 12 and up may attend with purchase of an additional ticket and close parent/guardian supervision during class.

Registration closes one business day before class. All attendees must purchase tickets to attend. No walk-ins allowed. Register here. 

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Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Belterra Garden Club

Colleen Dieter of Red Wheelbarrow (redwheelbarrowplants.com) presents “Winter Native Landscape Maintenance” When do I prune my Salvias and Lantanas? Is it ok to shape my Texas Sage? Thanks to our recent drought, many folks are converting conventional yards to native plants. Whether you already have a native landscape, or you are thinking about planting one this spring, Colleen can help us. She founded Red Wheelbarrow Plant Care in 2003 to provide organic landscape and plant advice to Austin area residents. Colleen will explain how to to keep our special Texas native and adapted plants healthy. This event is open to Belterra Residents only. Contact  info@redwheelbarrowplants.com for more info.

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Tree Identification Walk
Aug
13
9:30 AM09:30

Tree Identification Walk

I'll lead us on a walk with TreeFolks at Ecology Action's Circle Acres Preserve. I'll introduce you to the basics of tree ID. When you learn the names of the trees in your area you get a deeper understanding of your hometown.  I'm a longtime volunteer with TreeFolks, Austin's premiere tree planting and education organization. My husband is a longtime volunteer with Ecology Action, one of Austin's oldest and most established environmental non-profits. I am very excited to lead this walk for TreeFolks at Circle Acres Preserve where Ecology Action transformed a former brownfield landfill and illegal dump site into a beautiful interactive educational preserve that is a haven for wildlife!  Circle Acres harbors a great diversity of trees. Registration is required. http://www.treefolks.org/events/

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Native Plant Maintenance
Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Maintenance

I'll be back at Natural Gardener for my favorite talk explaining how to care for your native and well adapted plants. Bring your questions because this interactive talk depends on audience participation! For more info go to www.naturalgardeneraustin.com

 

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