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Growing Tomatoes and Chilis - Secrets to Success

Learn the secrets to selecting and growing exceptionally delicious tomatoes and chilis, using organic practices. Discover the best cultivars to grow, along with tips to ensure a bountiful harvest. Royer Held, tomato and chili grower extraordinaire, will tell all in this class.

Registration fee:  $5.  Register now .

The class is open to the public, and walk-ins are welcome. Cash only.

Please check the website to read about any changes to the course [eg:  time, location].

Graft Your Own Tomatoes

Currently Sold Out.

Event date:   April 2, 2017

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown by home gardeners in the U.S.  Their luscious fruits, with that quintessential taste of summer, is the reward.  But tomatoes have some drawbacks:  they are subject to a host of diseases that affect their health and production.  To combat them, commercial growers are increasingly looking to grafting their favorite tomato cultivars on to tough, disease-resistant, vigorous root stocks. The result is an abundance of fruit on plants that can withstand blights, wilts, nematodes, and other fungal and bacterial diseases.

     For the first time, Project Grow is conducting a tomato grafting class that will allow our gardeners to join this movement to growing tomatoes better.  The class will be conducted by  Steve Bielas, excellent gardener at County Farm and experienced tomato grafter.  He will do a lecture/demonstration on grafting tomato seedlings, followed by a workshop where attendees will have the opportunity to practice and perfect their grafting skills on plants that they will take home.  The class is designed for experienced gardeners only, who grow their own tomato seedlings and want better health and yields for their efforts.  Class size is limited.  Registration is required. There is a fee of $15.00 to cover the cost of equipment and seeds

Ecosystem Gardeneing: An Introduction

This class is cancelled.

An approach to science-based urban gardening that integrates lessons from various programs - MSUE Master Gardener, MSUE SMART Gardener Volunteer, Washtenaw County Master Composter, Master Rain Gardener, Michigan Conservation Steward, and Urban Permaculture Design. 

Fee:  $5.  Register here.   Walk-ins welcome.

Picking and fermenting

Fermentation is a great way to preserve the harvest. Fermentation is popular because it  is an energy efficient way to preserve food; produces  fermented foods that have health benefits such as: improvement of digestive function; may help diabetics; offers an array of possibilities; tastes better than commercially produced.

This class will be taught by Project Grow Board member and gardener Calin Sferdean.  Calin is a Romanian born scientist who loves gardening, cooking, baking and preserving foods. His nonprofessional interests include sustainable living and natural resources conservation. He successfully completed last year the master composting program offered by Project Grow.

Calin will share his family recipe that traveled with his family from unknown regions of Russia to Transylvania. The preparation involves combining simple ingredients such as: cucumbers,horseradish, garlic, hot peppers, thyme, carrots, parsley root, tarragon, thyme, salt and water to create crispy fresh tasting fermented cucumbers.

Note: This is a demonstration class.

Fee:  $5.  Register here.  Walk-ins are welcome.


Learn how to make Kim Chi, a traditional fermented Korean side dish. Students will help prepare and mix  the ingredients and take home some Kim Chi.    The kitchen has generous space for students to observe the techniques involved in making this dish, to get up close and personal with the ingredients, and to ask lots of questions.

The class is being offered by Dan Sferden, passionate about kimchi and other fermented foods.  Dan is a Romanian born scientist who loves gardening, cooking, baking and preserving foods. His nonprofessional interests include sustainable living and natural resources conservation. Dan is a Project Grow Board member and gardener and completed  the master composting program offered by Project Grow.

The fee for this class is $15, which includes all materials. Enrollment is limited to 10.   Register here    THIS CLASS is now Full.