Education Series - November 2013

Start with the Soil: Preparation for Successful Fruit Production Saturday, November 2, 2-4pm

Rain date is 9 November (participants notified if use of rain date is necessary).

Fruit trees represent a long-term investment of time, money, and growing space; therefore, it makes sense to provide growing conditions that will insure their success and optimal productivity.  Fruit trees require well-drained soils with a high content of organic matter, a balance of nutrients, and a fungal dominant soil food web. H. Michael Simmons covers soil evaluation, preparation, amendment, and maintenance, with helpful demonstrations.

The Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 South Highland Avenue in Winslow Woods Park

$8 in city/ $10 out of city

Register by October 30 at or call 812-349-3700.

Composting and Fall Leaves Sunday, November 3, 2-4pm

Bloomingfoods East Garden Center lecture series continues with a workshop led by Chris Bobbitt. Come learn about composting kitchen scraps, with a special emphasis on how best to use yard waste and fall leaves. Also covered:  what not to compost!  The Garden Center has a good supply of Earth Machine compost bins, as well as wire netting for containing your leaf pile. Don't rake such a valuable resource to the curb; learn how to make your own Black Gold.

Bloomingfoods East Patio Room, 3220 East 3rd. Street

Free and open to the public.

Outdoor Rooms for Regeneration Tuesday, November 5, 6:30-8:30pm

Love to spend time outside? Learn why an outdoor kitchen or sleeping area might be just the right addition to your yard and garden to increase your living space and quality of life. Rhonda Baird, Permaculture Designer and Teacher, will show you how these types of structures can enhance energy efficiency in your home, provide you with space to enjoy your garden and preserve its fruits.

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

$10 in city/ $14 out of city

Register by November 1 at or call 812-349-3700.

Fermented Foods Workshop Saturday, November 9, 1-5pm

TMBCC Tibetan Cultural Center kitchen, 3655 S. Snoddy Road

Renowned author Nancy Bentley of the book Truly Cultured, will teach a class on the health value and preparation of fermented foods. Taste testing will also be part of this beneficial class experience.


Call Bill Land at 812-824-8888 for registration and information.

Artisan Bread Baking at Muddy Fork Bakery Sunday, November 10, 10am - 5pm

Make sourdough bread with professional Eric Schedler of Muddy Fork Bakery and bake it in our brick oven.  We'll show you techniques for mixing, kneading, shaping, and baking outstanding bread.  We'll make pizzas in the brick oven for lunch.  Baking students will take home recipes, 4 loaves of bread, and sourdough starter.

Muddy Fork Bakery, 4569 Earl Young Road

$70 (includes $30 in product).  Class limited to 8 people.

To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 334-5814.

Homemade Food Gifts Tuesday, November 12, 7-8:30pm

Holiday celebrations often revolve around special foods and traditional treats. In this festive workshop taught by Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, we’ll share ideas for healthy, low cost dishes to share with family and friends, and offer food gift ideas (beyond cookies and candy) that can save you money and bring a smile to the face of the receiver. Participants will taste samples and assemble their own food gift to take home. Priority is given to MHC patrons, volunteers and those who qualify for our food assistance services. If space is available two weeks before the class, community members may contact Kayte to register on a first-come, first-serve basis. Donations accepted, if possible.

Monroe County Public Library

Free and open to the public.

To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 355-6843.




Cooking When You Don’t Want To Tuesday, November 19, 6-7:30pm

If you frequently head into the kitchen hungry, but don’t have the time, energy, or interest in cooking, this class is for you. You will learn how to eat healthy on a budget even when you don’t feel like cooking. Join Stephanie Solomon to learn the tricks of the trade from those who love to eat, but don’t always love to cook! Donations accepted, if possible.

Free and open to the public.

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, 1100 West Allen St.

To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 812-355-6843.