Education Series - December 2013

Planning Home Fruit Plantings  Saturday, December 7, 2 - 4pm

Winter offers the optimal time to plan for ordering and planting fruiting trees and shrubs. H. Michael Simmons will provide guidance in deciding which fruits to grow, which cultivars to order, sources for those cultivars, and design considerations for the home orchard. The class provides all you need to know in order to get started growing delicious and nutritious fruits at home.

$8 in city/ $10 out of city

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

Register by December 4 at or call 812-349-3700.


Artisan Bread Baking at Muddy Fork Bakery   Sunday, December 8, 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.


Asian Fusion Cooking: Chinese Dim Sum  Sunday, December 8, 2 - 4:30pm

Dim sum refers to a style of Chinese food prepared as small, bite-sized, or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. It was originally only a snack (what “dim-sum” literally means) and is now a staple of Chinese dining culture, especially in Hong Kong. Learn to make dim-sum items such as Radish Cake and Small Steamed Dumpling in a healthful way without sacrificing the taste and suffering from the so-called Chinese food syndrome commonly seen with the MSG, sugar, and lard-loaded restaurant preparations.


East-meets-West Kitchen, 705 South Park Ridge Road

Register by December 4 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Peilin Chiu 812-334-7730.

Cooking 101- Kitchen Basics  Wednesday, December 11, 1:30 - 3:30pm

The best way to eat better and save money is to cook meals at home, from scratch, using whole food ingredients. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about cooking, but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you! We’ll cover the basics: knife skills and cutting techniques, basic cooking methods (sautéing, steaming, poaching, roasting, etc.), how to read a recipe, ingredients to keep on hand and meal planning. You’ll walk away with new skills and ideas, and the confidence to get started at 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.

Mother Hubbard’s Kitchen, 1100 West Allen Street

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.


Certificate in the Organic Management of Orchards (COMO)  8 Tuesdays, January 14 – March 4, 6:30–8:30pm

Learn how to use organic methods in the management of orchards and earn COMO certification. H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener, covers site selection and modification, soil evaluation and amendment, orchard floor management, cultivar selection, grafting, pollination requirements, planting techniques, pruning, insect pest monitoring and management, plant pathology and disease control, irrigation, fertilization, and harvesting and fruit handling. Optional field trips and hands-on training opportunities are included. Passing a final examination is required for certification, but anyone may take the course for personal enrichment without taking the exam.

Thanks to the generosity of a COMO graduate, scholarship assistance is available through the Cassell Memorial Scholarship fund. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the program and are available in the Parks and Recreation office. For more information about applying for a scholarship, call 349-3702.

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

$95 in-city, $115 non-city; includes a reference notebook.

Register by January 10 at or call 349-3700.