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Gardening & Food Preservation Workshops

What We Do

What Kinds of Workshops Do We Put On?

CFI offers a variety of workshops throughout the year with topics covering garden planning, planting, and harvesting, as well as food preservation and preparation. We seek to provide hands-on opportunities to build wellness, knowledge, and skills in the garden and kitchen. Examples of a few of our past workshops include fermentation, fruit tree pruning and grafting, seed saving, holiday cooking, water bath and pressure canning, dehydration, cover crops, low maintenance garden design, pest control, and season extension techniques.

Workshops are free to CFI members and community gardens, including the gardeners at the Westside Community Garden. For the general public, we request a $5 donation to attend a workshop, but we don’t want to stand in the way of anyone’s ability to learn and share with us. We typically do not require an RSVP for workshops. There are some exceptions for workshops with limited space, in which case we will make that information known.

Share Your Expertise

Our workshops are peer to peer, meaning that we recruit community members to host them. We love to facilitate the sharing of unique expertise and how it relates to the Appalachian region. If you have a workshop suggestion or are interested in leading your own workshop, please contact us.

Upcoming Workshops

Follow us on Facebook or view the calendar below for our list of upcoming workshops and updates on changes in time or location!

February 18–24 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
94 Columbus Rd.

Learn how to make your own Kombucha and Kvass. Junita Lapp of Lapp it up! Kombucha and Valerie Lapp will be here to teach us about these special fermented drinks and how to create your own innovative flavors.

This workshop will take place in the ACEnet kitchen. 94 Columbus Rd, Building C. It is a gray building, enter through door near dock.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
1:00 pm3:00 pm
Highland Park, Highland Avenue, Athens Ohio

Come learn about fruit tree care with Community Food Initiatives! This workshop will be led by Weston Lombard, owner of Solid Ground Farm.

Learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and training to increase the productivity and health of your trees. Topics covered include: reasons for pruning, shaping young trees, rehabing older trees, timing, tools and safety, types of cuts, and the response of trees to various cuts.

Workshops are free for CFI members and $5 for non-members. Check our Facebook page for updates.

This workshop will take place at Highland Park on Highland Ave. in Athens.

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