Friends of the West End Park

Historic West End*Atlanta*GA

Oakhurst Community Garden-Classes in the Garden! June 16, 2009

The Oakhurst Community Garden is offering a variety of classes (and camps) for all ages! For complete list click more or visit:http://www.oakhurstgarden.org/classes.html. Enjoy!

Animal Husbandry

Chicks and the City: Keeping Chickens for Eggs, Compost, and Endless Amusement
Join Andrew Wordes for our popular chicken crash course. An intro to coop design, relevant ordinances, breed selection, care and feeding, and resources with a local keeper of an “urban flock.”

Saturday, June 27, 10-noon, Pre-registration required
$25 Garden member, $30 non-member

Chicks and the City: Keeping Chickens for Eggs, Compost, and Endless Amusement
Join Andy Schneider, the Chicken Whisperer for our popular chicken crash course. An intro to coop design, relevant ordinances, breed selection, care and feeding, and resources with a local keeper of an “urban flock.”

Saturday, August 15, 10-noon, Pre-registration required
$25 Garden member, $30 non-member

Compost with the Compost King
Are you throwing away your fresh kitchen scraps, not knowing that you could use them to improve the soil in your garden? Jim Spotts, the Composting King, will delight you with the facts of composting in your own yard. Set-up, materials to include, turning, and harvesting will all be discussed. Everyone will have an opportunity to work with the Garden’s own compost pile.

Saturday, May 30, 10-noon
$20 Garden members, $25 non-members

A Living Wreath: Succulents CLASS FULL
Contact Dana at to be added to the waitlist
Succulents are really cool -undemanding, easy to grow, beautiful, and the newest thing in the horticulture world. Join Amy Handler, succulent enthusiast for a fun two hours of creating a living wreath to put on display at your house. Each person will leave with a simple, yet elegant creation that can last for years.

Wednesday, June 10, 6-8 p.m.
$30 for Garden members, $35 for non-members

Aquaponics 101 Workshop Ð Find out what’s growing on at the Garden in those white tubs
How do you get protein and vegetables from one simple, sustainable growing system? Join Bevan Suits, daily caretaker of the Garden’s system to see how combining fish, water, fertilizer and plants equals Aquaponics! A fun and amazing system practiced around the world for many years that can be used for the patio all the way to commercial growing operations.

Monday, June 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
$25 for Garden Members, $30 for non-members

Buggin’ Out and Living in a Garden of Weedin’
New to gardening? Well, chances are you are new to those strange looking bugs crawling through your garden. Glynis Ward will walk you through the fun adventure of attracting and co-existing with the insect ecosystem of your garden and organic weed control. Do not fear the Japanese Beetle or the dandelion! Learn the function of bugs and weeds in the sustainable, organically balanced garden. Discover ways to attract beneficial bugs, lower “bad bug” populations and to control your weeds.

Tuesday, June 30, 7-9 p.m.
$15 for Garden members, $20 for non-members

Cooking at the Garden

Nothin’ Fancy: Just the Basics of Cooking
This series of classes for the NON-Cook is designed to introduce you to the basics of cooking. Each class introduces techniques that you will use at home on a regular basis. The series is taught by Charli Vogt, RN, MN, MPH, who regularly teaches cooking and herbal classes in the Atlanta area. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of cooking keep her students coming back for repeat classes. www.CharliVogt.com. Menus may vary from description, but the techniques will be the same. Sign up for all six and save or take a class that suits your interest or schedule! All classes are hands-on, so bring your apron. Also, plan to eat what you prepare. Delicious!

Pay for individual classes or sign up for all six and receive a 10% discount!
$200 for Garden members, $225 for non-members for the series of six

Class One: Fixing an Intimate Dinner
A class is designed as a quick start to a whole meal for someone who doesn’t ordinarily cook. Grilled Salmon with salsa verde accompanied by boiled potatoes with parsley and butter, steamed Broccoli with butter and lemon, finishing with baked apples with vanilla OR cinnamon ice cream for dessert. Techniques covered include oven grilling/broiling- using a meat thermometer, boiling, steaming, and baking.

Thursday, April 16, 6-8:30 p.m.
$40 for Garden members, $45 for non-members

Class Two: Slow-Cooking the Easy Way
A class designed to teach you about braising meat and sauteeing vegetables. Slow cooked beef with vegetables accompanied by sauteed vegetables with ginger and garlic, and finishing with fresh fruit with cheese or cream.Techniques covered include using a slow cooker as well as sauteing. Vegetarian options available upon request.

Thursday, April 30, 6-8:30 p.m.
$40 for Garden members, $45 for non-members

Class Three: Sunday Supper
Come and learn the simple secrets to the art of cooking eggs well. Vegetable Frittata accompanied by a delicious salad will serve as the meal. Techniques covered include learning how to cook eggs as well as putting things in a salad you would have never thought of and making a basic basic Vinaigrette dressing.

Thursday, May 7, 6-8 p.m.
$30 for Garden members, $35 for non-members

Class Four: Food from New Orleans
A class to introduce the use of the pressure cooker. In countries where energy costs are much higher than they are here, the pressure cooker is a staple in the home kitchen. We will make red beans and rice, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions accompanied by pre-baked french bread, beer, and baked vanilla custard. Techniques covered include learning to use the pressure cooker for beans,cooking rice well and using a water bath for baked custard.

Thursday, May 21, 6-8:30 p.m.
$35 for Garden members, $40 for non-members

Class Five: Summertime Cooking I
Come and learn the secrets of good grilling. Grilled Steak, grilled Portobello mushrooms for vegetarians, baked potato with sour cream butter and anything else we come up with, grilled broccoli, salad, and Cherries Jubilee with ice cream for dessert. Techniques covered include outdoor grilling using the meat thermometer and timer, baking, parboiling, and grilling, and cooking with liquors.

Thursday, June 4, 6-8:30 p.m.
$40 for Garden members, $45 for non-members

Class Six: Summertime Cooking II
Summer is the time you want a cool meal. Learn to add meat to your salad and other ingredients you usually wouldn’t think of to make a delicious meal. Oriental Red Meat Salad or Mixed salad with beans, pre-baked bread, and fresh fruit with yogurt. You’ll learn what to put in a salad and how small things can totally change the flavor.

Thursday, June 25, 6-8 p.m.
$35 for Garden members, $40 for non-members

Strawberry Jam
Learn to make your own delicious Strawberry jam with Maria Moore Riggs — owner of Little Red Hen Bakeshop — will teach a hands-on class using local, organic seasonal strawberries. Participants will learn to prepare, cook and water bath preserve the old fashioned way. Included in the discussion are low sugar canning methods and herbal infusions to impart unique flavors to the jam. Each participant will leave with a jar of jam and the skill to make more!

Sunday, May 17, 2-4 p.m.
$30 Garden Members, $35 non-members (includes $12 for materials)
Japanese Cooking: Tempura and Buckwheat Noodles
With the summer just upon us, Eiko Taylor returns with a perfect dish to compliment the heat of the season. A delicious cold, buckwheat noodle dish accompanied by both shrimp and vegetable tempura. Class includes dinner.

Friday, June 12, 6-8 p.m.
$25 Garden Members, $30 non-members (includes $5 materials charge)

Let’s Wok the Garden!
Join mother-daughter Chinese Southern Belles, Natalie and Margaret, for their debut event with us. Enjoy a unique blend of Chinese and Country Asian fusion dishes with an entertaining mix of cooking, sharing and cross-cultural “Buddha to Bubba” immigrant family stories. We will teach you how to use local garden vegetables in favorite Asian homestyle and Country Asian fusion creations. Popular favorites have included Five-Spice Rutabaga Stew, Fresh Greens with Garlic and Sesame and Smoked Tofu with Chinese Chives. The menu will depend on what we get from the garden! Ni Hao, Y’all!

Thursday, June 18, 6-8 p.m.
$25 Garden Members, $30 non-members (includes $5 materials charge)

Blueberry Jam
Learn to make your own delicious blueberry jam with Maria Moore Riggs — owner of Little Red Hen Bakeshop — will teach a hands-on class using local, organic seasonal blueberries. Participants will learn to prepare, cook and water bath preserve the old fashioned way. Included in the discussion are low sugar canning methods and herbal infusions to impart unique flavors to the jam. Each participant will leave with a jar of jam and the skill to make more!

Sunday, July 12, 2-4 p.m.
$30 Garden Members, $35 non-members (includes $12 for materials)

Crafts in the Garden

Taste of Art in the the Garden with Pam Beagle-Daresta
Observe and capture the unique details and gestures of your favorite natural forms at the Oakhurst Garden. Explore media and artistic approaches that will broaden and develop your visual literacy. Drawing media will vary with each session including pencils, pastels and water media. Please have a sketchpad 9″ x12″ or larger, your favorite drawing tools, and something that will serve as a drawing board for your work, a container/bag to hold everything along with a hat and sunscreen.All additional materials provided by the instructor.

Class will begin with instructor demonstration, quiet work time and close each class with reflection sharing.

Class One: Drawing with Pencil
Simple, yet beautiful renderings of the Garden using pencil and paper.

Tuesday, May 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$35 for Garden members, $40 for non-members

Class Two: Playful Watercolor and Crayon Resist
A form of Batik, students will use oil pastels with watercolour to create an impressionistic art piece.

Tuesday, May 26, 6-8 p.m.
$40 for Garden members, $45 for non-members

Class Three: Pen and Ink
Illustrate the Garden is classic form focusing on the gestural line. Drawing lines over a short period of time emphasizing action or movement in the Garden.

Tuesday, June 16t, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$40 for Garden members, $45 for non-members

Class Four: Using Conte
Conte chalk was used by the Renaissance masters. Don’t be intimidated! Students will interpret the Garden using earthy colors.

Tuesday, June 16, 6-8 p.m.
$35 for Garden members, $40 for non-members

For the Birds: A Mosaic Birdbath
The Garden has a wealth of broken pieces perfect for creating beautiful mosaic pieces and Chris Tholl has a wealth of “how-to” mosaic knowledge to share with you. Combined with your creativity, you will leave with a beautiful mosaic birdbath that will brighten any spot in your garden and provide a fun playground for the birds. A don’t miss hands-on class. All materials provided.

Wednesday, June 3, 6-8 p.m.
$35 for Garden members, $40 for non-members

Creating Your Own Garden Sculpture
Gargoyles, trolls, gnomes — or how about a sweet bunny or frog? Class participants will create and glaze garden sculptures in this two-part class. Chris Tholl creates another not to miss opportunity! All materials provided.

Wednesday, June 17 AND Wednesday, June 24, 6-8 p.m.
$45 for Garden members, and $50 for non-members

Wacky Containers
Turn odd objects into planters! A shoe, a doll’s head, a teacup? Your old toys can be turned into green treasures. Join Amy Handler for a fun hour of planting wacky plants into wacky containers. Please feel free to bring a few containers from your home. Ages 3 and up.

Sunday, May 17, 1-2 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members

Japanese Cooking for Kids!
Inspired by a 5-year-old who said, “It just isn’t fair that we can’t come to the rice class!” Here you are, a rice ball class for kids. Join Eiko Taylor and learn how to shape rice balls and fill with an assortment of delicious ingredients. Of course, lunch is in included!

Saturday, June 13, 11-noon, 5 and up, adult optional
$10 member child, $15 non-member child (fee per child)

2009 Beekeeping Camp
Youth ages 7-12 will make new friends and enjoy fun, hands-on beekeeping activities that will show them what it’s like to be a beekeeper. Youth will learn the basic make-up of a healthy hive, work with established beehives, harvest and extract honey, and use honey in cooking.

June 1-5, 2009. 9-noon
June 8-12, 2009, 9-noon
Fees are as follows: First child: $125 for Garden Family member, $150 for non-members/per week. Additional child: $100 for Garden Family member, $125 for non-members/per week

Printmaking, and Prose Camp for Youth ages 10 and up
Join Katy DeMent in this four-day workshop. Students will draw from nature and make paper from plants and recycled materials. Their sketches will be transferred into mono prints on their papers that will be shared with the whole class and bound into books along with their sketches and writings. Several different book binding styles will be used. A print exchange will create a unique sample of the whole class’ experience.

June 29 – July 2, 9-noon, for youth ages 10 and up
$100 first child and $75 additional child/Garden Member
$125 for first child and $100 additional child/non-Garden member

Wild Things! April-July 2009

A. 2s/3s with an Adult
Session One:
Baby chicks are the perfect little animals to hold gently in the palm of your hand and this spring that is just what our Wild Things explorers will do. Each week, the children will participate in making sure that the chicks grow into strong chickens and ultimately join our current flock. Going into the summer, the children will focus on harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden and preparing yummy recipes. Vegetable gardening, garden exploration, creative art projects, and yummy snacks are always on the schedule.

Fridays, April 17-May 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m. with a parent/caregiver
$55 Garden members, $65 fee includes snack, craft, and all materials
Instructor: Sharon Levering

Session Two:
Toddlers and their parents/guardians are invited to explore the garden through a child’s senses in this hands-on program. Wild Things use story, song, crafts, games, snacks, and hands-on gardening to immerse themselves in the life of a summer garden. Wild Things will learn about vegetable gardening and other garden plants and animals in this 4 week session.

Wednesdays, June 3-24, 9-10:30 a.m.
$40 Garden members, $55 non-members, fee includes snack, craft, and all materials

Session Three:
Toddlers and their parents/guardians are invited to explore the garden through a child’s senses in this hands-on program. Wild Things use story, song, crafts, games, snacks, and hands-on gardening to immerse themselves in the life of a summer garden. Wild Things will learn about vegetable gardening and other garden plants and animals in this 4 week session.

Wednesdays, July 8-29, 9-10:30 a.m.
$40 Garden members, $55 non-members, fee includes snack, craft, and all materials

B. 4s/5s on their own
Session One:
Baby chicks are the perfect little animals to hold gently in the palm of your hand and this spring that is just what our Wild Things explorers will do. Each week, the children will participate in making sure that the chicks grow into strong chickens and ultimately join our current flock. Going into the summer, the children will focus on harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden and preparing yummy recipes. Vegetable gardening, garden exploration, creative art projects, and yummy snacks are always on the schedule.

Wednesdays April 15-May 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
$55 Garden members, $65 fee includes snack, craft, and all materials
Instructor: Kyla Zaro-Moore

Session Two:
Spend summer in the Garden learning all about planting, growing, harvesting and eating vegetables! Wild Things will get to discover all kinds of vegetables, how they taste, and what it takes to keep them healthy. WeÕll learn about the plants as well as soil and insects in this hands-on class that will including gardening as well as healthy snacks and craft activities.

Fridays June 5-26, 9-10:30 a.m.
$40 Garden members, $55 non-members, fee includes snack, craft, and all materials

Session Three:
Spend summer in the Garden learning all about planting, growing, harvesting and eating vegetables! Wild Things will get to discover all kinds of vegetables, how they taste, and what it takes to keep them healthy. WeÕll learn about the plants as well as soil and insects in this hands-on class that will including gardening as well as healthy snacks and craft activities.

Fridays July 10-31. 9-10:30 a.m.
$40 Garden members, $55 non-members, fee includes snack, craft, and all materials

C. 6s/7s, on their own
Session One:
6s/7s: This class will take Wild Things to the next level, creating garden experts confident of their vegetable growing skills. This class will give children the chance to master the art of composting, delve into the insect life in the vegetable garden, and taste the delicious fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. Each class will include hands-on gardening time, healthy snacks, and fun crafts and activities that will enhance their garden know-how.

Thursdays June 4-25, 9-10:30 a.m.
$40 Garden members, $55 non-members, fee includes snack, craft, and all materials

Session Two:
6s/7s: This class will take Wild Things to the next level, creating garden experts confident of their vegetable growing skills. This class will give children the chance to master the art of composting, delve into the insect life in the vegetable garden, and taste the delicious fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. Each class will include hands-on gardening time, healthy snacks, and fun crafts and activities that will enhance their garden know-how.

Thursdays July 9-30, 9-10:30 a.m.
$40 Garden members, $55 non-members, fee includes snack, craft, and all materials

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