Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food through Pierce County and Pierce Conservation District’s Edible Gardens Workshop Series. The free series of monthly workshops, which is offered at several locations, teaches beginning gardeners how to plan a garden, prepare the soil, plant seeds and harvest the food they’ve grown.
Each workshop is designed to help gardeners through the gardening season by addressing what needs to be done in the garden that month. The classes are a combination of lectures, presentations and hands-on activities.
“Each student’s knowledge will grow along with their garden, as they see their plantings go from seed to table,” said Stephanie Leisle, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities environmental educator. “Attendees are sure to leave the classes excited about planting a garden and harvesting their own food. This collaborative environment allows students to share their experiences and learn from each other.”
Classes are taught by educators from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities and Harvest Pierce County, a program of the Pierce Conservation District.
The free monthly classes are held between March and November at four locations in Pierce County:
• Puyallup – First Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Washington State University Puyallup Extension, 2607 W Pioneer
• Lakewood – Second Wednesdays from 6 to8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW
• Orting – Third Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Washington Soldiers Home, 1301 Orting Kapowsin Highway E
• Tacoma – Third Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Tagro Conference Center, 2201 Portland Ave
Additional schedule and registration information is available at www.piercecountywa.org/ediblegardens.
March: Starting From Seeds
April: Garden Soil 101
May: Planting and Maintaining Your Summer Vegetable Garden
June: Garden Bugs, Plant Diseases and Non-Toxic Alternatives
July: Summer Harvesting and Planning and Planting Your Fall Garden
August: No classes
September: Composting Basics
October: Putting the Garden to Bed For the Winter
Stephanie Leisle, Public Works and Utilities environmental educator
Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator