ABOUT

GROWING GARDENERS

workshop series

The Growing Gardeners Workshop Series is a collaboration between City Sprouts and The Big Garden in Omaha, Nebraska. Our purpose is to offer four seasons of hands-on workshops that feature skills and techniques for every gardener and urban farmer. All workshops are low-cost, all-ages, and no one will be turned away for an inability to pay.

 

Growing Gardeners workshops are broken down into 4 distinct education tracks:

Urban Ag School 

Herbal Medicine Cabinet 

Culinary & Nutrition

Lifestyle & Community

 

EDUCATION TRACKS

​Urban Ag School

Urban Ag School is Omaha's first low-cost and in-depth series of classes that aims to equip people with all the basic skills they need to grow their own food. Urban Ag School is for everyone who has a strong desire and commitment to learning more about growing your own food. You don't need to be a current gardener, and you don't need to have special skills or knowledge to attend. Start where you are, and we will work with you to increase your skills and knowledge base.

We are glad for the support of Mulhall's as they partner with the Growing Gardeners program's Urban Ag School track. 

Herbal Medicine Cabinet 

The Herbal Medicine Cabinet is a series of classes that teach you how to utilize different types of herbs as medicinal remedies. We cover everything from making your own tinctures to creating your own salves and body care products. Join these classes to expand your knowledge of herbalism and to start building your own apothecary. 

 

Culinary & Nutrition

Join our cooking and nutrition workshops to learn how to turn all the beautiful raw produce you grow into healthy and delicious foods! We cover preserving methods under this track such as water bath and pressure canning, fermentation, and how to make your own hot sauces. We also have occasional certified nutritionists teach classes on how to get the most nutrition out of your meals. 

 

Lifestyle & Community  

Our lifestyle and community events are just a way to say ‘everything else we haven’t covered.’ The Big Garden and City Sprouts host a lot of fun and free community events throughout the year, and we also teach various craft workshops like painting Pysanka eggs for Easter or decorating your own evergreen wreaths during the holiday months. 

DETAILS

 

Instructors

Growing Gardeners classes are taught by passionate, experienced gardeners from The Big Garden and City Sprouts organizations. Collectively, they have a wealth of experience running urban and rural farms, operating Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), starting community gardens, teaching in schools, selling at farmer’s markets, and leading workshops. These educators are at the forefront of Omaha's local food systems.

 

Guest Instructors

We love having guest teachers from our community lead workshops! Are you knowledgeable about a subject that you'd like to share in a workshop? Reach out to learn@omahsprouts.org and explain what skills you'd like to share.

 

Locations

Most Growing Gardeners classes are held at City Sprouts or The Big Garden locations, and occasionally other community partners’ locations. Please review individual class listings for location details. 

 

City Sprouts North

4002 Seward St. 

 

City Sprouts South

1815 N St. 

 

The Big Garden

5602 Read St. 

 

Class Cancellation & Refund Policy

Our classes require at least 5 attendees in order to be held, any fewer and the class is subject to cancellation. In the event of illness and weather cancellations, you will be notified by email or text within two hours of the scheduled class time. If you have donated to a workshop, and that workshop gets canceled you will be given the option of a full refund or credit to a future class. If you are not able to attend a class you have donated to, you will not be refunded, but may receive a credit if you cancel 48+ hours before the class is held. 

Email info@omahasprouts.org or call 402-504-1910 to cancel a class. 

 
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About The Big Garden

The Big Garden works to grow healthy food, healthy kids, and healthy communities. This is accomplished by building gardens; teaching children to grow, cook, and preserve their own food; and providing education to address the systemic nature of food insecurity in our communities. The Big Garden is a network of 170+ community gardens in urban and rural schools, childcare centers, nonprofits, and faith communities across Nebraska, Kansas, and Southwest Iowa. In addition to community gardens, The Big Garden’s programs include year-round gardening classes in several of Omaha’s low-income schools and childcare centers, planting community orchards, farmers market tours, year-round workshops, and a paid internship for young adults.

 

The Big Garden's mission is to cultivate food security by developing community gardens, creating opportunities to serve, and providing education on issues related to hunger.

 
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About City Sprouts

City Sprouts is Omaha’s longest-running community garden. Originally founded in 1995, City Sprouts has expanded our facilities from our original community garden to include an education center, an urban farm, a second community garden in South Omaha, and a chicken coop full of laying hens. By providing education on gardening and sustainability, fresh and affordable food, a community gathering space, and employment opportunities, City Sprouts empowers the community to sustainably grow, eat, provide and promote healthy, local foods. 

 

City Sprouts' mission is to cultivate healthy communities and sustainable, equitable food systems through gardening, education, and youth employment.

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About Mulhall's

John Mulhall came to Omaha in 1953 to landscape, and now, three generations later, the team at Mulhall’s is as committed as they’ve ever been to making Omaha a more beautiful place to live. As one of the largest independent home and garden retailers and landscape contractors in the area, Mulhall’s seeks to blur the lines between the natural and the built. Today they’re a few hundred people, but their focus remains the same: working together to engage our community and share their passion for the beauty of the natural world.

©2020 GROWING GARDENERS workshop series 

by City Sprouts & The Big Garden