Workshops

2020 Workshops

Cost: $50.00 / $25.00 South Chicago Residents / Call for Workshare Option

*We do not want financial barriers to prevent anyone from participating in our workshops. Please call 773-376-8882 for work share options.

Orchard Care: Dormant Seasoning Pruning for Fruit Trees

  • Saturday, March 14th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Breanne Heath, Senior Program Specialist – Gardening I Chicago Park District
  • Join us for dormant pruning on young fruit trees at Urban Growers Collective. We will show you how to shape young trees, as well as remove water sprouts, suckers, and dead/diseased/damaged branches using the correct tools and techniques.

Greenhouse Production: Seeding & Transplanting

  • Saturday, March 28th, 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Lauralyn Clawson & Azziza Robinson
  • Participants receive hands-on training to learn how to mix soil, seed, and transplant crops. Participants will engage in-group discussion focused on year-round greenhouse production.

Orchard Care: Berry Care & Planting

  • Workshop Postponed from April 18th – Time & Date TBD
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Breanne Heath, Senior Program Specialist – Gardening I Chicago Park District
  • Join us for berry planting at Urban Growers Collective. We will show you how to prep and plant beds for growing strawberries and raspberries, discuss organic berry care throughout the seasons, and help you choose the best varieties for your space.

Drip Irrigation 101

  • Saturday, May 2nd, 10:00pm-12:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: Terrence Glenn, Urban Edes Farm
  • Description TBD

Food, Culture, Spirit: The Art of Growing Food as Medicine

  • Saturday, May 2nd, 1:00-4:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: Erika Allen & Guest
  • This workshop series will feature guest practitioners growing herbs to expand culinary flavors, create healing remedies and to add vitality to your reflective practices. One of the long term goals is to build a Urban Medicinal Plant network that shares knowledge and plants for healing work in the community.

Mushroom Production

  • Saturday, May 16th, 10:00pm-12:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: Lauralyn Clawson, Azziza Robinson, UGC Youth Corps
  • Participants will learn how to raise oyster and wine cap mushrooms that are profitable and inexpensive to maintain. Fungi doesn’t take up “mushroom” in your garden and can be a fun and tasty addition to your edible landscape.

Beekeeping: Hive Setup & Installation

  • Saturday, May 16th, 1:00-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: Beatrice Kamau & Malcolm Evans
  • Beekeeping workshops are held at our beautiful South Chicago Farm and Apiary.  The workshop is geared for beginning beekeepers who are interested in purchasing or currently own bee hives.  The first course introduces participants to honey bee biology and behavior, hive parts and tools, record keeping, as well as hive installation and set-up. The instruction for the course includes both a classroom-style presentation as well as hands-on work in the apiary.  Participants should wear light-colored pants and a long-sleeved shirt, socks and closed-toed shoes. Protective gear will be provided while in the hives. The workshop will be rescheduled in case of rain.

South Chicago Farm Seedling Sale

  • Saturday, May 30th, 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • UGC offers a wide variety of sustainably-grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings to plant in your garden.  We focus on heirloom and unique varieties of crops that are difficult to find at traditional garden centers. Come enjoy a day at the farm and purchase seedlings that help us to fund our year-round educational programs for Chicago teens.

Planting your Garden

  • Saturday, June 6th, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Erika Allen & Kala Cuerington
  • This workshop is part of our Community Garden Series. It is free for UGC Community Garden Participants and $25.00 for everyone else.
  • Join UGC staff to learn how to layout and plant your community garden space. We will cover plant selection, optimal spacing and will demo transplanting vs. direct seeding techniques. 

Orchard Care: Growing Seasoning Pruning for Fruit Trees

  • Saturday, June 6th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: Breanne Heath, Senior Program Specialist – Gardening I Chicago Park District
  • Join us for growing season pruning on young fruit trees at Urban Growers Collective. We will show you how to prune and thin for higher quality fruit set, as well as discuss organic management for typical pests and diseases.

Food, Culture, Spirit: The Art of Growing Food as Medicine (Full Moon Edition)

  • Saturday, June 6th, 3:00-5:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Erika Allen & Guest
  • This workshop series will feature guest practitioners growing herbs to expand culinary flavors, create healing remedies and to add vitality to your reflective practices. One of the long term goals is to build a Urban Medicinal Plant network that shares knowledge and plants for healing work in the community.

Harvesting 101

  • Saturday, July 11th, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Erika Allen & Kala Cuerington
  • This workshop is part of our Community Garden Series. It is free for UGC Community Garden Participants and $25.00 for everyone else.
  • Join UGC staff to learn how to properly harvest and post-harvest handle a variety of crops to encourage optimal plant growth.

Beekeeping: Hive Check & Maintenance

  • Saturday, July 11th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Beatrice Kamau & Malcolm Evans
  • The hive maintenance workshop will build upon the components of the first workshop, although it is not mandatory to have participated in the first workshop.  After a brief review of bee biology and behavior, we will spend the bulk of the workshop in the hive inspecting bee brood, honey flow, bee “work”, as well as pests and diseases in the hive. Come prepared to work and prepare the hives for full swing summer honey production. Participants should wear light-colored pants and a long-sleeved shirt, socks and closed-toed shoes. Protective gear will be provided while in the hives. The workshop will be rescheduled in case of rain.

Summer BBQ at the South Chicago Farm

  • Saturday, July 18th, 12:00-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Cost: TBD
  • Come enjoy a fun filled afternoon at the South Chicago Farm.  Meet the goats, tour the farm, have a drink with your favorite farmers and enjoy some delicious local BBQ.

Food, Culture, Spirit: The Art of Growing Food as Medicine (New Moon Edition)

  • Monday, July 20th, 5:30-7:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Erika Allen & Guest
  • This workshop series will feature guest practitioners growing herbs to expand culinary flavors, create healing remedies and to add vitality to your reflective practices. One of the long term goals is to build a Urban Medicinal Plant network that shares knowledge and plants for healing work in the community.

Harvesting 101

  • Saturday, August 22nd, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Malcolm Evans & Kala Cuerington
  • This workshop is part of our Community Garden Series. It is free for UGC Community Garden Participants and $25.00 for everyone else.
  • Join UGC staff to learn how to properly harvest and post-harvest handle a variety of crops to encourage optimal plant growth.

Beekeeping: End of Season Honey Harvest

  • Saturday, September 19th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: Beatrice Kamau & Malcolm Evans
  • Participants will inspect the hives for diseases, pests and honey flow. After the hives are prepared, participants will learn how to extract and process honey. Participants should wear light-colored pants and a long-sleeved shirt, socks and closed-toed shoes. Protective gear will be provided while in the hives. The workshop will be rescheduled in case of rain.

Herbal Remedies: Infused Oils

  • Saturday, September 12th, 1:00-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: May Tsupros, SunTree Collaboration
  • Participants will tour the herb beds and learn about the various medicinal and culinary properties of the plants. We will demonstrate how to harvest herbs for their various properties and prepare them for use making salves. This is a hands on, learning workshop and the infused oils will be used in the Salves Workshop on Saturday, October 17th.

Beekeeping: Hive Winterization & Honey Harvest

  • Saturday, October 17th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Beatrice Kamau & Malcolm Evans
  • Participants will inspect the hives for diseases, pests and honey flow. After inspection and clean-up, we will prepare the hives for winter. Learn the ins and outs of taking care of your bees over the winter months to help maintain a healthy hive all year-long. After the hives are prepared, participants will learn how to extract and process honey. Participants should wear light-colored pants and a long-sleeved shirt, socks and closed-toed shoes. Protective gear will be provided while in the hives. The workshop will be rescheduled in case of rain.

Winter Planting & Putting your Garden to Bed

  • Saturday, October 17th, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructors: Erika Allen & Kala Cuerington
  • This workshop is part of our Community Garden Series. It is free for UGC Community Garden Participants and $25.00 for everyone else.

Herbal Remedies: Salves

  • Saturday, October 17th, 1:00-3:00pm
  • South Chicago Farm, 9000 S Mackinaw Ave, Chicago IL 60617
  • Instructor: May Tsupros, SunTree Collaboration
  • Salves are preparations of herbs that have been infused in oils for topical preparations. The salves workshop will build upon the components of the infused oil workshop, although it is not mandatory to have participated in the first workshop. We will learn how to infuse and make a variety of lotions for healing.
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