Grow Organic offers classes

Beekeeping 101

Want to get started beekeeping? Interested in chemical-free bees and beekeeping? Have you studied bees and beekeeping on your own and would like a class to fill the gaps in your understanding?

On March 30 “Beekeeping 101: History and Life-Cycle of the Bee” will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. at Grow Organic, 2035 12th St., Hood River.

Join Melissa Elliott of Melissa Bees, a local landscape designer, beekeeper and apitherapist, for an inspiring and informative look into the life and times of the honeybee.

Learn about humanity’s primeval relationship with the bee, her medicine and honey. Peer into the mysterious inner workings of the hive. Discover the miraculous abilities of our most ancient ally, the honeybee.

Practical matters to be covered include the how, where, when, cost, etc., of starting beekeeping. Bring your notebooks and questions!

Class size is limited to 10. The cost is $40. Email connect@groworganics.org if you would like to reserve a spot. Include your name, email, phone number and number of people.

Organic Gardening Techniques

Looking ahead to May, Grow Organic will be offing a class on organic gardening techniques on May 19 from 3-5 p.m.

What does it mean to have an organic garden? Does organic gardening mean you have to put up with insects eating your plants or unattractive flower beds?

The short answer is that organic gardening means not using synthetic products, including pesticides and fertilizers. Ideally, organic gardening replenishes the resources as it makes use of them, like feeding depleted soil with composted plants, or planting legumes to add nitrogen to an area that had been planted with heavy feeder.

The bigger picture involves working in cooperation with nature, viewing your garden as a small part of all the natural system.

This workshop, taught by Grow Organic’s Ketrina Jerome, will cover the basics to get you started with your own organic gardening.

Cost is free. Sign up by emailing Jeff Jerome at jeff@groworganics.com. Grow Organic is located at 2035 12th St., Hood River.

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