Upcoming Classes

Composting – The Whats, Whys, and Hows
Saturday, June 4
10:00am – 11:30am
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Class Description
This class will equip you with answers to all your basic What, Why, and How questions about composting. You will come away with a deeper knowledge of the essence of composting, what it is and why it is so important, and how you and your household can start doing it TODAY! Get hands-on practice in building a compost pile and using finished compost on established plants and garden beds. Participants will get to take home finished compost.

Zach Brown is owner of Brown’s Greens LLC, an Urban Agriculture and Curbside Composting company in Colorado Springs. Zach holds certifications in Urban Agriculture and Landscape Contracting, and has had his hands in the dirt since he was a kid. He has expertise and an acute interest in soil health and composting, and before launching the Brown’s Greens Curbside Composting services in 2019, he was an avid backyard composter for several years. Now, his business has diverted almost 35 TONS of food waste from landfills since the launch of its Curbside Composting services two years ago, and through partnership with Don’s Garden Shop has turned that waste into fertile compost and returned it to the community!

Botanical Watercolors for Beginners
Painting Pansies
Monday, June 13
6:00pm – 8:00pm


Class Description
Do you love flowers and painting?  Want to connect creatively with the botanical beauty of garden spaces? Then this class is for you!  Participants will be led by Botanical Illustrator, Helen Smithwick, in the painting of pansies using watercolors. Learn techniques to capture these seasonal moments of awe and wonder, while gaining confidence to paint perhaps your first masterpiece!

Helen Smithwick is a botanical illustrator, residing in Colorado Springs.  After retirement, Helen returned to her first love – drawing and painting. She began taking classes at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2010, where she graduated with distinction after completing the requirements for the Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration in 2013.  She received the Sydney Parkinson Award for excellence in botanical illustration and best overall portfolio of her graduating class. She is a member of the Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs, where her work is currently displayed. 

Learn to Grow Series: Crop-Specific Care, Troubleshooting, and Harvesting
June Date + Time TBD

Class Description
Coming Soon!

Tayler is a Certified Colorado Gardener, born and raised between Tava’s foothills in Colorado Springs, and the Great Plains of Calhan. She earned her Bachelors in Environment and Sustainability at Western Colorado University where she earned grant funding for a passive solar greenhouse and classroom for WCU’s Center for Cold Climate Food Security and championed a framework to combat food insecurity. Since graduating in 2020, Tayler spent a season working alongside a family of regenerative farmers at New Roots in Cañon City and has also sold local, culinary mushrooms and microgreens with Microvora at farmers markets in Colorado Springs.

Learn to Grow Series: Crop-Specific Care, Troubleshooting, and Harvesting
July Date + Time TBD

More information coming soon!

Seed Saving
Tuesday, September 6

More information coming soon!

Herbal Tinctures
Saturday, October 8

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What do you want to learn?

SEE offers hands-on, experiential learning in topics related to food production, sustainable living, local ecosystems and whole system design, and artisanship. With our large garden space and connections with local experts, we’re poised to provide a range of clinics and courses. What are you curious about? What skills do you want to build? How can SEE help you become more savvy and self-sufficient?

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Past Classes

Introduction to Whole System Design (Virtual)
The hot, cold, dry, and windy semi-arid climate that is Colorado Springs can baffle even the most seasoned gardeners. Intro to Whole System Design offers a fresh perspective on your landscape’s potential, mental frameworks to analyze and evaluate opportunities, and practical strategies to make your place more abundant and resilient.  Whole System Design is an approach that considers the interactions of all factors within a site, and aims to organize natural systems into reinforcing and regenerating patterns.  This class builds an understanding of zone analysis, sector analysis, and inputs and outputs for a given site, and allows participants to start applying these principles to their own home and landscape.

Cold Frame Construction
Gardeners in Colorado can extend their growing season by several weeks by using a well-built, strategically-placed cold frame.

A cold frame is like a tiny greenhouse – it’s a structure that creates a warm microclimate to grow in before ambient air temperatures are warm enough for growing.  In this class, you’ll learn how to build a wooden (treated lumber) 4’x4′ cold frame with a UV-stabilized polycarbonate lid, step-by-step!

You’ll go home with the skills to be able to build your own, and select and prepare a suitable site to grow in.

Composting – The Whats, Whys, and Hows
This class will equip you with answers to all your basic “what?”, “why?”, and “how?” questions about composting. You will come away with a deeper knowledge of the essence of composting, what it is, and why it is so important, and how you and your household can start doing it TODAY! At the end of the class, you’ll get a chance to get hands on and participate in starting some new compost piles for SEE!

Gardening Basics
Whether you think you have a “brown thumb”, or you want to learn more about gardening with some hands-on practice, Gardening Basics is for you! Participants will learn about considerations when selecting and laying out plants, how to seed and plant a variety of crops, how to harvest established crops, and how to troubleshoot common problems.

Colorado Animals Meet & Greet
Get up close and personal with a range of animal ambassadors from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo that call this area home! The “Zoomobile” will bring us and a range of animal guests that are native to the prairie and foothills we live in. Zoo staff will showcase and teach about a variety of animals, with opportunities to touch and interact with them throughout the program. Come experience Colorado’s fauna like never before!

Mycology Basics & Mushroom Bed Building
Familiarize yourself with fungi, and get some hands-on experience in cultivating mushrooms and using fungi to improve soil. You’ll learn about edible mushrooms and ways to cultivate various types that do well in the southwest. After a short presentation covering the basics of “mycology” (the study of fungi), you’ll help make an oyster mushroom bed on site.  Participants can take home some fungal spawn to inoculate substrate, add to a compost pile or put directly onto a garden bed. You’ll leave this class with an understanding of how fungi can work for you to enhance your diet and your soil!

Vermiculture Basics
Worms help create compost and make food scraps useful, especially when limited on space or materials. Learning to raise and use worms, or “vermiculture” is easier than you might think!  Incorporating an indoor “worm farm” into your lifestyle and growing practices helps reduce waste and improve soil in a variety of ways! In this class, you’ll learn about the process and benefits of using worms to break down food scraps, discuss problem-solving a worm composting setup, and participate in building a demonstration indoor/outdoor worm farm.

Tree & Shrub Pruning
While it might seem scary to cut branches off your precious woody plants, it’s an important part of keeping shrubs and trees happy and healthy!  In this class, you’ll learn about why pruning is so important, when it should happen, and basic techniques using handheld pruners.  You’ll see a demonstration of shrub and tree pruning in real time, and will have the chance to practice removing unwanted branches and growth from woody plants.  Get your pruning questions answered, and leave this class ready to give your own Front Range shrubs and trees what they need!

Soil Building
The importance of healthy, active soil cannot be overstated – it’s the groundwork for thriving plants and richer ecosystems.  Learn to build and improve soil by working with locally-available inputs to enhance the natural processes that create healthy soil.  You’ll come away from this class with a better understanding of where to start with your own soil improvement, and hands-on practice of five strategies to add to your “soil building toolkit”! Participants will also get a sample of Azomite to use in their own soil.

Growing Microgreens
Want to learn how to grow organic food in small spaces while localizing where your food comes from?  In this class, you will learn how to grow your own nutrient-dense microgreens, step-by step at home.  All participants will receive the materials needed to get started, and get to take their seeded trays home to grow and eat!  Whether you’re already a microgreen fiend or just want to move towards producing more of your own food, this class is for you! 

Learn to Grow: Garden Planning
This class is best suited for those growing with limited space as our Garden Manager, Tayler Jones, will teach about the square foot gardening technique. You will gain greater knowledge about soil quality, seed sourcing, understanding seed packets and hardiness zones, as well as the importance of mulching and companion planting.

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