Calendar

Jan
18
Thu
2018
Urban Harvest’s Growing Organic Vegetable Series @ University of Houston, Central Campus, McElhinney Hall, Room TBD
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In a total of 10 classes (25 hours of instruction), this series covers everything you want to know about growing vegetables. Topics include the advantages of organic and ecological approaches over chemicals; vegetable garden design; irrigation and drainage; soil fertility, mulches and composts; organic pest control; seeds, transplants, where to get them and how to plant them. The last half is a detailed discussion of selecting, growing and using the many varieties of vegetables, annual herbs, and melons.

Those who complete the class will become certified Organic Vegetable Specialists.

This is a series of ten classes and may not be taken individually. Assignments for the class include the reading of Dr. Bob Randall’s book, Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro-Houston. Cost of the book is $45.


SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm

Class 1 – January 18
Class 2 – January 25
Class 3 – February 8
Class 4 – February 22
Class 5 – March 8
Class 6 – March 22
Class 7 – April 5
Class 8 – April 19
Class 9 – May 3
Class 10 – May 17

For an in-depth schedule, go to Spring 2018 class schedule and description.


DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

I-45 S, exit Cullen, go south, enter University of Houston campus, proceed through Elgin, Holman, Entrance 14 and Entrance 13, Cougar Place, turn left at Wheeler, take first right into driveway – park to the left of Lot 9C(although it says permit required, we have permission) Follow Urban Harvest signs back to Wheeler at Cullen. Walk north along Cullen, pass entrance 13 Cougar Village and follow the Urban Harvest signs to the classroom

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Urban Harvest’s Basic Fruit Tree Care and Planting @ University of St. Thomas, Hall and Room TBD
Jan 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Basic Fruit Tree Care and Planting will teach you the basics of fruit tree selection, planting, care, and maintenance. Fruit trees are wonderful additions to the urban landscape with beautiful flowers, fragrance, and the reward of organically grown fruits. They support pollinators and can provide habitat for birds. We will cover temperate fruit trees, citrus, and the semi-tropical varieties that are appropriate for our area. Participants will receive a month-by-month calendar for fruit tree care – pruning, pest control, harvesting, and fertilization. If you don’t have enough space, fruit trees can also be grown in containers! There are no refunds on classes.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

Parking is available in Moran Garage (campus map: #26), corner of West Alabama and Graustark Street; there may be a $2 charge. There are parking lots at corner of West Alabama and Yoakum and Branard and Montrose.

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Jan
21
Sun
2018
Urban Harvest’s Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1 (SLTP 1) @ near 610S and Stella Link
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The design principles of Permaculture (PC) are explained, observed and illustrated in a series of breakout sessions at a home and garden remodeled to reflect PC sustainability principles. This garden is set up with cisterns, many types of fruits, vegetables, habitat plants, a small area for collecting excess rain and a remodeled home that includes many features to reduce energy consumption. NOTE: Sustainable Living #1 and 2 are prerequisites to the permaculture series classes. There are no refunds on classes.

LOCATION

The residence address will be sent to you in a separate reminder email the day before the class.

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Jan
25
Thu
2018
HPARD’s Native Plant Propagation Workdays @ HPARD Greenhouse
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Habitat Restoration

Our volunteer group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at the HPARD Greenhouse.

We propagate plants from locally collected native seed. A typical workday may include seeding pots, bumping up trays into 1-gallon containers, separating seedlings, and weeding pots. We will also have special seed collecting trips, invasive species removal workdays, and planting events in our restored prairies!

We are also beginning to conduct semi-annual vegetation transects and monthly bird surveys at our current and future restoration sites. If you’re good at identifying plants or birds or if you would like to learn more about them, come join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering for the NRMP, email [email protected].

Urban Harvest’s Growing Organic Vegetable Series @ University of Houston, Central Campus, McElhinney Hall, Room TBD
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In a total of 10 classes (25 hours of instruction), this series covers everything you want to know about growing vegetables. Topics include the advantages of organic and ecological approaches over chemicals; vegetable garden design; irrigation and drainage; soil fertility, mulches and composts; organic pest control; seeds, transplants, where to get them and how to plant them. The last half is a detailed discussion of selecting, growing and using the many varieties of vegetables, annual herbs, and melons.

Those who complete the class will become certified Organic Vegetable Specialists.

This is a series of ten classes and may not be taken individually. Assignments for the class include the reading of Dr. Bob Randall’s book, Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro-Houston. Cost of the book is $45.


SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm

Class 1 – January 18
Class 2 – January 25
Class 3 – February 8
Class 4 – February 22
Class 5 – March 8
Class 6 – March 22
Class 7 – April 5
Class 8 – April 19
Class 9 – May 3
Class 10 – May 17

For an in-depth schedule, go to Spring 2018 class schedule and description.


DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

I-45 S, exit Cullen, go south, enter University of Houston campus, proceed through Elgin, Holman, Entrance 14 and Entrance 13, Cougar Place, turn left at Wheeler, take first right into driveway – park to the left of Lot 9C(although it says permit required, we have permission) Follow Urban Harvest signs back to Wheeler at Cullen. Walk north along Cullen, pass entrance 13 Cougar Village and follow the Urban Harvest signs to the classroom

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Garden Party Work Day @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Come join us while we dig into the Wildscape Garden at Sheldon Lake State Park!

By cleaning up the brush, removing weedy plants, and trimming back bushes, you are helping the wildscape grow and creating a wonderful demonstration garden! This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the native plants you can plant in your own backyard to attract your favorite wildlife!

Register by calling: (281) 456-2800 or emailing: [email protected] to join the fun! Great for all ages and abilities!

Jan
28
Sun
2018
Urban Harvest’s Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 2 (SLTP 2) @ University of Houston, Central Campus, Room TBD
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

In this classroom presentation, we carefully explore principles demonstrated in Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1 (SL 1), look at issues connected with larger rural sites, and begin the design of a farm/home site that connects and integrates food with housing and nature. SLPC 2 is designed to complete what is begun in SLPC 1. NOTE: Sustainable Living #1 and 2 are prerequisites to the permaculture series classes. There are no refunds on classes.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

I-45 S, exit Cullen, go south, enter University of Houston campus, proceed through Elgin, Holman, Entrance 14 and Entrance 13, Cougar Village, turn left at Wheeler, take first right into driveway – park to the left of Lot 9C(although it says permit required, we have permission) Follow Urban Harvest signs back to Wheeler at Cullen. Walk north along Cullen, pass entrance13 Cougar Village and follow the Urban Harvest signs to the classroom

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Feb
5
Mon
2018
Nature Discovery Center’s Monday Morning Gardening in the Park @ Russ Pitman Park
Feb 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Monday Morning Gardening in the Park

with Park Steward & Senior Naturalist Mary Ann Beauchemin

Adults – interested in gardening? Want to learn more about native plant gardening, non-native invasive species and help care for a local park at the same time?

Join Nature Discovery Center Park Steward Mary Ann Beauchemin on (typically) the first Monday of the month while the weather is cooler for some light gardening and help her care for Russ Pitman Park, the Center’s outdoor classroom. Volunteers will be removing some invasive species, growing out and planting natives, trimming the Pocket Prairie, watering recently transplanted plants and more.

  • No experience necessary. Experienced staff will work with you and guide you through projects.
  • Come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get dirty.
  • Bring your own gloves and gardening gear or use ours.

Please contact Park Steward Mary Ann Beauchemin in advance if you are interested in coming or have any questions. [email protected]

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Note: If you are interested in volunteer gardening, but cannot make it on the dates below, contact Mary Ann. Perhaps you can help on another day!

Feb
8
Thu
2018
HPARD’s Native Plant Propagation Workdays @ HPARD Greenhouse
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Image result for Houston Parks & Recreation Department logo

Habitat Restoration

Our volunteer group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at the HPARD Greenhouse.

We propagate plants from locally collected native seed. A typical workday may include seeding pots, bumping up trays into 1-gallon containers, separating seedlings, and weeding pots. We will also have special seed collecting trips, invasive species removal workdays, and planting events in our restored prairies!

We are also beginning to conduct semi-annual vegetation transects and monthly bird surveys at our current and future restoration sites. If you’re good at identifying plants or birds or if you would like to learn more about them, come join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering for the NRMP, email [email protected].

Urban Harvest’s Growing Organic Vegetable Series @ University of Houston, Central Campus, McElhinney Hall, Room TBD
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In a total of 10 classes (25 hours of instruction), this series covers everything you want to know about growing vegetables. Topics include the advantages of organic and ecological approaches over chemicals; vegetable garden design; irrigation and drainage; soil fertility, mulches and composts; organic pest control; seeds, transplants, where to get them and how to plant them. The last half is a detailed discussion of selecting, growing and using the many varieties of vegetables, annual herbs, and melons.

Those who complete the class will become certified Organic Vegetable Specialists.

This is a series of ten classes and may not be taken individually. Assignments for the class include the reading of Dr. Bob Randall’s book, Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro-Houston. Cost of the book is $45.


SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm

Class 1 – January 18
Class 2 – January 25
Class 3 – February 8
Class 4 – February 22
Class 5 – March 8
Class 6 – March 22
Class 7 – April 5
Class 8 – April 19
Class 9 – May 3
Class 10 – May 17

For an in-depth schedule, go to Spring 2018 class schedule and description.


DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

I-45 S, exit Cullen, go south, enter University of Houston campus, proceed through Elgin, Holman, Entrance 14 and Entrance 13, Cougar Place, turn left at Wheeler, take first right into driveway – park to the left of Lot 9C(although it says permit required, we have permission) Follow Urban Harvest signs back to Wheeler at Cullen. Walk north along Cullen, pass entrance 13 Cougar Village and follow the Urban Harvest signs to the classroom

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.