Events & Classes

Seed St. Louis Events and Class Schedule

If you are interested in learning more about gardening, fruit trees, urban agriculture, and more check out the classes below! They are all free, you only need to register.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

Everyone
May 23, 2024

Building a Healthy Garden & Orchard Ecosystem

Building a Healthy Garden & Orchard Ecosystem
Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Our gardens and orchards are ecosystems and we can boost the services they provide, their health, and their sustainability all at the same time. Learn how to make some small changes to your design, including adding the right plants, to greatly increase the habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and birds to help your garden and orchard thrive.

Everyone
June 8, 2024

Tour de Plants: South City Edition

Tour de Plants: South City Edition Hosted by Seed St. Louis Young Friends Board
Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 8:30 am

Bike the streets of South St. Louis on a carefully curated, garden-studded bike tour on Saturday, June 8th for the second annual Tour de Plants: South City Edition! Young Friends of Seed St. Louis will guide your journey through several unique Seed St. Louis community gardens and riders will learn from garden leaders about their stunning urban green spaces and vibrant neighborhoods. In case of rain, the makeup date will be Sunday, June 9.

No rider will be left behind on this 10-12 mile ride through South City. Participants will arrive and begin their tour at City Garden Montessori School. The ride will depart at 9:00 am. Please arrive by 8:30 am for bike check and safety briefing. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the final garden stop.

Bring your bike, helmets, lights, reflectors, visibility vests, and water! Don't own a bike? The nearby A&M Cyclery shop offers convenient and affordable bicycle rentals. We look forward to riding and frolicking with you soon! 🚲🌻

Everyone
June 20, 2024

Vermicomposting - aka Worm Composting

Vermicomposting - aka Worm Composting (Composting Series)
Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 6:00 pm

This is part of a composting class series in partnership with Table to Garden, Willoughby Farm, and Seed St. Louis. Attend all four of the core classes and receive a voucher for a free registration Specific Topic class. More details are listed at the Register link below.

Vermicomposting: Worm bins make indoor(and outdoor) composting easy because worms and their friends do much of the work. In this class, you will learn how worms can eat your garbage and turn food scraps into a powerful soil amendment for your gardening needs.

Cost: $12 per person
Location: Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Ln, Collinsville, IL 62234

Everyone
June 20, 2024

Water for the Garden

Water for the Garden in partnership with the St. Louis County Library
Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10:00 am

Explore the many different ways to water your garden manually and through various types of irrigation both store bought and homemade. Learn the basics of how to collect rainwater to use for watering purposes. Registration required. A recording of this virtual program will be posted to the St. Louis County YouTube channel within three business days.

Everyone
July 18, 2024

Compost Tumbler

Compost Tumbler (Composting Series)
Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 6:00 pm

This is part of a composting class series in partnership with Table to Garden, Willoughby Farm, and Seed St. Louis. Attend all four of the core classes and receive a voucher for a free registration Specific Topic class. More details are listed at the Register link below.

Compost Tumbler: Give it a spin! Tumbling composters are fully enclosed outdoors composting systems that are great if you are composting primarily food scraps or a small amount of material in general. Spin your food scraps and leaves into "black gold" with little physical effort.

Cost: $12 per person
Location: Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Ln, Collinsville, IL 62234

Everyone
August 15, 2024

Bokashi

Bokashi (Composting Series)
Thursday, August 15, 2024 at 6:00 pm

This is part of a composting class series in partnership with Table to Garden, Willoughby Farm, and Seed St. Louis. Attend all four of the core classes and receive a voucher for a free registration Specific Topic class. More details are listed at the Register link below.

Bokashi: Speed up composting by "pre-fermenting" kitchen scraps in a method distinct from composting. In this class you will learn how to layer all kinds food scraps, including meat and dairy, in a small bucket with a special "bran" of microbes to ferment, then simply bury them composting system to finish the in your yard or add to an existing composting system to finish the breakdown process.

Cost: $12 per person
Location: Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Ln, Collinsville, IL 62234

Everyone
September 19, 2024

Static Systems (Composting Series)

Static Systems (Composting Series)
Thursday, September 19, 2024 at 6:00 pm

This is part of a composting class series in partnership with Table to Garden, Willoughby Farm, and Seed St. Louis. Attend all four of the core classes and receive a voucher for a free registration Specific Topic class. More details are listed at the Register link below.

Static Systems: When large amounts of feedstocks are ready to be composted at one time, an aerated system makes the process easy and manageable. Actively aerated systems reduce the need for manual turning of the composting materials. In this class Dean Gunderson and Terri Riutcel share their experience with these scalable methods of bringing oxygen to your compost piles.

Cost: $12 per person
Location: Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Ln, Collinsville, IL 62234

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Previous Events & Classes

Everyone
May 7, 2024

Summer Crops & Cover Crops

Summer Crops & Cover Crops in partnership with the St. Louis County Library
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm

Discover how to beat the heat of summer gardening, and learn techniques that will keep your tomatoes and other summer crops flourishing. Adults. Registration required. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering. A recording of this virtual program will be posted to the St. Louis County Library YouTube channel within three business days.

Everyone
May 2, 2024

School Garden Maintenance Strategies for Summer & Beyond

School Garden Maintenance Strategies for Summer & Beyond
Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Gardening with youth, particularly in a school garden, comes with its own set of rewards and challenges. While summer is a prime time for garden growth, upkeep can be challenging when schools are closed. This class explores a variety of strategies to leverage your community throughout the school year and keep your garden beautiful during the growing seasons.

Everyone
April 25, 2024

Food for Years: Best Perennial Vegetables for an Early Spring Harvest

Food for Years: Best Perennial Vegetables for an Early Spring Harvest
Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 6:00 pm

There is a whole world of edible plants that are perennial that can be grown in St. Louis while producing year after year. This class will cover the best perennial vegetables for spring harvest. This is when perennial vegetables shine with all sorts of edible greens, shoots, flowers, and stems ready to harvest before annual vegetables are ready. These are great crops for schools as they are ready for harvest before the end of school.

This class will be co-taught by Jessica Blessing-Patterson of DIG Annuals and Perennials and Dean Gunderson of SEED St. Louis. It will be held at DIG Annuals and Perennials where you'll be able to see many of the plants we will discuss.

A limited number of plants that will be discussed during the class will be available for purchase by class participants at the end of the class.

This class is free, but you must register. Spots are limited!

Everyone
April 12, 2024

Al-Pint Night with Alpine Shop

Al-Pint Night with Alpine Shop
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 6:00 pm

We are the nonprofit partner for Alpine Shop's April Al-Pint Night! Alpine Shop is an family-owned specialty outdoor retailer serves almost every type of outdoor enthusiast from backpackers, climbers hikers, campers, paddlers, and cyclists, to snowboarders, skiers and adventure racers. We are their nonprofit partner for their April Al-Pint Night at their Kirkwood location at 440 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 which will run 6:00-8:00 p.m. The entrance fee is $10 for which you will receive a commemorative cup and 2 beers from their craft beer partner. They'll have some good tunes, raffles, and friendship all around!

Everyone
April 11, 2024

Earth Day Every Day: Gardens, Youth, and Sustainability

Earth Day Every Day: Gardens, Youth, and Sustainability
Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Faced with a multitude of urgent environmental concerns, how can we inspire action among young people? Research has shown that many of our most committed environmentalists today were not children imagining catastrophic futures, but children living in relationship with the world around them, free to explore and play in beautiful and wild places. Gardens are great places to not only help heal our planet, but also to develop a loving relationship with our common home and an appreciation for its gifts. In this class, we offer tips on organic and sustainable gardening practices as well as ways to foster joy, wonder, gratitude, and hope with youth in the garden.

Everyone
April 9, 2024

Reuse in the Garden

Reuse in the Garden in partnership with the St. Louis County Library
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 10:00 am

Learn about the many ways to utilize items that would otherwise end up in a landfill in the garden or orchard! Discover ways to repurpose things in order to grow food and save money and resources while doing it. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering at the link below. A recording of this virtual program will be posted to the library's YouTube channel within three business days.

Everyone
March 21, 2024

Four Season Gardening

Four Season Gardening
Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 6:00 pm

One of the most important parts of gardening is planning and it's critical if you want to have food from the garden for all four seasons. In this class, we will tell you our favorite crops and varieties that mature fast, tolerate heat particularly well, or store well in order to expand the harvest season and increase how long you can get different vegetables from your garden. We will also will teach you how to plan for succession planting so you can have a consistent supply of crops.

Everyone
March 20, 2024

All About Grapes

All About Grapes
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 12:30 pm

This class is in partnership with Giving Grove and Food Well Alliance: Grapes are exciting and tasty fruits to plant and can grow in many USDA Hardiness Zones! However, keeping this vine fruit well-maintained and healthy can be intimidating.

We learn from Program Managers Fred Conrad (Food Well Alliance in Atlanta) and Dean Gunderson (Seed St. Louis) the different grapes from Muscadine (V. rotundifolia) to hybrid species. Learn basic facts and maintenance and get recommendations on what to consider. In this free virtual workshop join orchard stewards from across the country to learn skills together that can be used locally.

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Are you ready to volunteer at a Seed St. Louis garden? Volunteering with Seed St. Louis is a great hands-on way for individuals and groups to support their community.

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Seed St. Louis hosts over 40 free virtual classes throughout the year. Our staff provides a wide variety of classes for all gardening enthusiasts.

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