Gardening Workshops at Tumbledown Farm

Tumbledown FarmLed by Cheryl Besenjak
Classes are $30 each or $35 at the door – $175 for all seven workshops

Seed Starting

Saturday, February 21st, 9:00am – 12:00pm

What a miracle a seed is. It contains all the DNA and nutrition needed to get a plant started growing. Cheryl will help you learn about how to start seeds in a variety of methods – direct seeding in the ground or starting under lights indoors for a jumpstart on the season. It is fun and it is easy! And take home a few seed starts of your own in newspaper pots – very earth-friendly!

Mapping Out Your Garden

Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Now that you’ve got your seeds and growing your seedlings, it’s time to learn how best to map out your garden. Whether it is for beauty or bounty, come learn some techniques for planning your garden. Cheryl will also discuss soil testing and how best to enrich your soil’s diet.


Saturday, May 16th, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Using Tumbledown’s garden as our laboratory, you’ll experience, hands on, how best to plant your seeds and seedlings.


Saturday, June 13th, 9:00am – 12:00pm

What is compost and why is it SO important to the earth and your soil? Learn how to create your own – especially without the smell! Take home some of Tumbledown’s best chicken compost and leave ready to start your own compost pile.


Saturday, July 18th, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Is your garden now a hot mess? Weeds everywhere? How do you cut things back? Got bugs? Who are the good guys and who are the bad ones? What is wrong with my plant? Time for a plant doctor? When and how are you supposed to pick what? Cheryl will answer your questions and show you how to continue making gardening fun.

The Fall Garden

Saturday, August 15th, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Yep, it’s that time already to think about what you would like for your fall garden! Beautiful kale? Swiss chard? We can plant some seeds now for fall harvest, but we also need to start winding down the summer crops. Come and learn!

Closing the Garden

Saturday, October 3rd, 9:00am – 12:00pm

And you did it! The year is coming to an end and Cheryl will show you how to close everything up and assess the year’s growth! Remember, there are no mistakes, just learning opportunities! We’ll prepare our beds for next spring and even plant a few things for next year’s harvest!



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