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Hands-on Chicken Coop Building Project

register_button_greenMay 7, 10-4pm, $45, 12 people max – SLA Workshops

 

The surge in backyard chicken-keeping shows no signs of slowing down. Big personalities and the promise of fresh eggs make chickens attractive family pets, even in urban areas. To safeguard a flock of your own, make sure their housing is up to snuff.

This 1-day hands-on workshop will teach you how to properly plan for the number of birds you want to keep, by building an adequate coop with plenty of space for your feathered friends to raom.

We will build the coop together and discuss proper laying boxes, roosting perches, access and more. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about what kind of coop is best for you and your flock. You will need to be comfortable with power and hand tools and be willing to work as a team.  Repurposed materials will be donated by Uncle Benny’s Building Supplies, who has been selling recycling building materials in Loveland for 18 years.

 

Foraging for Spring Greens
April 6, 6-7:15pm, $10 – The Growing Project

Forage SpringYoung plants emerging, our first chance to observe the patterns in life our ecosystem this solar cycle. Dock, dandelion, mullein, wild lettuce, mallow.  Workshop takes place at Hope Farms, 1601 N. Shields Street, Fort Collins 80524

 

Eating Bugs 101
April 13, 6-7:30pm, $12 – The Growing Project

Noah Pastor shows off a meal worm which he is about to eat during interactive presentation on eating bugs on Tuesday at Ijams Nature Center. The program is part of Ijams' "Living Clean & Green! Science Cafe" series. The presentation served meal worms and chocolate covered ants for people to try.

Terri Randolph and Rachael Sitz research agricultural, garden, and landscape insect pests at Colorado State University. Both are proponents of entomophagy, so their class is all about eating bugs! They will cover what insects are edible, how to prepare insects, and why you should incorporate insects as part of your diet. Samples will be provided! Workshop takes place at Hope Farms, 1601 N. Shields Street, Fort Collins 80524

Vermicomposting

April 20, 5:30-7:30pm, $10 – The Growing Project

worms in handVermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn kitchen waste into a black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus. Local expert, John Anderson will impart his knowledge from a practitioner’s experience as to why, how, where, and when to make vermicomposting work for you. This will be a presentation with show and tell and plenty of time for Q&A in order to give insight to those new to the concept as well as hearing from those experienced in the practice. Workshop takes place at Hope Farms, 1601 N. Shields Street, Fort Collins 80524

 

Foraging for Shoots and Early Mushrooms
April 27th, 6-7:30pm, $10 – The Growing Project

MushroomsThis nature walk will focus on emerging fruits and shoots of decomposing and cleansing organisms such as asparagus, reeds, cattails, and oyster mushrooms.  Takes place at McMurry Natural Area, Fort Collins, CO, United States, off of Hemlock (drive to the west end of Hemlock and park at trail head)

 

Foraging for Spring Flowers and Pollinators
May 11th, 6-7:30pm, $10 – The Growing Project
Learn about spring flowers and pollinators in the area. Takes place at McMurry Natural Area, Fort Collins, CO, United States, off of Hemlock (drive to the west end of Hemlock and park at trail head)