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Free gardening classes at Baxter Community Center

OKT will not be offering community food growing classes this spring. We are focusing on our Program for Growth at MLK Jr. Leadership Academy and the Southeast Area FArmers’ Market.  If you’d like learn how to grow your own food, attend these free classes at Baxter Community Center. Thank you Baxter!


It’s time to think food gardens!

Gloria1While OKT has been thinking about food gardens all winter — and started growing organic food starter plants in February — now is the time for the rest of us to start planning, plotting and conspiring to grow our own alternative to the industrial food system. For starters, OKT is now recruiting residential food gardeners for the 2016 growing season. OKT has free gardening resources for you if you:

  • Live within our four target neighborhoods (SECA. Baxter, Eastown or Garfield Park).
  • Are pregnant or have children eight-grade or younger.
  • Have challenges that limit your access to healthy food.
  • Have health challenges that can be addressed by growing your own food.

Gardening Classes start in April!

Baxter Community Center is offering its food gardening series in April:
April 6: Garden Basics 1
April 13: Garden Basics 2
April 20: Soil Health/Composting
April 27: Seed Saving

These classes take place on Wednesdays from  6-7:30 p.m. at Baxter Community Center 935 Baxter St. (entrance on Bemis). They are free (but donations are appreciated). For nformation, email anna, ajohnson@baxtercommunitycenter.org.

Our Kitchen Table will be offering two food justice classes in April.
April 18 : Food Policy for Food Justice Class
April 25 : Diagramming Your Food System Class

And, OKT will begin its free food gardening classes in May:
May 2: How to Plan Your Food Garden 1
May 9: How to Plan Your Food Garden 2
May 16: Composting & Vermiculture
May 23: How to Save Seeds



Gardening where you live

Living Soil & Plant Life
9 a.m. to Noon Sat. Mar. 17
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter St SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

This Saturday, Our Kitchen Table hosts the garden education workshop “Living Soil & Plant Life.” Join biochemist Clinton Boyd, PhD for an enlightening chat about healthy soil, soil testing and how to grow a successful, chemical-free food garden wherever you live.

Do you live in the Eastown, SECA/Southtown, Baxter or Garfield Park neighborhood?  OKT is looking for more folks to join our yard-gardeners program. OKT yard gardeners are provided valuable gardening resources including organic starter food plants, compost, containers for container gardening, garden tools and a garden coach.

Working with neighborhood folks to grow food in their yards or on their porches and patios is one way to bring more healthy food into our urban communities.

For information on signing up to be an OKT food gardener, email OKTable1@gmail.com or call 616-570-0812.