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Expert Edibles Knowledge for Any Space

For seven years, Green City Growers has been guest lecturing and teaching to groups ranging from garden clubs, to colleges and universities including MIT and Harvard School of Public Health, to corporations and community groups. GCG lectures will teach your organization how to utilize just about any available space (small or large, urban or suburban) to successfully grow vegetables and fruit, and how to get the most out of the New England growing season.

Below is a list of our 2016 lecture series, with the potential for customized topics available upon request. Contact us today to schedule your lecture!

GETTING STARTED—CONTAINER FARMING 101

milk-crate-01-150x150From raised beds to pots and everything in between, learn the ins and outs of successfully growing vegetables and fruits in small spaces and unconventional containers. Everything you need to know about setting up for success—location, design, light, containers. Learn about choosing your edible plants and the planting methods—goals, seasons, crop mapping, seeds and starts, where to get your plants, and soil mix.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES & UNIQUE SET-UPS

Adrienne and Cold FrameUrban farming is taking off in some of the most densely populated places around Greater Boston in interesting, unexpected ways. Learn about the ever-changing landscape of growing technologies that is making this possible and how to apply these techniques at home or in your community.

ORGANIC PEST & DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Green City Growers Pest FencingEdible garden maintenance using the right tools and knowledge is essential to a successful harvest. Learn the tricks of organic farming to ward off pests and disease, and how to manage threats organically when they do make an appearance.

BACKYARD CHICKEN KEEPING

Khrysti Smyth Yardbirds Backyard ChickensEntertaining and expressive, with big personalities, egg-laying chickens are the perfect addition to any backyard. Learn everything you need to know about keeping urban/suburban chickens with resident GCG chicken expert Khrysti Smyth “the Chickeness of Somerville” and her team of chicken “ambassadors”.

Please allow one hour for all 2015 lecture topics, plus an additional 30 minutes for Q&A (our lectures are engaging, and often run longer). All lectures are $350 plus travel, based on Google Maps time-to-travel from our Somerville office, round-trip.