Past Events

  1. May. 02, 2015 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Learn the basics of keeping chickens including how to maintain a coop, chicken diet, and general care.

  2. Apr. 30, 2015 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Learn the basics of what can be composted in a backyard or garden, how to choose the best system to fit your space and needs, and how to troubleshoot common composting problems. Dress for the weather!

  3. Apr. 29, 2015 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    In our second urban specialty crop production workshop, we’ll look at blackberries, raspberries, and other related fruits. We’ll discuss variety selection, fertilizing, and insect and disease management for the backyard grower.

  4. Apr. 22, 2015 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    This is the first workshop in our urban specialty crop production series. We’ll discuss grape variety selection for Ohio, fertilizing, and insect and disease management for the backyard and small plot grower.

  5. Apr. 21, 2015 6:00pm

    It’s Spring! We’ll break down garden duties into three parts: Planning, Planting, and Maintaining. For first time gardeners or as a refresher after a long, cold winter, leave with a month-by-month plan of major tasks in the garden and how to use your time and resources for your best season yet.

  6. Apr. 20, 2015 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and food safety are essential to successful farm operations. In this workshop we’ll cover soils and soil amendments, good handling practices, proper attire, how to write your farm safety plan, and more.   Registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. The fee is $20.00. Contact Jacqueline Kowalski at 216.429.8200 x 217 to register.  

  7. Apr. 18, 2015 9:00am to 1:00pm

    The first in a series of workshops for growing in a high tunnel. Learn how to set up drip irrigation, efficiently use water and time, and promote healthy plants. Hear from experienced growers about specific challenges and opportunities high tunnels provide growing vegetables and fruits in the city. Dress for the weather!

  8. Apr. 09, 2015 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    In this workshop we will focus on keeping records of garden activity, including the harvest. We will explore types of information you can track and ways to display or communicate this for goal setting and grant writing. Learn about an online tool from a New York based group called Farming Concrete ( to keep gardeners’ records in one place. Scales may be available to eligible participating community gardens, ask for details.

  9. Feb. 26, 2015 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Ohio State University Extension will be presenting this workshop in partnership with Ben Franklin Community Gardens. Bring your pruning tools.  This is an indoors/outdoor hands-on workshop.  Please dress for the weather.       The workshop is free and worth 2 CE's;  however, please RSVP to Jacqueline Kowalski (216) 429-8200 ext. 217 or  

  10. Feb. 25, 2015 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    This workshop will cover the basics of starting your own seeds to grow transplants for your garden.  Supplies needed and techniques will be discussed.   This opportunity is free and worth 2 CE.   The workshop is free however, please RSVP to Jacqueline Kowalski (216) 429-8200 ext. 217 or