Valley Natural Foods’ March 2011 class line-up takes a step beyond encouraging purchase of organic, healthy food. Instead, it focuses on how to plant and harvest your own produce within your backyard, even within the confines of the city or suburbia. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night classes at the co-op, which are open to the public, center on developing a sustainable lifestyle involving local, growing practices that follow nature’s natural patterns.
“It is one thing to buy local, organic produce from your co-op but it is another to truly live a sustainable lifestyle and grow your own,” Courtney Tchida, instructor of Valley Natural Foods’ February “Organic Farming, Design & Business” class series told us. “Some think it isn’t possible to do this in the city, but we can show you that it takes only a small plot of land for a successful, productive garden. Local food production helps promote healthy eating, it reduces our carbon footprint, conserve resources, promotes healthy soils and plant diversity. It also helps to re-invent our food system on a local level toward a healthier, sustainable model.”
Courtney’s March 2nd “Feeding Your Community One Tomato At A Time: Marketing Strategies & Options” will teach attendees what they need to know to make their growing endeavors worthwile financially –whether it be marketing to CSAs, wholesale options or a few “think outside the box” ideas. Neil Cunningham, a writer/urban naturalist with a working background in entomology, is teaching a series on Insect Management. During his March 8th and March 15th classes, you can discover how to cultivate beneficial insect populations along with organic methods to manage unwelcome infestations.
Linda Halley, manager of Gardens of Eagan (GOE) and Jennifer Nelson, a Market Coordinator for GOE, will teach how healthy soil can create healthy food that is full of nutrients during their “How to Grow Good Soil” class. On March 31st, GOE will also teach you how to develop a seasonal eating calendar around your garden.
Sign up early! All classes include discounted rates for members. Call 952-891-1212 ext 221 to register and pre-pay or stop by our customer service counter at the store.