Jumpstart Your Garden: Garden Defrost 101

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Excited to get back in the garden growing fresh organic produce? Never grown before? Gardeners from WeFarm America will provide tips and demonstrations to help you get an all-too-critical jumpstart on Chicago's relatively short and unpredictable growing season.

One of the biggest challenges for many gardeners is finding the right timing for beginning their growing season. With frost dates, funky weather patterns and misconceptions about what crops fair the best in Chicago's notorious climate, gardening can be a daunting endeavor for many.

This workshop is designed to uncover best practices for season extension, bed preparation, seed starting and organic growing techniques just as your garden begins to thaw. We will provide an overview of hoophouses, coldframes, and cloches for the intrepid 4-season gardener, appropriate timing and selection for starting and transplanting quality seedlings, and ways to ensure the health and vitality of your soil for optimal yields. Great class for cactus-killers and green thumbs alike.

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Seneca Kern

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Returning to his hometown of Chicago from California, Seneca Kern has incorporated his experiences working in the community and his grandmother's garden with a love of food to co-found WeFarm America with Bill Morrisett. A social enterprise focused on self-sustainability, effective resource allocation and open source curriculum/programming, all centered around organic gardening, WeFarm looks to help re-energize the food movement with the freshest, most local and sustainable food possible: your own.
Interests include eating, exploring, dancing, teaching, learning, and cultivating plenty of food to share.