5 Must-Try Winter Gardening & Cooking Workshops in San Diego County

January 02, 2018
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Learn something new this winter with great green living classes and workshops on planting, growing, pruning, cooking, and shopping for the best produce. 

Healthy Moroccan Cooking at Bastyr University Clinic

Tuesday, January 17
6pm to 7:30pm

Come ready for an exotic culinary experience where we will highlight the complex flavors and health benefits of warming spices! We will cook a healthy, whole-foods based menu with unique exotic dishes from around the world. In this class you will make: Moroccan chicken tagine, golden-spiced couscous, and toasted spice seeds winter salad. All recipes will include a vegan or gluten-free variation when requested in advance. All ingredients and materials are included in the class fees. Attendees will receive generous samples and printed recipes to take home. Class size limited to 20 people. 

Cost: $40 General Public (Discounted pricing available for students, seniors, military and their families, and Bastyr University Clinic patients)

Living Wall Vertical Garden Workshop at San Diego Botanical Gardens

Saturday, January 13
9am to 12pm

Learn the basics of planting a beautiful living wall – perfect for your home or office, indoor or outdoors. In the class, you will be planting a 10”x20” wall of succulent varieties with a multitude of colors, textures and sizes to choose from.  The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless. 

Cost: Members $30, Non-members $36, plus an $80 per student materials paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class.

*Pre-registration required. Please register by January 5

Cool Season Vegetable Planting Workshop at The Water Conservation Garden

Saturday, February 3
10am to 12pm

What cool season crops can I grow right now? Brijette Peña of San Diego Seed Company will be teaching all about planting during the cooler months in San Diego. The class will cover a wide range of topics from pest management for the season to choosing the right plants for your vegetable garden. 

Cost: Members Free, Non-Members $10

Veg-Appeal's New Year's Resolution Produce Shopping Primer

Saturday, January 6
10am to 11am

This free mini-workshop will take place at Jimbo's 4S Ranch  with Veg-Appeal’s nutrition and cooking experts leading a guided tour of the grocery store from the perspective of the New Year’s resolution to eat better, offering tips on how to stick with it for the rest of the year through a healthy, whole foods, plant-based diet.  You will learn how to find the best and tastiest options for renewing your taste buds and digestive system, along with Veg-Appeal’s tips and tricks to make your healthy meals satisfying, delicious, and disease fighting. This tour includes samples of Veg-Appeal’s favorite plant-based goodies! Register for the tour as space is limited to the first 20 registrants.

Cost: Free


Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop at Coastal Roots Farm

Sunday, January 7
1pm to 5pm

Interested in permaculture and tree pruning? Join Coastal Roots Farm for a workshop that marries the two. You'll leave this workshop with in-depth knowledge about how to prune pomegranate trees as well as hands-on experience in pruning. The principles for pruning pomegranates can be used for other small deciduous trees like apples, pears, stone fruit, figs and persimmon. Each participant in the workshop will also be able to take home their own propagated pomegranate tree. This workshop will take place in the Coastal Roots Farm Food Forest, an 8.5 acre productive perennial-based ecosystem in which layers of trees, shrubs, roots, vines, and cover crops grow together. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and dress in layers. Bring sun protection and a refillable water bottle. Pre-registration is requried.

Cost: $25 Suggested Donation

Article from Edible San Diego at http://ediblesandiego.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/5-must-try-winter-gardening-cooking-workshops-san-diego-county
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