Tomorrow, Tomorrow, a Potluck, Tomorrow!


Hey all,

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 19th) is the day we all celebrate the fantastic urban gardening and local foods initiatives that are happening all over Waco and the surrounding communities! Come share some delicious local fare with the folks at the Urban Gardening Coalition! We will meet at Lovers Leap in Cameron Park starting at 6p.m.! This is our favorite UGC event of the year! Come by, bring a dish, dessert, or drink and share some stories from your garden this spring.


Herbs for your Health Garden Workshop (Dallas) – May 18th

Upcoming event information:
Herbs for Your Health Garden Cafe, 5310 Junius St, Munger Square Center, Dallas, TX 75214
Date: 05/18/2013 6:00 PM CDT

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme….What can herbs do for you? They are easy to grow and maintain, but pack a powerful punch when used holistically.

This talk will discuss chronic illness and scientific research of treatment using herbs and other plants. Justin will cover common herbs that you will find in your garden, and some not so common ones that could be beneficial.

Instructor: Justin Duncan, owner of Xeriscaping Solutions and Director, Region 5, Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assn.

More information and online registration: Herbs for Your Health

Best regards,

March Garden Events Calendar

  • Every Friday: 2-3pm Greenhouse work at Indian Spring Middle School – seeding, fertilizing, potting up. 3-5:30pm Work Day at the Urban Training Farm – harvesting, seeding, watering, fertilizing, weeding.
  • 3/2 (Sat): Keep Waco Beautiful’s Spring Compost and Mulch Sale. 10am-3pm. Cameron Park Zoo Overflow Parking Lot.
  • 3/9 (Sat): McLennan County Master Gardeners at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. 9am-1pm.
  • 3/12 (Tu): Waco Herb Society Meeting at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. 9:30am-11:00am.
  • 3/16 (Sat): Beekeeping Course with Round Rock Honey – at the World Hunger Relief Farm. 10am-1pm. $125.
  • 3/19 (Tu): Local Foods Education Day at the Capital (Austin). 9am-5pm. Hosted by the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.
  • 3/21 (Th): UGC March Meeting. 6pm. At Indian Spring Middle School.
  • 3/23 (Sat): UGC’s Biointensive Gardening Workshop – Part 1. At the World Hunger Relief Farm. 8am-12pm. Covering History of the Biointensive Method, Compost Making, and Bed Preparation. Free for UGC Members. $10 for Non-Members. Register at

Spring Biointensive Workshops: February 23rd and March 23rd.


What better time to kick off some great garden workshops than in the spring?!  Randy Fish – Farm Operations Director at the World Hunger Relief Farm – will be leading two 4-hour workshop sessions on the Biointensive method of growing.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both workshops – as the 2nd session will build upon the first.  Each session will be held from 8am-12pm out at the World Hunger Relief Farm (356 Spring Lake Road, Waco, 76705).  Each session is free to current UGC members – or costs $10/session for non-UGC members.

To register for these workshops, please visit UGC’s Eventbrite page:

To learn more about the Biointensive growing method, please read through:


Introductory Level Biointensive Gardening Workshop: Part I (23 February 2013)

–          Overview of the eight tenets of Biointensive Gardening

–          History and Philosophy

–          Compost Making

–          Bed Preparation

Introductory Level Biointensive Gardening Workshop: Part II (23 March 2013)

–          Garden Planning

–          Flatting & Pricking Out

–          Transplanting

–          Growing Grains on a small-scale

*Only a small portion of this workshop will be conducted in a classroom setting.  We will spend most of the time in the garden conducting hands-on learning!

Free Webinars on Seed Saving, Composting, School Gardens and More!

Spread the word among friends, family and colleagues: The People’s Garden Fall Webinar Series is back!

Want to learn ways to make your People’s Garden healthier? This series of online trainings offers expert advice on processing and storing seeds, engaging volunteers, growing native plants, composting, and starting and sustaining school gardens. Ask the instructor questions during the LIVE sessions @PeoplesGarden on Twitter using hashtag #AskPGI.

There is no charge for registration and all sessions are open to USDA employees and the public. You may register for one or all of the sessions depending on your interests. Registration is open now at

A series of five hour-long trainings will broadcast live on Thursday, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13; and Wednesday, Dec 5 and Dec 12 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Check out this flier for more details.

  1.  Seed Saving: Processing and Storage – 11/29/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST

Instructor: Shannon Carmody – Public Programs Manager, Seed Savers Exchange
Decorah, Iowa

Last year Shannon introduced us to seed saving with this webinar. Now she’s back to build on that foundation and teach us ways to process and store seeds. Learn how to ferment, clean, thresh, winnow, and dry seed after harvesting, and how screens, tarps, fans, and other commonly available items can be used during the process.
Engaging Volunteers in the Garden – 12/5/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Lori Jean Mantooth – Director, Training Programs – Points of Light
Atlanta, Georgia

Volunteers can be your greatest assets as they increase your capacity to grow, maintain and make a garden sustainable. This session will explore best practices for volunteer engagement including how to identify meaningful service opportunities and recruit volunteers with diverse skills and interests.
Going Native – 12/6/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Thomas D. “Tom” Landis – Native Plant Nursery Consulting – Retired USDA Forest Service
Medford, Oregon

Cori Rotter – Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Manager, Beautification & Community Greening
Stamford, Connecticut

Growing native plants can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. Obtain practical information on the growing and planting of North American (Canada, US, and Mexico) native plants for restoration, conservation and landscaping. Hear how Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates and its partners mobilized Americans this fall to plant native species in support of National Planting Day.
Composting and Compost Use – How, Why and Where – 12/12/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Al Rattie – Director, Market Development – US Composting Council
Sellersville Pensylvania

Cary Oshins – Director, Education & Outreach – US Composting Council
Sellersville Pensylvania

Wanna make your own compost? You can produce high quality compost on a small-scale, but it’s important to use quality control standards from start to finish. Learn how you can get started, what to do with what you produce, and the many benefits and uses of compost.
Best Practices in Starting and Sustaining a School Garden – 12/13/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Liz Falk – Professional Development Educator, Cornell Garden-Based Learning
Ithaca, New York

We know that garden-based learning increases a child’s likelihood to eat fresh vegetables, can increase a child’s attention span, and foster positive relationships across ages. Learn best practices on how to incorporate gardens into schools, to make garden projects successful and sustainable, and to encourage participation from others in your community.

Foxfire Friday: Knitting and Crocheting. December 7th.

Creative knitting – in the form of urban graffiti (also know as “yarn bombing).

Please join us for our next installment of our Foxfire Friday series!  Fibercrafting – with Knitting and Crocheting.  Whether you’ve been fibercrafting for years – or finally want to learn the art, we want to spend time with you on December 7th.  We will be meeting on at 7pm to knit and crochet together – and help each other learn the art – or work through rough spots of our current projects – or just craft alongside of one another.  Extra yarn will be provided (or bring some extra if you have it to share) and extra crochet/knitting needles will be on loan for the evening for folks to experiment with for their first times – but if you already have a project started, please bring it!

Warm beverages will be provided – but please bring a snack to share!
Please RSVP to Bethel ( for details regarding the location.