Bloomington Community Orchard Classes

Selecting Disease-Resistant Fruit Trees

Learn how to select fruit trees that are resistant to diseases in order to facilitate tree care, increase productivity, and improve fruit quality. In Indiana, diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses make fruit production challenging. Selecting cultivars that exhibit resistance to the most problematic diseases helps to make fruit production more successful without the use of expensive and hazardous synthetic chemicals. The class covers how to evaluate disease threats, how to choose cultivars and rootstocks with appropriate resistances, and where to obtain resistant trees.

Date: 1/28

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Register by going to: bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/classes and reserve your seat at least 48 hours before the class.

Age: For ages, 18 yrs. and up.

Cost: FREE


City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation Community Gardening Classes

For more information, contact Robin Hobson at 812-349-3704 or e-mail hobsonr@bloomington.in.gov. Register for the following classes online at bloomington.in.gov/parks or visit the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Office located within City Hall at 401. West Morton St. Ste. 250

Getting Started with Backyard Chickens

If you have ever dreamed of having your own backyard flock of chickens, this class is for you! Learn the ins and outs of raising chickens in your own backyard. From having your own fresh eggs to enjoying “chicken TV” for pure entertainment, there are plenty of reasons to have a backyard flock. The instructor will cover the basics of coop selection and design, feeding and watering, manure management, dealing with predators, flock health and behavior, and everything you need to know about eggs, weather extremes and more!

Date: Saturday 2/18

Time: 1-4pm

Register by: 2/16

Location: Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Age: For ages, 18 yrs. and up.

Cost: $16/in-city, $18/non-city

Instructor: Julie James, chicken enthusiast

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.


Spring Garden Planning in Winter

So, you want to try gardening? You may wish to save money on your grocery bill, have more control and knowledge over the food you eat, help feed the hungry, or start a new hobby. The first step to take in any garden venture is planning. Participants in this class learn what plants will succeed in this part of Indiana, and the organic method for giving plants what they need to thrive. Discover how to start plants indoors for different types of gardens, plan a layout of your garden area, and learn what materials and tools will be useful as you get going.

Date: Saturday 2/25

Time: 1-3pm

Register by: 2/23

Location: Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Age: For ages, 18 yrs. and up.

Cost: $16/in-city, $18/non-city

Instructor: Steven Stewart

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.


Better Preparation, Better Results in the Spring Garden

Ready to get started in your garden? By putting in a little effort at the beginning, you’ll save time and work, enjoy a better looking garden, and have a more productive harvest. Learn how to test and prepare your garden soil, pick up tricks that will help prevent weeds, disease, and pest problems, acquire strategies around watering and nutrient delivery, become a savvy mulcher, and make the most of your available space.

Date: Saturday 3/25

Time: 1-3pm

Register by: 3/23

Location: Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Age: For ages, 18 yrs. and up.

Cost: $16/in-city, $18/non-city

Instructor: Steven Stewart

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.


Landscaping with Native Plants

Have you always wanted to convert your yard to native plants, but you are not sure exactly how to do it or what plants you should use? Listen in for guidance in choosing the right native plants for your yard! Landscaping with native plants is not only beneficial to wildlife, but doing so is also beneficial to the environment. Go home with knowledge of plants native to Indiana, who benefits from them, and practical design skills.

Date: Saturday 4/1

Time: 2-3:30pm

Register by: 3/30

Location: Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Age: For ages, 18 yrs. and up.

Cost: $15/in-city, $17/non-city

Instructor: Natalie Marinova, field biologist and native plant expert

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.


The Gardening Whodunit: Inspector Green Thumb at Your Service!

Oh no, panic time! The leaves on my plants are turning brown, wilting, and have holes in them! My garden must be dying! It is certainly not the end. Your hard work is not wasted! Learn how to investigate the crime scene. Was it a predator, disease, lack of nutrients, an overbalance in the mineral profile, too little or too much water? Learn how to figure out the cause and fix the damage without breaking your budget or harming the environment. Also, discover how to pamper those plants to ensure they can finish the race. Come find out just what your plants need to become healthy and productive again!

Date: Saturday 4/15

Time: 1-3pm

Register by: 4/13

Location: Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Age: For ages, 18 yrs. and up.

Cost: $16/in-city, $18/non-city

Instructor: Steven Stewart

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.


Managing the Abundance from Your Garden All Year Long

What to do with all this zucchini! Learn how to gauge optimum ripeness in your garden products, preservation techniques, and great recipes for all those tasty vegetables. Learn what you can plant for a late crop and how to prepare your beds for next season. Evaluate what did well and what could be improved. Attendees will receive guidance on how to keep the organic cycle going the whole year round.

Date: Saturday 4/29

Time: 1-3pm

Register by: 4/27

Location: Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Age: For ages, 18 yrs. and up.

Cost: $16/in-city, $18/non-city

Instructor: Steven Stewart

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.