Community Links is a monthly community program designed to connect people and the planet through learning, building, sustaining, and growing together! Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for educational homesteading workshops, garden tours, and shopping in the EarthLinks Store. Community Links promotes garden-based skills for sustainable urban lifestyles. Events feature experts and participants of EarthLinks, as well as leaders from the local community, coming together to build community and share wisdom.
Community Links 2015 Workshop Schedule:
$10-20 suggested donation for all workshops.
All events located at EarthLinks, 2746 W 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80204.
Topics/details subject to change. Stay tuned for more details throughout the year!
Now in partnership with the Cow Town Grangers,
- January/February 2015
- March 2015
- April 2015
- May 2015
- June 2015
- July 2015
- August 2015
- September 2015
- October 2015
- November 2015
- December 2015
January 3rd: Bionutrient Rich Food & Health
11 am – 12 noon Lunch Afternoon Workshop 12 noon – 2 pm Increasing Quality in Food supply led by Dan Kittredge
($10-20 suggested donation)
February 14th: Soil Prep Workshop
Feb 14, 2015 10am – 12pm
This workshop will provide important information on what you need to do to get your garden soil ready for spring planting. Proper soil preparation is important because the soil is a living organization and we need to help the soil to replenish lost nutrients for optimum soil health. We will talk about these basics of soil preparation and also some new ideas from Dan Kettering’s bionutrient methods to use produce, “optimum crop health and sustained yield.”
This workshop will include:
- Till or not to till, thoughts from both sides.
- Raised beds and how they can solve soil issues.
- Soil testing
- Mineral balancing
- How to increase the nutritional yield of crops with bionutrient practices
- Soil amendments; including compost, manure, and other organic matter. How and when to apply for best results.
($15 suggested donation)
Call to reserve your spot 303-389-0085
March 14th: Seed Starting Workshop
Saturday, March 14, 2015 to
Have you wanted to learn how to grow your own tomatoes or peppers from seed? March is the perfect time to start plants for your summer vegetable garden.
Come to EarthLinks to learn the tricks of seed starting. We will provide the materials for you to start veggie plants for your garden; including seeds, soil and a container.
Once they are planted you can take them home and grow them in your garden.
$15-20 Suggested donation
RSVP 303-389-0085 or http://goo.gl/forms/aQCH18bHQT
April 11th: VERMICOMPOSTING WORKSHOP (Worm Casings Compost)
Saturday, April 11, 2015 10 AM – 12 PM
This workshop will teach the basics of composting with worms – an inexpensive, low labor and low maintenance way to create a rich soil amendment year round. Vermicompost (worm “castings”) is a ready-to-use, slow release organic fertilizer that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor plants.
Increasingly, research is proving it to be highly nutritive and a more powerful growth promoter than conventional composts. Studies are also showing that it protects plants from pests and diseases. Unique among composting methods, vermicomposting can be done as easily in an apartment or a house with a yard because it requires little space, and it is clean. The worms feedstock can consist solely of kitchen scraps.
Instructor Carol Maclennan has been creating “black gold” with worms for more than 20 years. Her workshop topics will include:
- How to make simple worm bins
- Feeding, caring for and harvesting your worms
- Benefits of vermicompost
Space is LIMITED preregistration is required for the Workshop and Worm Bins
Workshop: $15 Worm Bin $30
May 9th: Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Sale
Join us for EarthLinks’ 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Sale! Pick up beautiful flowers, veggies, herbs, and other plants for you or your mother’s favorite garden, all grown by participants and volunteers of the EarthLinks Workshop Program. 10 am – 3 pm 2746 W 13th Avenue Denver, CO 80204
June 13th: Building Raised Beds Gardens
Why do so many people garden in raised beds? Because they work!! Come and learn how to make a raised bed at this hands-on workshop. We will make a raised bed as a group. You will go home with easy instructions on how to build a raised bed for your yard. You can make a raised bed at home with only a saw and a drill. All tools and materials are provided for the workshop.
Suggested donation $15
10 am – 12 noon 2746 W 13th Avenue Denver, CO 80204 To fill it out form, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OL14zxTyDrIVrfESCyhJ8AEWcm-Ly0XFskJG-i0lOVY/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link
July 11th: Be a Pollinator Protector with Amy Yarger
No matter where you live, pollinators play a vital role in what you eat and the plant life you see. The good news is that all of us can help conserve habitat for these fascinating and important creatures. Amy will discuss what bees, butterflies and other pollinators need and how some simple changes to the landscape can make a home for them.
Amy Yarger has worked in the public horticulture field since 1996. She received a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine and then went on to study plant-animal interactions at the University of Michigan. Her master’s thesis concerned the effects of noxious weeds on pollinator-plant relationships. Her work at the Butterfly Pavilion, where she has been a horticulturist since 2000, touches on many of her passions: plants, insects, habitat conservation and science education.
Suggested donation $15
August 8th: Cancelled
September 12th: Service Day with EarthLinks
October 10th: Food Preservation with Eileen Richardson
November 14th: TBD
December 12th: 5th Annual Holiday Open House & Sale
Every December, we turn the EarthLinks workshop and offices into a winter wonderland of Earth-friendly gifts at the Annual Holiday Open House & Sale!
We’re very excited to announce that our fourth annual Holiday Open House, a community holiday celebration and “buy local” gift market, will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. EarthLinks’ craft workshop, new location at: 2746 W 13th Avenue in Denver.
EarthLinks staff and board members will be on hand to visit over tea and snacks, live music and participants from the EarthLinks Workshop Program – adults who are currently or formerly homeless – look forward to this opportunity to present their beautiful, Earth-friendly craft products for purchase as one of a kind holiday gifts with a mission.
We hope you’ll join us for this festive event and bring your friends, too!