2021 Urban Roots Garden Education Workshops

DUG’s Urban Roots Garden Education workshop series covers best practices for organic garden management throughout every season. Participants gain access to concrete resources, strategies, and support for growing their own organic, fresh food.


‘Why save seeds?’ with Seed Savers Exchange

Thursday, February 11th, 12:00-1:00 pm | Free, Online on Zoom

Why is it important to save seeds?

Join DUG + Seed Savers Exchange’s Education & Engagement Manager, Jeanine Scheffert, as she shares more about the importance of saving and keeping seed, potential threats to seed availability and variety survival, and how saving seeds can deepen our resilience around growing good food.

How to start seeds + build your own Grow Lab

Saturday, February 27th, 10:00-11:30am | $30, Online on Zoom

Want to start your own seedlings this year? It’s cheaper than buying transplants and you can start unusual varieties that you may not find elsewhere. In this workshop, we will guide you through the process and set you up for success. Learn when to start different seeds, how to plant, water, thin, maintain and provide correct lighting. 

We’ll also demo how you can make your own grow lab using locally sourced materials. This grow lab is 24” x 20” x 26” and can fit easily on a tabletop or on the floor. It breaks down after use for easy storage in the off-season. This set-up is perfect for use at home or in a classroom.

Water Conservation 101

Monday, March 22nd, 5:30-6:15pm | Free, Online on Zoom

Why is it important to conserve water?

Join DU + Diana Denwood of Aurora Water as we discuss where our metro Denver water comes from, why it’s precious, and how to use it as efficiently as possible. We’ll also discuss why experts are talking less about “drought” and more about “aridification.” Finally, get some straight-forward advice on how to save water inside your home and outdoors.

Basics of Organic Gardening

Saturday, April 10th, 10-11:30am | $30, Online on Zoom

This workshop will explore the most important aspects of organic gardening in Colorado, and you’ll learn how to plan your garden so that you can make the most of your growing space throughout the season. Other topics include soil preparation, water conservation, planting from seed, transplanting seedlings, harvesting, and an overview of cool and warm-season crops.  


Fermentation Basics

Saturday, Aug 7th, 10-11:30am | $30, Online on Zoom

More details coming–check back soon!

Extending your harvest with hoop houses + cold frames

Saturday, September 4th, 10-11:30am | $30, Online on Zoom

Whether it’s spring, fall, or winter it’s always nice to have fresh vegetables to eat! Colorado’s 360 days of sun make our area very conducive to year-round gardening. You can start simply by planting earlier in the spring and having protection from our late spring weather fluctuations.

In this workshop, learn about extending the growing season by using an easy-to-build cold frame. We’ll provide detailed instructions and demonstrate how to build a cold frame, so that you can build your own and keep your garden growing all year long. Additional info will be shared about hoop tunnels, another simple way to extend the season. Learn about plant selection, timing, and care of the crops under these covers.