Aquaponic System Design AQP 201
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

Aquaponic System Design AQP 201

Participants will learn about designing an aquaponic system in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Choosing and sourcing the right components for your fish and plants

  • Fish to plant conversion and sizing ratios

  • Filtration types and incorporation

  • Pump sizing and placement

  • Aeration sizing and placement

  • Controlling waterflow with plumbing and siphons

  • Designing for your growing environment

  • Infrastructure and weight calculations

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Aquaponics Operation and Troubleshooting AQP 202
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Aquaponics Operation and Troubleshooting AQP 202

Participants will learn about the management, operation, and troubleshooting of an aquaponic system in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Testing schedule and equipment

  • Water maintenance and supplementation

  • Daily, weekly, and monthly tasks

  • Fish stocking, feeding, and rotation

  • Maintaining an aquaponic system through all 4 seasons

  • Keeping your bacteria happy

  • Addressing fish or plant disease

  • Diagnosing and fixing plumbing problems

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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 Intro to Aquaponics AQP 101
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Aquaponics AQP 101

Description

Participants will learn the basics about aquaponics in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • The aquaponics cycle: fish, plants, bacteria

  • Aquaponics’ history and place in the world today

  • The benefits and drawbacks of aquaponics

  • The basic components of an aquaponic system

  • Water quality and testing

  • System startup – “cycling”

  • A diagram and explanation of the most basic aquaponic system

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin

Description

Participants will learn the basics of vermicompost in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Why are worms so useful for composting?

  • Types of worms that will work for vermicomposting

  • How to use vermicompost and its benefits

  • How to brew vermicompost tea and apply it in your garden

  • How to make your own vermicompost bin***

Participants will be able to purchase for $10 the materials to make and take home your own vermicompost bin, complete with live worms!

All participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Brian also proudly holds a Master Urban Composter Certificate from DC Department of Parks n' Rec. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Copy of Grow Your Own Microgreens!
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Copy of Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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Hot Sauce Blending
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Hot Sauce Blending

Join Cultivate the City's interactive workshop and discover the art of making hot sauce from Cultivate the City's lead farmer, Niraj Ray! Every year, we make several different types of hot sauces from our unique (and super spicy) fresh peppers, and we're finally ready to share the knowledge and show you how to make your own. We will start with a quick tour of the farm and harvest of fresh peppers (Bhut Jolokia, Scorpion, Carolina Reapers, Thai Chili, Jalapeno, Habanero, Aji Charapita, Aji Amarillo, Aji Chombo and several other peppers to choose from) and other ingredients we will use in our sauces and then jump right into making some blends. You'll learn about some of the secret ingredients that make their way into most of our sauces and the flavor profiles of different peppers, how to determine heat levels without killing your taste buds, and how to make a shelf-stable product with minimal processing. Finally you'll get a chance to sample everyone's creations, as well as taste the new hot sauces we've been cooking up for 2018!

Here are some of the hot sauces we've already made this year:

Strawberry Peach Killer Sauce (Ghost Peppers)

Wild Berry Hot Sauce (Jalapenos and Chilis)

Friendship the Sauce (Ground Cherries, Habaneros and Lemon Drop Peppers)

Friendship Killer Hot Sauce (Ghost Peppers)

District of Fire (Pawpaw, Ground Cherries, Fish Peppers, Lemon Drop Peppers)

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Aquaponics Operation and Troubleshooting AQP 202
May
6
6:00 PM18:00

Aquaponics Operation and Troubleshooting AQP 202

Participants will learn about the management, operation, and troubleshooting of an aquaponic system in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Testing schedule and equipment

  • Water maintenance and supplementation

  • Daily, weekly, and monthly tasks

  • Fish stocking, feeding, and rotation

  • Maintaining an aquaponic system through all 4 seasons

  • Keeping your bacteria happy

  • Addressing fish or plant disease

  • Diagnosing and fixing plumbing problems

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Copy of  Fish, Plants & Bacteria AQP 102
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Copy of Fish, Plants & Bacteria AQP 102

Participants will learn about the three main actors in an aquaponic system in a fun and social setting. Topics include:

  • Fish breeds that do well in aquaponics, and where to source them

  • Fish health, lifecycle, and behavior

  • Plants that grow well in aquaponics

  • Different grow methods to accommodate different crops

  • Plant health and lifecycle

  • Essential plant nutrients and their place in the aquaponic cycle

  • Bacteria and biofiltration

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Mother’s Day – Pot Painting/Herb Garden Class
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Mother’s Day – Pot Painting/Herb Garden Class

Mothers day is not just about gifts but is about showing how much you love them. Join us this mothers day for our pot painting and herb growing class. Mom or a loved one will appreciate the hand painted gift and a plant that you picked out just for them. We will provide supplies and tips to make a memorable gift that keeps on giving for months or even years to come.

Dads, kids, and significant others are encouraged to come together and can even bring mom along and let her pick out what she wants. You will be able to give a piece of you to them this upcoming holiday and cherish the memory forever.

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Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin

Description

Participants will learn the basics of vermicompost in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Why are worms so useful for composting?

  • Types of worms that will work for vermicomposting

  • How to use vermicompost and its benefits

  • How to brew vermicompost tea and apply it in your garden

  • How to make your own vermicompost bin***

Participants will be able to purchase for $10 the materials to make and take home your own vermicompost bin, complete with live worms!

All participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Brian also proudly holds a Master Urban Composter Certificate from DC Department of Parks n' Rec. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Aquaponic System Design AQP 201
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Aquaponic System Design AQP 201

Participants will learn about designing an aquaponic system in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Choosing and sourcing the right components for your fish and plants

  • Fish to plant conversion and sizing ratios

  • Filtration types and incorporation

  • Pump sizing and placement

  • Aeration sizing and placement

  • Controlling waterflow with plumbing and siphons

  • Designing for your growing environment

  • Infrastructure and weight calculations

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Volunteer Happy Hour!
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Foraging for Seasonal Berries and Strawberry Cultivation 101
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Foraging for Seasonal Berries and Strawberry Cultivation 101

Have an adventure while learning how to forage freely for mulberries, service berries, wild onions, lambs quarters and much more! You will also learn about your vertical growing techniques and some of the unique ways in which we have been able to maintain a local strawberry harvest all year long! We will be meeting up at 10 AM at a location in NE, DC. We will enjoy refreshments with home grown ingredients, tour the garden space, and then venture out on a forage walk where we will definitely encounter mulberries and service berries amongst other seasonal produce growing all around us. Come prepared to share some recipes on how you'll want to preserve your haul- You can keep what you collect! Great for drinks, jams or just snacking

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Propagation and Cloning Workshop
May
25
11:00 AM11:00

Propagation and Cloning Workshop

Cloning and propagation are essential techniques for any successful gardener. The ability to save and reproduce your desired plant's genetics through winter or until the next season is not only simple, but efficient and economical. Imagine buying a basil plant only once and having endless basil plants for the rest of the year! The foundation of a perpetually successful garden starts with cloning. Plants will be provided for practice and students will receive a FREE root pouch to take home.

Looking to start growing your own home garden? This workshop will teach you essential techniques to maximize yields in small spaces and give you clones for a head start! The workshop series will make sure you are prepared to reap the harvest of a properly cared for garden. After completing the course you will have all the tips and information you need to start your own budding hobby.

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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Volunteer Happy Hour!
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Copy of Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

Copy of Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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Volunteer Happy Hour!
Jul
18
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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 Volunteer Happy Hour!
Aug
15
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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 Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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Volunteer Happy Hour!
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Oct
5
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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 Volunteer Happy Hour!
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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 Volunteer Happy Hour!
Nov
21
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Volunteer Happy Hour!
Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin

Description

Participants will learn the basics of vermicompost in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Why are worms so useful for composting?

  • Types of worms that will work for vermicomposting

  • How to use vermicompost and its benefits

  • How to brew vermicompost tea and apply it in your garden

  • How to make your own vermicompost bin***

Participants will be able to purchase for $10 the materials to make and take home your own vermicompost bin, complete with live worms!

All participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Brian also proudly holds a Master Urban Composter Certificate from DC Department of Parks n' Rec. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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 Fish, Plants & Bacteria AQP 102
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Fish, Plants & Bacteria AQP 102

Participants will learn about the three main actors in an aquaponic system in a fun and social setting. Topics include:

  • Fish breeds that do well in aquaponics, and where to source them

  • Fish health, lifecycle, and behavior

  • Plants that grow well in aquaponics

  • Different grow methods to accommodate different crops

  • Plant health and lifecycle

  • Essential plant nutrients and their place in the aquaponic cycle

  • Bacteria and biofiltration

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Seed Swap and Seed Saving 101 with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange!
Apr
14
12:30 PM12:30

Seed Swap and Seed Saving 101 with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange!

Cultivate the City is hosting a seed swap in early celebration of Earth Day in collaboration with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange! Get the perfect start to this growing season and network with other urban gardeners right in your neighborhood. This is a face-to-face event and a great opportunity to not only score some rare seeds or early seedlings to jump start your garden, but an excellent change to talk with other seasoned gardeners and learn about what can grow best in our unique micro-climates. There is a limited enrollment of 50 participants and we expect to sell-out, so be sure to register early!

Swap will start promptly at 12:30 so please arrive a little early, and have your seeds properly labeled. We will take turns selecting seeds through 3 rounds and there are also a few door prizes donated by partners which will be raffled off to attendees. We plan to wrap up by 1:30, so you'll have the rest of the day to get your seeds started and do some early spring work in the garden! In case you don't find what you are looking for, we will have several seedlings and full size plants that we've kept thriving all winter long, and we have a great new stock of container vegetable and unique hot pepper seeds available for purchase.

Following the seed swap, we will have a class on how to save your own seeds led by Anthony Beck from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange!

If you are able to, please consider volunteering to help us on the day of the event. Thank you!

**Any remaining seeds or seedlings from the swap will be donated to local school gardens.

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The Essentials of Teas and Herbal Infusion
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

The Essentials of Teas and Herbal Infusion

Learn to craft your own tea and herbal infusion. Creating your own tea can be fun, cost effective and more environmentally friendly. In this class you'll learn the basic steps to making your own blends. We will go over the essential herbs for any pantry, their benefits and how to pair them. Each person will get a chance to practice customizing their own blend. The class includes a take home guide, recipes, and your own organic tea blend.

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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Intro to Aquaponics AQP 101
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Aquaponics AQP 101

Description

Participants will learn the basics about aquaponics in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • The aquaponics cycle: fish, plants, bacteria

  • Aquaponics’ history and place in the world today

  • The benefits and drawbacks of aquaponics

  • The basic components of an aquaponic system

  • Water quality and testing

  • System startup – “cycling”

  • A diagram and explanation of the most basic aquaponic system

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin

Description

Participants will learn the basics of vermicompost in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • Why are worms so useful for composting?

  • Types of worms that will work for vermicomposting

  • How to use vermicompost and its benefits

  • How to brew vermicompost tea and apply it in your garden

  • How to make your own vermicompost bin***

Participants will be able to purchase for $10 the materials to make and take home your own vermicompost bin, complete with live worms!

All participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Brian also proudly holds a Master Urban Composter Certificate from DC Department of Parks n' Rec. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Propagation and Cloning Workshop
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Propagation and Cloning Workshop

Cloning and propagation are essential techniques for any successful gardener. The ability to save and reproduce your desired plant's genetics through winter or until the next season is not only simple, but efficient and economical. Imagine buying a basil plant only once and having endless basil plants for the rest of the year! The foundation of a perpetually successful garden starts with cloning. Plants will be provided for practice and students will receive a FREE root pouch to take home.

Looking to start growing your own home garden? This workshop will teach you essential techniques to maximize yields in small spaces and give you clones for a head start! The workshop series will make sure you are prepared to reap the harvest of a properly cared for garden. After completing the course you will have all the tips and information you need to start your own budding hobby.

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Fish, Plants & Bacteria AQP 102
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Fish, Plants & Bacteria AQP 102

Participants will learn about the three main actors in an aquaponic system in a fun and social setting. Topics include:

  • Fish breeds that do well in aquaponics, and where to source them

  • Fish health, lifecycle, and behavior

  • Plants that grow well in aquaponics

  • Different grow methods to accommodate different crops

  • Plant health and lifecycle

  • Essential plant nutrients and their place in the aquaponic cycle

  • Bacteria and biofiltration

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Intro to Aquaponics AQP 101
Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Aquaponics AQP 101

Description

Participants will learn the basics about aquaponics in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Topics for the class are:

  • The aquaponics cycle: fish, plants, bacteria

  • Aquaponics’ history and place in the world today

  • The benefits and drawbacks of aquaponics

  • The basic components of an aquaponic system

  • Water quality and testing

  • System startup – “cycling”

  • A diagram and explanation of the most basic aquaponic system

Participants will receive a fact sheet with all relevant information.

Doors open at 5:30 for social meet n' greet. Feel free to bring your own snacks or beer. Class starts promptly at 6:00 because we have a lot of learning to do!

Conversation and Q & A can continue past 7:00, but may have to migrate to a nearby establishment depending on daily building schedule.

Class is taught by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Chair of the national Aquaponics Association. Class takes place on Cultivate the City's beautiful rooftop farm, above Jenks Hardware Store.

Hope to see you there!

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Herbology 101
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Herbology 101

Are you tired of spending money on expensive teas? Interested in aroma therapy? Do you want to learn how to start your own herb garden? Or maybe you want to learn how to make inexpensive holiday gifts from you garden? Then join us at H St. Farms for an Herbology 101 class. Herbalism is the study and use of plants in preventative medicine. Herbs have been cultivated for their medicinal properties for almost over 60,000 years. They are used in both modern and traditional medicine. These small but powerful plants are easy to grow and are perfect for beginners.

In the class you will learn:

  • How to grow and start your own organic herb garden.

  • How to identify herbs and their medicinal properties.

  • How to find the best way to use herbs in your daily routine.

  • How to make your own herbal tea.

The class includes:

  • Three Herbs

  • A Root Pouch

  • Soil

  • Organic Homemade Tea Blend

  • A take home guide on herb care and usage.

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Volunteer Happy Hour!
Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Happy Hour!

Come get to know Cultivate the City and all the wonderful volunteers that make it possible!

Join us for our monthly volunteer happy hour to mingle with the CTC farmers, volunteers and community members that make it all possible. This event is open to everyone and is a great place to meet other people that love plants and food. We will have some drinks and light snacks prepared from our rooftop grown ingredients, but we ask that all attendees bring something to share- the more the merrier!

Happy growing and hope to see you there- reach out at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions. 

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Indoor and Container Gardening 101
Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Indoor and Container Gardening 101

The popularity of container gardening is growing by leaps and bounds. From front porches to kitchen windowsills, you see them everywhere. And the beautiful thing about them, other than the plants themselves? Container gardens are simple to create and easy to maintain; apply a few basic principals and even first-time gardeners can bloom. If you love plants but have limited space and time, if you’ve always wanted to garden, this is the class for you. Learn the basics on indoor gardening and how to make a sub-irrigated planter to deal with watering when you go on vacation! You can also get a little dirty and leave with a gorgeous, portable garden. Non-refundable materials fee of $10 per class is included for those who want to take home a plant. (Includes a RootPouch, potting soil and an herb or succulent)

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Volunteer Strawberry Planting
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Volunteer Strawberry Planting

To kick off, the new season, come volunteer with us on the rooftop at Hst Farms for our annual strawberry planting day. Every volunteer will have the opportunity to not only plant strawberries but learn more about them. For helping us out, every volunteer will be able to take home their very own strawberry plant.

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home

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Hydroponics and Vertical Farming
Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

Hydroponics and Vertical Farming

Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without the use of conventional soil or completely in water. In this basic Hydroponics class we will discuss various hydroponic systems (Deepwater Culture, Ebb & Flow, Nutrient Film Technique, Bato Buckets, etc) and which could be a good fit for your garden. Topics like growing media, synthetic nutrients/fertilizers, growing environment, properties of water and testing equipment will be covered. We will also discuss various methods of vertical farming that can be implemented indoors or outdoors. A brief lecture will be followed by a Q & A session and tour of our garden to show you examples of many systems and we can help you design your own! 


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Valentines Day Special: Herbal Aphrodisiac
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Valentines Day Special: Herbal Aphrodisiac

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a love potion? Or maybe you are just looking for something new in you love life. In the spirit of Valentines day Cultivate the City is offering a class on natural aphrodisiacs. In this class you'll learn about six plants, and how to use them for their unique properties to promote healthy relationships, intimacy and self love.

This class includes: a take home recipe manual, resource guide and a tour of the rooftop garden.

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home. 

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Grow Your Own Microgreens!
Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

Grow Your Own Microgreens!

Check the menu of a fine restaurant or the produce section of a specialty grocery store, and you're likely to spy microgreens: tiny, delicate greens that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods as a garnish or ingredient.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be expensive to purchase. But they can also be grown cost-effectively at home, in a tiny space and with simple supplies. All you need is a sunny windowsill, or an well-lit area along with one of our microgreen growing kits, and you've got all the essentials for growing your own microgreens. This is a great crop for urban gardeners who are limited to a windowsill, balcony or fire escape.

$10 Ticket includes take home microgreen seeds

$25 Ticket includes a microgreen kit of 3 types of greens to grow at home. 

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Propagation and Cloning Workshop
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Propagation and Cloning Workshop

Cloning and propagation are essential techniques for any successful gardener. The ability to save and reproduce your desired plant's genetics through winter or until the next season is not only simple, but efficient and economical. Imagine buying a basil plant only once and having endless basil plants for the rest of the year! The foundation of a perpetually successful garden starts with cloning. Plants will be provided for practice and students will receive a FREE root pouch to take home.

Looking to start growing your own home garden? This workshop will teach you essential techniques to maximize yields in small spaces and give you clones for a head start! The workshop series will make sure you are prepared to reap the harvest of a properly cared for garden. After completing the course you will have all the tips and information you need to start your own budding hobby.

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Holiday Care Kit
Dec
16
1:30 PM13:30

Holiday Care Kit

Come to Cultivate the City to learn to make your own holiday care kit. This kit is great way for relieving stress during the busy season. This workshop can be an essential guide for self-care for yourself or for a love one. In the class you will learn to make aroma therapy bags, body scrubs, body oils, and tea. All the products provided are made from organic materials and herbs grown right here in the city. Each item will be customized to your personal needs.

 

The price will include all the items used in the workshop. We hope to see you at Cultivate the City to make your own Holiday Care Kits.

Purchase Tickets at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-care-kit-tickets-52436350536

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Herbology 101
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Herbology 101

Are you tired of spending money on expensive teas? Interested in aroma therapy? Do you want to learn how to start your own herb garden? Or maybe you want to learn how to make inexpensive holiday gifts from you garden? Then join us at H St. Farms for an Herbology 101 class. Herbalism is the study and use of plants in preventative medicine. Herbs have been cultivated for their medicinal properties for almost over 60,000 years. They are used in both modern and traditional medicine. These small but powerful plants are easy to grow and are perfect for beginners.

In the class you will learn:

  • How to grow and start your own organic herb garden.

  • How to identify herbs and their medicinal properties.

  • How to find the best way to use herbs in your daily routine.

  • How to make your own herbal tea.

The class includes:

  • Three Herbs

  • A Root Pouch

  • Soil

  • Organic Homemade Tea Blend

  • A take home guide on herb care and usage.

Purchase tickets at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herbology-101-tickets-52264945860

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Living Ornaments and Terrarium Building
Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Living Ornaments and Terrarium Building

Succulents, Air Plants, and Moss can be placed in enclosed or semi-enclosed containers to make low maintenance terrariums that bring life into your house all year long.

Spend the afternoon with the knowledgeable staff of Cultivate the City who will help you set up the perfect terrarium or hanging ornament. These projects are the perfect homemade holiday gift that will remind your friends and family of the holiday season for years to come.

This class is perfect for the whole family, so bring the kids. Everyone will learn what environment each plant will need to survive and how to care for the plants. Participants will be able to add their personal touch and choose the type of container and plants they want to use.

The total price for the class is $17.12, this includes the price of a terrarium or a live ornament.

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Purchase at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-ornaments-and-terrarium-building-tickets-52265173541

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Plant Propagation 101: Seeds, Cuttings and Clones
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Plant Propagation 101: Seeds, Cuttings and Clones

Cloning and propagation are essential techniques for any successful gardener. The ability to save and reproduce your desired plant's genetics through winter or until the next season is not only simple, but efficient and economical. Imagine buying a basil plant only once and having endless basil plants for the rest of the year! The foundation of a perpetually successful garden starts with cloning. We will also discuss other methods of cultivating your desired plants including seed saving, starting from seed and grafting. Plants will be provided for practice and participants will receive a FREE root pouch to take home, as well as a free cutting of your choice from our rooftop plants. If you've ever been here before, you may know all the different varieties we have available,but feel free to shoot us an email at info@cultivatethecity.com with any questions.

Purchase tickets in the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plant-propagation-101-seeds-cuttings-and-clones-tickets-42759494800

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Indian Independence Day Party
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Indian Independence Day Party

Join us for a fun day full of activities and offerings as we celebrate India's 71st Independence Day on our rooftop farm. We grow a variety of Indian and other ethnic crops that we would love to share with you! Attend our free garden workshop, check out the items in our silent auction and taste some delicious home-grown and prepared Indian food, and hand-crafted cocktails!

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