EarthDance Online Spring Training Classes

April 14, 2021 @ 6:00PM — May 15, 2021 @ 6:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Purchase individual Spring Training Classes here! Class descriptions are located at the bottom of the page.

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There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


I Want to Grow Food. Where do I Start?

Online: Wednesday, April 14th; 6 – 7:30pm

Tools, Techniques, and Templates you’ll gain:

  • Sample garden plan
  • Template for creating your own garden plan
  • Garden glossary
  • List of where to source seeds and supplies

Learn how to create a garden plan! Are you brand new to gardening, and don’t know where to start? Or have you tried before, but didn’t see the results you wanted? After coming up with achievable goals for growing your own food and defining some basic garden terminology, we’ll walk you through understanding your resources and limitations for producing food. You’ll also learn what factors to consider when selecting your location and deciding what to plant to set yourself up for success!

Top 10 that Grow Well in STL

Online: Wednesday, April 21st, 6 – 7:30pm

Tools, Techniques, and Templates you’ll gain:

  • Sample crop rotation diagram
  • List of plant families (and common crops in each)
  • List of Top 10 veggies, fruits, and herbs that grow well in STL

Looking for your best starting line-up for gardening success? This class will help you choose which veggies, herbs, and fruits to grow that do particularly well in the St. Louis region. You’ll be guided through our “Top 10 List” and learn what to consider when choosing varieties, growing techniques, and planting locations for each. This list will have suggestions for what to try your hand at growing if you’re a complete rookie, and also some ideas for you gardeners with a few seasons under your belt. And finally, you’ll learn about the “Dirty Dozen” list, and which fruits and veggies you’ll want to choose (and try to grow!) organic whenever possible.

The Down and Dirty: Secrets to Great Soil

Online: Wednesday, April 28th, 6 – 7:30pm

Tools, Techniques, and Templates you’ll gain:

  • Composting diagram
  • List of what to include and what to avoid in your compost pile
  • Soil food web diagram

How do you grow an abundance of nutrient-dense food for yourself, your family, and your community? The secret is in the soil! In this virtual class, we’ll explore ways to bring soils to life and grow naturally productive gardens. You’ll learn how to recognize healthy soil, feed and nourish the soil food web, and build soil fertility using simple strategies and techniques available to every gardener. We’ll also discuss how to best use compost, amendments/cover cropping, and so-called garden “waste” to meet the nutritional needs of your soil and your plants. We’ll cover tips for building better compost and the pros and cons of organic materials in your own backyard (Note: This is not a soil science class, although some concepts will be discussed.)

Pests, Weeds, and Plant Disease – Oh My!

Online: Wednesday, May 5th, 6 – 7:30pm

Tools, Techniques, and Templates you’ll gain:

  • Recipes for homemade organic pesticides
  • Common weed ID sheet
  • Common garden pest sheet

Do you love to grow your own food but can’t seem to control the bugs and weeds? Not sure if you’re over-watering your tomatoes? In this virtual class, follow Farmer Jena around the farm and into EarthDance demonstration gardens to learn how to organically manage pests and weeds! Gain the knowledge needed to identify pest and disease problems early and take the appropriate actions to keep them at bay. We’ll explore different tools and tricks for managing the weeds that never seem to stop. We’ll also discuss when and how often to water and fertilize your garden.By the end of this class, you’ll have a lot of new tools in your toolbox to grow with confidence!

Maximizing Your Yield for Year-Round Deliciousness

Online: Wednesday, May 12th; 6 – 7:30pm

Tools, Techniques, and Templates you’ll gain:

  • Companion planting chart
  • Seed saving chart

The best way to keep top-quality, organically grown produce on your table year-round is to grow as much as you can, and preserve plenty to eat for when your garden isn’t producing. This is a worthy goal, as organic, homegrown produce is more nutritious, delicious and sustainable than the typical store-bought fare. In this class, you’ll learn how you can implement many creative growing strategies to maximize your harvest. We’ll discuss planning for abundant garden production (i.e., growing high yielding crops, using perennials); ways to use your space more efficiently (i.e., vertical gardening, companion planting); smarter garden harvesting techniques (i.e., cut and come again crops); how to limit inputs of time and money (i.e., seed saving, making and using your own compost); and how to stock up for winter (i.e., growing crops that store, options for preserving the harvest).