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JANUARY 25, 1pm–4pm. Omaha Explore the magical process of grafting vegetables, fruit trees and ornamental plants at this Art of Grafting Plants course. This hands-on specialty course will explain various grafting techniques, and show you how joining the parts of a plant can improve and overcome poor growing conditions. Class fee is $50, and it will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus. Call 402.457.5231 to register or email continuingeducation@ mccneb.edu for more information.
FEBRUARY 2, 9am–noon. Omaha Learn how to grow farm-fresh mushrooms on logs and in grow bags during this Mushrooms: Safe Growing & Harvesting course. You will experience hands-on preparation and inoculation of mushroom cultures with techniques that ensure quality and safety. Class fee is $50, and it will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus. Call 402.457.5231 to register or email email@example.com for more information.
FEBRUARY 2, noon–2pm. Omaha Want to grow your own food this year? The second annual Omaha Seed Share is a must-attend event, where you can visit with local gardeners, get growing advice, connect with community gardens and share fruit, vegetable and flower seeds. Bring envelopes to collect your free seeds, and if you have extra seeds, bring those to share. Admission is free and the event will be held at the Douglas County Extension Office, located at 8015 West Center Road.
FEBRUARY 7, 5:30pm–7:30pm. Council Bluffs, IA Get started on making your own brew at home at this Home Brew 101 course. Taught by a local brewer, you will learn the basics and become familiar with the tools, equipment, ingredients and methods of making your own beer. You will gain enough information to be able to make your first few batches of beer. The class will be held at Iowa Western Community College, and it has a $15 enrollment fee. To enroll, call 712.325.3255 or go online at IWCC.edu/Continuing_Education. F
EBRUARY 9, 9am–noon. Omaha Get a jump-start on Planning a Successful Vegetable Garden at this course, during which you will discuss propagation methods, edible plants and great recipes. You will also embark on a tour of the on-campus greenhouse. Held at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus, the class fee is $29. Call 402.457.5231 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FEBRUARY 9, 9am–noon. Omaha Discuss what makes good compost at a combined lecture and handson Composting class. The focus will be on soil-building for plants.
FEBRUARY 9, 10am–2pm. Valparaiso, NE Learn how to make summer sausage, brats, polish sausage, jerky and other types of sausages with simple, inexpensive equipment in your home at this hands-on Sausage-Making Made Easy class. The course will cover casings, spices, types of meat (including deer and elk), stuffing and smoking. Class fee is $69, and it will be held at Sanders Country Kitchen outside Valparaiso. Register online at Southeast.edu/Continuing or via phone at 402.437.2700.
FEBRUARY 9, 6:30pm. Omaha Want to say “I love you” in a unique way this year? Join Chef Jillian Mahl of The Green Bowl Project for a Valentine’s Dinner held at Tomāto Tom.to, Omaha’s only indoor farmers market. Chef Jillian will prepare a delicious three-course meal using locally grown and raised ingredients paired with local wines for your enjoyment. Dinner will be served family style to encourage free-flowing conversation. What is good food without good company, after all? Participation is limited to 30 people and registration is required. Cost is $50 per couple and $30 for individuals. To reserve your spot, call Tomāto Tom.to at 402.933.0893.
FEBRUARY 12, 6:30pm–8:30pm. Lincoln, NE Learn to start your own seeds indoors at this Seed Starting class from the director of Community CROPS, a local community garden organization. Register online at Southeast.edu/Continuing or via phone at 402.437.2700.
FEBRUARY 15–24. Omaha Celebrate Omaha’s craft beers during the second annual Omaha Beer Week. This 10-day community event will feature over 100 unique craft beer-related events hosted throughout the Omaha metro at various bars, restaurants, retail establishments, distributors and breweries. Events will include beer pairings, beer education, a scavenger hunt, special visitors from the brewing industry and tap takeovers. Omaha is a growing destination in the craft beer revolution, and this is a great opportunity to support the movement. Details are available at OmahaBeerWeek.com.
FEBRUARY 15 & 16. Ashland, NE Join like-minded individuals at the 2013 Healthy Farms Conference, and enjoy dynamic keynote speakers, youth programs, breakout sessions and round table discussions all focused on local food. Farmer and comedian Ross Brockley will be the featured entertainment at the fundraising dinner, which will showcase food grown and raised in Nebraska. New to the event is a movie room with a continuous screening of films that focus on sustainable and organic farming and food. Visit the official conference website at NebSusAg.org and register online at HealthyFarmsConference. EventBrite.com.
FEBRUARY 16, 10am–2pm. Valparaiso, NE Bring your appetite to Sausage-Making II: The Next Step: Let’s Eat, a course where you’ll learn how to make sausage using smoked chicken and turkey, pork loin, bacon and fish. The class will be held at Sanders Country Kitchen outside Valparaiso. Fee is $69. Register online at Southeast.edu/Continuing or via phone at 402.437.2700.
FEBRUARY 23, 9am–noon. Omaha Get the most out of your cool-weather vegetables at this Early Gardening course, during which you will prepare seedling trays and transplants. The combination lecture and hands-on course will include the discussion and construction of mini-greenhouses called quick hoops. The class fee is $50, and it will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus. Call 402.457.5231 to register or email email@example.com for more information.
FEBRUARY 23 & 24. Waterloo, NE Explore a comprehensive, insightful and practical introduction to permaculture at this two-day Essential Permaculture Weekend Training. Topics covered will include gardening for bounty while reducing labor; decreasing energy use; foundations of permaculture living and thinking; and 12 of the best permaculture projects. Tuition is $195, and participants will take home a favorite permaculture book, Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway. Register online at MidwestPermaculture.com. The training is held at the Knowles Mercy Center, where lodging is available at reasonable rates. For lodging, contact the Knowles Mercy Center at 402.359.4288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 13, 5:30pm–7pm. Council Bluffs, IA Familiarize yourself with the ways of Composting, a class in which both vermicomposting and bin and pile methods will be discussed. Composting is good for the environment, and it will build soil quality in your garden and yard. The class will be held at Iowa Western Community College, and it has a $10 enrollment fee. To enroll, call 712.325.3255 or go online at IWCC.edu/Continuing_ Education.
MARCH 16, 8am–5pm. Lincoln, NE Do you want to start a food business? If so, this one-day Recipe to Reality seminar is your first step. The seminar is specifically designed to provide you, the prospective entrepreneur, with an understanding of the key issues you will need to consider before starting a food business. The seminar will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Food Processing Center, and the cost to attend for a Nebraska resident is $195 for the first person and $95 for each additional person. For out-of-state attendees, the cost is $350 and $150, respectively. To request information or to register, contact Jill Gifford at 402.472.2819 or jgifford1@unl. edu. Registration is required by March 1 and space is limited. Class repeats on May 10, August 16 and October 26.
MARCH 16–MAY 18, 10am–5:30pm. Council Bluffs, IA Want to be empowered to live more sustainably? Join instructor Chris Combs for this Permacultural Design Certification course, and learn about the design and implementation of land use systems that are energy-efficient, lowmaintenance, productive and nonpolluting. Sessions will be a combination of lecture, discussion, observation, field study and hands-on activities. A permaculture design certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the course. The class will be held at Iowa Western Community College, and it has a $410 enrollment fee. To enroll, call 712.325.3255 or go online at IWCC. edu/Continuing_Education.
MARCH 27, 5:30pm–7pm. Council Bluffs, IA Learn the basics of aquaponics technology, which is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in liquid instead of soil) in this Backyard Aquaponics class taught by Greg Fripp of Whispering Roots. The class will be held at Iowa Western Community College, and it has a $10 enrollment fee. To enroll, call 712.325.3255 or go online at IWCC.edu/Continuing_ Education.
APRIL 24, 5:30pm–7pm. Council Bluffs, IA Build a home aquaponics system after learning how to at this Aquaponics Workshop with Greg Fripp of Whispering Roots. Different options for systems will be discussed, and Greg will demonstrate how to build one. Participants are strongly encouraged to have taken Backyard Aquaponics or have knowledge of aquaponics. The class will be held at Iowa Western Community College, and it has a $15 enrollment fee. To enroll, call 712.325.3255 or go online at IWCC.edu/Continuing_Education.