OKC’s first Urban Farm & Garden Tour

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Lettuce seedlings in a Smart Pot container
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Seedlings ready to plant at CommonWeatlth Urban Farm
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Plants under protective row cover at CommonWealth Urban Farms
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Brocolli, planted for the fall and mulched well with straw
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Urban farms grow flowers too!
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Tools of the trade at Regional Food Bank’s Urban Harvest
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Urban Harvest’s mowing crew
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Compost, ready for delivery. Let’s do this!
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Urban Neighbors have a lovely spot to chat after watering and harvesting are complete
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Helm Farms Victory Garden feeds a family of seven
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The weather was chilly but our volunteers were cheerful
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The Luxe chicken townhome at Helm Farms Victory Garden
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A hen strives to escape the photographer
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Urban Farm & Garden travelers get tips and tricks from tour guides
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Tourists explore the edible landscape on NW 27th street, complete with strawberries, asparagus, serviceberries, okra, tomatoes, and greens.
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Guilford Gardens even has bunnies for waste management
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Guilford Gardens feeds 120 families with their CSA
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Touring CommonWealth Urban Farms

2014 Events

2014 Urban Ag Week

YES, the Urban Farm and Garden Tour is happening today, Saturday September 13 from 8 a.m. to noon! Please see the main page for the list of thirteen sites, addresses and map.  Pick up a brochure at your first stop to make sure you have the addresses of the home gardens, as they are not published online.


 

Container Growing Vegetables: The Container makes a difference 

Tuesday September 2, 11:30 am – 12:30 p.m., Whiskey Cake, 1845 NW Expressway. $5 ticket includes ser1383022_591916320865245_1883804841_nving of whiskey cake.

Kurt Reiger, President of Smart Pot, a locally owned and operated Oklahoma City business, presents a lunch-and-learn class on the national movement of container-growing vegetables. Smart Pot gardening containers provide an excellent balance of water retention, drainage and breathability — perfect for vegetables. Come early (doors open at 11:00 a.m.) to order lunch from Whiskey Cake’s locally-sourced menu! Call 405-582-2253 to register.

The Pollinator Pocket: Attracting Bees to Benefit Edible Gardens

Tuesday September 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tickets $5 Plenty Mercantile Rooftop, 807 N. Broadway Ave.Olthia - PP graphic

Join Oklahoma’s own Jamie Csizmadia, Landscape Architect and Owner of Olthia Urban Prairie Garden Design, as she discusses the importance of native habitats adjacent to home edible gardens. Participants will learn why the presence of wild bees improves food production and see how to attract and keep beneficial pollinators, including the best indigenous plants for the job. Attendees will take home a classic layout for a front yard Pollinator Pocket + Edible Garden design, geared towards the typical OKC residential lot.

Organic Gardening Simplified with Howard Garrett, the Dirt Doctor, Sponsored by Smart Pot

Wednesday, September 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Tickets $5Image Terrace Room at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Nationally acclaimed author and radio host Howard Garrett, aka The Dirt Doctor, presents his recommendations for organic methods for landscaping and backyard gardens. Book signing and free reception sponsored by Smart Pot to follow.

Autumn Gardening Workshop with Howard Garrett, Sponsored by Smart Pot

Thursday, September 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tickets $12 / $10 Members  Myriad Botanical Gardens, Conference Room

Nationally acclaimed author and radio host Howard Garrett, aka The Dirt Doctor, discusses the benefits and methods for growing a bounty of food in the fall in Oklahoma.  A tree planting demonstration will be included. Attendees will receive Howard’s Basic Organic Program Handout and will have a chance to win books and natural organic products.

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Sponsored by TLC Gardens with support from Myriad Botanical Gardens and Transition OKC Thursday September 4, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Tickets $5 Terrace Room at the Myriad Botanical Gardens

Growing Cities is a brand-new documentary which examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change where we grow food and the way we eat. Special free reception sponsored by Kam’s Kookery and Guilford Gardens to follow.

Lunch & Learn: Community Gardens and the New Oklahoma City Urban Agriculture Ordinance

Friday September 5, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Paramount Screening room @ 701 W. Sheridan, Free to attend

Learn about the landmark ordinance adopted in 2014, which supports and encourages composting, rainwater harvesting, and other activities on a variety of garden types. Find out how this could benefit existing urban agriculture efforts in Oklahoma City and share ideas for a future community garden program. Please RSVP by calling 405-297-3692 or e-mailing madeleine.wiens@okc.gov.

Whole Foods Fall Gardening Workshop, Cooking Demo & Fun for Kids

Friday September 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Free to attend 

Discover an easier way to garden in this free workshop at Whole Foods Oklahoma City. A range of nutritious greens and vegetables can be grown in our climate through the fall and even the winter – with less watering, weeding, and work. Register at www.eventbrite.com.

Urban Farm and Garden Tour

Saturday September 6, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,  RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN for Saturday September 13, 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tickets $5FFNorthLot available the day of the tour at select tour locations by cash or check; advance tickets available at Whiskey Cake at 1845 NW Expressway.

Discover the beautiful array of edible landscapes, urban farms, and community, school and home gardens thriving here in Oklahoma City in this informative and inspirational self-guided tour.

You can also volunteer for the tour here.

Exploring a Sense of Place: the City as Nature

Sunday September 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Tickets $5 

A workshop to help pull back our view of the city and see it situated in the natural world. Participants will begin to get reacquainted with our bioregion, deepen our sense of place by visiting several sites, exploring our natural history and mapping our “home.” Pat Hoerth, of Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center, will lead the workshop.

Meet at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. at the Head Waters of Deep Fork Creek—Ann Arbor, half a block south of 39th Expressway. Park in apartment complex parking lot, east side of Ann Arbor. You will be given a map of the stops. Most of the morning will be spent at Zachary Taylor Park, 633 NW 52nd. Come to the northeast end of the park.

Contact localfoodokc@gmail.com with ideas, questions or requests!

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