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Our office is now located in the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Administration Office at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, 98296.

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July 2024

Preserve the Harvest 4: Pickles

July 10 @ 6:00 pm
$10

Online via Zoom and In-person Crisp, tasty pickles are the ultimate test of a canner’s skill. Learn how to make a great product every time with a variety of fresh produce. Fourth in the Preserve the Harvest series, we'll cover the basics of making shelf-stable pickles. In addition, there will be plenty of time for your canning questions after the presentation. A list of recommended resources will be provided via email the next day to those registered along with a…

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August 2024

Preserve the Harvest 5: Basics of Dehydrating and Freezing

August 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10

Online via Zoom and In-person Fifth in the Preserve the Harvest series, this class will explain the scientific background behind today's recommended methods for freezing and drying foods, a method of home food preservation that allows you to enjoy seasonal foods all year long.  There will be plenty of time for your questions after the presentation. A list of recommended resources will be provided via email the next day to those registered along with a link to a video recording…

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Preserve the Harvest 6: Basics of Pressure Canning

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10

Online via Zoom and In-person In the sixth and final class in the Preserve the Harvest series, we will cover the basics of Pressure canning.  Pressure canning is the only safe way to can low-acid foods, such as vegetables and meats. You will learn the science behind pressure canning recommendations, as well as the basics of using a pressure canner at home based on current USDA canning guidelines.  In addition, there will be plenty of time for your canning questions…

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October 2024

Growing Groceries: Starting a Vegetable Garden

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
food garden with raised beds and wood chip pathways

Includes a discussion on site selection, raised beds, planning your crop calendar, plant families, intercropping, succession planting, cover crops, and crop rotation.

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November 2024

Growing Groceries: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00

Learn proper soil and fertility management and how to grow healthy soil for healthy crops.

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December 2024

Growing Groceries: Growing the Onion and Beet Families

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
onions growing

The onion (Allium) family includes garlic, leeks, and shallots as well. The beet (Chenopod) family includes everyone’s favorite, spinach, as well as chard and quinoa. Discussion of both families includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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January 2025

Growing Groceries: Basics of Irrigation & Weed Management

January 8, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
several raised beds with drip irrigation

Join us for a discussion of several types of irrigation products and their application in the food garden. In addition, we’ll focus on the details of installing drip irrigation and its application for gardens and plants.

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Growing Groceries: Growing Fruit Trees in Western Washington

January 15, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
apples on tree branch

Learn the basics of growing fruit trees in Western Washington including factors such as site selection, rootstock and size, varieties, pollination, pruning, nutritional requirements and diseases/pests.

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Growing Groceries: Growing the Pea/Bean Family & the Basics of Cover Cropping

January 22, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
pea pods in hand

We'll cover the Legume family which includes peas, beans (both green and dry), and lentils as well as the one member of the Solanaceous family that can be planted out early – potatoes! Discussion of all includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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Growing Groceries: Growing Berries in Western Washington

January 29, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
fresh strawberries in cartons

Topics include variety selection, soil preferences, fertility, pruning, pest and disease management, and cultural requirements for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and other small fruits.

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February 2025

Growing Groceries: Seed Starting and Growing Transplants

February 5, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
just sprouted tomato seedlings in tray

Beginning with how and when to start to seeds, to watering techniques, thinning and transplanting, you’ll learn how to save money and be successful in starting your vegetables from seed.

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Growing Groceries: Growing Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage and Rhubarb

February 12, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
red russian kale plant

Includes broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, mustard, Brussels sprouts, and other members of the Brassica family. Discussion includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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Growing Groceries: Growing the Tomato & Potato Family

February 19, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00

Topics covered include variety selection, cultural requirements, as well as the major disease and pests affecting these species.

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Growing Groceries: Growing in Plastic Structures and Shoulder Season Crops

February 26, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
homemade greenhouse

An unheated greenhouse or cold frame can be used to grow greens during winter, start warm season annuals, propagate landscape perennials, and shelter frost tender plants through the winter chill. Besides greens like spinach and lettuce, you can grow cold-tolerant veggies such as cabbage and broccoli in a cold frame or hoop house.

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March 2025

Growing Groceries: Growing the Carrot, Lettuce, & Corn Families

March 5, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
beds of carrots corn lettuce

The Carrot (Apiaceae) family also includes parsnips and celery along with many herbs like dill, fennel, and caraway. Puget Sound's mild climate makes it a great place to grow members of the lettuce (Asteraceae) family just about year-round. In addition, you’ll learn to raise sweet corn worthy of bragging rights when we cover members of the corn (Poaceae) family.

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Growing Groceries: Growing the Cucumber, Squash and Melon Family

March 12, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
cucumber squash melon plants

This class in the Growing Groceries series will focus on growing all things Cucurbit! From luscious melons to giant pumpkins, summer squash to zucchini and winter squash we'll cover all these amazing vegetables and cucumbers too!

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Growing Groceries: Basics of Seed Saving

March 19, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
been seeds

We will discuss the basics of seed saving including cross-pollination and self-pollination, isolation, open-pollinated varieties versus hybrid varieties, collection, cleaning, drying and storage.

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Growing Groceries: Pests, Predators, and Pollinators: An Introduction to IPM

March 26, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00
just-hatched praying mantis

Basics of managing disease, insect, and weed pests in the home garden. Discussion covers a variety of techniques including prevention, cultural practices like row covers, mulching, and more. Weed management practices include using mulches, hardscaping, and different cultivation techniques.

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