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Edible Plants & Urban Agriculture – April 2020

Edible Plants & Urban Agriculture is one of many monthly courses offered as part of the Horticulture Certificate Program. A monthly course is $115 for Conservatory members and $135 for the general public, and includes five classes (a value of $23/37 per class). Classes may not be prorated. Students must complete nine of the courses to earn the certificate. However, there is no obligation to complete the program; students are welcome to sign up for as many or as few of the courses as they would like.

The world of edible plants and modern urban agriculture will be explored in this course. An introduction to edible plants through ethnobotany, the nature of edible plants, algae and fungi, common crops, foraging and wild edible plants will be followed by a comprehensive look at vegetable/fruit gardening, herbs in all of their glory, community gardening and urban agriculture techniques and practices. The primary learning outcome is to holistically understand the various ways in which humans grow, harvest and consume plants.

Instructor: Mark A. Miller, PhD

Guest Instructors: Jennifer Schneller, Ohio Herb Center ; Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Program Manager, Franklin Park Conservatory; Rachel Tayse, owner of Harmonious Homestead

Textbook: No textbook is required.

The following resources are recommended for those students who wish to enrich and further their subject learning.

  • Thomas, Elias & Dykeman, Peter (2009). Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods.
  • Hemenway, Toby (2009). Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition. Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
  • Carpenter, Novella & Rosenthal, Willow (2011). The Essential Urban Farmer. Penguin Books.
  • Schlosser, Katherine, Editor (2007). The Herb Society of America’s Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs. Louisiana State University Press.

College Credit: One (1) hour of credit can be obtained from Ashland University for an additional cost of $180.

Class Dates

First Class: Tuesday, April 7, 6-8:30 PM

Second Class: Tuesday, April 14, 6-8:30 PM

Third Class: Tuesday, April 21, 6-8:30 PM

Fourth Class: Saturday, April 25, 9-11:30 AM

Fifth Class: Tuesday, April 28, 6-8:30 PM

Register For Course

Please note, when you register you are signing up and paying for ALL FIVE classes in this course. The registration page will show the first date only (April 7th) but this process will register you for all five classes.