Extension and Outreach Partners with NewBo City Market

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is beginning a partnership with the NewBo City Market to teach Iowans garden skills and techniques.

Linn County Master Gardeners and other garden specialists are offering classes geared toward making gardening easy and fun for interested community members. The classes are held in the Learning Garden located at the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

“People who attend the classes will learn the benefits of gardening, how to water efficiently, harvest correctly, learn how to utilize food in their garden and much, much more,” said Michelle Kenyon Brown, community agriculture manager with ISU Extension and Outreach in Linn County.

“The classes are free, and they are open to everyone interested in learning new gardening skills and techniques,” said Kenyon Brown. “The garden is designed using the principals of Universal Design for greatest possible access by the general public. The garden features food designated as endangered by the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste, common Midwest crops in native varieties at risk of extinction.”

The Learning Garden is located in front of the city market, next to the NewBo City Market cistern.

Upcoming free gardening classes at the NewBo City Market:
July 20, 2013
Vegetable gardening
Speaker: Linn County Master Gardener Phil Pfister
July 27, 2013
Speaker: Scott Koepke, New Pioneer’s Soilmates
Aug. 3, 2013
Drying and canning your garden bounty
Speaker Linn County Master Gardener Phil Pfister
Aug. 10, 2013
Veggies -- practical advice and questions
Speaker: Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens

For more information, contact Michelle Kenyon Brown at Linn County Extension, mkenyonb@iastate.edu or 319-377-9839.