Springfield Community Gardens (SCG) continues to educate our community on practical ways to protect soil and water resources with our series of Urban Sustainability Sessions. SCG loves growing fresh, local food while creating community. We also love acting as environmental stewards and advocates by building healthy soils and being waterwise. These sessions offer practical information and techniques for use at your home, business, apartment, or in your garden.
SCG will also be developing the SCG Market Garden located at The Fairbanks. This garden allows us to train our community on the production of vegetables and herbs through regenerative agriculture practices. Produce is sold at the C-Street Farmers Market and will be used to develop value-added products. We’re striving to help our neighbors develop food and ag-related businesses with our commercial kitchen and growing spaces.
Let us know if you have gardening questions or need support in starting a garden of your own. We're here to help you through technical assistance, direction, and a growing network of gardeners and farmers who want to see you be successful.
Urban Sustainability Sessions and technical assistance opportunities are made possible by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWCD) in partnership with Sustainable by Nature, James River Basin Partnership, MU Extension, and permaculturalist and ecological designer, Ben Tegeler.
Ben Tegeler, Permaculturalist and Ecological Designer
Spring Equinox Composting Workshop
This workshop will provide the knowledge and security to build a successful compost area. The workshop will be outside to provide hands on demonstration to start and maintain a healthy living compost pile for your backyard or community garden. We'll go through different materials needed for a successful compost, location for the pile, time input and what's really happening in a compost mound. It'll give you the confidence to create your own compost and see that it's a beautiful cycle of turning waste into medium in which to grow your food! The workshop will be led by Justine Campbell, co-founder of Finley Farms, a regenerative farm initiative focused on providing nourishment, healing, and well-being for our community. Today, Finley Farms partners with 10 local businesses to compost and has two community composting bins set up in the Roundtree neighborhood. Every week they are adding more businesses to the pickup! Come to our workshop and share in their passion and love for the Earth! This event is free to the public.
Zero Waste: Cooking with Vegetable Scraps
Come learn new ways to utilize our food and food waste with us! Over the next few months we will dive into 'zero waste cooking' starting with the simplest of all ingredients, our vegetable scraps. We'll learn how to make beautiful meals any night of the week with humble ingredients. During the workshop we will sample homemade vegetable scrap broth, vegetable powder infused no-knead bread; potato peel chips and more! All attendees will be sent home with recipes for each item sampled. You’ll also take home a list of tips and recipes for a variety of vegetable scraps to keep you going! The class is FREE. If interested please email our Food Hub Manager Rachael West at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. *Space is limited to 9 attendees.