Classes

Directions:  Unless otherwise stated, classes are held at our farm, 2889 Maple Rd East, Jefferson, OH 44047.  Mapping programs have trouble with our address. See our verbal directions, or click here for map point.
Class Fee:  We charge for classes on a sliding scale. We aim to be accessible. Please pay what you can to support our unique education efforts.

Please read, WHAT TO EXPECT AT RED BEET ROW, so you can plan accordingly.



Seed Saving Class at Henderson!

Join us at the Henderson Memorial library in Jefferson for this free class on how to save seeds. Bring seeds to exchange! The leftovers will go to the Seed Library at Henderson.


Dorset Community Project: A permaculture food forest

First meeting: October 20, 2021
Wednesday, 6-7:30pm
RSVP – let us know if you plan to come, or want to help out but can’t make it

Location: Dorset Township Community Center, 2681 OH-193, Dorset, OH 44032

We are combining forces with Donna Devadoss in Dorset for this new community project. Join us for our first meeting to begin transforming fallow property at the Dorset Community Center into a food forest! We need more volunteers – help us spread the word!

Purpose:
– Enhance the beauty of the Dorset Community Center
– Help the ecological health of the planet
– Introduce the concept of community food in a food forest setting
– Educate community members about plants, pollinators, nutritional food, and medical sovereignty
– Improve the sense of community in Dorset, bridging relationships, and bringing people together

Phase 1 : Pollinator Garden

The project begins with a 40 X 200 ft pollinator garden which provides medicinal and culinary herbs as well as pollinator friendly plants. We hope to begin ground prep this Fall and planting this Spring. There is a bridge that needs repaired to better access the land – hopefully with more support that can be completed by early summer 2022.

The bed will be attractive, neatly landscaped, and low maintenance. Signs will be posted identifying each plant, and that it is a “pollinator garden.” The community center is a riparian zone so flowers and shrubs are both needed with a focus on native plants.

Phase 2: Orchard

With the bridge repaired, we will begin to improve soil in the back field for orchard planting. We will plant the orchard in complete guilds with a trio of 1 nitrogen fixer to 4 fruit trees, utilizing 3-5 different guilds to increase diversity (no vine layer as they can be difficult to maintain). Trees will be varieties that can produce without pruning or pesticides, including a row of hazelnuts along the forest edge. Each row will leave room for recreational riding and mowing.


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Classes we’ve taught before…


Seed Harvest, Storage, and Stratification for Woody and Herbaceous Plants in Agroforestry Systems

Location: Kelly’s Working Well Farm, 16495 S Franklin St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Class offered in partnership with Kelly’s Working Well Farm in Chagrin Falls.

Participants will receive instruction on how to locate and harvest seeds to grow for use in their gardens or farms, as well as how to process, store and stratify the seed for planting next season.  We may go for a hike together to gather fresh seeds, if the weather permits.  Folks may assist the farm staff with planting of potted trees, shrubs, and perennials in the agroforestry system at Kelly’s Working Well Farm.  We will have a variety of locally harvested seeds for participants to take home, as well as a small variety of plants for sale.

Free locally sourced seasonal farm lunch will be served!

Classes will be led by John Wright of Red Beet Row, and
Jessica Burns, farmhand at Kelly’s Working Well Farm and gardener at the Holden Arboretum


Clay Soil Plaster Work Parties!

Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Free event – WE feed YOU!
RSVP – let us know if you plan to come

Location: Red Beet Row, 2889 E Maple Rd, Jefferson, OH 44047

Come help us spread mud on walls! We’re harvesting clay from our soil, mixing it with sand and straw to make natural plaster (an ancient technology) and spreading it on the walls of our straw-stuffed farm building! Come learn how to do it, and have fun getting muddy! It’s a party! We’ll have food and music and the awesome company of friends! Come join us!

Camping is encouraged! We have spots for tent and car camping – let us know if you plan to camp.


Reeds & Roots One-Day Skillshare

September 4, 2021
Saturday, 9am-dark
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Location: Blakeslee Log Cabin, Ashtabula County

All of us at Red Beet Row are teaching at this fun FREE skillshare!  Workshop topics include:

Wild Mushroom ID – Beginning Hand Spinning – Intro to Fly Tying: Tying Your First Fly – How to Make Salves, Ointments, and Balms – Uncle Mud Presents: Building with Local Natural Materials – Mythical Mushrooms: The Legends and Lore from the Forest Floor – Night Skies – Using Herbs and Plants from Your Yard – The Minimalist Nomadic Lifestyle – Present Minded Conveyer of Emotion Through Movement – Urban Permaculture: Fitting the Most in Small Spaces – Minimal Waste Cooking – Making Cordage With Plant Fibers – Useful Trees, Shrubs, and Vines – Moving Heavy Things

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Homemade Fertility

Learn how to build fertility on your land naturally. In this class we will discuss combining techniques for maximizing soil fertility: cover crops, composting, plant diversity, foliar sprays, animal integration and finally a list of natural products you can use to support long term sustainable soil health. We will make compost and you will go home with the info you need to make your own high quality compost. Class participants should also plan to take cover crop seeds home as we will be working with seeds and how we create mixes throughout the year. We’ll also observe plants for nutritional deficiencies and drought stress and talk about the best natural solutions.

This class is designed to support the backyard gardeners in producing biologically rich soils close to home. Not everything in our gardens is perfect but we know how to fix it and we want to teach you!

Dress to be outside the whole time you are with us. Please check the weather.
We ask all attendees to keep 6-foot distance from each other, and wear a mask if you aren’t fully vaccinated. Please read our “What to expect at Red Beet Row” document so you can plan.


Off-Grid Solar Electricity

Meeting basic needs includes more than just food and medicine – energy, too!  In this class, learn from amateur electrician Jim Walts how to design and install a small off-grid solar electric system.  Jim lives off-grid with solar power as his sole source of energy in his mobile tiny home.  Lessons will be applicable for small electrical needs and beginner projects!  Jim will cover the basic components of an off-grid electrical system, how to size your own system, review the latest products with which he is familiar, and much more.

We welcome Jim Walts as a new teacher at Red Beet Row, but not a new face!  If you’ve come for class during the summer, Jim was likely here.  He lives a nomadic life in a tiny home he made himself.  During summer he’s up north with us, during winter he’s south or west. Solar electricity is one of his many expert skills!  He’s also a woodworker, tech nerd, amateur mechanic, and nomad-living off-grid wizard!

Dress to be outside the whole time you are with us. Please check the weather.
We ask all attendees to keep 6-foot distance from each other, and wear a mask if you aren’t fully vaccinated. Please read our “What to expect at Red Beet Row” document so you can plan.


Virtual Off-Grid Greenhouse Tour!

This class if free, but PLEASE DONATE SEED to your closest Seed Library today!


Hugelkulture: Growing in Mound Beds!

During this in-person class we’ll look at several examples of successful mound gardens. We’ll talk about mulching techniques, where plants are happiest, and long-term maintenance of these drought-tolerant raised beds. We’ll also build a hugel bed to learn the fine details of bed installation. Bring work gloves and a shovel, if you’ve got them. You are not required to do the manual labor part to be in this class.

Austrian Sepp Holzer popularized “hugelkulture” in the U.S. Although many cultures grow food on mounds all over the globe. Hugel beds shed water better in times of excess rain, and they retain water in times of drought.  Hugel beds create microclimates, allowing you to grow plants that like shade, sun, dry, and moist conditions, all in the same bed. Whether you have an excavator or a shovel to use, you too can grow in mounds.

Dress to be outside the whole time you are with us. Please check the weather.
We ask all attendees to keep 6-foot distance from each other, and wear a mask if you plan to get close. Please read our “What to expect at Red Beet Row” document so you can plan.


Propagation of Woody and Herbaceous Perennial Plants

Class offered in partnership with Kelly’s Working Well Farm in Chagrin Falls.

Volunteer and join us at Kelly’s Working Well Farm for the first of a free four-part volunteer workshop series on Propagation, Planting, and Caring for Woody and Herbaceous Perennial Plants in Agroforestry Systems. Participants will receive instruction and assist with planting stratified seeds and rooting cuttings to be planted on the farm, and will have the opportunity to take home a variety of native, edible, medicinal, pollinator-friendly seeds and cuttings. Free locally sourced seasonal farm lunch will be served!

Classes will be led by John Wright of Red Beet Row, and
Jessica Burns, farmhand at Kelly’s Working Well Farm and gardener at the Holden Arboretum


Make Wild Salad You WANT to Eat

In this garden stroll, we’ll investigate a mixture of about 10 common wild and domestic plants that grow with little to no care. We’ll show you how to creatively make colorful and tasty salads from your yard and wider wild landscape. Topics include flavor ratios, timing, plant parts to use, and no fuss propagation methods.

Please bring a container to take your own harvested salad home with you.


Fruit & Nut Trees: Pruning and Holistic Orchard Techniques

Come to the farm to learn about fruits and nuts! We’ll look at the common fruit and nut trees and bushes we have planted here in our baby agroforestry system.  We’ll discuss the specific needs of each, how you can grow them, and how to cheaply and easily propagate them from local sources.  We’ll also focus on pruning and have hands-on pruning practice.  Holistic natural methods of fertility are highlighted. Species examples include: Chestnuts, Apples, Walnuts, Elderberries, and more!

Bring a pair of gardening gloves and pruners for the hands-on pruning practice. (If you don’t have either, we can supply you.)


Natural Rope Making

Cordage is the ancient art of turning plants into rope!  Join us, with teacher Isaac Coblentz, in the chilly Fall season when plant fibers are ripe for harvesting for cordage.  We’ll be making rope from plants you can find in your back yard: Nettle, Dogbane, Marshmallow, Yucca, and others.  The class includes a discussion about wildcrafting ethics, timing, plant ID, and harvesting. Go home with rope you made yourself!

Isaac Coblentz is teaching this class. He has been weaving natural fibers into baskets and other useful objects since he was 7 years old.  Isaac learned turning fibers into cordage over the last 4 or 5 years.  He loves plants, crafts, compost, and opportunities to connect human beings to the natural world.  Isaac is a regular figure at Red Beet Row and returning teacher!


Apples Apples Apples! Kingsville Library

Location: Kingsville Public Library

Learn MORE than just the basics in this class on growing apple trees.  John Wright, of Red Beet Row education farm, will teach how to choose a site for planting apple trees, fertilization methods, pruning methods, and disease and pest management.  He’ll even talk about harvesting and processing your bounty!  Organic, non-toxic growing practices will be highlighted.  
Please bring seed donations to help restock our Community Seed Library!


First Time Gardening: 3 chances to take this class!

1: Conneaut Library

Location: Conneaut Public Library

2: Henderson Library

Location: Henderson Memorial Public Library

3: Cleveland Heights, Home Repair Resource Center

Location: Home Repair Resource Center, Cleveland Heights

Turn your thumb green this spring! Learn to plant and maintain a non-toxic home garden. In this class, we’ll explore both easy and labor-intensive methods for establishing a new garden bed. We’ll review where, how, and when to purchase and sow seeds and starts.  We’ll also touch on how to maintain and harvest from the garden without use of chemicals, carburetors, or cash!  Create a sustainable garden that fits you. 
Please bring seed donations to help restock our Community Seed Library!


Reeds & Roots Skillshare

August 2021!
North East Ohio’s Earthskills Gathering
Location: 
Camp Roosevelt Firebird, Bowerston, OH
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Join us for this annual community skillshare!  Learn sustainable living skills in over 50 workshops, activities, and evening entertainment. Topics include: Wild Mushroom ID, Herbalism, Food Preservation, Natural Building, Weaving, Sustainable Agriculture, and much more! Camp overnight engulfed in the fresh pine forests of the Leesville Wildlife Area, gazing at the stars as the grand, remote Leesville Lake stretches out before you. Bring the kids! Programming is built in for the whole family. Unplug and reconnect!

Our all-volunteer organizing crew is currently recruiting new volunteers for 2021!  Can you: Teach a workshop? Offer an activity? Perform? Work trade at the event doing: Food, First Aid, Lifeguard, Registration, Body Work, Sanitation? Help do Outreach? Or organize before the event?  Let us know! We need you!Red Beet Row organizes this annual community event, along with Kelly’s Working Well Farm and volunteers across the region! We are building a regional network around sustainable living skills. Join us!



Acorn Processing Class & Farm Social!

Come for one or both!
Acorn Processing Class: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Farm Social: 6:00 pm – late
Join us at the end of the growing season when the harvest is plenty!
First, we’ll have an Acorn Processing Class. We’ll walk you through our woods and farm scape. Learn how to ID oak trees, harvest different types of acorns, and process acorns for food. John will have tasty treats on-hand made from acorn flour.

Second, it’s time to kick back at our Farm Social! We’ll have delicious farm-fresh food. Bring a dish or drink to share! You’ll also see our constructed wetlands, garden beds, young forest garden, milking goats, natural buildings, and more.
Anyone wishing to camp out overnight will be treated with a bonfire and desserts!
(please bring drinking water and camp gear if you wish to camp)
Dress to be outside rain or shine!


Earthworks Farm Tour

Last year at Red Beet Row we used an NRCS grant to excavate wetlands. We simultaneously established about an acre of mound beds (hugelkultur) for growing. We used permaculture and contour planning to implement a water harvesting (and shedding) landscape that we hope will grow high quality forest and orchard products for our farm business. In this class we will tour you through our earthworks experiment – you’ll get to see it in its first year and compare it to future years as we grow! We’ll explain what we are trying and why. We’ll also tour you through the rest of our small farm.  We have buildings made of reclaimed and natural materials, goats, fruit trees, polyculture beds, no-till gardens, and more! Dress to be outside for the whole class – rain or shine.


Perennial Roots for Cold & Changing Climates

Free! But please bring SEED donations for the in-house seed libraries.
(This is a program to support Ashtabula Co Community Seed Libraries.)
Join John Wright as we discuss how to cultivate a sustainable culture of roots and tubers in Northeast Ohio. He’ll have roots and seeds for tasting and propagation. Topics include: growing, winter harvesting, storage and preservation. We’ll cover a variety of common and uncommon roots and tubers.


Spring Tree ID & Folklore

Join us at this new farm Resilient Acres as we teach how to properly identify trees and shrubs in the spring! We’ll be using buds, barks, twigs, flowers, and leftover leaves to make positive IDs. This class will give you the keys for proper identification of trees and shrubs in the northeast Ohio landscape. Traditional folklore and uses will be discussed.

Summer Tree ID & Folklore

Join us at this new farm Resilient Acres as we teach how to properly identify trees and shrubs in the summer! We’ll be using buds, barks, twigs, flowers, and leaves to make positive IDs. This class will give you the keys for proper identification of trees and shrubs in the northeast Ohio landscape. Traditional folklore and uses will be discussed. We will be walking around the property for much of the class- please come prepared to be outside!


Back Yard Fruit Trees

2 Chances to Learn!
Free! But please bring SEED donations for the in-house seed libraries.
(This is a program to support Ashtabula Co Community Seed Libraries.)
Part 1: Henderson Library
In part one of this class we’ll cover the basic care and culture of apples, pears, bramble fruits and persimmon. We will explore site selection, fertilization, pruning, disease and pest management and harvest. Organic practices will be highlighted.

Part 2: Kingsville Library
In part two of this class we’ll cover the basic care and culture of stone fruits (peaches, cherries, plums, apricots, almond) and paw paw. We will explore site selection, fertilization, pruning, disease and pest management and harvest. Organic practices will be highlighted.


No Till, Now Chill: How to Maintain Easy No-Till Garden Beds

(This is a program to support Ashtabula Co Community Seed Libraries.) In this hands-on class, we’ll show you how to make and maintain garden beds that do not need tilled. Tillage destroys complex microbiology in the soil that feed and benefit plants. Learning to keep a no-till garden results in lower disease and pest pressure, healthier plants and thus healthier food, and in the long run less work for you! We’ll cover hugelkulture (mound gardening), mulching, living mulches, polyculture planting, methods that involve chicken or livestock rotations, and compost-making from materials you already have.


Dreams of the Medicinal Orchard

What does our own personal garden of eden look like? Can we grow the diversity of medicinal herbs we need for our practices in the microspace of a backyard, or a large farm? How can we integrate the trees and shrub medicine we want to grow locally with the other herbs in our gardens? We hope to answer these questions with a technique called forest gardening. In designing a forest garden we can think of the plants occurring in layers as they do in the forest. As gardener herbalists we find ourselves wanting to grow herbs and mushrooms that may fit into all the layers of the forest. Forest gardening gives us tools for the ecological cultivation of a diversity of ‘wild quality’ herbs with the benefit of increased disease and pest resistance, soil creation, improved habitat for many species and reduced water and fertility needs over time.


Perennial Vegetable Tour

In this tour, we’ll walk you through our gardens and show off the perennial food plants we grow at Red Beet Row. Perennial plants are easier and more reliable than annuals. Perennials grow back year after year, requiring little maintenance or disturbance. Plants include both wild and cultivated vegetable varieties.  We’ll show you both how to identify the plants, and how to use them. Expand what you like to eat! Come out and test your taste buds!


Edimentals in the Garden

Join us as we meander through Red Beet Row’s gardens to find the most ornamental of wild and cultivated edible plants. We’ll focus on colors, flowers, and underutilized pieces and parts of well and lesser known garden plants. This class is both tasty and beautiful! Dress to be outside rain or shine!


How to Use Invasive Weeds

Phragmites, Autumn Olive, Garlic Mustard, and more! In this powerpoint presentation, learn how to identify, harvest, and use the plants most abundant around us! Learn delicious and nutritious recipes. Learn which plants are medicine. Learn about thatching roofs with reeds. Stop spraying those pesky weeds and start using them!


Staple Crops, Staple Seed

In this powerpoint presentation, learn about the crops that feed us most! Staple crops have sustained civilizations since antiquity. In this class we hope to tap into the gardener/farmer in all of us by discussing the culture surrounding the most widely grown and eaten staple crops in our region.  We’ll talk about site and soil, variety selection, seed saving and cultural management for several crops that have proven themselves to grow well here and be accepted by most American diets.  Potatoes, corn, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, and parsnips!


First Time Gardening

In this powerpoint presentation, learn how to establish garden beds naturally. Learn how to plant and maintain a non-toxic home garden. We’ll explore both easy and labor-intensive options for establishing a new garden bed. We’ll review where, how, and when to purchase and sow seeds and starts.  We’ll also touch on how to maintain and harvest from the garden without use of chemicals, carburetors, or cash!  Create a sustainable garden that fits you. Turn your thumb green this spring!


First Up!

What are the first edible & medicinal plants popping up in the Spring? We’ll walk around our gardens, field, and forest to teach the first foods mother nature has to offer – both cultivated crops and wild forage. We’ll taste as we walk. If there’s time, we’ll also show you what we’re planting first and how.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners.

Dress to be outside for the whole class – rain or shine.


Seed Saving Independence

Never buy seed again! In this hands-on class, we’ll save seeds from this year’s garden vegetables to use in next year’s beds. We teach you when to collect ripe seed and how to properly clean it. We also share the specific seed mixtures that have performed well for us in our gardens. Go home with seeds. Food independence is possible!

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners. Dress to be outside for the whole class – rain or shine.


Garden Mounds: Learn Swales, Ditches, Berms, Hugelkulture!

Drought? Monsoon? Gardening in our current climate means being prepared for extreme weather.  In this class, learn how to design to maximize food production in the face of unpredictable weather.  We teach you methods for directing water so can prepare for both drought and flood. 

We also teach you hugelkultur!  Or, gardening with earth mounds.  Austrian Sepp Holzer popularized this permaculture technique in the US.  Indigenous cultures have grown food on mounds since forever, across the globe.  Hugel beds shed water better in times of excess rain, and they retain water in times of drought.  Hugel beds create microclimates, allowing you to grow plants that like shade, sun, dry, and moist conditions, all in the same bed!


Homemade Fertilizer

Learn how to build fertility into your land naturally and responsibly. In this hands-on class, we’ll make homemade fertilizer out of weeds from the yard. We’ll discuss which plants to use for different soil deficiencies. Several techniques combined feed the soil without need for synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. We’ll also highlight home composting methods, vermiculture (worm compost), and a bit on cover cropping. Go home with fertilizer and cover crop seeds.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels – beginner to advanced gardeners. Dress to be outside for the whole class – rain or shine.


Potluck & Farm Tour

Join us for a farm-fresh lunch. We’ll have homegrown goodies. Bring a dish if you’re in the mood. We’ll visit and eat at 12, then host a tour of the farm from 1-3:30. Highlights: underground greenhouse, no-till gardens, hugelkultur beds, chicken tractors, solar dehydrator, bicycle grain grinder, polyculture and perennial garden beds.


Useful Plants Tour

This tour is for true plant lovers! We’ll take an intensive look at the plants in our gardens and field, both wild and cultivated. We’ll review their uses & lore. We’ll explain how we propagate them, as well. We’ll focus on less-commonly-known plants: perennial vegetables, medicinal herbs, uncommon fruits, and plants that feed the soil. Useful plants only!