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OKT launches series with free urban gardening workshop

May 18, 2010

OKT members recently visited Brother Nature's urban garden, which grows on cleared abandoned residential lots in Detroit. The garden provides fresh produce to restaurants, farmers markets and, of course, neighbors, who are welcome to come pick whatever they need.

Steps to Growing Healthy Urban Gardens
6 – 9 p.m. Tues. May 25
SECA, 1408 Madison SE

Our Kitchen Table is a (OKT) launches its Food Diversity Project Series with free gardening workshop, “Steps to Growing Healthy Urban Food Gardens,” on Tuesday May 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. The workshop will be held at Southeast Community Association (SECA) 1408 Madison Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

A non-profit, grassroots community activist organization, OKT works for environmental justice and food security in Grand Rapids area urban communities.

Clinton Boyd PhD., Senior Scientist with the Sustainable Research Group, will share how to pick a spot, collect soil samples for testing (at a laboratory or with a DIY kit) and other tips for successful urban food gardening. “This workshop is designed for new gardeners, container gardeners and any gardener’s looking for their “green thumb,” says Lisa Oliver-King of Our Kitchen Table.

During the workshops, participants can sign up to join OKT’s Food Buying Club, which places orders for with Country Life Natural Foods in Pullman, Michigan. They can also sign up to be part of OKT’s seed bank, where members share heirloom seeds gathered from their own gardens.

OKT will also collect used household batteries and CFL light bulbs for recycling, exchange mercury thermometers for free digital thermometers and sign people up for free recycle bins. “Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle,” King advises. “This is a hands-on workshop and you will be connecting with the soil.”

The workshop is free and open to children age 10 and over accompanied by their parents. OKT asks that those interested in attending preregister. For information and registration, contact Lisa O-K, or 616-719-9779.

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