Local Food and Gardening Events

Local Food and Gardening Events

Wondering what’s happening with local food? On the hunt for the perfect native perennial? Look no further! We’ve got your roundup of local plant sales, workshops, and programs to keep you learning and growing!

 

Yard Waste Collection: 2018
The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division picks up residential yard waste year-round, weather permitting, excluding holidays. For more information, click here, call 832-3032 or email solidwaste@lawrenceks.org.

Hostas--A Carefree Shade Perennial: January 20, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Jeanne Klein, Douglas County Master Gardener. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Kaw Valley Seed Fair: February 10, 2018, 9 AM – 3 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
The Seed Fair features a seed exchange, educational exhibits and a raffle for various gardening-related prizes.

Biscuit Workshop: February 10, 2018, 2 – 4 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Workshop led by Robin St. James. All programs are donation based, but everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to donate. RSVP required: 785-865-1618.

LPL Seed Library Opens: February 20, 2018
Lawrence Public Library Atrium, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS
Back for its 4th season, the LPL Seed Library will be your spot for gardening information and free vegetable, flower, and herb seeds.

Winter Forums--Natural Area and Historic Sites of Douglas County: February 20, 2018, 7 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Flory Meeting Hall, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Douglas County residents are invited to contribute to a vision for the conservation of prairies and forests in Douglas County, with a focus on those that occur at or near historic sites. Information about land stewardship will also be available to landowners. No registration is required; coffee and cookies will be provided.

Westar Constructed Wetland Treatment – Engineering with Nature: February 21, 2018, 10 AM-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Jared Morrison, Westar Energy. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

How Plants Grow Family Story Hour: February 21, 2018, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Join Miss Linda at Just Food (1000 E. 11th) for stories about how plants grow, then start your own seed to take home!

Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition 3rd Annual Social: February 21, 2018, 7-8:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS
Interested in native plants? Enjoy some light refreshments and meet new people/organizations who are interested in protecting and utilizing native plants.

 

Community Meal: February 22, 2018, 5 – 7 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Cook and connect! All food and beverages supplied, all ages and skill levels welcome. All programs are donation based, but everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to donate. RSVP required: 785-865-1618.

Winter Forums--Natural Area and Historic Sites of Douglas County: March 3, 2018, 10 AM
Lecompton Community Building, 333 Elmore St., Lecompton, KS
Douglas County residents are invited to contribute to a vision for the conservation of prairies and forests in Douglas County, with a focus on those that occur at or near historic sites. Information about land stewardship will also be available to landowners. No registration is required; coffee and cookies will be provided.

City of Lawrence Compost Facility Opens for 2018: March 3rd- mid-December, 9 AM – 3 PM
The City’s Wood Recovery and Compost Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street will be open to the public on Saturdays, starting on March 3rd through mid-December, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Residents may purchase compost or woodchips (self-load only, bring a shovel). Cost: $10 per pickup truck load (more for larger trucks). Cash only.
  • Residents may drop off brush and yard waste. Cost is $5 per pickup load.

For more information, visit https://lawrenceks.org/swm/lawntreeprunings/.

Beekeeping Class 2018: March 4 & 11, 2018
Interested in getting started with honey bees and beekeeping? This course covers bee equipment, bee biology and anatomy, starting your first hive, products of the hive, bee friendly vegetation, and many other honey bee related subjects. For more information, visit www.nekba.org.

Winter Forums--Natural Area and Historic Sites of Douglas County: March 10, 2018, 10 AM
Eudora City Hall, 4 E. 7th St., Eudora, KS
Douglas County residents are invited to contribute to a vision for the conservation of prairies and forests in Douglas County, with a focus on those that occur at or near historic sites. Information about land stewardship will also be available to landowners. No registration is required; coffee and cookies will be provided.

Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening and Panel Discussion: March 13, 2018, 6 – 8:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS
Free public screening of Anthony Bourdain’s documentary about solutions to the problem of food waste around the world. Followed by a panel discussion with local experts. Coordinated by After the Harvest and NourishKC, in collaboration with local partners including Healthy Communities Wyandotte. Contact Collin Bruey for more information.

Community Meal: March 15, 2018, 5 – 7 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Cook and connect! All food and beverages supplied, all ages and skill levels welcome. All programs are donation based, but everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to donate. RSVP required: 785-865-1618.

Native Plant Gardening Basics: March 15, 2018, 7 PM
Carnegie Building, 200 W. 9th St., Lawrence, KS
Prairie ecologist Courtney Masterson will talk about aspects of starting and enlarging native gardens, including site assessment and selection, purchasing, and planting. Sponsored by the Grassland Heritage Foundation. An RSVP is encouraged: grasslandheritage@gmail.com.

It’s About Thyme, Herbs for the Home Garden: March 17, 2018, 10 AM-11:30 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Sandra Siebert, Douglas County Master Gardener. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Kansas Organic Workshop: March 22, 2018, 9 AM-4 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Flory Meeting Hall, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Learn about what organic farming is, how to become certified as organic, and opportunities related to being certified organic. The workshop is free, but an RSVP by March 14th is required. To RSVP, contact Sue Ann Funk at 785-843-4260, ext. 128.

Community Garden Day: March 24, 2018, 3 – 5 PM
Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Come out and learn how to grow early spring crops and help plant the Sunrise Community Garden. Free, no RSVP required.

Big Botany–Conversations with the Plant World: March 27 – July 15, 2018
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS
An exhibition exploring humankind’s deep connection and fascination with the plant kingdom through artworks from the Spencer Museum’s permanent collection, a number of significant loans, and site-specific commissions by four artists-in-residence.

Biochar Workshop: March 29, 2018, 8 AM – 12 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Biochar has the potential to be beneficial for many aspects of food production. Click here to register for this free workshop presented by the Nebraska Forest Service. Contact Heather at the Nebraska Forest Service for more information.

Lawrence Farmers Market Opening Weekend: April 14, 2018, 7 – 11 AM
Located at 824 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS.

Sunrise Project Plant Sale: April 14, 9 AM-2 PM
1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Native plants and vegetable plants will be available for sale.

Hidden Valley Work Day – Spring Cleaning and Planting Time: April 14, 2018, 1 PM-4 PM
Hidden Valley Camp, 3420 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Suggested work time is 1 hour. Special projects available with advance notification. Bring your own work gloves & a water bottle. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Please direct questions and RSVPs to Durand Reiber.

Growing Tomatoes with Flair and Flavor: April 18, 2018, 10 AM-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Jason Graves, Saline County Horticulture Agent. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Sunrise Project Plant Sale: April 28, 2018, 9 AM-2 PM
1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Native plants and vegetable plants will be available for sale.

Monarch Watch Plant Sale and Open House: May 12, 2018, 8 AM- 2 PM
Foley Hall, 2021 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS
Learn about Monarch butterflies, and purchase plants (native and non-native) that support pollinators.

Sunrise Project Plant Sale: May 12, 9 AM-2 PM
1501 Learnard Ave., Lawrence, KS
Native plants and vegetable plants will be available for sale.

Grassland Heritage Foundation Native Plant Sale: May 19, 2018, 9 AM-1 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church Lawn, 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS

Understanding How Pesticides Impact Pollinators: May 19, 2018, 10 AM-11:30 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Dr. Raymond Cloyd, of Kansas State University. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Hidden Valley Work Day – National Trails Day: June 2, 2018, 8 AM-11 AM
Hidden Valley Camp, 3420 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, KS
Help with routine trail maintenance projects anytime between 8:00 and 11:00 am. Please direct questions to Durand Reiber.

Douglas County Master Gardeners Native Plant Sale: June 2, 2018, 9 AM-1:30 PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS

Creating and Maintaining a Naturalistic Garden: June 20, 2018, 10 AM-11 AM.
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Jill Kleinberg, Douglas Coounty Master Gardener. Following the presentation there will be a garden tour of Jill’s home gardens, 1756 E. 960 Road, Lawrence, KS. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Edible Landscaping: July 21, 2018, 10 AM-11:30 AM 
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Sherri Thomas, Johnson County Master Gardener. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Noxious Weeds of Kansas: August 15, 2018, 10 AM-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Alan Hollinger, City of Lawrence. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Cover Crops in the Garden: September 15, 2018, 10 AM-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Tom Buller, Douglas County Horticulture Agent. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Creatures of the Night: October 17, 2018, 10 AM-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Lenora Larson, Marais des Cygnes Master Gardener. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

Asexual Propagation of Woody Ornamental Plants: November 10, 2018, 10 AM-11 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Dreher Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS
Presented by Dr. Jason Griffin, Kansas State University. For more information, contact the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 785-843-7058 or mastergardener@douglas-county.com

2018 Kaw Valley Farm Tour: First full weekend in October
Explore the diversity of local agriculture through tours of a wide variety of farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and wineries. Click here for more information.

Mother Earth News Fair: October 13 & 14, 2018
Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS
Dozens of practical workshops and demonstrations from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more! Click here for more information.

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