KCCG Workshops

Below is the schedule for Spring Workshops.
Please check back in late January to register for Spring Workshops.

Video recordings and powerpoint downloads of all 2021 workshops can be viewed on our Virtual Workshop page.

Spring 2022 Free Workshops

When Time Workshop
February 11th (Friday) 12:00pm Selecting and Planting Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes: Add fruit to your garden or learn more about the best fruit varieties for our area. We will discuss the fruit plant varieties offered by KCCG as well as basic fruit planting techniques.
February 15th (Tuesday) 5:30pm Starting Seedlings Indoors Under Lights: Many gardeners have longed to start their own seedlings indoors and been frustrated. Come and learn the important secrets that will bring success. Discussion will include proper lighting and the process of transitioning plants to outdoors.
February 25th (Friday) 12:00pm Fruit Tree Care and Maintenance: Fruit trees can be incredibly rewarding, but it takes work to get that reward year after year. Learn pruning and pest management techniques and timing for fruit trees and berries to insure a bountiful harvest.
March 4th 12:00pm Hands-on Fruit Tree and Small Fruit Pruning: All fruit plants require some sort of maintenance, from pruning to thinning to pest management. Learn what to do, why to do it and when to do it. Learn about spring pruning in the garden. Workshop will be held outside in the garden (weather permitting). Limited to 20 participants
March 8 (Tuesday) 5:30pm Vegetable Garden Basics: This workshop is helpful for beginning and experienced gardeners. Learn the fundamentals of successful vegetable gardening including: site selection, soil improvement and preparation, garden planning, planting techniques, variety selection, garden maintenance and harvesting.
March 18th (Friday) Growing Brassicas in Your Garden: The Brassicas (sometimes called the cabbage family) are a very important group of vegetables that include cabbage, broccoli, collards, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, radish, mustard, turnips and more. These vegetables share some common characteristics and pest problems. Learn how to grow Brassicas successfully.
April 1st (Friday) 12:00pm How to Control Weeds in the Vegetable Garden: Every gardener has to deal with controlling weeds and unfortunately sometimes weed growth is one of the main reasons that gardens fail and people give up. Come learn about the different kinds of weeds and their life cycles. There are practices and techniques that can make dealing with weeds much easier and your garden will be much more successful.
April 15th (Friday) 12:00pm Tomatoes, Peppers and Sweet Potatoes: Are you overwhelmed by the number of tomato varieties available? Are you confused about heirloom tomatoes? Do your pepper plants not produce as many peppers as you would like? Are you disappointed when you dig up your sweet potatoes? Come learn how to select, plant and care for tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.
April 26th (Tuesday) 5:30pm Growing Vine Crops in Your Garden: Members of the Cucurbit family are considered vine crops and include cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe, watermelons, gourds and more. There are many challenges to growing these crops but they are worth the effort.
May 7th (Friday) 12:00pm Planting for Beneficial Insects and Pollinators: Insectary or pollinator gardens are great ways to lure beneficial insects to your yard and garden. Learn about what native wildflowers and common culinary herbs you can use to create a more eco-friendly, biodiverse garden.
May 20th (Friday) 12:00pm Cooking with Spring Veggies: You’ve planted, maintained, and harvested, but how are you going to cook those beautiful spring vegetables from your garden? Join us and learn how to prepare simple, delicious recipes inspired by Spring. Popular Spring veggies include: spinach, kale, green onions, radishes, potatoes, and more! (This workshop will be pre-recorded and will debut on the KCCG Website May 20 to watch at your convenience - no registration required)
May 24th (Tuesday) 5:30pm What’s Really Bugging You? Insects in the Garden: Do you ever wonder whether the insects in your garden are helping or harming your plants? Learn about the common insects found in our area so that you can identify garden pests as well as the beneficial insects. We will also discuss how to control problem insects safely and effectively.

Giving Grove Workshops

For KCCG Stewards Only

The Giving Grove workshops are available for registering. All workshops are free for Giving Grove stewards and apprentices. Click here to RSVP.

When Time Where Workshop
Tuesday, January 25th 12pm-1:30pm Zoom Engage Your Community - Important for anyone looking to increase community involvement in orchard activities. Learn how to engage community through Asset-Based Community Development and Asset Mapping. Appropriate for all orchards.
Thursday, January 27th 6:00pm-8:00pm Zoom Engage Your Community - mportant for anyone looking to increase community involvement in orchard activities. Learn how to engage community through Asset-Based Community Development and Asset Mapping. Appropriate for all orchards.
Thursday, February 10th 12pm-1:30pm Zoom Pests and Pest Management In Your Orchard - What is that leaf spot? Who made holes in my leaves? Find out about many of the insects, fungi and diseases that can plague your trees and what you can do about it. Appropriate for all orchards.
Saturday, February 12th 10:0am-11:30am Zoom Holistic Spray in Pest Management - Class explains how to utilize Michael Phillips’ Holistic Spray method in your orchard. Recommended for all orchards installed in 2019 or earlier.
Thursday, February 17th 12pm-1:30pm Zoom Dormant Season Pruning - Learn the basics of pruning in the comfort of your own home. Please bring hand pruners. Attend a site that is similar in age and species in your orchard.
Saturday, February 19th 10:00am-11:30am Zoom Pests and Pest Management In Your Orchard - What is that leaf spot? Who made holes in my leaves? Find out about many of the insects, fungi and diseases that can plague your trees and what you can do about it. Appropriate for all orchards.
Tuesday, February 22nd 10am-12pm Liberty Orchard - 5th and Washington, KCK. (Parking behind Liberty Bank) Dormant Season Pruning - Learn the basics of pruning. Many types of fruit 3-5 years in the ground. Please bring hand pruners.
Wednesday, February 23rd 2:00pm-5:00pm Kauffman Orchard, Parking at 4750 Troost Parking Lot Dormant Season Field Day - Come prepared to help with pruning, fertilizing, and dormant oil spraying. Learn the processes! Appropriate for all orchards.
Wednesday, March 2nd 2:00pm-4:00pm KCCG - 6917 Kensington Avenue, KCMO, 64132 Dormant Season Pruning - Learn the basics of pruning. Please bring hand pruners. Many species of fruits some in the ground 10+ years some planted in 2021.
Tuesday, May 17th 12pm-1:30pm Avenue of Life Orchard - 5117 E 31st, KCMO, 64128. Park in upper lot next to orchard. Orchard Basics/New Tree Maintenance - Mainly for newer orchards, but great for understanding tree growth, training trees, and other things that are happening to your trees in the growing season.
Thursday, May 26th 6:00pm-8:00pm KCCG - 6917 Kensington Avenue, KCMO, 64132 Orchard Basics/New Tree Maintenance - Mainly for newer orchards, but great for understanding tree growth, training trees, and other things that are happening to your trees in the growing season. Lots of tree varieties, young and old, planted from 2008-2021
Tuesday, June 14th 12pm-1:30pm Zoom Preparing for Harvest - How do you engage your neighbors around the orchard and fresh fruit? How do you keep the trees from getting picked too soon? How do you tell if the fruit is ripe? What do you do with the harvest? These important questions and more will be answered. Important for Orchards Installed in 2019 and Earlier, and All Sites with Berries.
Saturday, June 18th 9:00am-11:00am Zoom Preparing for Harvest - How do you engage your neighbors around the orchard and fresh fruit? How do you keep the trees from getting picked too soon? How do you tell if the fruit is ripe? What do you do with the harvest? These important questions and more will be answered. Important for Orchards Installed in 2019 and Earlier, and All Sites with Berries.
Thursday, June 23rd 6:00pm-8:00pm Zoom Engage Your Community - Important for anyone looking to increase community involvement in orchard activities. We will customize your engagement strategy based on your orchard’s location and identifying nearby resources within the surrounding community. Appropriate for all orchards.
Thursday, July 14th 2:00pm-4:00pm MU Ext. Kitchen Fruit Preservation - This session will cover harvest and storage tips for keeping garden produce in optimal condition, as well as touch on food safety principle for freezing, and dehydrating as simple methods for preserving surplus. The first workshop will be located at the MU Extension Kitchen at the River Market, 105 E 5th ST, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO, 64106. The second workshop will be announced later this year. Appropriate for all orchards, especially those with a large stewardship team.
Tuesday, July 19th 12:00pm-1:30pm Zoom Orchard Biodiversity - Help manage pests and add fertility to the orchard floor. Learn about insectary gardens, beneficial insects and groundcovers, nitrogen fixers, pest deterrents, dynamic accumulators, and more. Appropriate for all orchards, especially those with a large stewardship team.
Tuesday, August 2nd 10:00am-12:00pm KCCG - 6917 Kensington Avenue, KCMO, 64132 Summer Pruning & Maintenance - This workshop will focus on older pear, apple, and Asian Pear. Please Bring Hand Pruners! Focus is on regulating excessive growth and topping trees. Highly recommended for all orchards.
Thursday, August 4th 2:00pm-4:00pm MU Ext. Kitchen Fruit Preservation - This session will cover the basic food safety and preservation principles of canning and pickling and include a display of basic equipment used in food preservation. This workshop will be located at the MU Extension Kitchen at the River Market, 105 E 5th ST, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO, 64106. Appropriate for all orchards, especially those with a large stewardship team.
Thursday, August 6th 10:00-12:00pm MU Ext. Kitchen Fruit Preservation - This session will cover the basic food safety and preservation principles of canning and pickling and include a display of basic equipment used in food preservation. This workshop will be located at the MU Extension Kitchen at the River Market, 105 E 5th ST, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO, 64106. Appropriate for all orchards, especially those with a large stewardship team.
Wednesday, August 10th 6:00pm-8:00pm Overland Park - 9500 Bluejacket Overland Park, Ks, 66214. Park in Library parking lot Summer Pruning & Maintenance - This workshop will focus on 3-5 year pear, apple, and Asian Pear. Please Bring Hand Pruners! Focus is on regulating excessive growth and topping trees. Highly recommended for all orchards.
Thursday, August 18th 10:00am-12:00pm Avenue of Life - 5117 E 31st, KCMO, 64128. Park in upper lot next to orchard Summer Pruning & Maintenance - This workshop will focus on mostly apple, pear and Asian pear. Planted in 2020. Please Bring Hand Pruners! Focus is on regulating excessive growth and topping trees. Highly recommended for all orchards.
Thursday, August 25th 6:00pm-8:00pm TBD Fruit Preservation - This session will cover harvest and storage tips for keeping garden produce in optimal condition, as well as touch on food safety principle for freezing, and dehydrating as simple methods for preserving surplus. The first workshop will be located at the MU Extension Kitchen at the River Market, 105 E 5th ST, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO, 64106. The second workshop will be announced later this year. Appropriate for all orchards, especially those with a large stewardship team.