Robert Olivier, one of the inventors of the BioPod compost bin, will be teaching this class. The class will focus on the what, how and why of grub composting; as well as the life of the black soldier fly and growing grubs in Texas. Free and open to the public.

The Great Big Box of Botanical Wonders

Featuring Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist, Chandor Gardens

Location TBD (see website)

This isn’t your garden-variety presentation on plants! Featuring a bizarre and wonderful collection of colossal cones, odd pods, strange seeds, ridiculous roots, and freaky fruits assembled over several decades, this interactive program challenges you to wind your mind around the amazing world of plants. In a nutshell, it’s a seedy program about improving your melon.

Part of the Museum's Monthly PUBlic Knowledge Series...

A monthly adult
gathering celebrating brains and brew, presented at a local watering
hole by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Create a beautiful and healthy landscape by learning to put the right plant in the right place. Learn about water-saving practices for the landscape and how to incorporate design principles emphasizing the use of native and adapted plants. $5.

Don't let the worms crawl in and the worms crawl out. Put them to work! We'll teach you to use specialized red worms to compost your food waste. Then use their waste as a fertile soil amendment to benefit your plants. Learn to set up and maintain a worm bin and to harvest and use the worm castings. $5.

Is your yard work piling up? Let it! Learn the basics of turning that garden debris into garden gold through composting. We cover what to put in, what to leave out, and how to mix, moisten, and manage your way to successful soil enrichment. Wear your best diggin' duds to pitch in to build a compost pile. $5.

Plant flowers for Mother's Day and grow yourself some fresh veggies while learning about seeds, flowers, trees, and more! $54.

Bountiful Backyard Gardens by Leslie Finical Halleck. Wondering how you can truly make a difference on the health of your planet and your family? Leslie tells you how growing vegetables, composting, raising chickens and other garden and home related projects can reduce your impact on the environment.


EarthFest 2011 - Saturday April 2nd

Sponsored by Keep Allen Beautiful

Connemara Meadow Preserve

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FREE for the entire family

Bring the family and celebrate the great outdoors.
Nature walks, bird watching, kayaking, wildlife demonstrations, kite flying and more!

Additional support provided by: REI, Montgomery Farm, Wal-Mart Green Team and Watters Creek Community collaborators include Allen Parks Foundation, BlackLand Prairie Master Naturalists, Allen Garden Club, Allen Independent School District, City of Allen, Connemara Conservancy Foundation, Ecoliteracy Project, and Texas Health – Allen.

Free open house celebrating the grand opening of the Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Ag Complex. The open house will include building tours and presentations on sustainable agriculture, alternative energy, backyard vegetable gardening, cooking, soap making, etc.

Farm Skilling event in Mount Pleasant, Living from the Ground Up presented by the local community college for $75. Hear speakers on everything from funding to vegetable farming to starting a CSA to wine production. Brochure for more information. Must register by March 21 (by mail) for this event. 9 am - 5:30 pm, all-day event.

Learn how to generate or increase revenue with your small farm...

Living from the Ground Up is designed to provide those interested in producing income with their small acreage a chance to learn from area “veteran” producers already running small farms and sustainable agricultural operations through the sharing of their personal experiences.

Keynote speaker Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor, is a leader in the
natural organic marketplace and provides advice on natural organic
gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control and natural living via a nationally-syndicated radio talk show and in his column, Organic Answers which appears in the Dallas Morning News.