All workshops require pre-registration & pre-payment is requested. Call Peaceful Valley's store to register at 530-272-4769 x106. Cash or check payments only, no credit cards.
To pre-pay, please mail a check made out to the workshop presenter to
Peaceful Valley, Attn: Workshops, P.O. Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Workshops are Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 am
Saturday, March 15th, 11:00am - 11:30am —FREE
Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day by planting Irish potatoes! Its the perfect time of year to plant your spuds. Come learn how to plant and grow potatoes for your best harvest yet!
Saturday, March 22nd, 9:30am - 11:30am — $15.00
Learn easy, fun, beginner cheese-making techniques. Sample different kinds of soft cheeses including fresh mozzarella. We’ll add a variety of seasonings to newly made chevre and have a tasting! Sign up early so we know how much cheese to prepare. This is always a popular class so please pay ahead to hold your seat!
Saturday, March 29th, 9:30am - 11:30am — $15.00
Kathi has over 40 years experience with organic gardening. 3 of her 14 books are on herb cultivation.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose the best herbs for you and how to prepare the space for perennial herbs, tips on summertime propagation techniques, how to avoid transplant shock, and how to harvest and prepare mid-summer herbs.
Saturday, April 5th, 9:30am - 11:30am — $15.00
Ross Tessien is a local aquaponics farmer.
Aquaponics is a method of growing fish and plants together using a system based on Nature where animals, microbes, and plants live together symbiotically. This talk will explore different types of aquaponics systems including tiny countertop goldfish bowl, window planters, pond side gardens, and small personal sized greenhouse food production. Build your own system for a fraction of the cost of online kits.
Saturday, April 12th, 9:30am - 11:30am — $15.00
Learn the basics of compost piles, sheet composting, cover cropping, and commercially available amendments, including biodynamic compost. Preparing soil for edible gardens and ornamental gardens will be covered. Whether you are a beginning or experienced gardener, this class will enrich your methods.
Saturday, April 19th, 10:00am - 11:00am —FREE
If you've ever wanted to grow plants from cuttings or change your trees with grafting, but didn't know how to get started, now's your chance! We will discuss the basics of taking cuttings and how to root them or graft them for maximum success.
Saturday, April 26th, 9:30am - 11:30am — $15.00
Tomatoes top the delectable list of the heat-lovers, but this class will also cover eggplant, peppers, tomatillos, squash and annual herbs. Learn tricks for getting an early start when soils are cold in spring and frost still threatens. Managing irrigation and mulches, and succession planting in the heat of summer will also be covered.
Saturday, May 3rd, 9:30am - 11:30am — $15.00
Gardening in smaller spaces works when the fertility of the growing medium is optimal, even on a rooftop! Learn varying approaches to soil mixes for edibles , herbs, and other flowering plants in containers, including raised beds. This class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of growing specific crops in raised beds.
Saturday, May 10th, 10:00am - 11:00am —FREE
Learn how simple and easy it is to set up a basic drip system. You’ll see dramatic improvements in your garden plus you’ll save water and time. Learn about how to set up and use drip tape, sprayers, drip emitters, and more. Bring your questions and a drawing of the layout of your garden and we’ll get you ready!
Saturday, May 17th, 9:30am - 11:30am — $15.00
“Drought-tolerant” is a label that has been used for years for plants that survive periods of drought. “Water-efficient” is the more recent label for those plants, native and non-native, needing very little summer irrigation, and those surviving with natural rainfall. Rock gardens will be included. Fire-safe landscapes will also be addressed.
Saturday, June 7th, 10:00am - 11:00am —FREE
Vegetables aren't just for the garden: now you can have your landscaping and eat it too! Learn how to design a beautiful and functional yard while incorporating your favorite fruits and vegetables into the plan, with a result that will be both pleasing to the eye and the stomach!