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SnowCap offers free gardening classes

Series begins April 2 and runs through mid July

SnowCap Community Charities is offering a variety of free gardening classes this spring.

Topics of the Saturday classes include vegetable gardening basics, vertical gardening and pesticide-free pest control.

SnowCap board member and master gardener Diane Liefeld says the workshops are designed to give both novice and experienced gardeners information on a diverse set of topics as well as fulfill SnowCap’s mission to enrich the lives of the needy.

“Learning to grow food is a great opportunity for families not only to spend time together, but to teach children lifelong skills that can last generations,” she says.

All classes are free and open to the public and will be held in the fellowship hall at Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St., in front of SnowCap.

To register, call Diane Liefeld at 503-405-4928.

Here’s a list of the classes:

Vegetable gardening basics, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 2: Liefeld and Joy Davies, a certified organic gardener, will present this workshop covering when and how to plant vegetables that will flourish in the Pacific Northwest. Gardeners will receive a beginner’s guide to low-cost vegetable gardening and lunch will be provided.

Taking vegetable gardening to new heights, 10 a.m. to noon, April 16:

Harry Olson, Marion County master gardener, will discuss how to maximize urban garden space with vertical gardening.

Pesticide-free pest control, 10 a.m. to noon, June 25: A Metro representative will present effective, nontoxic ways to tackle weeds, pests and plant diseases.

Increasing yields in small spaces, 10 a.m. to noon, July 16: Corina Reynolds of Portland Nursery will discuss how to maximize garden space.

SnowCap is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, advocacy, and other services to the poor in East Multnomah County. For more information, visit snowcap.org.