Through education and example, we nurture understanding of the rhythms of nature, and our place in the natural world, fostering recognition of personal responsibility for stewardship of the land, ourselves and development of a nurturing community. From the Turner Farm Mission Statement

Turner Farm’s adult educational programing provides practical and affordable education in order to build a vibrant and thriving food and farming community in the Greater Cincinnati region.

We offer hands-on organic growing, land stewardship and natural exploration classes designed to enlighten, inspire and increase the success of gardeners and farmers in our region.

Additionally, Turner Farm offers a number of classes aimed at healthy food preparation,
mindful eating and the marriage between field and home in our state-of-the-art Teaching Kitchen.

Turner Farm 2017 Gardening Series

Registration is now open for the first classes of the 2017 Gardening Series. All classes are $15.

For questions about the classes, contact Melinda O’Briant, Turner Farm Adult Education Director, at

Wednesday, February 1, 2017  6:30- 8p.m.

Come ready to dream about spring!  In this class, we will touch on site selection, site preparation, and when to plant what.  We will cover how to layout your garden, and crop rotation plans for your backyard garden. Taught by Melinda O’Briant, Turner Farm Adult Education Director.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Turner Farm’s Community Garden Manager, Joshua Jones will teach the fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management. IPM is a multifaceted management system that uses a multitude of techniques, to minimize health and environmental risks.  The class will also teach you how to identify and manage common garden insects, both beneficial and pest.  We will also discuss the use of organic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides and how to apply them when they are needed.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This class is taught by Holly Utrata-Halcomb, Administrator, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District.  Holly will teach us organic ways to feed our soils, and will explain the complexities of soil pH, the nitrogen cycle, and compost. When you sign up for this class you will be sent instructions on how to properly take a soil sample.  At the class, Hamilton county residents will be able to purchase the soil test kits for $5.00 each.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6:30 – 8p.m.

While the weather outside may be cold and grey, it will be warm and cheery as we coax easy and difficult seeds to germinate.  Come prepared to plunge your hands into our fluffy potting soil, and take home some containers of seeds and soil to nurture in your home until warmer weather arrives.  Seeding schedules and which seeds need to be purchased, or started inside, verses which plants should be direct seeded will be covered. Taught by Turner Farm’s Melinda O’Briant.

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 – 8:30

Hosted by Melinda O’Briant, Adult Education Director, Peter Huttinger, Community Garden Program Director, and Joshua Jones, Community Garden Manager.  Join us in our newly renovated Turner Farm Barn Studio with tea and snacks to discuss all things garden!  We will discuss our favorite vegetable varieties, what we like to grow and why, seed ordering, and planting schedules.