"Cultivating Community" Classes In Millwood

Stockxpertcom_id859151_jpg_044eee413f1914016de86be0d243480eThe Crossing Community Center in Millwood is partnering with the Millwood Farmers’ Market and Millwood Presbyterian Church to offer a series of four practical and fun classes that aim to strengthen the fabric of our local community in these challenging economic times.

The series will kick off on Sunday, April 19 at 4 pm with a class titled, “Vegetable Gardening in the Inland Northwest.” This two hour class will share local wisdom and best practices for home gardeners in the Spokane Valley region. Bob and Bonnie Gregson, authors of the book “Rebirth of the Small Family Farm,” will be the featured instructors. They have over 20 years of experience running a small organic farm, and will probably convince participants that they need to have chickens too.

On Sunday April 26 at 4pm at there will be a class titled, “The Essentials of Home Canning and Food Preservation.”  The certified Master Food Preservers of Spokane County will instruct participants in the science and art of preserving fruits and vegetables in the home kitchen. Community members are encouraged to bring those old cans and canners to share or trade.

On Sunday May 10 at 4 pm there will be a class titled, “How to Bake an Artisan Loaf of Bread”. Tom and Louise Tuffin, widely acclaimed local artisan bread makers and owners of Arabesque Farms and Bakery will lead class participants through this hands-on experience of making a loaf of bread from scratch.

On Sunday May 17 at 4pm there will be a class titled, “A Guide to Eating Local Foods in the Inland Northwest.” This class will present information on the many benefits to the community and to consumers of eating locally grown foods, both educating participants about our regional food supply and equipping shoppers to know where and when to find regionally grown foods. The class will be led by Craig and Nancy Goodwin who are fresh off an experience of eating locally in Spokane for an entire year. There will also be information available from Slow Food Spokane River and Spokane area Farmers’ Markets.

All classes are free of charge and will be held at the Crossing Community Center located on Euclid, two blocks west of Argonne Rd. in Millwood (8919 East Euclid, Spokane, WA 99212.) For more information and to register go to www.millwoodcrossing.org, or contact the office of Millwood Presbyterian Church at 509-924-2350.