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2018 Sustainable Living Series

Please Note: The Sustainable Living Series is an annual series. Classes for the 2018 series concluded Sept. 5. The class schedule for 2019 will be released in January 2019. For additional questions, please scroll to the bottom of the page for our direct contact. 


The Sustainable Living Series, a program of NC State Cooperative Extension in Mecklenburg County,  is designed for citizens who desire to increase knowledge of food literacy, gardening and food preparation skills through experiential learning. The integrated program is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences’ Local Foods program, Horticulture, and volunteers. For the past 6 years, the program has provided citizens with practical knowledge and sustainable practices to incorporate into their everyday life.

The series was awarded the Best of the Best Award by Charlotte Magazine for the “best way to learn a new skill”. From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way!
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All live classes are held at the Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Office located at 1418 Armory Dr., Charlotte, NC 28204. 

Debunking the Food System | 73838
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Natural, organic, GMO…what does it all mean? During this presentation, participants will learn about aspects of the food system including the meaning of common food labels, agricultural practices and more.
Cost: Free | Register Here

Vegetable Gardening for Everyone | 73843
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
From gardening basics like soil preparation, seed propagation, planting dates, and harvesting techniques to recommended vegetables to enjoy through the spring and early summer, to easy gardening tips to ensure a bountiful harvest, NC Cooperative Extension in Mecklenburg teach how to grow healthy, delicious food in the spring.
Cost: $5 | Register Here

Planting for Pollinators | 73845
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Flowers are great, but ever wonder what pollinators are attracted to which types of flowers? Come join the buzz and learn what plants pollinators like best!
Cost: $5 | Register Here

Plant Propagation | 73846
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Propagating plants from seeds, cuttings, or divisions is a gratifying gardening experience plus it saves money! Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension discuss the principles of seed sowing — timing, germination requirements, and growing media — and review the fundamentals of propagation like cuttings and layering. Participants get hands-on experience sowing seeds and receive printed guides to direct their next project, in addition to a special Q&A segment after class.
Cost: $15 | Register Here

Creating an Edible Landscape in any Space | 73847
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
From apartments spaces to windowsills to backyards, edible landscaping can be grown in any space. Steven Capobianco, Horticulture Extension Agent, shares techniques and best practices for incorporating edibles in creative, productive and fun ways!
Cost: $18 | Register Here

Introduction to Starting a Home-based Food Business | 73853
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Do you have a value-added product, special recipe or other food product idea that you would like to take to market? Starting an home-based food business can be exciting and challenging. During this introductory presentation, you will learn the foundational steps for taking a product from home to market, including best practices for beginners.
Cost: $15 | Register Here

DIY Irrigation: Design & Install | 73864
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Learn how to properly irrigate your landscape even during times of drought. This workshop will increase your knowledge on the basics of how to install your own irrigation system and save money. Instructional guides are provided to assist participants with diverse experience levels.
Cost: $20 | Register Here

Making Jams and Jellies | 73867
Friday, June 8, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Whether you are making delicious jams for the family or conserves as gifts, this class will provide answers to your questions. Kristin Davis, Extension Agent, teaches safe ways to transform fruits into a variety of spreads, through an interactive hands-on format. Participants will complete the canning process in class. Participant must complete the class prerequisite, Basics of Home Food Preservation, at https://mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/hfp/
Cost: $20 | Register Here

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Gardening in Small Spaces  | 73873
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

No land? No problem! Learn how to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round in containers. In this workshop, Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension teach planting and maintenance basics for a healthy container garden: materials, styles of containers, various potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements. Discover which varieties do best in containers including those varieties that not only taste great but are also attractive. This class is great for apartment/townhome/condo owners and residents with limited space but a desire to garden.
Cost: $5 | Register Here

Pickling the Harvest | 73876
Friday, June 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nothing says summer like fresh homemade pickles! Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension teaches the basics of pickling your local harvest of fruits and vegetables. Each participant will complete a hands-on process of preparing bread and butter pickles.
Cost: $20 | Register Here

Cooking with Herbs | 73882
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 PM
Herbs are a great way to incorporate beginner edible plants and basic cooking skills. In this workshop, participants will learn benefits of cooking with herbs. gain an understanding of herb/spice combinations and compatible foods, and taste simple recipes that are easy to prepare at home. 
Cost: $10 |
Register Here

Pressure Canning | 73883
Friday, August 10, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pressure canning is the only canning method recommended for foods that are naturally low in acid, which means the pH of the food is above 4.6, such as meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension shares techniques and best practices for preserving food using the dial gauge and weighted gauge pressure canner through a hands-on format. Program Prerequisite: Basics of Home Food Preservation
Cost: $20 | Register Here

Composting and Soil Health | 73884
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Learn the how’s and why’s of home composting from proper preparation and management of compost to bin construction techniques to how to use your compost. Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension teach backyard composting basics, turning leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment, a gardener’s black gold!
Cost: $5 | Register Here

Water and Runoff Management in your yard | 05/10/17 | 54797
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Tired of having a soggy yard? Does rain cause a river or pond right in your yard? We can help! Come join us and learn DIY ways to manage water in your yard.
Cost: $5 | Register Here

For additional information about the Sustainable Living Series, please contact the Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Office at 704.336.2082 or kristin_davis@ncsu.edu.