Starts Sept. 30: Classes help you grow your own groceries

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

tomatoesEVERETT, Wash. – Growing fresh, healthy food in a sustainable way with limited space and resources is the focus of a series of classes 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 30, at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, Wash., inside McCollum Park.

Cost is $25 per person per class; take any five or more classes for $20 each or take all 10 for $175. Register online at For more information and to download a form for mail-in registration, visit

Growing Groceries course graduate Linda Mauer helped start the garden at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School in Lake Stevens, Wash. The harvest feeds children in the summer free lunch program. (Photo courtesy of Linda Mauer)

Those attending the first two classes will have an opportunity to have garden soil tested and results interpreted at a reduced cost.

For more information, contact Kate Halstead at 425-357-6024 or

Class dates and topics will be:
Sept. 30, Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Part 1
Nov. 11, Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Part 2
Jan. 20, What to Grow in Western Washington
Feb. 3, Small Fruits, Big Harvests
Feb. 17, Small Space and Vertical Gardening
March 2, Early Start = Early Harvest
Mar. 16, Good Bugs, Bad Bugs & Pollinators
April 6, Seed Starting and Growing Transplants
April 20, Weeding and Watering
April 27, Growing the Heat Lovers (tomatoes, peppers, melons) in the Chilly Northwest



Kate Halstead, WSU Extension, 360-794-6081;



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