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ECOL:700 Backyard Chickens for the Beginner06/13-06/13  

Have you thought about keeping chickens in your city or suburban backyard? There's a lot to find out about before you get started. Learn about local ordinances and where to find more information for the area where you live. You'll also hear about the benefits of keeping chickens, appropriate housing and feeding and different ways of keeping your chickens healthy and happy. Instructor has years of personal and professional experience and is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable, healthy chicken-farmer! Bring a sack lunch to class. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate.Cost for adults 60 and over $19.00.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60131
  • Meeting Dates= 06/13-06/13
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Guy Niere
  • Fees= $ 35.00
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314-984-7777
 
  DIY: Making Bran for a Bokashi Bucket Composting System07/09-07/09  

Bokashi is a great space-saving way to compost at home that uses a bran mixture of carbon-rich materials and effective microorganisms to transform kitchen waste into a great fertilizer for your garden. The bokashi bucket system can be used year round, it's quick, convenient and produces no household smells with the help of this bran mixture! Designed for individuals who currently have a bokashi bucket, you'll make a one pound mixture of the bran in class and take home the recipe and know how to make more with just a few easy steps. Don't have a bokashi bucket yet? Register for the Make and Take Home a Bokashi Bucket class or get an instruction sheet in the DYI Bran class to build your own at home. Class offered in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Earthways Center. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Registration deadline 6/25.Cost for adults 60 and over $38.00.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60122
  • Meeting Dates= 07/09-07/09
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science South Bldg 105
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Indoor Composting: Make and Take Home a Bokashi Bucket06/30-06/30  

****NOTE: Class meets on a Tuesday. Incorrectly listed as a Wednesday in the catalog****Don't throw away those scraps - up to 20% of household trash can be composted! The bokashi bucket system is quick, convenient and no has household smells. In this hands-on session, you will construct and learn to maintain an indoor composting system capable of decomposing food and house plant trimmings for a family of four. In a space-saving bokashi system, effective microorganisms transform all types of kitchen waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. All equipment, materials and handouts provided and included in fee. You'll leave class with a working indoor composting system in the form of a bokashi bucket. Class offered in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Earthways Center. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Registration deadline 6/16..Cost for adults 60 and over $43.00.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60121
  • Meeting Dates= 06/30-06/30
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science South Bldg 105
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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314-984-7777
 
  It's OK to Eat the Weeds - Edible Wild Plants of Summer06/13-06/13  

The next time you weed your garden, you might find you have the makings for a unique dish! Join Dr. Catrina Adams, Ph.D. in Paleoethnobotany (how people have used plants in the past) to learn about some of the common edible plants that grow in and around St. Louis in the summer. You'll discover: where to find them, how to identify and collect them, and how to eat them! Then, take a tour of the campus to identify edible and useful plants you probably walk past every day. Some wild edibles are lovely native plants that you may want to cultivate in your own backyard. Others might be growing in your lawn or garden already, for better or for worse.Cost for adults 60 and over $15.00.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60120
  • Meeting Dates= 06/13-06/13
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Catrina Adams
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Protect your Chickens from Predators: Making Your Coop Secure06/20-06/20  

Secure your investment in your chickens and ward off potential predators before they attack! There's nothing worse than having your chickens attacked by a predator. If you're new to raising chickens, you might not be aware of what predators are around. Or, you may think that since you live in the suburbs or within city limits, you don't have to worry about predators. Take the offensive and learn how to protect your flock from birds of prey, foxes, coyotes and the occasional raccoon, possum, mink and weasel. Examine coop security: trapping through box traps, snares, leg and body traps; netting; and simple tactics to scare off predators. You'll also learn about the laws surrounding protection of your flock and the associated safety precautions of your actions. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60132
  • Meeting Dates= 06/20-06/20
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= Guy Niere
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777