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Thank you for your interest in the Hunter Park GardenHouse Urban Gardener Certification Program! Here you will find a description of the program, registration details, and payment options. If you would like to register, you can APPLY HERE or mail or drop off a completed and signed copy of the application form to Allen Neighborhood Center, 1619 E. Kalamazoo Street Lansing, MI 48912 (Attn: Urban Gardener). If you have any questions, contact Karalyn Grimes at 517-999-3913 or gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org.

About the Urban Gardener Certification Program: This program, intended for beginner-intermediate gardeners, features 11 sessions of instruction in basic yard & greenhouse gardening skills appropriate for high density, small lot neighborhoods such as those on Lansing’s Eastside and urban farms like the GardenHouse. Participants will have hands-on instruction as we plant and care for a garden together over the length of the program. The course utilizes a lab and lecture style program. Registrants attend Saturday workshops with special guest lecturers, Thursday evening labs on focused , hands-on topics, and field experience hours completed alongside GardenHouse staff to provide practical, in the dirt experience!

Topics Covered Include:

  • Gardening in a community
  • When to plant what crops
  • Selecting your garden site
  • Making your own compost
  • Planning your garden layout
  • Weeds and weeding
  • Easy-to-grow vegetables and flowers for mid-Michigan
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Evaluating your soil and amending it
  • Harvesting different kinds of crops
  • Seed starting
  • Structures in the garden
  • Preparing the soil to plant
  • Fall cleanup and other fall tasks
  • Sowing seeds directly into the garden
  • Taking care of the gardener
  • Planting transplants
  • Tools and tool care

Urban Gardener Certification Program Schedule 2018

  1. Thursday, February 8, 6:00-7:00pm: LAB: Intro to Urban Gardener Program, Egypt Krohn, Hunter Park GardenHouse.
  2. Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-12:00pm: Seed Starting and Transplanting with Denae Friedheim, MSU Student Organic Farm.
  3. Saturday, March 3, 2:00:4:00pm: Planning Your Gardening Year with Kate Heflick, MSU Student Organic Farm.
  4. Thursday, March 8, 6:00-7:00pm: LAB: Pest and Disease Control with Egypt Krohn, Hunter Park GardenHouse.
  5. Saturday, March 17, 12:00-2:00pm: Soil Care in Home and Community Gardens with Brian Allnut, Detroit Farm & Garden.
  6. Thursday, March 22, 6:00-7:00pm: LAB: Compost 101 with Egypt Krohn, Hunter Park GardenHouse.
  7. Saturday, March 31, 10:00am-12:00pm: Vermicomposting with Brooke and Donny Comer, MSU Horticulture Department and Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project.
  8. Thursday, April 5, 6:00-7:00pm: LAB: Soil Sampling, Tools, and Trellises with Egypt Krohn, Hunter Park GardenHouse
  9. Thursday, April 19, 6:00-7:00pm: LAB: Bed Preparation, Transplanting, and Direct Seeding with Egypt Krohn, Hunter Park GardenHouse.
  10. Thursday, May 3, 6:00-7:00pm LAB: Routine Maintenance, Harvesting, and Self Care with Egypt Krohn, Hunter Park GardenHouse.
  11. One Elective Saturday GardenHouse Workshop included with registration. Additional workshops are $12 each.  For full 2018 GardenHouse Workshop Series, go here.

Location: Hunter Park GardenHouse, 1400 block E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912. Just off the Clifford Street parking lot, one block south of Kalamazoo.


Program Fee is $100, which includes entrance to 5 GardenHouse workshops, 6 group lab sessions, and 20 hours of GardenHouse field experience.

  •  Registrants must complete an ANC volunteer application, Background Check waiver, and orientation.  Field experience hours must be completed within one year of program start date (by February 8, 2019), during regular GardenHouse volunteer shifts.  Certificates of completion will be issued upon attendance to at least 8 of 11 sessions and completion of the required 20 hours of field experience.



Hunter Park GardenHouse Volunteer Shift Schedule: We have volunteer shifts available during Hunter Park GardenHouse open hours. During volunteer orientation, you select a shift (we ask for a minimum of 2 hours per week) that works with your schedule.
September-May: Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-12pm.
June-August: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12pm & 5:30-7:30pm, and Saturday, 9:30am-12pm.

Payment: Full Payment is due no later than the first session (Thursday, February 8) via check, cash, or credit (Visa or MasterCard). Checks made payable to: Allen Neighborhood Center (Urban Gardener in the memo line). Drop off at or mail to: 1619 E. Kalamazoo Street Lansing, MI 48912



What Past Urban Gardeners Are Saying About the Program

“The volunteer hours are the perfect opportunity for hands-on, putting in practice and seeing first-hand what you learned in class.”


“Excellent! Enjoyed and learned very much!”


“I liked the fact that we started from the beginning, with starts; planted veggies over several classes and followed the spring planting schedule.”


“Love that the course is started along with the seasons so you could apply what you learned in class at home.”


“I’ve integrated so much of what I learned into my garden planning. I used my space much more effectively and improved my composting…I have used a lot!”


Thank You for Supporting the Hunter Park GardenHouse!
If you have any questions, contact Karalyn Grimes at 517-999-3913 or gardeningeducator@allenneighborhoodcenter.org