Renfrow Farms


2016 Family Food Garden Class Schedule

Stay tuned with what other things our class instructor, Jeff Rieves, is doing in the Charlotte area by checking out his website – Jeff Rieves: Threefold Company

We are excited to welcome back Jeff Rieves, who has prepared a fantastic line-up of classes for the new year.  If you have never had the privilege of learning from such a seasoned agrarian, do yourself a favor and come out to one (or more) of these classes. You will leave encouraged, enthusiastic, and well prepared for your next venture into the wonderful world of backyard gardening!


Fresher food is healthier food. And you can’t get any fresher than food from your own back yard. Growing your own food is easy, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of space, and it can save you money.

Join Jeff Rieves, Horticulturist & former NC Cooperative Extension agent, for a season long session in the garden. Learn all about vegetable gardening, fruit plants, food garden design, and more! Wear your walking shoes as we will be touring the Renfrow Farm & Greenhouse during most classes.

WHERE: Meet at Renfrow Hardware; we will walk up to farm for some classes, and stay at the hardware for others (farm address – 409 W Charles Street)

PARKING: Matthews Farmers Market Parking Lot (on Cotton Gin Alley behind Renfrow Hardware)

WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30PM-8:30PM and Wednesdays, 10AM-12PM (In case of adverse weather, class will be held inside Renfrow Hardware)

COST: $20.00 per person per class, paid at registration. **If 2 members of the same family register together, the total cost is $30 – a really great deal. Kids under the age of 16 may attend for free with their families.**

Each class is taught two separate times  – Tuesdays, 6:30PM-8:30PM & Wednesdays, 10AM-12PM -come whichever day suits your schedule!


February 16-17:  From the Windowsill to the Garden: Starting Plants from Seed
Growing your own plants from seed is easy and can save you money. We’ll talk about seed selection, setting up your growing area, looking after your young plants and lots more! *These classes will be held inside Renfrow Hardware*

March 29:  When Can I Plant Tomatoes? Garden Planning for the Complete Beginner  ****Both classes are going to be held on Tuesday, March 29th this week due to instructor’s availability. 10am-12pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm****
When to plant is as  important as how to plant and what to plant! Join us to find out how to plan your garden for healthier plants, more food, and more fun! *Tuesday morning will be held at the farm, Tuesday night at the hardware store. Morning class, please meet out front of Renfrow Hardware so that we can walk up to the farm together!*

April 19-20:  The Organic Gardening Primer
You CAN grow fresh, healthy food at home without a lot of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. This class has something for beginners and experienced gardeners alike – a “fresh, healthy” approach to growing more food for your family! *We will walk up to Renfrow Farm for these classes, weather-permitting.*

May 17-18:  Good Neighbors: Companion Planting for a Healthier Garden
Companion Planting is an ancient concept that is new again. We’ll look at ways to get more fresh food from your garden, attract pollinators and beneficial insects, and repel the critters that cause us trouble. *We will walk up to Renfrow Farm for these classes, weather-permitting.*

June 14-15:  Something’s Eating My Plants – A Baker’s Dozen of the Most Common Garden Pests
Gardens are places of Life in all its abundance. Some of that abundance is shared, not always willingly, with the critters that we call pests. We’ll talk about 13 (or more if we have time) of the pests we most often encounter in our gardens. *We will be hosting these two sessions inside Renfrow Hardware due to the forecast of 97-100 degrees on these days!*


Want to stay in the loop on educational opportunities through Renfrow Hardware and Renfrow Farms? Sign up for our Classes & Workshops Announcements Email List and we will send you approximately one email per month to announce and remind you about our gardening classes!

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