ELBURN – The Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn, is starting a new series of programs to help community members save money, preserve resources and go green.
“Grow Your Own Groceries by Container Gardening” will be presented by the Just Food Initiative of the Fox Valley at 1:30 p.m. May 20. The free program will be the first in a series of four programs.
“First, we’ll show the community how to grow their groceries; then, we’ll show them how to freeze them, dehydrate them and can them,” said Amy Girmscheid, adult services manager at the Town and Country Public Library.
The demonstration will be taught by M. Grace Grzaneke, founder of the Just Food Initiative. Grzaneke will explain what resources are needed to grow groceries in a container and the tricks and tips in order to do so.
“We think this program is perfect for the person who may be overwhelmed [by] having a large garden in their yard and would rather grow a garden in containers on their deck or patio ... ,” Girmscheid said.
The other three programs in the series are “Freezing & Dehydrating,” which will take place at 1:30 p.m. June 25; “I Can! So can you Can!,” which will take place at 1:30 p.m. July 30; and “Go Green! Grow Green! Grown Mighty Microgreens!,” which will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10.
Another container program that the library is offering is its monthly “Fresh Floral Arrangement.” This month’s program will be at 7 p.m. May 22. There is a $10 fee for the program to cover supplies.
“This program is hands-on,” Girmscheid said. “Participants will make a floral arrangement in the class and take it home.”
Girmscheid said these monthly classes are hugely popular and are taught by Peggy Garvin of Garvin Gardens in South Elgin. Each month, the flowers and arrangements vary, depending on what’s in season. Participants are asked to bring their own pruning shears or scissors to class.
Registration is required for both programs.
For information or to register, visit www.elburn.lib.il.us or call 630-365-2244.