Classes: $10 per adult or $15 per pair. Or volunteer on a Saturday morning, and get in free!


You can sign up to be a CommonWealth patron at the level of $10 and up and receive discounted Garden School admission. Learn more here:

2023 Schedule

Classes held at CommonWealth Urban Farms at 1016 NW 32nd, OKC

March 11th – How to Grow a Vegetable Garden Even If You’ve Never Planted a Seed in Your Life

A small seedling held in the palm of a person's hand

11 am to noon

It’s actually pretty simple! Elia will cover the basics – soil, water, seed – that guarantee your first garden will be a delicious success. Participants will help plant a container garden that can be scaled up or down, and is suitable for backyards, front yards, decks or patios. Each person will also have the chance to start several pots of seeds to take home. Here’s to a successful first garden!

Veggie seedlings will also be available for sale. 

Instructor: Elia Woods is a co-founder and partner-farmer at CommonWealth Urban Farms. She has been gardening and farming for over 30 years, and loves introducing beginners to the delights of growing food. 

March 18th – How to Design a Small Native Plant Garden

11 am to noon

Two people smile at the camera and hold a book titled "Oklahoma Native Plants"

Did you know that the population of birds in this country has decreased by 1/3 in just the last 50 years? That is one reason that we should be planting more native plants: to supply food and shelter for the birds and other pollinators. Another big reason is that they are beautiful! Most will provide an explosion of color at various times of the year. Connie and Brian will offer ideas as to how you can design a native garden and transform your yard into a haven for pollinators. The class will include a walk through the nursery so they can point out some of their favorite native plants.  (Hint: They are almost all favorites.)

Instructors: Connie Scothorn is a licensed landscape architect specializing in creating sustainable site designs using native plants. She has created award-winning designs for residential gardens, parks and streetscapes. In 1999 she was a founding principal of CLS & Associations. She and Brian Patric, also a landscape architect working at CLS, co-authored the book Oklahoma Native Plants. A Guide to Designing Landscapes to Attract Birds and Butterflies.

Vernona stands and smiles to the camera

April 15th – Yes, I can CAN! A Beginners’ Guide to Canning

11 am to noon

A basic understanding of how and why you should consider canning some of your food. All methods taught are based on recommendations from the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Instructor: Vernona Dismuke is a home canner with years of experience in food preservation using hot water and pressure canning methods. Her interest is to encourage others to put their fears aside and try it out.

April 29th – Two Classes About Herbs: Medicinal Herbs & Herbal Balms

Timothy smiles at the camera

Medicinal Herbs Timothy Trujillo

10 am to 11 am

Learn the medicinal properties of common and culinary herbs. Timothy will
share simple ways to incorporate these benefits into your daily life.

Herb seedlings will be available for sale.

Instructor: Timothy L. Trujillo is a Natural Health Practitioner and
Director of First Medicines, whose mission is to provide holistic education,
care and resources to reduce suffering and enhance health.

5 containers of various herbal balms sit on a blue and gray surface

Herbal Balms — Yatar

11 am to noon

Yatar combines herbs from
his garden, beeswax from his hives, olive oil and essential oils to formulate
balms with specific beneficial qualities. Yatar will offer an “It’s The Balm
Drip Session,” in which participants can buy and make
custom or pre-made balms and will also have a shot to win some free balm. 

Note: there will
be a $5 – $25 materials fee (depending on size) for participants to make their
own balm.

Connie who long, light brown hair and wears glasses, smiles at the camera and takes a selfie.

May 13th –  Small Space and Pocket Gardens

11 am to noon

In this class, participants will learn about using even the smallest of
spaces to bring about freshness into our lives. As prices soar, offsetting the
budget even a little, can make a difference.

Instructor: Connie Pattillo is a third generation landscaper who turned permaculturist Connie sees a need to fill spaces with medical, edible, and useful biodiversity over the perceived norm.

Pollinator seedlings will also be available for sale. 

Container gardens

May 27th – Backyard Conservation 

11 am to noon

Whether it’s a 2-acre property, 20 feet of fence line, or a 10-gallon pot on an apartment balcony, these are the front lines of species conservation and can be their most important spaces. Oklahoma is an environmental wonderland, yet our wildlife is struggling to hold on to the world we’ve created. Our role in the environment now is more important than ever, and our location means that we are primed to set the tone for ensuring our most foundational species have a space.

Learn why we should be serious about conservation, how we are in the perfect situation to change things and examples of how to be the conservationist and champions these species need.

Instructor: Sean Washington is an ecologist and science communicator in Oklahoma City, teaching the public about the importance of the natural world. He studied wildlife biology at Colorado State University and returned to OKC to work at the Oklahoma City Zoo, and with OKC Parks to increase public education about natural resources. Sean is an avid birder and wildlife photographer.

June 10th – Native Farming Solutions

Travis Andrews

11 am to noon

This class will cover the basics of making liquid fertilizer from food waste and will also include methods of watering and foliar feeding techniques. 

Instructor: Travis Andrews is the founder of Native Farming Solutions OKC, a local non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of American Indian seeds and cultivation techniques. Travis also enjoys educating the public on the importance of food sovereignty and food waste diversion and serves as a board member for the Oklahoma Compost and Sustainability Association.

June 24th – Sprouts and Microgreens

11 am to noon

Microgreens are an easy to grow, delicious, economical, and extremely nutritious crop that anyone can grow from home, year round. Commonwealth volunteer Nicholas Allen will guide this hands-on class through starting a tray of microgreens that they can then take home and tend to using their newfound knowledge.

Note: This class will have a materials fee of $5.

Instructor: Nic Allen

July 8th – Growing Mushrooms at Home

11 am to noon

Extra fee: $1 for Jacob’s three-page booklet

Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow mushrooms at home? If the answer is YES, this is the perfect event for you! This workshop is specifically for beginners who want to learn how to incorporate fungi into their garden or compost. There will be educational booklets passed out and examples of the growing supplies/equipment commonly used. The topics to be covered during the class are the lifecycle of a mushroom; how to grow mushrooms from spore, liquid culture or spawn; how to propagate mushrooms outdoors and indoors, and how to create healthy soil with native mycorrhizal fungi. 

Instructor: Jacob DeVecchio is a local mushroom entrepreneur with a company called Oklahoma Fungi. He grew up in Oklahoma City and is the first mushroom cultivator/forager in his family history. Jacob has been hosting mushroom education events throughout Oklahoma for over two years teaching the public on the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms. His #1 goal is to help foster an educated mushroom cultivation and foraging community in Oklahoma.

August 12th – How to Start a Fall Garden


11 am to noon

Fall is a wonderful time to garden in Oklahoma. Vegetables and gardeners alike love the cooler weather, and we (usually!) get rain. Greens and roots grow well at this time of year in Oklahoma and will provide you with delicious salads all through the fall. Knowing what and when to plant is critical to success. Lia will share her fall planting calendar along with tips for veggies best suited for fall & winter gardening.

Fall vegetable
seedlings will be available for sale.

Instructor: Elia Woods is a co-founder and partner-farmer at CommonWealth Urban Farms. She has been gardening and farming for over 30 years, and loves to help home gardeners become more successful in growing their own food.

Stephanie stands in front of vines and takes a selfie

August 26th Bring on the Butterflies!

11 am to noon

By mid-August, the big monarch migration is just around the corner, and the mid-summer “mini migration” is starting to arrive to lay a bonus generation of eggs. So, let’s turn our attention to them and their fluttery friends. We’ll learn lots of fun ways to create resources and habitat to support pollinators and attract them to our growing spaces, talk briefly about bringing a few butterflies inside to watch their transformation, and learn how to make end-of-season choices in our yards and gardens that support the over-wintering locals. Each attendee will receive a free packet of Okies for Monarchs wildflower seed mix to start their own pocket prairie!

Instructor: Stephanie Jordan is the Pollinator Outreach Coordinator for the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy and works closely with Okies for Monarchs. She has grown and sold native plants, shelter-raised hundreds of butterflies and moths, and has kept bees for the last decade. Her favorite part of her job is helping people create habitat to bring more wildlife into their yards and sharing in their successes.

David empties a bag of fruit and vegetable cuttings onto a compost pile

September 9th – Small Scale Composting

11 am to noon

Do you want to learn how to make that beautiful, rich, black substance we call “gardener’s gold”? David and Allen have been building compost piles for many years, and have a profound appreciation for rot! David will show participants the composting operation at CommonWealth, and the elements that make it a success. Allen will demonstrate different methods for building a successful home compost pile.

Instructor: David Braden, compost master and co-founder of
CommonWealth Urban Farms

Allen Parleir, coordinator of Closer To Earth and co-founder
of CommonWealth Urban Farms

Sara holds a chicken and smiles into the camera

September 23rd – Raising Backyard Hens

11 am – noon

Have you ever thought about keeping backyard chickens? Hens are fun and easy pets to include in your life, and they lay eggs, too! Come meet a couple of local hens and learn everything you need to know about raising and taking care of your own flock.

Instructor: Sara Braden has been sharing her backyard with
chickens since 2009.

Oct 14th – Food for the Soul: Landscaping with Cut Flowers & Edible Flowers

11 am – noon

If you’ve ever wished you could fill your vases with flowers from your own garden, this class is for you! Tesa Linville brings years of experience as a landscaper, cut flower grower and herbalist. She’ll show you how to design a flower bed that will provide you with cut flowers and edible flowers throughout the season, and beautify your yard as well. Her suggestions will include some native flowering plants that also support our local pollinators.

Instructor: Tesa Linville started her own landscape company almost 20 years ago, and has been a flower farmer at CommonWealth for the last five years. She loves working with flowers from seed to bloom to bouquet, and using flowers to transform a landscape.

Oct 28th – Harvest Potluck in the Garden

Noon to 2 pm

This celebration of life in community at an urban farm is one of our favorite events of the year. Homemade music, tours of the farm, great food and hanging out with the community. Bring your favorite potluck dish and join us noon to 2 p.m.

Nov 25th – The Great Pumpkin Smash

9 am to Noon

This family-friendly event is free. Drop in between 9 am and noon.

What to do with all those pumpkins, once Thanksgiving is over and cold weather sets in? Bring them and the kids to CommonWealth, where we’ll make a big compost pile and everybody can toss and smash pumpkins to their hearts’ delight. Messy fun for the whole family! You can bring your leftover hay bales, too, and we’ll add them to the mix. 

Email with any questions and for more information.