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Gardening Guru Shares in ‘World of…’ Workshops

Explore the World of… Gourmet Greens, Onions and Garlic in four separate noncredit workshops led by local gardening guru Kim Howell-Costion at Northland Pioneer College’s Snowflake campus, 1611 S. Main St., this spring.

These are what she calls her fun classes. “The ones where we get to eat the goodies we’ve grown,” Kim says. In each, Kim discusses the culture and history of the foods, as well as how to grow, care for, harvest and preserve their goodness and treats the class to dishes made from each ingredient. Each AGR 099x World of… workshop costs $32, plus $10 paid directly to the instructor for supplies. The Friday session is on the Snowflake campus in the Student Center, room 131, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Saturday class is at Kim’s garden, located 10 miles east of Snowflake, for hands-on activities, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students meet at the Snowflake campus promptly at 10, then caravan to Kim’s property.

Learn how to grow and prepare a variety of lettuces, Asian and wild edible greens in the World of Gourmet Greens workshop (reference AGR 099x-42-73966) on March 24 and 25. Kim presents some of the diverse cultural uses of lettuce and greens, varieties for each season; how to save seeds; growing, transplanting and seasonal care; and harvesting for creative soups, salads and entrees. In the World of Onions on April 21 and 22 (reference AGR099x-43-73967) you’ll learn how to grow, store and preserve them; meet the various members of the onion family – bulbing onions, chives, shallots and other cousins; learn how to prepare the soil for growing; explore ways to start seeds indoors and out; seasonal care; harvesting and curing for storage; seed saving; and sample cuisine tips for roasting and other methods for using onions.

The last class in this spring’s series is the World of Garlic workshop on June 16 and 17. She takes students from garden to pantry to garlic cuisine. Kim explains soil preparation; when and how to plant; and the various garlic varieties. Other topics will include seasonal care, harvesting tips, saving seed, storing and preserving methods and garlic braids. Students will taste and experience some quick and easy gourmet uses of garlic. Registration opens March 27 for this class.

Previous World of… classes have filled rapidly, so sign up early. You can register for individual sessions, or sign up for all three classes. Register at any NPC location or by phone, (928) 524-7459 or (800) 266-7845 ext. 7459, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. NPC offices will be closed January 9 and 16.

NPC’s Community and Corporate Learning Division provides personal interest and specialized corporate training throughout NPC’s service area. For more information about noncredit, personal interest classes, contact Rebecca Hunt, community and corporate learning specialist, (800) 266-7845, ext 6244, or email or visit and click on the Noncredit Classes > Learning Adventures link. For corporate training, contact Royce Kincanon, community and corporate learning coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6239, or email

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