Get Dirty (Kind of)

Do you remember your mom screaming at you to get out of the dirt? At the time, you thought she was being lame, but since you've grown older, you've realized that getting dirty is a bit of a pain. Sure, it's freeing and somewhat relieving; however, someone has got to clean it up, and your mom has since moved on to other things. Common wisdom dictates that in order to grow your own food, you must dirty your hands -- which just seems kind of annoying when you have a house to clean and maintain. Fortunately, for your irritable adult self, there are other, cleaner options for gardening. On Saturday, Oakland Park's Parks and Leisure Services and the Urban Farming Institute are teaming up for Get Out of the Dirt, a class on soilless gardening. From 10 to 11 a.m., attendees will learn the ins and outs of growing produce without getting their hands dirty. The goal is to help those who live in condos and apartments learn to grow food in small spaces. Several methods will be explored. The cost to attend is $15 for Oakland Park residents, $25 for nonresidents. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and kids under 8 are not permitted to attend. Registration is at City Hall (3650 NE 12th Ave.). Jaco Pastorius Park is located at Dixie Highway and NE 38th St. in Oakland Park. Call 954-630-4500, or visit
Sat., April 19, 10-11 a.m., 2014
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Sara Ventiera