Welcome, Spring!

Hi, Friends and Neighbors!

We hope you enjoyed a long winter’s rest (two years, in fact). It’s feeling like spring….growth is all around us and babies are hatching in the pods and in the tree nests.

Folks have been requesting a class schedule…here it is for May…let’s enjoy some of it together!

The seed starts on their way: Kale, salad burnet, florist’s blue balloon flower, anise hissup, biquinho pepper, butterfly milkweed, Canterbury bells, compass plant, Eastern Columbine, green shiso, Malabar spinach and perennial beans!


Saturdays starting April 16th

Sour dough! We will also have some loaves of Challah for the holiday! Can you hear French toast in your Easter future? Bread from the home kitchen of Alan at Flannel Dog Farm.

Saturday, April 23 at ACPL 11-2pm

Seed swap and inspiration for the new growing season! Join us and some friends at the Ashtabula County Public Library. This is a free event!

May 7th 12 – 6pm

Dorset Community Food Forest Fundraiser. Food, baskets to be raffled, solidarity, Fun! $13.00 per person – and can be purchased at Harbor Gardens, Dorset Community Store, from Donna Devadoss or Julie Wayman Ashtabula County Local Food Coordinator

Monday, May 9 – 6pm How to Make Dandelion Wine with Gallo

For the novice, how to make use of the “weeds” in your back yard! We will have fun discussing the many uses of dandelions and basic fermenting.

Cost of $20.00 includes skills, knowledge, tasting and yeast for making some at home!

Friday Nights in May with Local Authors! 6pm and Free

May 13: Donna Devadoss reading from her book, “Who Lives in the Apple Tree Guild: A Look Inside the Permaculture Orchard.”

May 20: Dr. Nancy Rung, “Footprints from a Cross-Eyed Monkey.”

May 27: Dr. Shanon Sterringer, “Forbidden Grace,” the journey of two women separated by centuries and bound by similar philosophy and passion.

Thursday, May 19th

Beans and Greens with Julie Meola

Demonstration kitchen will be open for food fun with Julie! This time this celebrated chef will show us what to do with local greens at this time and make up some organic beans and corn bread (grown in Ohio, of course). $20.00 class fee – tastings included! Meet at 6pm.

Saturday, May 21st

Plant walk and early edibles with John of Red Beet Row

John Wright of Red Beet Row, a local agroecology educational farm, will engage you – the walker – in a delightful jaunt around Ashtabula Harbor and identify much to do about plants and local and local foraging! On return, delight in some tastings of local edibles! $20.00 class fee – tastings and walking included! Meet at Harbor Gardens at 1pm.

Thursday, May 26

Road Map to Local Food with Julie, Ashtabula Local Food Coordinator

Have some fun food trivia!

5pm at Harbor Gardens – Free event!

Monday, June 6, How to make Kombucha with Gallo

Class will be led by Gallo. You will receive instruction, demo, AND a mother to take home (please bring your own glass container). If you need the equipment for making kombucha at home (one gallon glass jar, muslin clothe) please bring $10.00 to class and we will hook you up. Thank you – We look forward to having some fun with kombucha with you!

The general store is open on Bridge Street and ready to serve you – Ohio-grown organic corn meal, spelt/whole wheat/buckwheat flours, beans, tortillas and kombucha. We also carry Lodge cast iron cookware, pressure and water bath canners, glass jars, fermenting crocks, air locks and yeasts.

Additionally: art work by Julene Schwarz and organic bath and body products made locally by Red Beet Row’s Steph Blessing and Stacy Bryan of As Nature Intended.

A few photos from April 2022:

Email us at HarborGardens21@gmail.com