Straw bale gardening class back by popular demand

If you thought the only place to grow healthy crops was in black dirt, you must attend this class.  sc_bale

Join Instructor Joel Karsten and learn how to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides, and without weeding.  Learn how to plant a wide variety of vegetables, root crops, vine crops, fruit crops, and even beautiful flower gardens, directly into your “conditioned” straw bales.  You will never do the “heavy lifting” or bending over that is required with normal soil-based gardens again.  Learn this revolutionary and easy gardening method to create a beautiful and productive garden, without lifting a shovel and without using dirt.

Class will take place the evening of April 26 at the Cambridge-Isanti High School. For more information or to register call the Cambridge-Isanti Community Ed Office at 763-689-6189 or visit and click on the “Community Education” tab and then “Adult Enrichment.”

Born and raised on a tree nursery and crop farm in Southwestern Minnesota, Joel Karsten has been planting and harvesting every year he remembers being alive.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in Horticulture Science, and is also a Certified Nursery Professional through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. His classes are always fun, very educational, and will inspire you to try new concepts, ideas, and techniques to yield entirely new crops in your garden next spring. You can take your own notes or purchase the optional hand out from the instructor.