Edible Gardens Workshop Series

Explore the basics of successful vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest—from seed to table. Classes are taught by educators from Harvest Pierce County (a program of the Pierce Conservation District) and Pierce County Planning and Public Works. 

All classes are FREE. Be sure to register to reserve your spot!

COVID-19 Statement:

Pierce Conservation District is closely tracking the risks associated with COVID-19 and is following the recommendations of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to reduce the risk of exposure to our staff and program participants. If you are a person that is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (fever; cough; shortness of breath); 60-years or older; someone with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes; someone with a weakened immune system; or pregnant, we ask that you do not attend our workshops or events. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you will be asked to leave. If you are in a high risk category listed above, and you choose to attend one of our workshops or events, you do so at your own risk.

Location and Class Times

City Location Address Time
Sumner (SUM) Sumner Library 1116 Fryar Ave 6pm-8pm
Parkland (PAR) Parkland Library 13718 Pacific Ave S 6pm-8pm
Graham (GRA) Graham Library 9202 224th St E 6pm-8pm
Tacoma (TAC) Metro Parks Tacoma 4702 S 19th St 10am-12pm
Streaming* TBD TBD TBD

Garden Planning & Seed Starting

Start your vegetables from seed! Save money, impress your friends and grow plants you won’t find at the nursery.

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February 13ThursdayPAR
CANCELLED: March 18WednesdayGRA- 
CANCELLED: March 21SaturdayTAC
May 5TuesdaySUM


Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest

Learn about perennial food production with tips for planting and maintaining fruit and nut trees and shrubs.

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February 19
CANCELLED: March 12ThursdayPAR
May 16SaturdayTAC
October 6TuesdaySUM

Garden Soil 101

Prepare your garden soil for planting vegetables with a variety of soil amendments available in Pierce County.

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March 4WednesdaySUM
March 10TuesdayGRA
April 18SaturdayTAC
June 11ThursdayPAR

Your Summer Garden: Planting, Watering Weeding

Learn what grows well in the Pacific Northwest, how to water, tips for weeding and more.

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CANCELLED: April 15WednesdayGRA
May 14ThursdayPAR
June 20SaturdayTAC
July 7TuesdaySUM

Bugs, Diseases, & Non-Toxic Alternatives

Tackle problems in the garden with safe remedies, specific for gardening in western Washington.

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CANCELLED: April 21WednesdaySUM
June 17WednesdayGRA
July 9ThursdayPAR
September 19SaturdayTAC

Composting Basics and Putting your Garden to Bed

Learn how to use your garden’s organic waste to improve your soil, and prepare your garden for winter.

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September 1TuesdaySUM
September 16WednesdayGRA
October 8ThursdayPAR
October 17SaturdayTAC

Fall & Winter Gardening

Plant now to harvest fresh food this fall and winter! Learn when to plant and how to care for plants over the winter.

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June 2TuesdaySUM
July 15WednesdayGRA
July 18SaturdayTAC
September 10ThursdayPAR

Container Gardening

Just a balcony to work with? No problem! Learn how to grow food in containers of all sizes.

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February 15SaturdayTAC
CANCELLED: April 7TuesdaySUM
CANCELLED: April 9ThursdayPAR
May 20WednesdayGRA

Good to Grow Passport

At your first Edible Gardens class you’ll be given Passport along with a schedule of all Edible Gardens classes throughout the year. Each class attended will get you 1 stamp and therefore 1 entry for the Grand Prize! Bring your passport to each workshop you attend and retrieve a stamp at the end of the class. The more classes you come to, the more stamps you earn, and the higher your chance at a prize.


Automatic: If you collect all 8 stamps, you automatically win a Harvest Pierce County tote with goodies and you will have 8 entries for the Grand Prize.

Grand Prizes: THREE Grand Prize winners will be chosen, each winner can choose between the following prizes: food waste composting starter kit with 1lb of worms and instructions, one box of food from the FP Farm Co-op, or a salad basket starter kit with a planter, Tagro potting soil, and seeds.


One Grand Prize per person. Stamps must be obtained in class, at a time of the class, one per person and match master key. Entry may not be duplicated. Separate rules for Spanish Radio Podcast listeners, see https://vradiouniversal.com/ for live radio entry.

How to Enter 

Fill in your contact information and enter stamped passport into the drawing using one of three options:

  • Take a photo of your passport and email it to info@harvestpiercecounty.org
  • Turn it in to the instructor at a workshop
  • Mail it to: Pierce Conservation District Attn: Edible Gardens, PO Box 1057, Puyallup, WA 98371