BACKYARD FARMING

Do you dream of having your own garden, or a few chickens to provide you with fresh, nutritious eggs every day? What’s stopping you?

It is possible to have your own little backyard farm, even if your space is limited.

Basic Beekeeping

The basic beekeeping course walks you through the fundamentals of beekeeping. You’ll learn:

Week 1: Basics

  • Terminology
  • Legal issues
  • Equipment and resources
  • Anatomy of a hive
  • How to acquire bees

Week 2: Details

  • Biology and types of bees
  • Honeybee diseases and pests
  • How to medicate
  • Selection and preparation of an apiary site
  • Proper hive procedures

Week 3: Management

  • Handling season changes
  • Gathering swarms
  • Record keeping practices
  • Equipment assembly

Week 4: Build (Optional week. Does not include building supplies. Estimated cost $150-$210.)

  • Bring your tools and your safety glasses
  • Assemble and construct the hive

Cost includes class instruction and book. Cost does not include bees, or supplies and materials for the construction of your hive.

BOGO: Register one person for $50. Add a second person for an additional $25. Total cost is $75 for two people.

Location Dates Hours Days Times Tuition
Campus: Business Development Dates: Spring 2023 Hours: 12-17 Days: S Times: 9:00a-2:00p Tuition: $50 (1st person)
Campus: Dates: Hours: Days: Times: Tuition: $25 (2nd person)

Beginning Gardening

If you dream of having a green thumb, but have questions on how to get started, this class is for you! You will learn the basics on how to start a garden.

Topics Include:

  • Site selection & preparation
  • Variety selection and growing techniques
  • Watering, soil testing, and fertilizing guidelines
  • Technology to extend your growing season

The Beginning Gardening workshop is provided at no cost as a collaborative effort between OSU Creek County Extension and Central Tech.

This class will be held at the Central Tech Business Center. 201 N Settle Drive, Drumright, OK. It is just West of Hwy 33/99, on the North side of the intersection.

Location Dates Hours Days Times
Campus: Business Development Dates: TBD Hours: 2 Days: Th Times: 6:30pm

Chicken Tending

Are you interested in having fresh eggs each day?

Whether you live in the country or a municipality, learn what is required to care for and raise healthy chickens.

In this free two-hour workshop, you will learn:

  • Health and Nutrition
  • Predator Protection
  • Shelter Options
  • Types and Breeds of Chickens
Location Dates Hours Tuition
Campus: Business Development Dates: July 2022 Hours: 2 Tuition: $0

Seasonal Gardening

Gardening isn’t just for the spring and summer months.

With the right preparation, you can have a flourishing garden in the fall as well.

Warm sunny days, followed by cool, humid nights provide conditions to produce high quality vegetables such as, potatoes, onions, garlic, salad greens, and more.

The first thing to know about fall gardening is you can’t wait until it’s already fall to start. In the steamy throws of mid-summer, there is plenty to be done to prepare your garden and plants for a successful fall harvest.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Best-suited plants for the fall growing season
  • Selection of the right plants for your lifestyle
  • Deciphering your soil’s condition
  • When and how to fertilize
  • Water requirements and irrigation method recommendations
  • Mulching recommendations and incorporation
  • Which seeds to start indoors and transplant later
  • Which seeds to directly sow into the soil
  • Planting techniques for indoor or in-ground planting
  • Insect, disease, and fungus control

You’ll also have the opportunity to start some seeds and take them home with you to jump-start your fall garden experience.

We are located in Zone 7a, which gives us proven recommendations for planting times. In Oklahoma the typical first frost occurs in late October, just around Halloween.

For an anticipated October 30th frost, fall planting dates start around July 15th for tomatoes, winter squash, and pumpkins. They extend to as late as September 30th for radishes.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener, or just getting started, you’re sure to learn something new during this workshop.

The instructor for this class is Olivia Toothman, Creek County Extension Educator.

Dates Hours Days Times
Dates: TBD Hours: 2 Days: Th Times: 6:30p-8:30p