Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Lots O' Learning Opportunities

Saturday, January 04, 2014

My fav seed catalog so far...Baker Creek Seeds!
 It's that time of year....you know, the time when your poor mailman starts muttering under his breath because you've gotten so many seed catalogs that he can't stuff them all into your overflowing mailbox?  Such is my exuberance for gardening that I think I may have to have mercy on his poor soul and go buy one of those huge rural mailboxes.  Or maybe I can ease the pain with some tomatoes and fresh eggs...hmmm, that's an idea!

So the catalogs are starting to arrive and it's a good thing, because it's so stinking cold that your breath freezes before it ever leaves your lungs.  Nope, not going outside right now.

But catalogs aren't the only way to scratch that gardening itch.  I've just spent the better part of today updating the Events Calendar here at Cranky Puppy with all kinds of online and local Kansas\Missouri workshops, seminars and online classes.  Lots of them are free or only a nominal cost and they cover all kinds of topics:

  • Urban gardening\farming
  • Managing a small orchard
  • Fruit tree or small fruit production (blackberries, strawberries, etc.)
  • Keeping chickens
  • Permaculture and composting
  • Organic pest management (insects, weeds, etc.)
  • Pond management
  • ...and more!

Some of these events require advance registration, so I recommend you browse through the extensive calendar now, see if there's anything you're interested in and get registered quickly.  Some of these are known to fill up pretty quickly - especially the Conservation Extension classes.

This is everything that I could find, but there is more to come because I'm still waiting on several of my sources to post their workshop schedules for 2014.  As I get more details, I'll be sure to post the additions here and let you know.

It's a great time to commit to learning a new skill or exploring a new topic.  What are you waiting for?


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