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    Tool and Knife Sharpening

    In this demo-style class, Louis will offer basic instruction in the principles and techniques sharpening of various household tools such as kitchen knives, scissors, and garden implements. Bring in one or two items that warrant sharpening and/or adjusting and learn which sharpening tools of the trade would be best for each implement. Instructor sharpening up to two-items is included in the fee. Honing stones, files, strops, sharpening jigs and other devices commonly used in sharpening will be available for either demo and some hands-on practice depending on your level of comfort, desire and safety. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Does Your Garden Need Some Hügelkultur? - ONLINE

    We’ve all heard about raised beds for gardens. But how about hügelkultur? Learn everything you need to know about the history of this ancient growing method, its purpose, how to make a mound on your own property, and what crops you might want to grow on it. Step-by-step instructions with photos. We’ve had great success with three hügelkultur mounds at our place and would love to share the idea. This class will meet online. You will receive an email prior to the start of your class with information on how to participate.
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    Picking Paint Colors for your Home: Trends, Tips, and Tricks

    Color expert, Betsey Dempsey, will briefly guide you through the basic steps to consider when choosing paint colors for your home or business. Some of the topics will include intensity, value, undertones, and how light affects paint colors. We will also discuss color trends as well as many tips and tricks to make picking paint colors easier! This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Cats & Behavior - ONLINE

    In this online 1.5 hour presentation, Alana Stevenson, feline behaviorist and author of The Good Cat Parent's Guide to Feline Behavior Modification teaches you how to recognize common feline communication signals so you can understand cats better. When you become aware of how cats learn and respond to stress, behavior that was seemingly complex becomes much less of a mystery. Photos and video clips of feline body language and inter-cat dynamics will be shown and there will be a half hour allotted for Q&A. This class will meet online. Look for an invitation to be sent a day or two before the class starts.
  • Plant Propagation

    This practical workshop offers a broad overview of many different types of vegetative (asexual) plant propagation; crown division, root cuttings, scaling, tip layering, softwood and hardwood cuttings. We will discuss which techniques work best for different species and genera. Come learn how to make more grape, currant, hardy kiwi, mulberry, quince, fig, blueberry, honeyberry, seaberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, chive, horseradish, mint, lemon balm, comfrey, daylily, true lily, rhubarb, asparagus, sunchoke, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, and many more. Participants will practice some of these techniques and take home plants in this workshop. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Tree Identification

    Many people rely on leaves to identify a tree, but after the brilliant display of fall colors, "stick season" can make tree identification a daunting task. Join Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper for a one-night course in learning to identify Vermont’s most common trees and shrubs by looking at their bark, buds, and other clues. This course will use primarily outdoor instruction to teach participants to identify some of the most common trees in Vermont's forests. This class will meet inside CVU to start and then move outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the class will take place outside CVU and may involve walking over some muddy and uneven ground. This class will meet rain or shine.
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    Vermont’s Raptors, Big and Not-So-Big, All Fascinating - ONLINE

    Raptors, birds that take live prey, have fascinated humans for millennia. They show up in ancient mythology and art, poetry, music, and modern fiction. Learn about Vermont’s hawks, owls and falcons: how they live, what they eat, how to identify them. Birders and photographers from all over Vermont have generously contributed truly gorgeous portraits of for this program. This class will meet online. You will receive an email prior to the start of your class with information on how to participate.
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    Canine Communication - ONLINE

    In this presentation, Alana Stevenson goes over how dogs communicate through body-language with each other and with people. Learn how your body-language and movement can affect dog behavior both on and off-leash. Predict conflict at dog parks and understand when and why a dog might shy away or bite. Appeasement gestures and why you should never punish a dog for growling will be discussed This class will meet online. Look for an invitation to be sent a day or two before the class starts.
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    Apple Tree Grafting

    Learn why we graft apple trees and the technique of how to graft to reproduce your favorite apple varieties. A valuable tool for the propagation of plant cultivars, grafting is a technique of joining two plants to continue their growth as one on a single plant. Grafting is particularly useful in the preservation of heirloom apple varieties. This is a hands-on class — participants will graft trees to take home, and care of seedlings will be discussed. Additional materials fee of $20 includes all supplies including rootstock, scionwood, handouts, as well as 3 apple trees to take home. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Ivan Radic (flickr) (CC BY 2.0)

    Positive Dog Training

    This class is for any level. Learn how to teach your dog positively! There is no need for leash corrections. Understand how to reward your dog with your voice, praise, food, and by providing positive feedback. Learn proper body-mechanics and leash-techniques so you can control your dog but still keep the leash loose -- which allows for more off-leash control! Get your dog to look at you, turn with you, walk better on leash, sit from the front and the side, stand-up, lie down and to settle, and the principles of wait and stay. This is an outdoor class, so you will be teaching your dog how to behave in public and during distractions. If you have any questions about whether this class would be a good fit for your dog, please contact us and we will put you in touch with Alana. The first class is for people only and will be indoors. Subsequent classes will meet outside with your dog. Please bring a 6-foot flat nylon/fabric leash (ideally 3/4-inch) and flat collar or body-harness required (front-connection harnesses preferred), as well as poop bags, treats and water. This class is for dogs 3 months of age and over. Puppies must have received their second distemper vaccination to participate. Dogs 6 months and older must have received a rabies vaccination. Note: The fee covers up to 2 handlers per dog. In the case of bad weather, class will be held on Thursday instead of Wednesday. This class will meet outside on the CVU grounds, except for the first class which will meet inside. Please check-in at the CVU main entrance before the start of class.
  • Ivan Radic (flickr) (CC BY 2.0)

    Beekeeping Basics

    Have you thought about keeping bees? This is the opportunity to learn more about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. The instructors, or apiarists, have over 60 years of combined experience and will pass along not only the facts, but also tips from hands-on experience in the field and many years in the beekeeping business! Learn more about your bee passion from Vermont based beekeeping experts at this popular Access class. These three sessions will enlighten, and maybe even inspire you to start a few hives of your own! Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation. A "possible" 4th field session may be offered. Date, time, and location to be determined based on weather. A course book valued at $10 is included in the price. This class meets inside CVU.
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    Native Plants Landscaping

    From their eye-catching beauty to their show-stopping flavor, native plants make a wonderful addition to our gardens and yards. These incredible species also support crucial biodiversity for wildlife and pollinators by providing food and/or habitat. Natural plant communities are often more resilient and require less maintenance than other landscapes. There is a perfect native species for every niche in your diverse planting plan. Come learn which are best for your landscape! This class will meet inside CVU.