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Free workshops will show residents how to create their own backyard urban garden

File photo of the Camp Curtin YMCA garden in 2018.

Harrisburg residents are encouraged to “get dirty” in a series of workshops aimed at teaching people to garden.

Local nonprofit Ngozi’s Let’s Get Dirty! Urban Agriculture Center will host free classes on composting, recycling and sustainable living, as well as affordably creating a garden.

Certified permaculture designer and Ngozi’s co-founder Rafiyqa Muhammad will instruct participants on how to set up a recycled resin patio chair garden to grow healthy food in their own backyards.

Organizers of the event hope to empower Harrisburg residents that have been affected the most by the pandemic.

Workshops will run from June 5 to 13 at the Camp Curtin YMCA’s urban garden. Over 40 households will have the chance to participate in the classes and take what they learned back home to their families. Only one person per family may attend.

Registrants will receive supplies and can choose to grow kale, melons, peppers or collard greens. Instructors will teach them when to plant, when to harvest and how to naturally feed their gardens.

The permaculture workshops are sponsored by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, South Central PA Food Bank, The Whitt Family Foundation, Camp Curtin YMCA, and GIANT.

For information on how to register contact Rafiyqa Muhammad at To learn more about Ngozi’s Let’s Get Dirty! Urban Agriculture Center, visit their Facebook page. 

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