Connect with your food and learn something new.
One of the ways we share our mission is through a variety of cooking, gardening and woodworking classes for both kids and adults. We use all aspects of the food cycle to educate and create opportunities for learning, openness, connection and inclusion.
See our full calendar of classes and events here or scroll down to read more about our classes.
“A huge thank you to Chef Saralyn at Convivium Urban Farmstead for teaching the ease of making foccaica at home. This has become my go to recipe each week. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Every community should have their own Convivium; the added benefit to our community is priceless.”
Our gardening classes look to connect participants to the source of their food, the environment, and give them the skills and confidence to grow their own food, even in an urban setting. There are endless benefits to growing your own food and although the local food movement is on the rise, too few of us know about the food we eat – where it grows, who grows and harvests it, how it is grown and processed, how it benefits our health, or the impact of our food choices on the world around us. Our classes look to educate and empower participants to reconnect with our food source through classes such as backyard composting, planning your garden and starting seeds, potato towers and vertical growing alternatives, and so much more.
Our cooking classes focus on scratch cooking whole foods and reconnecting participants to their food in a fun, interactive way. We grow as much food as we can in our own neighborhood gardens for both the restaurant and the community classes. Because of that, our class schedule is constantly changing, especially during the growing season depending on what we are harvesting. Be on the look out for classes such as Homemade Bloody Mary Canning classes with Convivivum tomatoes, celery and peppers; Homemade Pesto with freshly harvested basil; and Artisan Breads with fresh cut herbs.
Our woodworking classes offer a variety of classes during which you will build useful items such as a bat house, shelf, or simple tool tote. During these hands-on classes that take place in our workshop, you will practice the proper and effective use of a variety of hand tools. Our goal is to help you acquire skills needed to confidently tackle any number of woodworking related projects around the house using readily available and inexpensive tools.
Teach a Class!
If you are interested in teaching a class at Convivium around a food-related topic or in any of the above areas, we’d love to hear from you. Please send a proposed class description, a short bio or relevant teaching experience, and any supplemental photos to our Education and Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Cancellation Policy
Convivium Urban Farmstead has a no refund policy for all classes. However, if Convivium cancels or reschedules a class for any reason (weather, illness, etc.), participants will be notified as early as possible by email and their registration will automatically be transferred to the date of the rescheduled class. In the case that the participant cannot make the rescheduled class date, he/she must notify Convivium within 48 hours of the original class date to receive a gift card in the full amount of the class that can be used toward any future class or in the coffee shop and restaurant. This gift card can be mailed to the participant or picked up at Convivium (2811 Jackson St. Dubuque, IA 52001). If there is no rescheduled class date, participants will receive a reimbursement in the form their payment was received within 7 days of the cancellation. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your cooperation.
“Thorough explanations, very inclusive and friendly!”
“Lots of great information and tips. It was great to build our own bins to put to good use.”
Convivium Urban Farmstead is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create community around all aspects of food. Your patronage helps support our non-profit activities.