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Microgreens: The History and Production Methods

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$30 – $40

Hold Wed., Feb. 5 for bad weather date

Learn about the world of microgreens and the extraordinary flavor and nutrition they provide with Phyllis Hanson of Solrig Farm based in Ardmore. During this class Phyllis will approach the microgreen from the expansive idea that it can be nutritionally viable as a mainstay of dietary needs requiring minimal input from water, soil (or other medium), light, and fertilization. She will get into the details of microgreen production, including seed suppliers, pest control, growth medium choices, light options, and harvesting.

The class will also incorporate discussions on the intricate biochemistry of seedlings and their medicinal properties, the numerous creative and experimental approaches for high-yielding crop production, and global agricultural issues. Solrig Farm is the synthesis of Phyllis’s passion for farming and chemistry. She studied Agronomy and Chemistry in college and earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry, studying aquatic nitrate chemistry beneath riparian zones of the Chesapeake Bay. She has worked both in industry as a manufacturing engineer in defense contract work, a consultant to firms specializing in the Clean Air Act, mitigated quarries through designing and installing constructed wetlands, and ultimately found her ideal vocation as a chemistry teacher shaping the next generation. Phyllis grew up in New York City with a “postage stamp” garden and has always had an interest in exploring the newest agricultural methods to deliver a nutritionally sound food supply with the smallest environmental footprint.

Registration includes a take-home microgreen growing kit. Limit 18.



The Fine Print:

  • Unless otherwise noted, registrations are for one adult only. Please do not bring pets, unregistered adults, or children with you to events.
  • Payment is required to reserve space in a class.
  • Some class sizes are limited and registrations are accepted in the order received.
  • The Scott Arboretum shall not be liable in any way for any damage, injury, or loss of life or property incurred by any person in connection with these programs beyond the return of registration fees for cancellation by said date.


Cancellation Policy:

  • The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.


January 29
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$30 – $40
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Wister Center – Gillespie Room
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA United States
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