Learn about herbs with Harpersville UMC

The Harpersville United Methodist Church is hosting a four-part herb class for adults, starting Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. (Contributed)

The Harpersville United Methodist Church is hosting a four-part herb class for adults, starting Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. (Contributed)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

HARPERSVILLE—Learn to plant and tend to your favorite herbs and add some flavor to your kitchen at the Harpersville United Methodist Church’s new adult gardening class.

The church is hosting a four-week, herb-focused gardening class for adults beginning March 2 at 6p.m.

Led by Harpersville UMC member, Coosa Valley Academy history teacher and farmer, Shawn Baker, the class will meet in the church’s greenhouse each Monday evening.

Attendants will learn everything from basic techniques to care for herbs, to recipes, history and other uses for herbs. At the end of the series, participants will have five different herb plants to take home and a book filled with “loads of different herb things,” Baker explained.

The class is open to adults of all ages and no prior gardening experience is required.

“We’ll teach you how to figure it out,” Baker said. “No experience is needed.”

The herb gardening series is the first adult class the Harpersville UMC is hosting in the church’s greenhouse. The greenhouse is typically used for children’s classes.

“We’ve decided to branch out a little bit into the community and surrounding communities,” Baker said. “If this goes well, we hope to do more classes in the future.”

There are 20 spots available on a “first-come, first-serve” basis for the four-class series, Baker explained, but they are filling quickly.

“We’ve got several spots filled already,” Baker said.

Registration is $20 per person, which covers the cost of all class materials, including seeds, plants, soil and pots. To sign up, or for more information call Baker at 672-8216 or Ruth Brooks at 672-2296.