Food & Garden Courses at Forefront of SCCC's Upcoming Community Offerings

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NEWTON (April 23, 2021) - Food and gardening are at the forefront of Sussex County Community College's newest enrichment programs designed with the community in mind.

Chef Martin Kester and agriculturist Erin Collins, both members of the SCCC faculty, will lead a host of courses, open to the public.

Kester heads several courses that will make your meals ever more tasty, taking advantage of fresh New Jersey flavors while Collins takes attendees into the garden. 

All of the courses are completed in one day and at just $20 each. All of the food courses are via Zoom in the comfort of one's own kitchen.

Kicking off the May schedule is Spring Awakening with Kester. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of cooking with the treasures of the growing seasons’ first offerings, such as peas, mushrooms and asparagus. The focus of this course is to maximize their delicate, fresh flavors. The class will be held on Friday, May 7th from 6:30 -8 p.m. visit and fill out the form. For more information, contact Linda Connor at or call 973.300.2132.

On May 8, Collins brings you "Harvesting your Bounty and Saving Seed" from 1-3 p.m. In this course attendees will learn the basics of harvesting, handling and storage of produce and start to explore the wide world of saving seed from your home garden. 

Other food related courses include: 

  • Sourdough Bread

Learn how to make great sourdough bread at home. Explore the whole process from creating & maintaining a mother, mixing, fermentation, shaping & baking. June 10, 7-8 p.m.

  • Great Summer Dishes

This workshop highlights the bounty of Summer. Summer calls for gatherings; these dishes are refreshing, bright and attractive. Using bold citrus flavors, fresh vegetables, fruits and lots of spices. Simple and great dishes that will cool you off on any hot night. July 1, 7-8 p.m.

  • Sweet Corn

Fresh local sweet corn signals the height of summer.  Kester's workshop focuses on techniques on to cook with sweet corn in different ways. August 12, 7-8 p.m.

Other gardening related courses include:


What’s wrong with my plant? Collins will show you how to deal with garden pests! In this class, you will learn the basics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how you can implement some of those practices into your home garden. April 24, 1-3 p.m. via Zoom.


Reaping your rewards! Learn the basics of harvesting, handling, and storing your produce and start to explore the wide world of saving seed from your home garden. May 22, 1-3 p.m. via Zoom.

  • Basic Pruning

Learn Basic pruning techniques for ornamental trees and shrubs. Practice what you learn in this hands-on workshop. Space is limited. June 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the SCCC main campus.

  • Building Compost

Learn the basics of building your own compost to use on the farm and in the gardens. Come prepared to get dirty and participate in the first compost building efforts. Space is limited. July 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the SCCC Student Farm.

To register for these classes, visit and fill out the form. For more information, contact Linda Connor at or call 973.300.2132.


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