New Oyster Gardener Workshop Schedule

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New oyster gardeners are required to attend an Oyster Gardening Workshop before beginning their first year of gardening.

These workshops are required for all new oyster gardeners. You will get the supplies and training necessary to grow your own oysters. Workshops last about two-hours, during which you will learn about oyster ecology, the importance of oysters to the Chesapeake Bay, and how to care for your oyster garden. You will also construct four oyster gardening cages that you will use to grow your oysters.

Once the cages are finished, each registered participant will receive two bags (roughly one bushel, approximately 2,000 baby oysters) of oyster "spat on shell" to take home and care for over the fall, winter, and early spring months.

Once grown to adult size, gardeners will return their oysters to CBF for replanting onto a nearby sanctuary reef. The now hardy adult oysters will remain on the sanctuary where they can provide water quality and habitat benefits for the Chesapeake Bay.

This event is for all new oyster gardeners to get the supplies and training necessary to grow their own oysters. Registration is required. See the schedule below to register. Spat are not sensitive to growing location, so please feel free to choose the distribution location that works best for you. There is a one-time fee of $50 to cover materials and oysters.

During the two-hour workshop, you will learn about oyster ecology, the importance of oysters to the Chesapeake Bay, and how to care for your oyster garden. You will also construct four oyster gardening cages that you will use to grow your oysters.

Once the cages are finished, each registered participant will receive two bags (roughly one bushel, approximately 2,000 baby oysters) of oyster "spat on shell" to take home and care for over the fall, winter, and early spring months.

Once grown to adult size, gardeners will return their oysters to CBF for replanting onto a nearby sanctuary reef. The now hardy adult oysters will remain on the sanctuary where they can provide water quality and habitat benefits for the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information on water quality requirements and program specifics, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For further questions and inquiries please contact Patrick Beall at PBeall@cbf.org or 443-482-2065.

*Volunteers understand that all spat-on-shell provided by the Foundation remains the property of CBF and is to be returned at the end of the growing season.

 SCHEDULE

Easton Workshop
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m.-noon
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Annapolis Workshop 1
Sunday, September 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.-noon
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Shady Side Workshop
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 a.m.-noon
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Annapolis Workshop 2
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m.-noon
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