This is basically an Organic Gardening 101. This class consists of 5 sessions. The first 2-3 hours of each day are structured in content, then we will switch to a more informal question & answer or individualized structure while we eat lunch. 

Organic Gardening is so much more than just not using pesticides. It is a whole other approach to growing food in a sustainable, environmentally sound, and nutritionally dense manner. 

At the end of this course and gardening experience you'll have a solid grasp of what it means to be an organic gardener.


If you have been wanting to start your own organic garden, have been trying to garden organically but have been struggling, or have been gardening and want to use more organic practices and get more produce, this course would be great for you!

Topics we'll be covering will include:

  • Garden Placement
  • Shadow Mapping
  • Sun vs Shade Crops
  • Fencing and Protecting your garden
  • Pathways and other garden features to consider
  • Types of gardens: lasagna, square foot, straw bale, raised beds, bio-intensive, biodynamic, etc...
  • Seed Starting
  • Propagation of plants
  • Transplanting
  • Frost Dates and Warm Soil Dates
  • Timing of planting: early spring, early summer, late summer
  • Extending your growing season / 'Second Spring' plantings
  • Cold Frames & Greenhouses
  • Bio-Intensive Principles
  • Composting
  • Favorite gardening tools
  • Watering - timing, tools, planning your garden for, drip irrigation
  • Figuring how many seeds or plants you need to plant
  • Choosing seeds/varieties: days to harvest, heirlooms, hybrids, open-pollinated, GMO's
  • Compost crops and green manures
  • Crop rotation
  • Growing flavors and healing: herbs
  • Companion plants
  • Beneficial insects
  • Cross pollination and seed saving
  • Favorite seed companies
  • Favorite gardening tools
  • And we'll spend some time focusing on particular crops: corn, onions, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, and summer squash (zucchini).

Cost of the 5-Session Program is $395.00

We're covering a lot during this course and we want to provide lots of hands-on experience, so the class days will be intensive and jam-packed with info! 

Class days start at 11 am and end at 3 pm, with some breaks and lunch. 

2018 Classes will be held on Wednesdays:

​Day 1 - February 28th 
Day 2 - March 14th 
Day 3 - March 28th 
Day 4 - April 11th 
Day 5 - June 13th 

Registration in advance is required by February 18th.