Organic Gardening

Sundays 1 to 4 pm
March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 15

This hands on, eight session course will cover all of the skills required to grow a successful organic garden. The course will meet once per month throughout the growing season at our organic farm and cover the following topics: seeding, site preparation, transplanting, planting for maximum yield, weed control, harvesting & succession planting, animal care, pest control, seed saving and fall planting.

Please bring gardening gloves, knee pads (if desired), sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, snack and a water bottle.

Week 1: Seeding and Prepping

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This first week will focus on learning and practicing techniques for preparing your site for planting and methods on direct seeding. The session will also cover the use of hand tools and which hand tools are needed for organic growing. Food safety will also be discussed.

Week 2: Transplanting

Sunday, April 23, 2017

This hands-on session will cover transplanting seedlings, direct seeding and upsizing plants for later transplanting.

Week 3: Planting for Maximum Yield

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This session will cover planting for maximum yield including complimentary planting, crop placement considerations, pollination and crop mixes. Natural methods for weed control will also be discussed.

Week 4: Harvesting and Succession planting

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

This session will include harvesting spring crops, sucession planting and complimentary planting for summer crops.

Week 5: Animal Care

Sunday, July 23, 2017

This session will cover the care of common backyard animals. This includes backyard poultry and goats. The advantages of having a hen in your garden will also be highlighted.

Week 6: Pest Control

Sunday, August 27, 2017

This session will cover organic pest control, nutrition management and good environmental practices in organic gardening.

Week 7: Plant/Seed Saving

Sunday, September 24, 2017

This session will cover seed saving and storage for the following year and how to prepare perennial plants for overwintering. It will also cover how to properly store your harvest

Week 8: Fall Planting

October 15, 2017

The final session will cover planting cover crops and late fall crops including garlic. There will be time set aside to work with the instructor to troubleshoot any problems you had over the growing season. •

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations made more than 3 weeks before the course start date will be refunded the full amount minus a 10% administration fee. Cancellations made less than 3 weeks before the start date are non-refundable.

Cancelled /Rescheduled Courses:
Registration closes one week prior to the course start date. Courses not meeting minimum registration numbers will be cancelled at this time and registrants will receive a full refund.