More than a list of classes, this is a program of study. Students learn the skills needed to succeed in the season at hand and begin to understand the garden as an ecosystem. The ten class series begins with two classes in the fall, the best time to prepare both new and established gardens in our rainy climate. After a winter break, students begin a monthly class schedule in March.
A gardener encounters different challenges in every season, and the course reflects that. In our gardens and yours, we will follow several crops, from seed to table, through these seasonal changes. We support you in year-round gardening, connecting you with the seasonal and daily rhythms of the garden life and saving you money on your grocery bill! Our students build skills and knowledge in planting and growing, learn how and when to harvest, and what to do with their harvest for fresh eating and preservation.
Every class includes time to ask questions, and problem-solve with the group. With our guidance, you learn to address garden problems as they occur, and come up with effective, low cost natural solutions. Course topics include suggestions for obtaining free or inexpensive materials through reuse and recycling. Students become comfortable using outside resources for information, gaining tools for further learning and troubleshooting long after completing our program.
Classes are held in our home gardens, at 4446 NE Going Street and 4255 NE Alberta Street.