Urban Gardening Course
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Third Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total.
Where: 18 Reasons (3674 18th St) and Garden for the Environment (7th Ave and Lawton St)
Cost: Sliding scale: $350-$425
Anyone, with any amount of space, can grow food. Whether you want to start a small herb garden on your fire escape or build raised beds in your back yard, and we are going to teach you how to get the most food possible our of your space.
Growing food is a powerful act, offering personal joy, skill development, and community building benefits to the gardener. For many it is also a political act. Most basically and importantly, growing food feeds people. Whatever your reasons for wanting to, edible gardening in urban spaces takes skills and knowledge, especially in San Francisco. In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will learn about garden planning and soil vitality at the beginning, then how to pick varieties and plant them, and last how to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. This way we will be by your side during your first growing season.
Classes meet twice per month on the third Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment. There will also be small mini-workshops some Saturday afternoons at GFE.
*In March and June the Saturday meeting is the fourth Saturday of the month.
Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes. Dates are:
January 18th and 21st
February 15th and 18th
March 21st and 24th
April 18th and 21st
May 16th and 19th
June 20th and 23rd
Times of classes
Wednesdays at 18 Reasons: 6:30-9PM
Saturdays at Garden for the Environment: 10AM-2PM
The cost for the 12-part series is on a sliding scale, from $350-$425. There are two full scholarships available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact Rosie at 18 Reasons: email@example.com by December 1, 2011.
Note - all scholarships spaces for 2012 have been filled.
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat. If you would like to purchase our recommended gardening gloves and pruners as well as a copy of Golden Gate Gardening, you can do so when you purchase your spot in the class at an additional fee of $74 (including sales tax).
18 Reasons + Garden for the Environment
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|
||Will this deal with container gardening and how to deal with keeping the plants hydrated if you cannot do a drip system?|
||Yes, We will deal with all sorts of irrigation ideas and solutions!|
||Who will the instructors be?
||Hello. The instructors will be Blair Randall Hillary Gordon from GFE and Rosie Gill from 18 Reasons, guests. Thank you!|
||garden for the environment does a garden and composting educator program in the fall. i am not so much interested in the educator portion of the class, but wish to cover topics outlined in on this pdf: http://gardenfortheenvironment.org/pages/docs/fall2011gcetp_schedule.pdf. would this course cover most of the topics listed on that webpage? |
||Hello. Yes, the topics will be similar, with more emphasis on urban and home gardening. Thanks! Rosie|
||This sounds awesome! When's the next round? And what about gardening in window boxes or inside?|
||Hello! Next round will be next January. We do talk about window boxes and other urban-specific gardening techniques. Thanks!|