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Urban Gardening School
18 Reasons
San Francisco, CA
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Urban Gardening School
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Second 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
Monthly payment plans and 2 scholarship spots are also available.

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 second Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment.

*note: in March the Saturday class is the third Saturday of the month.

Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes.  Dates are:
January 9+12
February 13+16
March 13+16
April 10+13
May 8+11
June 12+15

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. We are happy to set up monthly payment plans for any interested student. There are also two full scholarships available. If you are interested in either a payment plan or scholarship, please contact Rosie at 18 Reasons: rosie@18reasons.org by December 15, 2011.

Gardening equipment
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.

We will be using Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce frequently thr oughout the course. There are copies at the library as well as available in many local bookshops and on-line.

Readings from other sources will be available on-line or as hand-outs for free.


18 Reasons (View)
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Food > Markets & Farms

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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