Learn How To Garden

I’ve got all my seedlings for tomorrow’s Seedling Swap labeled and packed, ready to bring down to 14th & U Farmers Market bright and early! Be sure to check out the swapping action on Twitter if you can’t join in person: follow the hashtag #seedlingswap.

If you have plenty of seedlings and don’t want to share, don’t want to wake up quite as early, or just want a helping hand learning how to garden, I was made aware of this program by Neighborhood Farm Initiative that teaches local folks the ins and outs of organic urban gardening–a hands-on course throughout the year that will teach you everything to harvest the most from your urban farm!

The program starts Saturday, May 5, at 10 AM at NFI. Although Saturday’s intro class is free, the program’s cost is $450 for instructional course through September, the 12′ x 12′ plot, and all of the fresh veggies that come with urban farming. Here are the details:

“ATTENTION ALL ASPIRING GARDENERS!! NFI is extending an invitation to you to come and attend the first day of classes of our Adult Garden Education Program. Come and check it out and, if you like it, you’re welcome to sign up for the rest of the season.

WHERE: Fort Totten site (100 Gallatin Street, NE – next to Fort Totten metro).
WHEN: Saturday, May 5 (from 10am to 12 noon).
WHY: To find out how fun and informational our classes are.
HOW: Shoot an email to brenda@neighborhoodfarminitiative.org to sign up for the one-day class invitation.

For more information about the program, visit our Garden Education Program page, and to sign up for the introductory class, send an email to brenda@neighborhoodfarminitiative.org.

The Adult Garden Education Program (GEP) is geared for adults who have a strong desire to learn all aspects of setting up and maintaing an organic garden. Hands on instruction will teach you everything from preparing the soil to planting, maintenance, and pest management. The instruction will be led by Nora Weaver (a former GEP student) and
guest presenters. Want to sign up with a friend? Split a plot with a friend for half the price!

Students will receive:

  • Your own 12′ x 12′ community garden plot
  • All seeds and transplants
  • Compost, soil amendments, wood chips, and their delivery
  • All necessary garden infrastructure (i.e. drip irrigation system, trellises, stakes, tomato cages)
  • Your own trowel and a pair of gloves, plus seasonal use of NFI’s communal tools
  • Weekly “staffed” hours at the garden where participants can consult with experienced gardeners, and receive one-on-one assistance
  • Eleven hands-on classes over a five-month period to provide all the knowledge you need to grow your own organic garden!

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