This class is designed for participants who already have a basic level of knowledge and experience around gardening/farming and are looking to expand upon this knowledge.** It is broken into two components; 1- Gardening 201, and 2- Exploration of Garden Philosophies.
Soil - biology > nutrient cycling > creating fertility management plan.
Water - catchment > storage > irrigation methods.
Plants - basic biology > disease and pest pressures > starting your own transplants > seeding techniques > creating a crop rotation plan > seed collecting.
Season Extension Techniques
Due to the winter time exploration of this topic, hands-on practice will be limited. However, where possible, the facilitator will incorporate such elements.
**requires a brief description of class participants basic garden knowledge and how they hope to apply this knowledge.
I grew up on a family farm in SW Minnesota, with a large family vegetable garden feeding us throughout the summer. At the age of 23 I moved out to the Pacific Northwest, where I lived for 11 years, and studied permaculture, biodynamics, environmental science, ecological agriculture and soil and composting processes. I went through the OSU Extension Service Master Composters Program and Organic Gardening Certification Course. For 3 years I worked as a water conservation specialist, consulting with homeowners on waterwise gardening techniques. Upon returning to Minneapolis 2 years ago, I began working with the Permaculture Research Institute - Cold Climate in their Backyard Harvest program as both a farmer and production manager. Last year I partnered with Seward Redesign to create Growing Lots Urban Farm, a south Minneapolis CSA on an unused parking lot.
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