I just wanted to share some pics of my garden this year. After taking my gardening course in the spring, I did everything I could to bring "life" back into my soil and this is what I got. The potatoes were left over from last year - they did not grow bigger than a small plum last year. I am so impressed and grateful for this new found knowledge. What is most amazing is that - what I added to my garden was all organic and really easy to get item that were not purchased at any store. Love, Nancy 

Growing Food Online

Starting Dates And Registration



If you are concerned about where your food comes from, what’s in it (or on it), or simply getting the best nutrition possible,  growing an abundance of healthy, nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables is the way to go. 

In this comprehensive course you will learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to: Improvised Shoulder Bag

  • Analyze and optimize the growing conditions in your garden, no matter the size, including container gardens
  • Creatively collect, use and preserve water for optimal garden health

  • Use holistic solutions for plants health problems ("pests" and "diseases")

  • Select, plant, maintain and harvest a large variety of food plants for year-round enjoyment

  • Also included: how to propagate plants; save your own seeds; and store your harvest.

This online course engages students with practical and hands-on projects, and is guided by experienced professional organic gardeners.

No prior education or gardening experience required. This course partially satisfies the requirements for the Gaia College and Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care.

There are no pre-requisites, but the Organic Master Gardener Course / Organic Horticulture Specialist Course would be highly beneficial either before, during or after this program.

Humber College students please note: This course is equivalent to the Humber College course "Growing Food Organically" for students completing the Humber College Gardening Expert Certificate Program or Humber College Sustainable Landscape Design Certificate Program.


Fees include:

  • Unlimited access to our on-line course resources, community center, including resource library, discussion forums and much more.

Payment Options

By Mail On-line
Cheque drawn on a Canadian bank
Money order in Canadian funds




Please be sure you are familiar with our policies.


There are no pre-requisites, but the Organic Master Gardener Course/ Organic Horticulture Specialist Course would be beneficial either before, during or after this program.


Student Comment

Once again, you did it. My Paradigms have shifted. I am going to sit down and start going over your book right now. It was a pleasure and very interesting. You did a great job!
Greg Kennedy, Trail

 There are no formal exams in this course, as the emphasis is on developing practical skills and the ability to synthesize information.

To receive a Certificate of Completion students must contribute to all on-line discussions and satisfactorily complete all assignments and quizzes.

Student Comment

I have been gardening organically (meaning no restricted pesticides) for 25 years (10 years on Gabriola) and now I have the language, science and tools to confirm what I knew all along intuitively. I'm so excited to apply this course to my market garden at home and do an even better job at growing food through sustainable and ethical methods.
Tara Qua, Gabriola Island

Required Text:

Frank Tozer, The Vegetable Grower's Handbook, Green Man Publishing, Santa Cruz. ISBN: 978-0-9773489-3-0

Comprehensive resources will be provided on-line, and students will have unlimited access to our on-line resource libraries and discussion forums.

There are currently no continuing education credits for this program.

Studying on-line is very different from learning in a face-to-face classroom setting. It may be more convenient – or for some it may be the only way they can take our courses - but it is definitely not easier.

The University of Illinois has provided some excellent pre-assessment information for potential on-line students. Please complete the online Self Evaluation:

And please read the article entitled 'What Makes A Successful Online Student?'

If you have any doubts about your ability to dedicate 6-10 hours per week to this course then it is probably not for you. Those who are able to commit themselves to this experience rest assured that our instructors are not only experts in organic horticulture, but are also experienced on-line facilitators. We will do our absolute best to ensure you have an interesting and fulfilling learning experience.


Online classroom versus self-paced studies

The question may arise why we are offering this course over a specific time frame, rather than letting each student study at their own speed. Our experience is that without firm deadlines most students do not finish the longer online courses - and we really want you to succeed!

So, for optimum student success,  this course is being offered in an interactive online classroom format.  The “virtual classroom”  includes group interaction in structured activities such as discussions, experiments, and demonstrations, yet still maintains flexibility for the individual.

Our vast learning resources and networking facilities are always available to students, even after completion of the course. So if for some reason you are not able to complete the course on time you will still retain access to the information to review it at your own pace. However, to earn the Certificate of Completion all course work must be completed by the end of the course term.


How do we handle hands-on activities in an on-line course?

That is indeed a challenge, but frankly, allowing "enough" hands-on experience is always difficult even in a classroom course. So the hands-on portion of the course has been incorporated into the assignments, where students get to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice. This is even more fun if you can get a friend to take the course with you!

Depending on the course, some of these activities may require access to soil and composting materials. Students living in climates where the ground may be covered in 2 feet of snow for the duration of the course have the option to choose an alternative assignment, or take the course at another time of the year.