Firstly, my biggest feeling coming away from that marvelous, inspiring course, was a feeling of hope. I truly felt hopeful and convinced that we, us gardeners and farmers, could in fact address the overwhelming insults our beautiful earth is suffering, one garden, farm, public space, purchase, letter, etc. at a time. We are an amazing force, and once we all start learning how great Nature's toolbox is (that kind of knowledge Gaia College is teaching), then it's possible and within our grasp to right all the wrongs. After taking the OMG course, I felt empowered, hopeful and motivated to get the message out to others that we can make a difference and we fix this and we can be a powerful, collective force of change. Margo 

Growing Food

Locations, Schedules and Registration

 

 

This course is also offered under the title "Growing Food in the City". Our instructors will ensure that the course delivery is tailored to the local growing conditions, and needs of our students.

If you are concerned about where your food comes from, what’s in it (or on it), or simply getting the best nutrition possible for your family – this course is for you! Grow an abundance of healthy, nutritious and delicious food right away this year – save hundreds of dollars on your food budget – and take a giant step towards increasing your family’s food security.

Going beyond organic gardening – beyond permaculture – we will mentor you through an entire food growing season so you can gain the essential gardening skills and the confidence to grow most of your own food. Come join us, and learn to:Improvised Shoulder Bag

  • Create and maintain healthy soil, which will grow nutritious, vibrant, health-giving food

  • Analyze and optimize the growing conditions in your garden for the best results possible


  • Creatively collect, use and preserve water for optimal garden health, and protection of this precious global resource


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

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


  • Propagate plants to build a diverse food garden at very little cost


  • Store your harvest for an abundance of home grown food throughout the winter


  • Save your own seeds 

 This practical, hands-on course is open to everyone, no prior education or gardening experience required.

Students are encouraged to grow their own garden during the year, putting the newly acquired knowledge and skills to practice. Of the 16 sessions, 5 will be classroom sessions and the rest will be practical labs held in students’ gardens. The course also includes inspiring summer fun exercises, and ends with a celebration and potluck event, for all to share their experiences and recipes.

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

This program partially satisfies the requirements of the Diploma in Organic Land Care

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Fees:             $ 695.00              

Fees include:

  • Printed and (primarily) on-line handouts 
  • 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

There are no pre-requisites, but the Organic Master Gardener 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

To receive a Certificate of Completion students must attend 90% of all classes and satisfactorily complete all assignments and online quizzes. There are no formal exams in this course.


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

There are no required texts, however our text "Working With Nature - Shifting Paradigms" would be highly beneficial for a deeper understanding of organic soil management concepts. Those who intend to take the Organic Master Gardener Course at a later date may want to hold off on purchasing that book, since it is included in the Organic Master Gardener Course fee (as e-book). 

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

Computer access and an e-mail account are essential. All class communications are via the class discussion forum.

This is a paperless course.

There are currently no continuing education credits for this program.