Spring Garden School
Seven Sundays in the Spring
March 26 // April 2, 9, 23 // May 14, 21 // June 11
Overview of Spring Garden School
Our Garden School at Wild Abundance will give you the best spring organic gardening tips to make your home gardens flourish. Join us all spring in this whole systems approach and learn to grow your own food and plan a garden design that will maximize space and food production. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate gardeners who plan to garden in the country or on an urban homestead.
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it, we can have no community, because without proper care for it, we can have no life.”
~ Wendell Berry, in The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture.
What to Expect: Learn How to Grow Your Own Food
In this organic gardening school, Wild Abundance will give you the best spring organic gardening tips to make your rural or urban gardens abundant. Why do we want to do this? Growing your own food is one of the most empowering and revolutionary acts you can do. We were born into a time when the inherent knowledge of gardening, harvesting and preserving food was lost due to the industrialization of food production. Ultimately, we want to empower people to feed themselves, to reduce dependency on corporate food systems and fossil fuels, and give them a greater sense of independence and interdependence. We want to share with you the agricultural skills your families before you lovingly passed down to each generation for thousands of years. This is your birthright.
Class will be held during nine Sundays in the Spring from 10am – 5pm.
March 2017: Garden Tips, Your Garden Design and Vegetable Garden Layout
Gardening for beginners. Learn what to grow, how much to plant and where to plant it. We’ll talk about companion planting, soil science, soil amendments and how to compost, as well as planting by the moon. Get ready to get your hands in the dirt! We’ll be starting some organic vegetable seeds and learning about choosing proper tools to get your seedlings in the ground. We’ll even start planning your vegetable garden layout with your ideal garden design.
April 2017: Hands-On Projects: Learn How to Compost and Feed Your Garden
Once your garden is sprouting, learn how to keep the abundance growing via mulching and weed suppression and how to deal with pests without using pesticides (yes, it’s possible!). We’ll also learn about using and maintaining gardening tools and making awesome compost. We’ll share information about our own herb garden and talk about local herbs grown in the mountains.
May 2017: Harvesting the Abundance and Preserving Food
We’ll show you how to save seeds, and we’ll get our hands on cover crops, crop rotation, raised vegetable gardening and hugelkultur, and tilling methodologies vs. no-till techniques.
We will meet most Sundays, 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC, at our Wild Abundance homestead. Carpooling will likely be available for those who don’t have a car. Expect to learn how to grow food, meet some awesome people and have fun!
Students will be invited to a party in July or August to harvest food and take home some of the abundance of the season from our teaching garden. The sequence of some classes may change due to weather.
She lives in her lovely, growing homestead nestled deep in community in the Southern Appalachians, within the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. She spends her time harvesting in the wild, building, gardening, planting, putting up food, growing, teaching, and scheming about how to introduce more people to Earth-based living, all while worshiping the beauty around her. She holds a BA from Evergreen State College, where she studied Ecological Agriculture.
She lives in her lovely, growing homestead nestled deep in community in the Southern Appalachians, within the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. She spends her time harvesting in the wild, building, gardening, planting, putting up food, growing, teaching, and scheming about how to introduce more people to Earth-based living, all while worshiping the beauty around her.
She holds a BA from Evergreen State College, where she studied Ecological Agriculture.
While some locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or field, or to tie a hammock in the forest on our seven-acre property. We strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding. We do have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and bathroom, though in extremely cold weather, sometimes one or both are out of operation due to the water freezing.
If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.
Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:
Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC
We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn. There is a sliding scale available for this class (pay what you can afford according to your own financial situation).
Early Bird Price until January 26, 2017: $800
Early Bird Price until February 26, 2017: $900
Regular Price until the start of class: $1,000
To register, please complete the registration form and then make payment. Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment
Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the date approaches.
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