Growing Food

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 toward 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 their 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.

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

Course Schedule Date Time
Foundations of Health April 6 Saturday, 1pm - 4pm
Veggies, Fruits, Nuts Berries April 10 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm
Gettng to Know Your Garden April 17 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm
Creating a Master Plan April 24 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm
Raw Materials, Getting Your Hands Dirty May 1 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm
Seeding and Planting May 4 Saturday, 1pm - 4pm
Wise Water Management May 8 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm
When Problems Arise May 11 Saturday, 1pm - 4pm
Trellises, Shelters, Containers May 15 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm
Propagation May 22 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm
Reaping the Rewards May 25 Saturday, 1pm - 4pm
Putting the Garden to Bed  May 29 Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9pm


Part of the Gaia College/Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care.

Part of the Advanced Diploma in Urban Permaculture.

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Course Dates: Growing Food

For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies