ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Organic Growers School (OGS) is teaming up with Diana McCall, manager of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, to launch the 2021 version of their popular Gardening Series. This year will feature 3 pairs of classes covering the Spring, Summer, and Fall growing seasons. In response to the need for virtual learning opportunities during the pandemic, OGS has restructured the Gardening Series from in-person workshops to a six-part webinar series.
Each season’s classes can be purchased individually, or participants can buy the full 6 class series for a discounted price. A detailed description of what each season’s classes covers is as follows:
Spring: Site planning, Preparing a bed for planting, Seeds versus Starts, How to sow seeds and transplant starts, Crops for Spring, Tool Show and Tell, Soil Science 101, Becoming a steward for soil fertility and species diversity
(photo by Akil Mazumder, Organic Growers School)
Summer: How to build Sensational Compost, Forging a new relationship with Weeds, Crops for Summer, Watering, Fertilizing, Pollinators and Companion Plants
Fall: Crops for Fall, Low Tunnel Construction, Winter Gardening, Planning for next year’s garden: Cover Cropping, Double Digging, Sheet Mulching
“We noticed an increase in interest in gardening and home growing in 2020,” says Carrie Moran, Organic Growers School’s Director of Systems and Communications. “This resurgence speaks to the desire for self-sufficiency and sustainable food systems in an ever changing world.”
(photo by Eva Elijas, Organic Growers School)
Instructor Diana McCall manages the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, which is home to nearly 70 gardening families, over 100 fruit and nut trees, mushroom logs, a native species trail and a biodynamic donation garden which produces 4000 pounds of produce annually for distribution in Black Mountain. Her work also includes school garden programs, expanding community gardens in the town, and partnering with numerous agencies and institutions to educate her community on how to grow, access and prepare healthy food for themselves and their families.
A former Gardening Series participant stated, “Diana did an incredible job. I felt really overwhelmed as a novice gardener starting a garden this year but feel much more comfortable dipping my toes in.”
The Gardening Series will kick off Spring classes on March 29th and April 5th, 2021. More information, details about each webinar session, and registration can be found at https://organicgrowersschool.
(photo provided by Organic Growing School)
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