Summer Workshops

We are hosting a series of 4-hour intensive urban farming workshops to raise money for the program.
Workshops will be held from 8am-Noon on Saturday and will be taught by Sustainable Urban Agriculture faculty, Paul Maschka.
We need at least 10 people registered for each workshop, and reserve the right to cancel any workshops that do not fill.
Download the workshop flier here or see the descriptions and dates below.

July 21st- Plant it, grow it, eat it! Organically: Learn how to build a bed, plant, and harvest organic produce
NEW discounted price $80.
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Paul will be teaching an amalgam of tried and true techniques compiled from world experts on sustainable gardening and rediscovered from ancient farming methods of growing food. Techniques will focus on appropriate crops for our soil, region and climate, particularly the summer dry season. Participants will also learn how to make their own complete organic fertilizer (COF). Among other things, specific techniques covered will include how and when to plant crops appropriate to San Diego's complex growing seasons; where best to plant specific crops to get maximal harvest; how to evaluate and amend soil to improve it to crop-bearing and -sustainable levels; what insects and weeds are to be avoided, which are harmless or even beneficial for crop-growing; and when and how to harvest your crops.

August 11th- Habitat Gardening: creating an abundant food forest

NEW discounted price $80.
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Paul will teach you how to design a lush food forest at your home. This workshop will make use of the permaculture model of growing food, and will teach you the basics of companion planting, and planting in guilds––food producing trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials and annuals mixed together to mimic a forest. These techniques include a mixture of ornamentals and edibles, will enhance the local biodiversity, and keeps pests in check. You will learn how to provide niches in your garden for beneficial native wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, as well as lizards and amphibians. Paul will also discuss and provide you with a list of the best plants for attracting beneficial predatory insects. He will also cover planning the layout of your garden; analyzing incoming and outgoing energies for your site; working with the topography, seasonal wind exposure, and water; sun tracking; analyzing your soil; plant selection; and timing your plantings.

last updated: 7/9/12