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Ecological Gardening
Practical Permaculture for Resilience and Regeneration
Taught by Spencer Nielsen

We are living in a time in which a collective realization is dawning: our future is uncertain. Now is the time to develop practical skills in creating intensely local food systems, resiliently resourced communities, and in becoming allies of the Earth.

 

This spring we are offering a new, intensely practical course in developing and applying the skills needed to grow food and plant medicine, this growing season! If you've been contemplating designing and installing a veggie garden but have been uncertain how and where to start--join us! Are you looking for community in sharing plant-growing knowledge? Interested in bringing an ecological awareness to your land stewardship and gardening practices to have an ever-more positive effect on the land? This course is for you.

The course will cover:

  • Ecological and Permacultural principles

  • Garden design:

    • "site analysis"

    • "reading the landscape"

  • Soil 

    • soil ecology, chemistry, biology

    • anaerobic ferments

    • cover crops

    • sheet mulching

    • carbon sequestration

    • compost, compost tea, worm bins

  • Water:

    • rainwater harvesting, swales

    • irrigation systems

    • earthworks

Dates:

Core Educational Content (On-line, via Zoom, with supportive video content)

Saturdays, 9am to noon with a 15 minute break

Dates: February 20, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1, June 5

  • Plants:

    • sowing seeds​: directly and in greenhouse

    • propagation by cutting, division and layering

    • transplantation

  • Agroforestry

    • planting trees

    • pruning and grafting​

  • Plant guilds, companion planting and ecological niches

  • Integrative Pest Management

  • Habitat Gardening

Core Educational Content Registration: 

We have three tiers of course fees in order to make this as accessible as possible while covering our costs. Please pay what you can afford, and consider supporting someone unable to pay if you are able. Thank you!

 

Ticket Tier 1- $180
 
Ticket Tier 2- $270
Ticket Tier 3 (full price): $360
Full Price & Supporting Another Registrant Ticket Tier: $540

**We have limited capacity to further discount pricing for those in need. Please reach out to info@naturainstitue.org; special priority given to BIPOC, elders, single mothers, students, and those working in the nonprofit realm. Please reach out before registering!