As part of One World Center’s Sustainable Food Initiative, our Garden Farming Workshops are designed to give you a hands-on learning experience to support efforts to build and expand our community garden, while learning how to grow food back home and in your community.

Join us for a one month workshop in our Community Garden! Our workshops are a combination of theoretical seminars and literal “field” experience. For example, in the morning you learn about the principles of compost and by the afternoon, you are experiencing in the garden: how compost is made; how it develops; how compost should smell and feel; and which pitfalls to keep an eye on. We are big believers that you learn by doing.

With the knowledge and experience of growing organic food, you will be ready to go home and start your own backyard garden, and/or join a community garden in your neighborhood.

When are the Workshops?

The Workshops will run every month from February through November. They start the first Monday of the month.

How long is the Workshop?

The Workshop are a full-time commitment Monday through Saturday with a free day on Sunday for an entire month. You are welcome to sign up for two months at a time (e.g. June and July).

Where will I stay?

You will be provided with housing in our dormitory. Rooms share a bathroom with one other room. The dormitory has laundry facilities and a small gym.

Can I do the Workshop with another person?

Yes, you can come as a duo. In fact, we offer a special duo discount for the Workshops.

Each monthly workshop is a unique combination of our garden farming essentials and that month’s special in-depth seminar.

The Essentials

  • Building Healthy Soil

    Lean the difference between dead and living soil, how to spot dead soil, and solutions to bring back life to the soil.

  • Intercropping and Companion Planting

    Explore examples of intercropping and companion planting, and how effective planting can be a big contributor to fight pests and unwanted bugs.

  • Organic Fertilizers For Growing Healthy Plants

    Understand the various methods for insect control using herbs, making your own organic insecticides and organic fertilizer.

  • Attracting Pollinators

    Learn the importance of pollinators and how to attract them with flowers and herbs.

  • Making Seedlings

    Learn how to save money by growing seedlings at home from seeds.

  • Water Collection and Irrigation

    Explore different ways to collect rain water, the benefits with each system, and how to get most out of the water with different irrigation systems.

  • Making A Garden With The Space You Have

    Explore the elements needed to create your garden plan at home and assist in designing a plan with the space available.

Special Monthly Seminars

Growing food indoors and in small spaces

This workshop concentrates on how to utilize indoor spaces for growing food, which plants are best for indoor growing, how to provide enough light, and indoor composing.

Making your own seedlings

This workshop concentrates on how to start seedlings at home: what special needs there are for soil, temperatures and light, how to transplant the seedlings to the garden, and which plants to start as seedlings vs. planting the seeds directly in the garden when spring comes. Additionally, the workshop will also address harvesting and saving seeds for next season.

Growing Organic Food

This workshop concentrates on how to start a garden growing organic vegetables, and will touches on areas such as: establishing good soil, composting, irrigation, avoiding pests, intercropping and companion planting, and attracting pollinators.

Building Healthy Soil

This workshop concentrates on teaching about the different ways to build healthy soil, keeping good bacteria and fungi in the soil, different ways of composting, and the importance of keeping the soil moist. The workshop will also work with different ways of composting, making soil tests and the benefits of not leaving any soil bare.

Keeping Plants Healthy Organically

This workshop concentrates on the different ways to keep plants healthy and strong without using chemicals for pesticides and fertilizers. The workshop discusses topics such as: how to produce insecticide organically, how to avoid pest by companion planting, and good ways to fertilize soil and plants.

Water Collection, Irrigation and Moisture Preservation

This workshop concentrates on building lasagna beds for retaining moisture, different ways and systems for irrigation, water collection and water preservation, drought and heat resilient crops, planting trees for shade, and how to get the most out of the climate we live in. The workshop will also explore different permaculture principles on working with nature and getting the help from plants and trees in preserving water.

Cooking With Produce From The Garden

This workshop concentrates on how we can cook healthy and tasty meals with the different crops we grow in the garden along with tips and ideas for putting together a weekly menu covering the nutrients our bodies need. For example: good recipes for cooking with root vegetables, how to get kale taste deliciously, and the best vegetarian eggplant lasagna. 

Storing Produce For The Winter

This workshop concentrates on how to store the produce from the garden to last over the winter utilizing root cellars, freezing, canning, drying and fermenting food in safe manner.

Winter Gardening

This workshop concentrates on how to grow food indoors and in small spaces by using flower pots, hydroponics and wooden boxes. Also, what kind of vegetables are good for indoor growing, how to secure light, healthy soil and making indoor compost.

Preparing The Garden For Spring

This workshop concentrates on what needs to be done in the outdoor garden as a preparation for winter and how to prepare the soil for spring. It also teaches how to prune fruit trees and how to continue making compost in the cold winter months.

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