21 Acres: Backyard Farming, Spring Edition

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5 Thursdays, February 14 to March 14

Have you tried gardening in the past but didn’t have the success you hoped for? Are you a current gardener and want to know more about increasing garden productivity AND fertility? Are you inspired when you go to the nursery, but leave overwhelmed about what to buy? Large or small, we can help you have the garden space you’ve always wanted. This class is scheduled just in time to start a garden that will yield beautiful results this spring and summer. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to turn your yard into productive and flourishing garden spaces.

Course Session Descriptions:

1. Visioning the Backyard Farm — Plant Biology 101, Figure out what to grow!

2. Preparing the Soil — How to build and sustain soil fertility.

3. Compost Gold — Create an easy system to nourish plants with free material.

4. Making Great Choices — How to select seeds, starts and transplants.

5. Timing is Everything — Design a planting calendar to get the most out of space.

Participants will learn about yard space considerations, the necessary elements of soil prep, planting, and nurturing the plants to full productivity.

Instructor: Beth Wheat, UW Instructor; Grower, SkyRoot Farm.

Beth teaches ecology, urban farming and systems thinking in the University of Washington's Program on the Environment.   She was one of the founders of the UW Student Farm and in 2010, while she worked on her doctorate, she was honored with the Excellence in Teaching, one of the highest honors awarded to graduate students at the University. Outside of the UW she operates a small, integrated vegetable farm on South Whidbey Island.

Registration and Enrollment

Standard fee is $159, discounted rate for 21 Acres members is $149. The standard rate for early birds who buy their tickets before February 10th is $149, for 21 Acres members who buy tickets before February 10th the fee is $139. There are three ways to register; online at http://21acresbackyardfarmingspring2013.eventbrite.com/#, by e-mailing deb@21acres.org or by calling us at 425-481-1500.


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