What makes a great garden? Healthy veggies. Enthusiastic gardeners. Abundant bees and earthworms. Is yours a home garden where you’re trying to juggle family and food production? Or a school garden where you’re trying to get volunteers and students involved? Either way, this one-day workshop is for you. Here in Southern California, we can grow food year-round, and the upcoming “cool season” often brings some of the best harvests of the year!
In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn what to consider as you plan an enticing and attractive organic vegetable garden. You’ll discover how to select appropriate plants, and find out how to build fertile organic soil so that your garden thrives. You’ll learn how to organize people resources – young family members, or the rich assortment of students, volunteers and stakeholders that makes a public garden possible. You’ll also gain a broad-spectrum introduction to landscape design, vegetable plants, fruit trees, food forests, garden sharing arrangements, soil building, composting, vermiculture, rainwater harvesting, container gardening, and many elements of sustainable design.
Instructor Joanne Poyourow is the designer of two public gardens in Westchester: the mixed-purpose Emerson Avenue Community Garden (at Orville Wright Middle School) and the graceful and beautiful Community Garden at Holy Nativity. At Otis, she teaches “The Art of the Edible Landscape” and co-teaches two classes under the Sustainability minor. In the general community, she has taught vegetable gardening classes since 2008, and is known internationally for her work in the Transition Movement, a grassroots community-centric shift to more-sustainable lifestyles. Ms. Poyourow writes extensively on diverse topics of sustainability; she also directs the Environmental Change-Makers community group in Westchester.