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Fundamentals of Successful Organic Gardening

Get your garden growing this spring, with help from Project Grow and this virtual class! Learn how to develop and maintain a healthy organic soil, the key to successful organic gardening. Understand the role that microorganisms play in building soil and promoting plant health. Discover how to employ composting, mulching and cover crops to build soil productivity, increase microbial activity and provide timely release of plant nutrients. Gain an understanding about what vegetable varieties work best in an organic garden and how to plant, cultivate, support and manage their harvest as well as the basic principles of integrated pest management. There will be opportunities to ask your questions in real time and handouts will be emailed to you to help you on your growing journey this spring! Instructor: Royer Held, Project Grow.

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Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management. How do you protect your crops from all creatures large and small that want to share in your harvest and how can you do this without using pesticides? Learn how a healthy soil ecology keeps pests in check and helps plants resist disease and predators in this virtual class. Proper gardening practices not only assist plants in their efforts to defend themselves, but can reduce the incidence of disease and pest outbreaks. Integrated Pest Management helps you learn how to get along with rabbits, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, voles and groundhogs. Handouts will be provided and there will be an opportunity to ask the instructor questions in real time. Instructor: Royer Held, Project Grow. 

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Tips 2: Planting Your Vegetable Garden

 Taught remotely

 If you are a novice gardener, or even an experienced one, attend this class to learn how to garden more effectively and efficiently in 2020. Experienced Project Grow gardeners, Joet Reoma and Royer Held, will share tips and techniques that have helped them to garden successfully.

Topics will range widely, to cover problems often encountered by gardeners at the start of the season, and will include, but are not limited to, the following: preparing beds for planting, choosing the right tool for the task at hand, amending the soil, decoding seeding and planting instructions, selecting appropriate staking methods and materials, using row covers effectively, watering wisely, preventing weeds, and the like. Class will be open to questions and individual problems.

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Plant Breeding and the Organic Garden

 In this virtual class, learn about plant breeding techniques that foster broad disease and pest resistance in organically grown crops and why every organic gardener should be involved with plant breeding. Understand basic genetic principles as they apply to breeding vegetable varieties and learn what it takes to create and maintain your own vegetable varieties. Walk away with resources on how to get involved in on-line communities that are developing new vegetable varieties for organic gardeners. Instructor: Royer Held, Project Grow. 

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Global Warming and the Organic Garden

In this virtual class, learn how global warming and the resulting changes in climate affect organic gardening. Are you ready to deal with longer growing seasons, heavy rainfall followed by periods of drought and the emergence of new pests and diseases? Organic gardening methods can help you face the effects of climate change in your garden. Can widespread application of organic gardening principles affect the climate? Explore how organic gardening, promotion of soil health and greater reliance on local food production can help with the challenges presented by global warming and climate change. Handouts will be emailed for reference after the class. Instructor: Royer Held, Project Grow.

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