Organic Gardener Certification Program

In partnership with the Washtenaw Community College (WCC), Project Grow offers an Organic Gardener Certification Program during WCC's winter term. This program teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain lawns and gardens organically. Classes can be taken individually or as a series.

To receive a certificate in organic gardening, the following requirements must be completed:

  • 8 classes
  • Final exam
  • 20-hours volunteer work (within 1.5 years) 


  • An Introduction to Organic Gardening
  • Soils, Compost and Organic Fertilizer
  • Organic Vegetable Gardening
  • Organic Fruit Growing Made Easy
  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Organic Pest and Disease Management
  • Organic Weed Control
  • Organic Lawn Care

Participants must purchase a course pack available only at the WCC Bookstore. A separate course pack is recommended for non-certificate students.  In addition, for Introduction to Organic Gardening The New Organic Grower by Eliott Coleman is a required text and for Organic Weed Management, Newcomb's Wildflower Guide is required.

Learn more and register!  Please be aware of some errors on the WCC website:

  • The link takes you to all gardening classes.  The classes for the Organic Gardening Certificate are the eight classes beginning with "Organic Gardening:"
  • Landscaping with Native Plants meets twice, not four times.

For registration questions, please call WCC's Economic and Community Development help desk at (734) 677-5060.

Please click here for a list of 2014 Organic Gardener Certification Volunteer Sites and click here for a copy of the Organic Gardener Certification Volunteer time log.