Vegetable Gardens: How Your Nonprofit Can Teach Families to Grow Food
This OL 301 Student Resource Page has two sections that can easily be reached by clicking on the red links just below.
- Download Documents. This is where you can download Word, Excel and PDF documents that can save as course resources for future projects, print and to use as templates for the assignments.
- The Course Website. Webpage versions of the discussions and assignments for each week that you can access with your tablet or smartphone.
Download Course Documents
Healthy Harvest: A training manual for community workers in good nutrition, and the growing, preparing and processing of healthy food.
USDA MyPlate. The most extensive site on the Internet for actually determining what people of different ages need to eat and for building menus. Very Graphic, easy to use (except for the scale of the project) and has a number of different learning and teaching tools. Worth spending ½ hour exploring this site and finding a page that you can adapt to your situation. Download and print handouts for workshops.
Super Simple Online survey with evaluation:
Fruit, Vegetable and Fiber Screener. NutritionQuest.
Workshop Lesson Plan: Preparing Family Garden Beds and Planting Seeds. Good for additional information.
Google search: cabbage moth caterpillars
OL 301 – 2 minute Evaluation Form Word Document
Webpages with Weekly Course Discussions and Assignments
OL 301 Class Home Page
Welcome to Online Learning: OL 301 Learn How to Grow a Family Vegetable Garden
Welcome to the Center for Sustainable Development’s online learning course OL 301 Learn How to Grow a Family Vegetable Garden. In this course you will launch a vegetable gardening project. It is the prerequisite for a second course, OL 304 Garden Care For Food Gardens, where you will learn how to care for the garden, how to increase family understanding of nutrition – including using delicious, nutrition packed recipes, and how to plan for next season’s garden.
You have signed up for a specific course within specific dates. If you are not able to complete the course within these dates, the Center allows you to take the course again for 50% of the normal course fee if you enroll in the very next scheduled course and use the very same project. Unfortunately, we can’t make exceptions.
Course participants who successfully complete a course on time will receive a course certificate. Learn the full details.
The class week begins on Tuesdays; assignments need to be sent to me by the Monday 7 days later.
The Student Resource Page contains:
1. Links for downloading the weeks’ documents: be sure to save them for future reference.
2. Links for the background Discussion on the week’s homework assignment; read this first each week
3. Links to the week’s Assignment.
You can (and should) download the weekly assignments and discussions for future reference. But you can also access the assignments and discussions from the Student Resource Page as a webpage if you need to work from your phone or your tablet.
The Class Project
This class is designed to be fun. We are each going to develop our own project – hopefully a real one. Each one of your assignments is actually a concrete element in building your project. I will comment on the development of each of your projects and have posted my own project components as examples for you to see and use for ideas.
The weekly assignment submissions are very simple. You simply need to answer a few questions with short sentences. Sometimes I’ll ask you to take a photo with your smart phone and send it to me. I will review each one of your assignments and make suggestions. In this manner, I get to know you through our correspondence, and I become familiar with each of your projects. My suggestions are meant to keep your assignment ‘on track’. There are very specific steps that we work through and each project usually needs a bit of guidance in preparation for the next assignment. Do not move onto the next assignment until you have received my comments on the current assignment.
You can send your completed assignments to me to my main student interface email address:
Please send photos of you and your project (get some good close-ups) and I will post them in an upcoming newsletter. For some tips on taking good photos please look at the Newsletter: Capturing Compelling Photos from the Field.
1. Schedule. The work load is between 2 and 4 hours a week. You need to stay on schedule. We all need to be on the same week. If you get behind the rest of the class, you will need to take the class again in the future. We allow you to take the course again for ½ price if you join the very next class and use the same project.
2. Certificates. Course participants who successfully complete a course on time will receive a course certificate. Learn more. Your certificate will be e-mailed within 30 days of the end of your course.
Signed certificates are delivered by email in a PDF format for you to print out. We do not offer paper certificates by mail. The name on the certificate will be your first and last names as they appear on your Student Enrollment Form.
Course certificates are issued for all students from one course all at the same time—usually within one week of the end of the course. Students requesting a replacement certificate at a future date will be charged a $15.00 fee. So save and backup your certificate when you receive it.
3. Our Online Course FAQ has answers to most other questions.
8 Weeks: Launch a real vegetable garden.
Assignment timing is flexible.
Week 1. Choosing a space for your vegetable garden.
Week 2. Nutrition, planning and selecting seeds for a vegetable garden.
Free Week. If you need to, this is a good time to catch up.
Week 3. Finding organic amendments for your planting beds.
Week 4. Preparing your planting beds.
Week 5. Plant seeds and also seedlings in your new garden.
Free Week. If you need to, this is a good time to catch up.
Week 6. Learn how to gauge sun and water.
Week 7. Practice insect vigilance-organically.
Week 8. Planning and cooking nutritious meals using your vegetables
So what’s next? Click on the Assignment One Discussion and get started in family food and nutrition!