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OL 304. Vegetable Garden Care & Maintenance For Family Gardens & Community Gardens


In OL 303 you planted nutritious food gardens. In OL 304 the goals are to learn how to care for the garden, how to increase family nutrition—including using delicious nutrition packed recipes—and how to plan for next season’s garden.

A training course on how-to launch a program to start vegetable gardens & community gardens for at-risk-families within your community.

What? A 6-week, self-paced training program in maintaining the food gardens developed in OL 303 with local community members. By the end of the 6 weeks, you will have learned about soil, watering, weeding and pests. You will also learn about nutrition, meal planning and cooking balanced meals that are appetizing, healthy & utilize produce from the new gardens.

Learn by doing. This course is for nonprofit, NGO and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve their community’s challenges sustainably. Participants have worked on projects such as food security, community gardens, family gardens and inner city food gardens. The course will lead you through the development of similar, real projects, in real time, in your own community.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through maintaining a real food garden project, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it. We are committed to helping you achieve results-based nutritional impact.
2. For the long-term sustainability of your project you will continue working with community members on the garden project.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit and development professionals working in areas such as food security, health, sustainable development, or community development—and who want to develop practitioner-level skills. If you are a grant writer, nonprofit staff member, consultant, project manager—or an executive director—you will develop real skills mastery.

2. This course is just as relevant to a person considering a career transition into the nonprofit or development world and wanting to develop employable skills.


8 Weeks: Develop a real world project.
Week 1. Kitchen Gardens: Care & Maintenance.
Week 2. Pests: How to Manage Them Organically.
Week 3. Nutrition, Meal Planning & Cooking.
Week 4. Soil and Compost.
Week 5. Special Challenges Like Depleted Soil or a Water Shortage.
Week 6. Planting Seeds in Seed Trays for Raising Seedlings.

What Participants Say: “This course inspired me to set up my own home garden where I could experiment before transferring the knowledge to the community.

I have been able to test different brands of seeds, try sack gardens, and research methods of rain water harvesting.” Ivy D’Costa, Tanzania.

Reduce hunger & malnutrition. Learn to teach at-risk families in your community how to care for their new vegetable gardens.

This course has a prerequisite: OL 303 Family & Community Food Gardens. Why are there prerequisites?

Online: Audit this course 100% online with a facilitator who will answer simple questions. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program have—for 6 weeks.

Teacher Led: Take this course with a live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below. Certificate: Turn in the 6 assignments. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

Job Ready Skills: Learn more about this project-based, active learning program in this in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Job-focused content includes:
6 PDF Detailed Assignments
6 PDF In-depth Discussions
68 MS Word Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize to be your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF resources to download that contain hand books, studies—and project templates for you to edit and personalize.

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 40 years experience in urban vegetable growing. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation, A Solar Greenhouse Guide to Food Production, and is a Co-Founder of Seattle Tilth: An Urban Agricultural Center.

Click on this link to see the Full Course Description and Course Syllabus.

Welcome Students!


Welcome to your course dashboard! From this page, you can access all of the course lessons and resources.

Please read the entire section “Download Course Resources and Student Home Page” just below to learn how you can get the most benefit from this course and have a good time too!

If you are a 100% online ($40) student who is auditing the course, please continue at your own pace.

If you are a participant in the live teacher program, please submit your assignments by uploading them at each individual assignment module on a weekly basis as described in the Student Home Page.

Save your completed assignment using the format described in Email and Homework Etiquette. This is important and you must follow the instructions. Then, upload the assignment. I will be notified of your submission.

I will review each one of your assignments, offer suggestions and comments, and send it back to you. Then you can proceed to the next assignment.

Some of the modules below, such as Discussions, are simply informational and you don’t need to submit anything.

However, you still need to mark them as completed at the bottom in order to proceed forward to the next module.

I look forward to working with you!

Tim Magee