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OL 304 Vegetable Garden

Care For Family Gardens


Community Gardens

Teach Families to Care for Their Food 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.

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. By now, the food gardens that your community members planted are a month old. We will address proper watering,  weeding and explore options for pest control. We will have an in depth look at cooking and nutrition and learn what children need in their diets. Then we will look at the importance of soil handling and of introducing compost and manure for plant health.

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.

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.


Simply choose whether you wish to audit the course or work with a live teacher—and then click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

Last Step:  If you have chosen to work with a live teacher, your next step is to simply fill out the student information sheet to complete your registration.

This course has a prerequisite: OL 303 Family & Community Food Gardens – or – 304 Inner City Food Gardens. Why are there prerequisites?

Online: Audit this course 100% online. 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 and you will receive a PDF Certificate. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

What You Will Get:

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.

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