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301: Start a Vegetable Garden

How You Can

Grow Vegetables For

Family Food & Nutrition

OL 301: How to Grow Vegetables in a Family Vegetable Garden

Healthy meals with fresh vegetables for your family.

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS: 5,000+ professionals from 500+ organizations in 153 countries have used 300+ project ideas to impact 500K+ people.

What? An 8-week, self-paced, hands-on vegetable garden course for you to get a vegetable garden up and running!

Learn by doing. This hands-on training course—for both  individuals and families—is for actually launching a vegetable garden and planning vegetable meals. You will start to grow vegetables using hands-on exercises with a live instructor and learn how to grow vegetables that are fresh and nutritious. All you will need is an area for a raised garden bed or even a patio to grow vegetables.

If you’re not an experienced vegetable gardener YOU will learn how to plan a family garden and to plant vegetable seeds and to grow vegetables. You will learn about raised garden bed location, garden soil, nutrition, vegetable seeds and how to plant vegetables. Plus, we provide example vegetable meal plans for cooking nutritious, delicious, quick family meals with vegetables from your harvest: healthy food. Your instructor will walk you through each step of the family gardening process.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for individuals and families who want to learn how to grow vegetables for healthy food with an experienced vegetable gardener.

8 Weeks: Launch a real vegetable garden for healthy food.
Assignment timing is flexible.
Week 1. Choosing a space for your vegetable garden.
Week 2. Healthy Food: Nutrition, planning your family garden and selecting vegetable seeds for vegetable meals.
Free Week. If you need to, this is a good time to catch up.
Week 3. Finding organic fertilizer for your raised garden beds.
Week 4. Preparing your raised garden beds.
Week 5. Plant vegetable seeds and also vegetable plants in your new raised garden beds.
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. Healthy Food:  Meal plans & vegetable menus for cooking nutritious, delicious, quick family meals with vegetables.

What Participants Say:
“Thanks Tim for the awesome set of Week One materials and links. So much to learn and apply.

Just wanted to say thanks for your highlighting our senior friendly garden a few weeks back; some early items are already poking through.

Thanks for the great work you do in supporting courses with a vision to help with nonprofit impact.” Bob Sutton, Light for Change. Canada, Guatemala, Honduras.

“Thanks Tim!

I have been reading through the resources already and am looking forward to designing my garden for the spring!


Sarah Van Vliet.” Canada

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Take this course as part of an 8 week challenge to get your family growing a vegetable garden, planning vegetable meals and enjoying healthy meals with vegetables!

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 40 years experience with vegetable gardens. Mr. Magee is the author of  A 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.

 Learn how to grow vegetables for healthy food:

  • plan your family garden
  • plant vegetable seeds
  • plant peppers
  • plant cucumbers
  • grow lettuce
  • plant zucchini
  • plant corn
  • plant broccoli
  • plant tomatoes
  • plan vegetable menus


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.

Option 1: 100% Online. Complete this course in a self-paced fashion. You will have full access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and step-by-step modules as in the live teacher program—for 8 weeks. See what you can download and link to in “Course Content” below. Complete the course and receive a PDF Certificate. Learn More.

Option 2: Preview This Course.  You have been enjoying taking the 100% online version, but have decided you want to work directly with an expert to help you develop your garden. We will credit your $19.99 fee toward your enrollment in the live teacher program. Simply request a coupon.  Learn More.

$19.99 Enroll Now!

Option 3: Teacher Led. Take this course with an expert, live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below in “Course Content.” Your course teacher will offer expert line-by-line comments on each assignment—and will encourage you to learn by doing, to finish the course and to fully develop your vegetable garden. Complete the course and receive a PDF Certificate. Learn More.

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.

$99.99 Enroll Now!

What You Will Get:

Learn more about this hands-on, active learning program in this in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Action-focused content includes:
8 PDF Detailed Assignments
8 PDF In-depth Discussions
8 Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize to be your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF additional resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and garden templates.

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 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