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OL 307. Nonprofit Community Food Gardens For Family Nutrition


Participate in this training course and learn how-to start community food gardens for at-risk-families within your community.

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

What? An 8-week, self-paced training program in launching a community garden project working in partnership with local community members. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have facilitated a family nutrition workshop and planned, designed and planted a demonstration garden.

Learn by doing. This course is for nonprofit and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve their community’s challenges sustainably. Participants have worked on projects such as food,  nutrition, 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 the development of a real community 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 learn to incorporate community identified need into the design of your project. You will research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving hunger and malnutrition for at-risk families.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit professionals working in programs such as food banks, childhood nutrition, education, 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. Overview of Family Food and Nutrition.
Week 2. Develop Survey for Community Members on Food Security & Nutrition.
Week 3. Survey Community Members About Their Food Security & Nutrition.
Week 4. Design a Program for starting a Community Garden.
Week 5. Develop Program Management Tools.
Week 6. Design a Workshop on Community Gardens.
Week 7. Prepare for the Workshop on Vegetable Gardens.
Week 8. Hands-on Workshop: Planting Vegetable Gardens.

What Participants Say:
“Genevieve, Martha and I were just reminiscing about your course that we took 10 years ago, and the partnership that has continued to today. Martha has been helping the gardeners, some quite elderly, improve their families’ nutrition for years now. We benefited so much from doing the course together!” Kathy Tate-Bradish, USA.

“You can’t imagine how much the course has helped the group over the years. In fact, many of our households have permanent kitchen gardens now.” Martha Muthoni, Kenya.

Reduce hunger & malnutrition. Learn how to teach at-risk families in your community how to grow nutritious, fresh vegetables.

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.

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 8 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 8 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:
8 PDF Detailed Assignments
8 PDF In-depth Discussions
8 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