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OL 305: Urban Gardening

Inner City Gardening

For Free Food

For Urban Families

How Your Nonprofit Can Start an Urban Gardening Program

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

How your nonprofit can learn to teach urban families how to grow free food in small spaces:
Launch an urban gardening program for fresh, nutritious vegetables for at-risk urban families.

What? An 8-week, self-paced, urban gardening challenge for your nonprofit to get a small demonstration garden up and running! Then teach urban families how they can also grow free food in the cities.

Learn by doing. This hands-on training course for the staff of nonprofits and charities is for actually launching an inner city gardening program: You will work developing a real-life project using hands-on exercises with a live instructor and learn how to teach urban families in your community how to grow free food: nutritious, fresh vegetables. All they will need is a patio, a balcony, a terrace garden, a small garden plot or a rooftop.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. If you’re not an experienced vegetable gardener YOU will learn how to plan, plant, and produce vegetables in an urban gardening setting.
2. A component of each assignment will also show you how to work with your urban families and teach THEM how to plan, plant, and produce vegetables in their own urban gardening setting.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for professionals working for nonprofits or charities in an inner city setting 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 world and wanting to develop employable skills.

8 Weeks: Develop a real world program.
Week 1. Choosing a space and garden containers and plant pots for your vegetables.
Week 2. Nutrition, planning and selecting seeds for vegetables. Start some seeds in seed trays now.
Week 3. What kind of potting soil? Where to get it?
Week 4. Prepare the potting soil for optimal plant growth-organically.
Week 5. Plant seeds and also seedlings in your new garden containers & plant pots.
Week 6. Learn how to gauge sun and water.
Week 7. Practice insect vigilance-organically.
Week 8. Planning and cooking nutritious meals using your free food.

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.

Reduce the impact of urban food deserts and pressure on your local food bank. Take this course as part of an 8 week challenge to get urban families growing food in the inner city!

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 40 years experience in urban gardening. 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.

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 project professionally. We will credit your $24.99 fee toward your enrollment in the live teacher program. Simply request a coupon. Learn More.

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 project. 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.

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 additional resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and project 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