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OL 303. Village Vegetable Gardens & Community Gardens For Family Nutrition & Food Security


Participate in this training course and learn how-to launch village vegetable gardens & community gardens with at-risk-families within your community.

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

For International Development Organizations. You have the option of starting a community garden or individual family gardens based on your community’s needs and preferences.

What? An 8-week, self-paced training program in launching a family vegetable garden or community gardening 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 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 vegetable gardens. The course will lead you through the development of similar, real projects, in real time, with members of 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 vegetable 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  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, NGO 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 development world and wanting to develop employable skills.

This training program is offered in two tracks:
1. International development for developing nations. If your NGO works with members of communities in developing nations in regions like Asia, Africa or Latin America—this is the course for you.
2. Nonprofits and charities in developed nations. If you work with members of communities in places like North America, Europe, the UK or Australia—Community Gardens & Family Gardens for developed nations would be better.


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 Levels of Food Security & Nutrition, and their interest in community gardening.
Week 4. Design a Program for Family Gardens & Community Gardens.
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. Lead a 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 community members 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 vegetable gardens for nutritious, fresh vegetables—either with individual family vegetable gardens or through community gardening.

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 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 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 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