OL 303. Village Vegetable Gardens & Community Gardens For Family Nutrition & Food Security
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.
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.
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.
1. 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.
1. International development for the Global South. 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 the Global North. If you work with members of communities in places like North America, Europe, the UK or Australia—Community Gardens—How Nonprofits Can Help Family Nutrition 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.
“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.
Simply click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.
Last Step: Simply fill out the student information sheet to complete your registration.
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.
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.