Summer Classes

Our hands-on, gardens classes offer the opportunity to learn the theory of and practice of organic gardening and seed saving. These are financially accessible, taught by experts and provide opportunities to connect with other gardeners. We hope to see you this summer.

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Organic Gardening Short Course

Learn to grown your own vegetables with this four-part organic gardening course taught by experts. New and beginning gardeners will gain the skills and confidence needed to cultivate healthy and productive vegetable gardens. The classes are taught by experienced instructors who will help students to anticipate common challenges that gardeners may encounter. The class focuses on hands-on learning and understanding the science behind the practices. We will take you through the entire process of selecting a garden site, soil preparation, irrigation, planting, pests, diseases and harvest. You will have plenty of time to ask all your gardening questions, learn from others in the group and gather resources for the future.

The course will be taught over four days and each class will be 3 hours long.

  • Session 1- crop planning, soils and bed preparation
  • Session 2- seeding, transplanting, and irrigation
  • Session 3- compost, amendments, pest management
  • Session 4- fruits, herbs, seed saving and fall gardening

SCHEDULE

Menlo Park School Garden (12900 NE Glisan St)

  • June - Wednesday evenings 4-7pm: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • July- Monday and Tuesday evenings 4-7pm: 10th, 11th, 17th 18th. 
  • August - Tuesday evenings 4-7pm: August 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 

Rigler Elementary School Garden (5401 NE Prescott St)

June - Tuesday evenings 4-7pm: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 

August - Monday evenings 4-7pm: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

COST

Pay as you will. The goal of our pricing structure is to make these classes accessible to everyone regardless of income. Grow Portland needs to generate revenue to pay instructors and garden costs. Please select the appropriate level for your finances.

 

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Hands-On Seed Saving Class

Join us for this daylong class on how to save seeds from the garden. Seed saving is a fascinating, useful and satisfying garden pastime — whether you are interested in saving money, preserving genetic diversity, connecting with the seasons, providing pollinator habitat, or supporting local community self-reliance.  Gardeners will learn and practice the basics of seed saving. Using the garden as our learning space, you will participate in hands-on activities, observation and discussion of basic scientific principles.

This class can be used to supplement and enhance our Intro to Seed Saving class taught indoors in the fall and winter. The class will cover a range of important topics including:

  • Easy and intermediate crops
  • Planning for seed in the garden considering pollination
  • Harvesting, processing and storing seed

WHEN and WHERE

Conducted in school gardens managed by Grow Portland. Choose the best location and time for your schedule:

Menlo Park school garden (12900 NE Glisan St.)

  • July 15th (Saturday) 10am- 3pm (with a lunch break) 
  • August 26th (Saturday) 10am-3pm (with a lunch break) 

Rigler school garden (5401 NE Prescott St)  

  • August 5th (Saturday) 10am-3pm (with a lunch break) 

What to bring: lunch, notebook, hat, gloves, water, sun protection, questions and a camera (optional).

COST

Pay as you will. The goal of our pricing structure is to make these classes accessible to everyone regardless of income. Grow Portland needs to generate revenue to pay instructors and garden costs. Please select the appropriate level for your finances.