LEARN TO GROW FOOD IN SAN FRANCISCO!
ORGANIC GARDENING AND SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING WORKSHOPS
Organic gardening and Sustainable Landscaping workshops are held at the Garden for the Environment. We offer these classes to teach urban gardeners organic and sustainable methods of gardening in San Francisco. Workshop topics often include: native plant landscaping, rainwater harvesting and storage, drought tolerant plantings, water conservation through drip irrigation, Integrated Pest Management, organic fruit tree care, growing organic vegetables, and effective use of mulch and compost.
GARDENING & COMPOSTING EDUCATOR TRAINING PROGRAM
The GCETP program is a great way to get a deeper understanding of home composting and green gardening in San Francisco. The classes are every Saturday and several Wednesday evenings over a 3.5 month period. Through hands-on workshops, workdays, and class discussions, we cover many topics including: composting, food security, permaculture, propagation, native plants, soil fertility, and pruning.
As part of the class, students help maintain the Garden for the Environment. By the end of the training program students will be able to effectively teach home composting classes to San Francisco residents. Students also complete a gardening-related community service project, which often include outreach, restoration of neglected community or school gardens, and tabling at public events.
We take students on field trips to favorite SF attractions like the transfer station and permaculture projects. Each student receives a copy of the current GCETP manual, as well as 3 seminal books: The Rodale Book of Composting, Golden Gate Gardening, and Permaculture in a Nutshell. And best of all, students get a free worm or backyard compost bin!
Urban Sprouts and Garden for the Environment are collaborating to offer SUMMER SPROUTS!, a Summer Youth Program for Middle School and High School Youth ages 11 - 17. This Summer program focuses on healthy eating, environmental skills, physical activity, leadership, and job skills. AND youth receive a stipend for completion.
YOUTH FIELD TRIPS TO GFE
Throughout the school year we visit elementary and middle schools across San Francisco to teach about gardening and composting. As a class we look at the value of diverting food waste from the landfill and discuss soil as a delicate natural resource. The students then join us on a field trip to the Garden for the Environment. Together we spend the afternoon poking around in the compost pile, planting vegetables, and playing garden games. The students even get a worm bin for their own classroom! By outreaching to local schools, we hope to instill a sense of environmental stewardship in our kids so the next generation of San Franciscans will have the knowledge and tools they need to maintain a vibrant, green city. Contact Nicole@gardenfortheenvironment.org for more information.