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FALL 2014

+ Course Application DOC PDF & Sample Course Schedule +


Course Dates: September 13th, 2014 to December 10th, 2014

Class Hours: Saturdays 10am - 3pm, Wednesday Evenings: 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Materials Fee: $300

Application Due Date: August 8th, 2014
Applicants Will be Notified by: August 15th, 2014

Do you want to get your hands dirty? Have you been longing to learn how to garden? Are you curious how and where to begin gardening in San Francisco. Yes? Then we say Get Up!

Now in its 18th year, the Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program (known as 'Get Up!') has successfully trained many of the gardeners, garden educators and urban agriculture advocates working in San Francisco today.

Get Up provides an excellent introduction to organic gardening, urban composting and urban agriculture. Designed for novice gardeners, we will teach you the basic skills of organic gardening which you can use anywhere, anytime, in any garden.

Not for the faint of heart, this class meets every Saturday (and six Wednesdays evenings) for three months, from September to December. This immersive course combines hands-on garden lessons with in-garden and classroom lectures, and several fieldtrips.

Our aim is to provide you with the skills you need to return to your neighborhood and share your new skills with others. To that end, we require each student to complete 40 hours of gardening-related community service to receive your ‘Gardening and Composting Educator’ certificate. Projects often include restoration, building or ongoing work at community gardens, urban farm projects, school gardens and neighborhood parks. Additionally, graduates are required to co-teach one home composting workshop at the GFE (an exhilarating experience for which we will prepare you).

Saturdays in the garden are completely outdoors, so the usual outdoor dress code applies, which is, ‘dress in layers and be prepared for both sun and fog.’ Students will each receive a compost bin and several garden books.

Interested? Call us. Want to apply? Fill out an application.
It’s time to Get Up!



Application Due Date: August 8th, 2014
Applicants Will be Notified by: August 15th, 2014

~ Course Application DOC PDF & Sample Course Schedule ~




We occasionally offer few work trade and/or payment arrangements. Speak to us if you are interested in this.

What graduates have to say about Get Up!:

“The class gave me an amazing overview of the practices of organic gardening and composting. It was a great entry into the field and has definitely inspired me to get more involved in not only personal gardening, but also the urban agriculture movement and city rooftop gardening projects.”

“I expected a broad overview & intro to the limitless information that is gardening/composting & a jumping of point to get involved with a great project & the class delivered.”

“When I began this class, I was hoping to be able to gain enough knowledge about gardening, composting to be able to successfully build and maintain a home garden and have a chance to build more confidence teaching others. I feel like I now have enough knowledge and confidence to do that.”

“There was a perfect blend of learning, working, touring, questioning.”



Alemany Farm, Hayes Valley Farm, Produce to the People, Urban Sprouts, Pie Ranch, UCSC Farm and Garden Apprenticeship, SF Landscapes, Full Belly Farm, SF Green Schoolyard Alliance, CUESA, Nature in the City, Little City Gardens, Free Farm Stand, The Free Farm, Growing Home, Community Grows, Graze the Roof, 18th & Rhode Island Permaculture Garden, SF Permaculture Guild, Freewheelin' Farm, Blue House Farm, Eco Farm, 5th Crow Farm, Slide Ranch, SOIL, Sonoma Garden Park, SF Natural Areas Program, NOPA ‘Full Circle Program’, Mala’ai: Culinary Garden, SF Edible Schoolyard, SFUAA, Slow Food USA, SF Victory Gardens, Bay Localize, & School Gardens and Community Gardens in San Francisco – just to name a few

NOTE: Due to Program Restrictions, registration in only open to San Francisco Residents. But don't let that stop you from learning to garden. Please visit our listing of additional Regional Ecological Horticulture Trainings.


Photos from Fall 2011 Get Up! class and students.

Photos from Fall 2010 Get Up! class and students.

Photos from Fall 2009 Get Up! class and students.

Photos from Fall 2008 Get Up! class and students.

Photos of past Get Up! students.
(Designed by past GCETP student Bill Goedecke, photos by Stacey Parker