OKAY. IT'S TIME TO GET UP!
IT'S YOUR TURN TO BECOME
AN URBAN GARDENER
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 19th year, our 'Get Up!' training 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.
GET UP FALL 2015
Course Dates: September 12th, 2015 to December 9th, 2015
Materials Fee: $300
Application Due Date: August 7th, 2015
Sponsorship for this class is provided in-part by: The Mary A. Crocker Trust, The Clif Bar Family Foundation, The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, a San Francisco Parks Alliance 'Action Grant' and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. This generous sponsorship allows us to keep the class fee low, just a fraction of the actual cost of tuition.
We can always offer payment arrangements and occasionally are able to offer a few work trades. Speak to us if you are interested in this.
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.
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.”
GET UP! GRADUATES ARE HELPING CREATE THE URBAN AGRICULTURE MOVEMENT.
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 throughout San Francisco – just to name a few
HEY! You can learn to garden. Now is your time.