31 March, 2011

Victory Gardening Series At The Learning Garden

Thank you for your interest in the Victory Garden Classes at The Learning Garden. Below you will find the answers to most your questions. Please feel free to email me with questions if I failed to cover something of concern to you.

Don't delay registering! We need a deposit for each person. Spaces are not considered occupied until we have a deposit. If you don't use PayPal, email me and we'll work something out. And, besides, with the first class THIS SUNDAY, you'll need to hurry!

April 3rd1 PM to 4 PM – Victory Garden Circle  Master Gardener volunteers will lead a low-cost Victory Garden Circle and teach the basics of gardening. The Learning Garden's gardening circle will meet beginning April 3rd and the following two Sunday's plus the first Sunday in May. These classes of instruction and hands-on activities will introduce gardeners to the basics of growing your own food. You may attend only one or a few, but by attending all four classes, participants will become UC-certified Victory Gardeners.

April 3rd
Seed starting, building raised beds, choosing containers, plant selection, including drought-tolerant plants (3 hours)
April 10th
Transplanting, soil preparation, irrigation, wise water use (3 hours)
April 17th
Pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), beneficial insects (3 hours)
May 1st
Composting, harvesting, seed saving, review, recipes, graduation event/certificates (3 hours)
$20 per workshop, $70 for 4 class series, partial scholarships may be available, Kids under 12 free if space permits. Class size limited. Reserve your space by with a PayPal deposit of $20, the rest will be paid at the Garden.

Checks will be made payable to The Learning Garden. Dress to actually do gardening, we will be doing practical gardening in every class! Seeds, plants and other goodies will be a part of every meeting – bring your own water and provide your own plate and utensils as we will share our harvest with you (and hope you'll bring munchies too!)
The Learning Garden is located on the grounds of Venice High School (13000 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066) at the intersection of Venice Blvd. and Walgrove Avenue – the entrance is on Walgrove. 

The courses at The Learning Garden will be facilitated by David King, Gardenmaster, Betty Goldstein, Master Gardener and other Master Gardeners. This program is a part of UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County,"Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative. " A series of courses for those who wish to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables, this initiative will help new gardeners learn to start their own gardens quickly and easily in a container, in the backyard or at a community garden, bringing together local families and neighborhoods to share their experiences, skills and produce. Participants will be able to turn this new interest in gardening into successful, productive gardens that will generate positive changes in their homes by helping to lower grocery bills and enhance opportunities to eat healthy, nutritious foods.

For additional information on the initiative, please contact Yvonne Savio, Common Ground Garden program manager, at 323.260.3407, ydsavio@ucdavis.edu

For additional information about The Learning Garden's Offering of these classes, please contact David King, Gardenmaster, at 310.722.3656 or greenteach@gmail.com.

For information on the individual classes offered throughout the Los Angeles basin, please check the Calendar listings on Cooperative Extension's Web site celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/.

You will have a class garden at The Learning Garden where you will plant vegetables as a part of your class. Dress to be outside and gardening!



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