21 July, 2012

Next Growing Food Class: September 1, 2012!

Growing Food in Southern California
David King

1st Saturday of Every Month, 10AM - 12PM
The Learning Garden at Venice High
Venice Blvd & Walgrove Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Grow Food classes are hands-on mini-workshop where you experience first-hand what the plants and soil are doing, and what you can do to maximize their production in the coming month.  

Emphasis on sustainable, organic practices, including: water conservation, beneficial pest management, soil maintenance, seed saving, and more.

Sample curriculum from July, 2012:

It is most important to have water at the roots of plants – spraying water into the air to fall on the soil, is not very efficient. A lot of that water can be blown away from your plants (on to the neighbors!) and a lot evaporates off into the air. It is not very efficient at all. But there are other ways to to water that are better. All these other ways involve putting the water close to the root zone. The two ways to do this include some of the newest technology and some of the oldest technology. 
The newest technology is drip irrigation; the oldest is called an 'olla' – pronounces OYE-ya.
 Variations of ollas are found in several different ancient cultures and there is a move to put them back into gardens today.

Individual classes are $20, or buy a package of 6 for $100 and save $20.

Classes are held at The Learning Garden, a busting, year-round educational center located on the campus of historic Venice High School, less than 2 miles from the beach. 

David King, Gardenmaster at The Learning Garden, has been growing food and teaching others how to do so in the Southern California climate for more than 20 years. He is a vocal advocate for food sustainable, organic practices in food production

The Learning Garden at Venice High School
Venice Blvd & Walgrove Ave, Venice, CA 90291
(310) - 722 - 3656


  1. What is the name and address of the Learning Garden Non profit, David for folks to donate?

  2. Gardenmama - Donations to The Learning Garden (a 501(c)3) may be made by PayPal, to email address: tlggarden@aol.com or by check written out to 'The Learning Garden' and mailed to Julie Mann, 2454 Louella Ave, Venice, CA 90291. david

  3. Great class today! I learned which varieties of garlic & onions will thrive in the So Cal garden (and to get ready to plant them in the coming month), as well as 10 ways to maximize my tiny garden space (complete with a hand out). I even got 2 of my own questions answered (how to revitalize hydro-phobic soil, and is there anything I can do about powdery mildew, 1 mile from the beach). Great class, great community, and lots of laughs. I love it when learning is also a lot of fun. Thanks, David!