Organic Gardening Certificate Program
An in-depth class series featuring all the basic skills and knowledge needed to develop a bio-intensive vegetable garden from the ground up. Topics will include permaculture design and application, soil analysis and amendments, compost preparation, plant propagation, rain harvesting and irrigation, organic pest and disease management, edible natives, pollinators, seed saving, and winterization.
The program is divided into four distinct units of eight classes each. Students who complete the whole series of 32 classes will be rewarded with a certificate in organic gardening, presented by the Ecological Culture Initiative. Course literature and materials are included with registration.
The course will be a combination of both classroom instruction and fieldwork. Students should be prepared to work outdoors during some sessions.
Instructors: Rachel Stephens and Marc Fasanella (with additional guest lecturers).
All instruction will take place on Friday Evenings • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Additional field work (optional) can be scheduled Tuesdays & Saturdays • 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
Friday Evening Classes
Organic Garden Design & Seed Propagation, March 31 – May 19
Soil Science, Plant Health & Rain Harvest, May 26 – July 14
Native Plants, Pollinators & Food Forests, July 21 – Sept 8 • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvesting, Seed Saving & Winterizing, Sept 15 – Nov 3 • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Age: 16 - Seniors
Place: Lodge at Squiretown Park, 62 Red Creek Road, Hampton Bays
Fee per Unit: $240 Southampton Town resident, $250 non-resident (8 classes). Total fee for the full Program: $960 Southampton Town resident, $1000 non-resident (32 classes). Southampton Town residents will be reimbursed $10 per unit by ECI upon proof of residency.