Urban Vegetable Gardening Class

Urban Vegetable Gardening Classes Offered at The Sankofa Farm

Home and Garden Ideas

Have you always wanted to grow your own vegetables, but weren’t sure where to start?  Are you concerned about the quality of your family’s food and want more control?  Do you want to eat the freshest, most locally grown vegetables possible?

This 7 week course taught by The Sankofa Farmers will give you a complete overview of edible gardening basics and hands-on experience working with seeds and transplants.

In 7 weeks, you’ll learn to:

  • Plan and design your garden
  • Understand your soil and how to work with it
  • Choose vegetables that will thrive
  • Start seeds and transplant them into the garden
  • Irrigate and fertilize your plants
  • Build structures to support and protect your plants
  • Sustainably manage pests, weeds and disease
  • Harvest and enjoy your produce

Each class participant will start a flat of seeds, transplant them and take them home at the end of the session.

Spring Session consists of 7 classes offered at 3 different times.

All classes will be held at

The Sankofa Farm
139 Route 193, Beddington, Maine. 04622

Cost is $175 for 7 class session, including materials.  Registration is required.  Contact us  for more details.

Curriculum

The first session will involve bringing lists of favorite vegetables you want to grow and pictures of the yard you want to use.  There will be reference lists and handouts involving vegetable value charts and work will be done involving garden layouts, scenarios, and soil sample directions.  Gardening goals will be set taking such things into consideration as time, space, materials, enhancement methods and resources.

The second session involves soil and planting bed styles. Students will learn about components and soil types – they will test their own soil to determine the type, PH and nutrient levels as well as ways to improve their soil. Determination will be made on crops to plant, crop plans drawn up, hydration, nutrient, sun, drainage and other needs discussed and information given on preparation of the garden such as weed removal, mulch, and compost.

Session three will be centered around the garden layout grid and pupils starting vegetable transplants from seed.  Gardeners will start a flat of plugs and/or six-packs and continue garden preparation such as looking for signs of pests.  They will also learn about water pressure testing and taking soil temperature. The fourth session continues with more details about water and fertilizations needs and different methods of irrigation and fertilizing.  This session also includes measuring out any raised beds and checking directly seeded crops.

Session five will involve learning about different types of structures gardeners may want to use and it will include direct seed of more crops.  Session six includes learning about common weeds and pests, tolerance levels and methods of their management in a sustainable manner. Fertilization for transplants will be an important part of this meeting.

The seventh and final session brings it all together – gardeners will learn how to transplant plugs into pots or directly into the garden and factors for strong growth for their main crops along with the timing and maturity size for harvest.  Education for preserving excess harvest and recipe sharing will be included.

A bonus from our excellent gardening instructors will be an opportunity for class members to follow up with e-mail questions they may have following the class. And they will want to hear their pupils' stories. Throughout the class sessions and on through growing into harvest, we suggest new gardeners take pictures of their work.

This is an opportunity not to be missed for beginning vegetable gardeners or even those who might need a little brushing up or have had difficulty growing crops in the past. It will be well worth the time and expense involved to be able to grow your own healthy, sustainable crops now and in the future.

Spring Session consists of 7 classes offered at 3 different times.

All classes will be held at

The Sankofa Farm
139 Route 193, Beddington, Maine. 04622

Cost is $175 for 7 class session, including materials.  Registration is required.  Contact us  for more details.