My classes develop pretty organically (pun intended). I get inspired and super excited about an idea. I get a general (really vague) idea of what the class will be about. I post and promote the class on the farm school site and watch it fill up even though I’m not sure exactly what the class will look like. As the class approaches, I sit down and start to create the class content – the whats, the whys and the hows related to my topic. This is where the magic happens. Ideas and creative energy start flowing and the class comes together before my eyes! It’s my farm school class creative process.
This process is happening this morning as I put together the class I’m teaching on Tuesday, A Gardener’s Tool Kit: Cloches, Trellises and Other Useful Gardening Tools. It was inspired by a farm school’s comment about cloches. She joked, “I see a garden with a cloche and I think, they’re way ahead of me.” The class suddenly made so much sense. There are a lot of garden tools and structures available, but unless you understand why those tools are helpful and how to best put them into practice, they’re likely not going to be as effective as they could be.
I’m organizing the class around a few important categories, sharing tips and strategies related to each one: Tools for temperature and moisture; Plant supports and trellises; Organic pest prevention and nutrient boosters! As I put this class together, I think to myself, I wish I would have had this foundational understanding when I was starting to put these strategies into practice. I imagine it would have saved me a lot of time and challenges along the way. That’s how I know this class is going to be a good one! I would want to take it and I can hardly wait to teach it!
All of that before I even mention the fact that this will be the first class I will get to teach in my now beautifully completed urban farm schoolhouse! It is absolutely beautiful and functional and I can hardly wait to share the space with you! Inspiration and gratitude abound!
My e-newsletter is especially bountiful this month! It’s chock-full of deliciously simple spring recipes like cumin seed spinach and indian-spice marinated radishes! I’m also dishing out one of my best garden tool secrets and a few tips to help you with your spring planting! Did I mention the special farm school discount I give to newsletter subscribers?? You know this super resource is a freebie, right? It is! Every month, you get a little urban farm love from my heart to your inbox! Sign up in the box on the right and get this month’s e-newsletter and the ones that follow!
I finally have a moment to breathe. What a wild and amazing ride this has been! The schoolhouse is nearing completion – next week it will be painted, well-lit, furnished and ready for classes!
I will post a full reveal with before and after pictures next week when I can finally say the project is “done.” For now, I’ll share with you what’s made me so happy this week. Windows!
My best friend said the other day that everything felt real when she saw the picture with the window. I knew exactly what she meant. The moment I walked out to the schoolhouse, looked out the newly-installed window and could see the garden and chicken coop from inside, I was overcome by emotions. This is real and it is happening!
I rewatched The Field of Dreams…again. I can’t help but feel an uncanny connection with Kevin Costner’s character. It started out as a crazy idea, a calling, one that I timidly shared with Eric over pizza in November. And like the wife in the movie, Eric enthusiastically supported and encouraged me in making this dream a reality. I moved forward in faith that if I build it, hopeful gardeners and eager learners would come. And they are. Classes are filling up and I am able to share the space with my community just like I hoped to do. I was able to make my first Lettuce Link donation (I’m donating 10% of everything I earn through farm school!) and it felt even better than I expected. Every time I step foot in the schoolhouse, I wear a smile I can’t shake.
“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does.” – L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)
Upcoming Classes I’m Super Excited About:
Mosaic Flower Stone Workshop – I can hardly wait for this one! Art + Garden = Magic!
Family Favorites – One class, all my favorite foods! Neat!
Consider yourself warned, my fellow Seattle gardener. If you start start square foot gardening, this could happen to you.
You’ll end up with an abundance of beautiful greens that will make up your lunch and dinner salads for days. Your colleagues at lunch will drool over your vibrantly colored baby greens as you say with pride, “I grew this!”
You’ll come home from that spring plant sale with more than 40 strawberry plants, which you’ll plant intensively in one row of a raised bed. Then, you’ll be forced to eat pints of juicy red strawberries every day. Strawberries for days, my friends. Strawberries for days.
I’ve got to warn you. You might get hooked and try your hand at growing tomatoes. You’ll plant 30 plants in one bed, harvest 80 pounds of tomatoes from one raised bed and end up determined to beat your harvest goal the following year. You’ll end up preserving all those tomatoes and eating them in the dead of winter when many are pinning for the summer beauties.
One thing will lead to another and you’ll start planting radishes with your lettuce and calendula with your kale. Your plants will be loving life so much, they’ll start billowing out of their beds. That space that was once your front lawn will become a food oasis. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Space Saver Gardening, which is happening this Saturday, is your guide to growing the largest yield of food and beneficial flowers that you can in a small space! You’ll pick up:
- square foot gardening basics
- information on what vegetables, flowers and herbs grow well together (companion planting)
- container gardening suggestions
- strategies for growing vertically
You’ll leave this class armed with strategies for making the most of your space! Join us and make this year your most abundant yet!
Tons of Tomatoes, the class that will have you growing tons of tomatoes in your small backyard, is all about the ins and outs of growing tomatoes in our cool, northwest climate, from sowing seeds to saving them.