The Groundwork of Organic Gardening Workshop @ College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Groundwork of Organic Gardening Workshop @ College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus | Novato | California | United States
A three-part workshop series on establishing a productive
organic garden
October 4, 2014,  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
$30 per class
(Please note the first two classes have already been held)

This informative three-part organic gardening series is designed for beginning and seasoned growers alike. Each session includes classroom instruction and practical teaching held on the thriving COM certified organic farm at the Indian Valley campus, a partnership program with the MMG. Participants may register for individual sessions or for the full series.

1. The Living Ground. Saturday Feb. 1, 1014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Jeff Creque, instructor (ALREADY HELD)
This session will cover the principles and practices of organic soil cultivation with a focus on the physical and biological properties of soil.

Emphasizing the intricate soil food web present in every healthy garden, Jeff will provide ample practical teaching on making and using compost, growing and incorporating cover crops and green manure into the soil, and will offer techniques of carbon sequestration for the living soil and the planet.
2. Groundwork in the Main Season Organic Garden. Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Wendy Johnson, instructor (ALREADY HELD)
In the San Francisco Bay Area the main season for primary crop production runs from the Vernal Equinox (Mar. 22) through the Autumnal Equinox six months later (September 21). In this very practical session we will learn how to make good organic soil mixes for annual and perennial crops, how to establish and record a seasonal planting schedule based on the principles of crop succession and rotation for vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. How best to irrigate the seasonal garden, how to establish Integrated Pest Management and disease control practices for the home garden, and how to harvest and handle your abundance of crops.
3. Putting Garden Ground to Rest. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Liza Buckner, instructor
The onset of the dormant season is an excellent time to complete crop planting for the annual winter garden, to harvest a bounty of cultivated and native plant seed, and to divide and propagate perennials for next season, as well as to establish a sound winter composting system for your garden. All these procedures and more will be covered in this final class of the 2014 organic gardening series.

Register at: 
Class size is limited to 35 participants. Registration begins January 1, 2014
Master Gardeners receive 3 CE hours for their attendance.
College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus , 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato 
take the Ignacio Blvd. Exit west from Hwy 101
Parking at the Indian Valley Campus is free on weekends .
Volunteers will assist with parking and directions to the farm.
Please wear good walking shoes and be prepared for rain.

For more information: Contact Liz Peer at 
Proceeds support the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, pays instructors and supports the outreach to the public of Marin Master Gardeners.