Garden Course

Registration is now open for the 2018 Gardening Course. 
To register, fill out the form below
You can contact Kathy with questions at  huckinshome@gmail.com or 508-393-8695

GARDENING AS IF ALL THINGS MATTERED  with Kathy Huckins ( Bio Below)

I am offering two organic gardening courses: HOW TO GROW A GARDEN (for beginners) and HOW TO KEEP A GARDEN (for seasoned gardeners) spanning 6 months - April through September - meeting the third weekend of every month from 9:30AM to 12:30PM. The emphasis will be on gardening over three seasons, growing food for yourself and your family and friends. Besides the familiar summer gardening, students will be guided and encouraged to consider a fall garden, usually planted in the middle of the summer, as well as a winter garden. Imagine having kale, salad greens and lettuce to pick in the fall or even the winter.

Often gardening courses are taught as a three session segment indoors, the students leaving with lots of notes, but basically on their own for the growing season. Then, when they encounter issues, questions or befuddlements, they find themselves standing alone in their gardens with no help. By mid-summer they leave it all alone, except for the tomatoes and go to the beach! In this course, meeting each month will allow students to ask questions and make corrections as their gardens are growing and thriving. There will still be time for the beach.

Classes take place at my home, 67 Cedar Hill Road, Northboro, MA, using my gardens and greenhouse.

Each month we will gather around the table to share our gardening concerns and learn about the focus for that month. I will present new information, answer questions and offer tips on gardening. Then we will head out to the garden and greenhouse for hands-on learning and to observe and interact with what is happening there. Depending on the month, we might be planting, tending, harvesting, noticing the insect interactions and general health of the plants or building compost.

We will also be covering record keeping practices, companion planting, succession planting; biodynamic farming processes and cueing into nature’s signs.

How to Grow a Garden

April 21st, May 19, June 16th, July 21st, August 18th, September 15th

This is a season-long course for beginners will meeting the third  SATURDAY of each month from 9:30 to 12:30.  This six-month course will start from the ground up, taking students through everything they need to know to successfully plan, prepare, plant, tend, and harvest their very own gardens.

Including:

Garden siting, location and sizing;
Soil testing and work-up; compost use;
Seed ordering and plant selection
Bed layout and preparation
Watering and weeding; staking and mulching,
Insect and plant disease concerns;
Harvesting and putting by;
Fall growing and clean-up;
Ergonomics and useful tools.


How to Keep a Garden

April 22nd, May 20th, June 17th, July 22nd, August 19th, September 16th

This is an in-depth course for the seasoned gardener meeting the third SUNDAY of each month from 9:30 to 12:30.  This six-month course for the practicing gardener will focus on creating healthier garden environments that increase the quality and quantity of produce grown.

Including:
 Interactive garden designs for ease and overall garden health
Choosing plant varieties to best suit the garden layout;  
Retaining healthy soil through compost options, cover crops and no-tillage techniques  
Permaculture adaptations
Starting transplants; saving seeds;
Deciphering the best practices for insect and disease issues;  
Food storage of your harvest
Season extension for fall and winter gardening
Tool sharpening.

The Intent and Purpose of the Garden Course:

To provide practical direction and guidance in growing vegetables, herbs, flowers and berries throughout three seasons.
To appreciate the role of the soil, plants, insects, animals and their interactions.
To acquaint students with the timing (seasons, months, weather) and the rhythms (waxing and waning of moon) of a garden.
To practice awareness and observation in the garden
To harvest and savor and eat our productions.
To inspire us to do it all again!!

This was a wonderful, exceptional experience--I learned so much, and have wonderful memories. I now have a full roadmap for the garden next year, which I never would have been able to see without your course.  -EL

I liked the hands-on aspect in the greenhouse and the garden.  -D

By the end of the course, I felt much more prepared for next year's garden -- without the experience of seeing your garden over the course of 3 seasons that would not have happened.  -MM

I loved that it spanned seven months, from the time snow was on the ground and the garden was just an aspiration, through the entire summer and fall. It really showed me how the garden is actually a year round process  ....   I loved the idea of working WITH the land, and observing the messages it is giving us.  I learned a different way of being in nature from you.   -LC

Enrollment:
Maximum Class size: 10
Cost: $360 for either 6 month course.  Reduced rates or work trades are available.  Just ask.

To register and save a space, please send a check for $120 to:
Kathy Huckins
67 Cedar Hill Rd.
Northborough, MA . 01532

The balance is due at the first session in April.

About Kathy:

I was raised on a multi-generational family dairy farm in Minnesota where I was immersed in the beauty, hard work and family life of our agrian culture.  I consider farming an essential and noble way of life.

I have created and maintained gardens wherever I have lived, informed by the location, soil types and food needs of my family.  Gardening is growing a farm on a very small scale.

From 1999 to 2011, I was the Farm Manager at Stearns Farm in Framingham, a 160 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where members work in the fields and pick up their shares in the summer, fall and winter.  Since this farm is located in a populated area, unlike my family farm out in the country, I was inspired to create opportunities for the members to experience and appreciate a farm culture.  During my time there, I established and maintained a pick your own component to the CSA experience including an herb garden, flower garden, berry patches and a children’s garden.  To inform members about their farm, we began a weekly newsletter called Stone Soup during the 20 week summer farming season and later a winter newsletter as well when we began the winter share program.  There's an interview about the history of Stearns Farm CSA with one of its oldest members.

Questions?  Call Kathy at 508-393-8695 or
email  her at huckinshome@gmail.com

 

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