Come Learn in Our Gardening Classes

Following the success of their 1980 seminars, MOTHER EARTH NEWS sponsored more gardening classes in the spring, summer, and fall of 1981.

068 learn in the garden - working

The gardening classes were very much a hands-on production.


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If you have already read about Alan Chadwick and his important contributions to horticulture, you'll be glad to know that — although the man is gone — his world-renowned wholistic gardening technique lives on!

MOTHER EARTH NEWS' staff is very pleased to announce another series of workshops based in part upon Chadwick's methods of biodynamic/French intensive gardening, which will be held this spring, summer, and fall (April 20-29, May 4-13, June 1-10, August 31-September 9, and September 28-October 7) on our beautiful 622.4 acres of mountain property in western North Carolina.

Master gardeners Kerry and Barbara Sullivan — both of whom are former apprentices of Alan Chadwick and now full time members of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' Eco-Village staff — will guide workshop participants through a full ten days of theory, technique, and actual practice in our organic gardens.

All those who attend will learn about preparation of raised beds, sowing and transplanting, and needed maintenance such as weeding and watering, all of which will involve plenty of hands-on experience. Planned discussions with Kerry and Barbara will include advice on compost, seedlings, greenhouses, potting soils, cold frames, and more!

The fee for each session will be $150, with camping facilities (but not meals) provided for the participants. Because of the intense treatment of the subject matter and the long hours involved in getting hands-on experience in the gardens (this is to be a workshop), Kerry and Barbara have stipulated that no families or pets be brought along for the sessions.

We hope to share our garden with you this year!