Building a resilient garden is a hot topic with a long history. If you want to learn how to start from seed and grow your own vegetable and fruit crops in the Alberta region, this course is for you. We will explore our rich history of food gardening, harvesting and preservation, and ‘unearth’ inspiration for building food resilience in our own backyards.
Topics include the history of gardening in North America, food gardening methods (square foot, lasagna, mounding (hugelkultur), companion planting), site preparation, soil health, plant profiles for vegetable and fruit crops (high-value, high-yield), starting from seed, perennial crops for Northern climates, season extension, and harvesting and preserving tips and tricks.
By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Recognize the resilient framework of historical gardening methods
- Compare and contrast different gardening styles and techniques
- List a minimum of five high-value food crops
- Establish and maintain a variety of vegetable seedlings for food production
- Identify a selection of cold-hardy perennial fruit and vegetables for Northern climates
- Apply harvesting and preservation practices to increase localized food resilience