Course Description

Vegetable Gardening: Growing Resilience

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.

Course Details

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
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Apr 05, 2022 to May 16, 2022
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $175.00
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required.

Students are encouraged to purchase one or two types of vegetable seed they would like to grow, seed-starting soil and containers for a live planting workshop. A recommended list of supplies will be included in D2L.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Please note there are optional live sessions included in this course.

The live sessions will be held in real-time as follows:

  1. Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM MT
  2. Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM MT
  3. Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM MT

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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