This 3-part video series is here to help you understand the scope of the 2 different online courses starting April 18th, 2015, what you can expect to learn, and my teaching style. 

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Course Outlines

OPTION 1: Food Growing Basics (8-weeks)

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For new and beginning growers who want to learn the basic horticultural skills to grow lots of food, increase soil fertility, and use best water practices. Annual vegetable and herb cultivation is primary focus with a few perennial herbs and fruits included.

Week 1: PLACE >> Understanding MicroClimate

Assess where you are and what's available to you: sun, air, temperature, and resources (soil & water covered separately). Learn basic tools to define your micro-climates on site.

Week 2: SOIL >> Health Starts Here

Learn daily & seasonal practices for healthy soil and reduced weed pressure. Topics covered: how to build your first beds and a soil remediation case study for lead.

Week 3: COMPOST >> + Teas & Biochar

You create a compost plan that suites your lifestyle and enriches your soil with billions of micro-organisms. Topics covered: bins, compost tea, biochar how much to apply & when

Week 4: PLANTS >> Small Plot Growing

Integrate techniques to shrink the recommended minimum spacing between plants and pack in more delicious food. Focus is on vegetables and herbs, companion planting & intercropping.

Week 5: TIME >> Enjoy It

Learn to seed, transplant & cultivate effectively to yield results. Identify wasted efforts so you can enjoy your time. I share daily schedule for a 1000 square foot space.

Week 6: WATER >> Fluid Systems

Analyze available water on site, and best methods of storing and distributing water as needed with an emphasis on setting up systems that give your daily irrigation tasks more fluidity.

Week 7: HARVEST >> Improve Yield

Learn the basic plant types, how they grow, and how they communicate. Topics covered: harvesting and pruning techniques to maximize yield and flavor.

Week 8: SPECIALTY

Topics include growing in containers, trays, & sub-irrigated containers, plus requested topics from group. I'll be collecting suggestions throughout the course.

LIVE Q&A Calls

(8) Weekly Q&A calls for you to get your questions answered

BONUSES

Building Soil Fertility - Essential Soil Theory (audio & slides)
Crop Planning Video - How to plan your harvest
Pest & Disease 2-part Video - Preventative measures & remedies
1 Lesson from New Farmer Business Course
Private Facebook Group - Share resources & learn from other participants

OPTION 2: New Farmer Business (8-weeks)

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For growers with horticultural experience who would like to hone their farm business skills, create systems for their operations, and manage their time & team. If you apply yourself, you could create a completed business plan by the end.

Week 1: SOIL: Fertility Plan

Customize a fertility plan for your farm. Identify efficiencies in your composting system; decide your cover crop and till / no-till strategy; and set up soil fertility evaluation system.

Week 2: PRODUCTS >> Work Flow

Create your systems for seeding, transplanting, managing the weed seed in your soil as well as tracking all labor inputs into a crop enterprise budget for analyzing profitability.

Week 3: GOODS >> Getting to Market

Harvest, wash, pack and transport so customers get maximum flavor and freshness. Design your distribution process and analyze it's effectiveness.

Week 4: MARKETING >> Selling Your Goods

Draft your marketing plan: identify your market; craft you product message; get comfortable selling; and set income targets and benchmarks to keep you on track.

Week 5: OPERATIONS >> Manage the Business

How will you manage your farm business? Learn to structure time on the farm to focus on big picture questions around resources, team, systems, products & distribution.

Week 6: TEAM >> Effective Leadership

Learn techniques to train a team to share responsibilities and run operations. Plus direct communication practices to foster trust / respect while getting things done.

Week 7: LAND

What kind of land is right for you? What can you read and understand from a property? What government resources are available to help find land? What makes a good contract?

Week 8: FINANCES

Create operational budgets and targets for the next 3-5 years as well as a cash flow analysis to successfully navigate the growing season. Discover a tracking system that works for you.

LIVE Q&A Calls

(8) Weekly Q&A calls for you to get your questions answered

BONUSES

Building Soil Fertility - Essential Soil Theory (audio & slides)
Crop Planning Video - How to plan your harvest
Pest & Disease 2-part Video - Preventative measures & remedies
1 Lesson from Food Growing Basics Course
Private Facebook Group - Share resources & learn from other participants

Course Format & Schedule - Class Starts April 18th

Benefits to the online format: Watch the video lessons on your own time. Every week, submit questions for the LIVE Q&A calls. You can join Q&A calls LIVE, or listen later to the recording. Connect with other classmates and receive feedback on course work throughout the week via the Facebook group.

OPTION 1: Food Growing Basics (8-weeks)

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  • Weekly 90-minute Video Lessons will be available each Saturday morning for 8 weeks, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and June 6.
  • LIVE 90-minute Q&A calls will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30pm EDT, April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2 and 9. These calls will be recorded for future reference as well.
  • 2 BONUS 90-minute LIVE Q&A calls will be held after the course wraps up to give you time to synthesize the material and ask final questions. Tuesdays: June 23rd & July 7th.
  • Access to Facebook group allows you to share resources, challenges, opportunities and celebrations with other participants.

NOTE: All course materials are available to you for your lifetime, and you can 're-take' the course as many times as you like when it's offered in the future with any additional materials that are added.

 

OPTION 2: New Farmer Business (8 weeks)

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  • Weekly 90-minute Video Lessons will be available each Saturday morning for 8 weeks, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and June 6.
  • LIVE 90-minute Q&A calls will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:30pm EDT, April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2 and 9. These calls will be recorded for future reference as well.
  • 2 BONUS 90-minute LIVE Q&A calls will be held after the course wraps up to give you time to synthesize the material and ask final questions. Tuesdays: June 23rd & July 7th.
  • Access to Facebook group allows you to share resources, challenges, opportunities and celebrations with other participants.

NOTE: All course materials are available to you for your lifetime, and you can 're-take' the course as many times as you like when it's offered in the future with any additional materials that are added.

 

Spring Online Registration Closed

Announcements for fall classes coming soon.

Food Growing Basics
$397.008-Week Course
    Registration Closed

    Course Includes:

     >> (8) Weekly 90-minute Video Lessons

     >> (8) Weekly 90-minute group Q&A calls

     >> Access to private Facebook grower group

     >> Lifetime membership when class airs again

     + (2) Bonus Q&A calls

     + Bonus Crop Study Video

     + Bonus Pest & Disease Management 2-part lesson

     + (1) 90-minute Video Lesson from the Food Growing Basics course (you choose topic)

    New Farmer Enterprise
    $397.008-Week Course
      Registration Closed

      Course Includes:

       >> (8) Weekly 90-minute Video Lessons

       >> (8) Weekly 90-minute group Q&A calls

       >> Access to private Facebook farmers group

       >> Lifetime membership when class airs again

       + (2) Bonus Q&A calls

       + Bonus Crop Study Video

       + Bonus Pest & Disease Management 2-part lesson

       + 1 Video Lesson from the New Farmer Enterprise course (you choose topic)

      guarantee

      I will assume all risk with my 100% 30-day total satisfaction guarantee. Hundreds of people like you have invested in my training programs over the past three years. I’m confident that if you apply yourself and work the program, you will be thrilled. On the small chance this doesn’t work for you for some reason, you can get a full refund within 30-days of your purchase. No hassles.

       

       

      profile “I came in curious about maybe planting some vegetables in the backyard and left with plans to plug into the community and start a farm! Stacey brings a lot of energy to class and her passion for urban farming is wonderfully contagious. She covered everything from transplanting seedlings to yearly crop planning to structuring your farm as a business/non-profit. ” – Dan

      NekenasoaR“I came away from the course better equipped to improve future yields. This course packs in a lot of information and Stacey makes it interesting and enjoyable, mixing theory and practice throughout. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has the unique capability to tailor the class according to students’ interests.  The preparatory videos and handouts are useful resources that I’ll continually reference when in need of practical guidance.” – Neke”

      Who is this training for?


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      In this training, I share systems and questions that help you analyze how you can be a better land steward while growing lots of food. These systems and questions honor natural eco-logical systems and are designed to eliminate any wasted time, effort, or money from your days.

      My intention is bring you a set of planning and evaluation tools to increase the productivity of your growing space. There are many workshops you can probably find in your community that already help you with the basics like how to start from your own seeds. While I can answer your questions around these types of subjects, my aim is to give you tools to evaluate what methods make the most sense for your project. Can you save money by NOT starting your own seeds, and how do you evaluate that?

      I believe my systems and worksheets can be applied to many different types of yields, but you will have to do your homework to adapt them to your own needs. This is your farm afterall, so you are the one that should know it the best. No one has ever started a business without doing some research on their own.

      I am not a certified organic grower, so I cannot help you acquire that certification or better understand those standards.

      My growing style is down and dirty, and while I find simple solutions very elegant…these simple solutions are not always visually appealing for everyone. This training is probably not for you if your vision is of a perfectly manicured growing space.

      hoophouseI have many years experience growing vegetables and herbs and raising chickens and bees in USDA zones from 6a to 7b. I can answer your technical questions around those yields as well as soil science , plant health, nutrient cycles, season extension, pests & diseases, and water systems.

      I have no experience in tropical climates, extremely arid climates, or extremely cold climates, and if you try to apply my systems to those climates, you will probably work MUCH harder in this training than others on your homework. You might be better off finding someone in your region to learn

      “Stacey is not only an amazingly experienced and knowledgable farmer, but she’s also an excellent teacher. She comes very prepared and organized, is a phenomenal communicator, and inspires others with her passion and energy for farming.” – Yvette