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Take action: Sign up for Urban Growth Bounty classes

Now in its third year, the Food Program’s Urban Growth Bounty educational series offers educational opportunities to add to your urban homesteading skills. Workshops focus on growing food-producing plants, cooking healthy meals or making food products as well as raising animals that are complementary to a food garden, like bees, goats and chickens.

There are still plenty of classes scheduled that will appeal to food gardeners. Here’s a sampling of some unique workshops that still have space available:

Learn all about food gardening in just two sessions

Intensive Vegetable Production is a two-part workshop that connects all of the aspects of producing vegetables in the backyard or on small acreage into a cohesive system. It is designed for experienced and new gardeners, backyard growers, and back-40 farmers alike who want more details on tools and techniques for producing a consistent harvest of vegetables any time of year. You'll start inside, looking at fundamental concepts and then move outside to demo tools and techniques appropriate for gardeners growing on just a small patch, but also used by production farms of all sizes. Specific topics include:


  • Planning what to grow and ordering seeds

  • Fertility and Tillage

  • Starting Seeds and Planting

  • Cultivating, weeding, pests and diseases

  • Irrigating

  • Harvesting

  • Crop by crop specifics

Demonstrations in the Garden

  • Tillage tools and techniques

  • Cultivation tools and techniques

  • Seed starting and growing seedlings

  • Direct seeding

  • Setting up irrigation systems

  • Building compost piles

Thursday, April 14
Registration required, $95 fee
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Beaumont Middle School
4043 NE Fremont

Saturday, April 16 (included, no extra fee)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Site TBA


Get dirty with your tools and create healthy soil

Appropriate tools and healthy soil are the foundation for a successful garden. Instructor Will Newman co-founded the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust and is a certified Permaculture instructor. Will is an expert on soils from his experience at Soil Foodweb Inc., a world-leading soil biology testing laboratory, where he studied soil biology, nutrient transfer, and the soil food web's role in supporting healthy, productive plants.

Register for Will's classes here.

All About Tools

This class will provide the basic knowledge needed to know which tools are needed in growing plants, how they should be used, and the advantage of keeping tools in good repair. You’ll also learn what is necessary for proper maintenance of your tool collection.

Thursday, April 28
Registration required, $25 fee
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Beaumont Middle School
4043 NE Fremont


Soils 101: Building Healthy Soil

This class will open your eyes to the wonder of healthy, balanced soils and their role in supporting healthy, vibrant, productive plants, while suppressing weeds, insects and diseases. Whether you are new to growing or have years of experience, you will learn what good soil is, and how to bring your soil into balance for growing abundant plants.

Thursday, May 5
Registration required, $25 fee
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Beaumont Middle School
4043 NE Fremont


Soils 201: Maintaining Healthy Soil

For the new or experienced grower, this class will give you the tools you can use in maintaining balanced, healthy soils in order to consistently grow healthy, productive, bountiful plants and avoid disease and insect damage. This class will cover making and using good compost in the Portland metro area, and the roles of mulches and compost tea.

Thursday, May 19
Registration required, $25 fee
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Beaumont Middle School
4043 NE Fremont


Have even more time for garden education?

Take a series of classes to learn how to grow food in your corner of the city, taught by the gardening experts from Oregon Tilth. Register for the Urban Gardener Series here.

Urban Gardener Series

If you’re an urban dweller looking for new ways to increase your garden yields and grow more food in a limited space, this 3-class series is for you! Learn space saving strategies for urban gardens, including intensive techniques, container gardening and year round growing methods. For beginning and intermediate gardeners.

Register for all three classes: $95

Class 1: Intensive Vegetable Gardening
The goal of intensive gardening is to harvest the most produce possible from a given space.
Wednesday, April 20
Registration required, $35 fee

Class 2: Container and Vertical Vegetable Gardening
Attend this class to learn how to grow bountiful vegetables in containers and utilize vertical gardening methods to save space in your garden.
Wednesday, May 18
Registration required, $35 fee

Class 3: Year-Round Vegetable Gardening
Early summer is the best time to prepare your soil and begin planting for a year-round food garden.
Wednesday, June 8
Registration required, $35 fee

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