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Organic Gardening Certificate Program

Learn the knowledge and skills of organic gardening, urban agriculture and ecological landscaping in this comprehensive hands-on training.

When Oct 02, 2008 06:00 PM to
Dec 04, 2008 04:00 PM
Where Portland, OR
Contact Name
Contact Phone 503-360-4185
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Comprehensive Training

Learn the knowledge and skills of organic gardening, urban agriculture, and ecological landscaping. This program is similar in scope and scale to the OSU Extension Service Master Gardenerâ„¢ Program with an organic gardening focus. It will utilize a hands-on and active-learning format to teach participants about all aspects of growing and caring for plants without synthesized chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This 57-hour training was created by OSU Extension, Oregon Tilth, and other program partners (East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and Metro) to support the groundswell of interest in organic gardening, ecological landscaping, and food security in the Portland metro area.

Course Topics Include

Soils, compost, plant biology, plant propagation, garden planning/design, vegetable gardens, ecological landscapes, ornamental plants, low-impact development (green roofs and pervious materials), rain gardens, entomology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and fruit and nut production.

Volunteer Practicum

Participants will also have the opportunity to serve as garden educators by connecting with a variety of local gardening projects and organizations through a 30-hour volunteer practicum over the course of 2009.

Program Details

Classes will take place Fall 2008 on Thursday, October 2nd from 6-9pm and Saturdays, October 4th –December 6th (except November 29th) from 9am-4pm.

    * Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego
    * Learning Gardens Laboratory
    * Portland State University (PSU) main campus
    * Tour of Portland rain gardens

    * $500 for training and volunteer practicum.
    * $750 for training only without the volunteer practicum.
    * Limited scholarships are available. Please ask.

All participants that complete 57-hour training will receive an an official certificate of completion. Participants that complete the 30-hour volunteer practicum will receive additional acknowledgement for their volunteer effort.


  • For more information and to download a registration form click here.
  • For questions and to reserve your space, contact 503-360-4185 or

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