Note: The 2021 course material is immediately available. From December, we expect to begin releasing our 2022 content, which will continue through to next fall. Your purchase today will also grant you access to the full 2022 course material as we progressively release it.
Organic, No-Till Vegetable Gardening Course
Learn the essentials of vegetable gardening with a special focus on composting, succession planting and winter gardening.
This online course is intended for beginning and more advanced home gardeners looking to gain food self-sufficiency either in your yard or through container growing.
We are practicing farmers and also include content that is relevant to market gardeners and for people who want to learn more about regenerative agriculture.
By applying these basic gardening principles, you’ll be able to grow more food on less space without an aching back so that you can eat from your garden every day of the year.
Free Preview: 7-part No-till Gardening eCourse
How to grow the best organic celery
Growing thornless blackberry
Seeding for a year-round harvest: succession planting & overwinter gardening
5 steps to convert a lawn or paved area into a fertile garden
The free e-course is comprised of seven videos recorded during the months of July & August 2021 on our Chilliwack farm in the Pacific North West.
You’ll receive a new video delivered to your inbox every four days. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Growing onions & characteristics of different varieties
Bokashi (anaerobic) composting
Seeding and growing French beans (& what’s essential when growing legumes)
Your instructor is Dan, market gardener at Local Harvest.
Dan will help you gain confidence in the garden. He’s passionate about organic growing and gives a practical, no-nonsense approach for gardening that maximizes your garden’s productivity.
Andrew Couzens, a local composting expert at Terraflora Organics will also join us.
Andrew will provide us with a soil overview and the best composting practices including vermicomposting so you can build phenomenal soil health, the foundation of great gardening.
Jack, an edible landscape designer, guides us along the way as we convert a lawn in a food producing garden.
Here are the main topics we’ll cover:
See a summary of what’s covered in each of the five modules…
Transform your yard into a beautiful edible landscape (32:39)
Cover the ground with living plants or decaying plant material (50:39)
Create nutrient and mineral rich compost that is teeming with life (1:00:56)
In Module 3 we discuss compost and we explain the hows and the whys surrounding the creation of nutrient and mineral rich compost that’s teaming with life.
Plant successively through the growing season for a manageable and continuous harvest (56:44)
From the small garden to the market garden, module 5 has you covered with everything you need to automate the irrigation of your plants.
Scheduled for release in August 2021: Grow flowers to attract pollinators and predatorial insects and save your own seed.
In addition to the main course modules, throughout the growing season we will continue to reach out to our course participants to discuss a variety of topics showing the 10 BIG IDEAS in action and in real-time.
This will include Video Vignettes to provide you with practical illustrations of how to get your no-till garden established. With the vignettes we answer the question: “How does no-till gardening work.”
See a summary of the video vignettes we’ve created thus far in 2021…
Starting your No-Till Garden Today
Seeding in plug trays for transplants, Pt.1 (14:40)
Seeding in plug trays, Pt.2 (1:45)
Using the hotbed for germination
Early planting and seeding in your no-till garden (19:25)
Starting permanent living soil containers (22:53)
Farmer Dan demonstrates how to mulch and do early planting & seeding in your garden (contextually appropriate to the Pacific North West; other climates will vary the timing of this activity, however the method remains the same).
Andrew demonstrates how to setup a permanent “no-till” living soil container. This style is suitable for the balcony grower but scales up to raised beds.
Thermophilic and Bokashi Composting
Making quality thermophilic (hot) compost in 21 days, Pt.1 (26:03)
Making quality thermophilic (hot) compost in 21 days, Pt.2 (6:15)
Making quality thermophilic (hot) compost in 21 days, Pt.3 (8:51)
Bokashi Composting, Pt.1 (5:04)
Andrew demonstrates how to start a bokashi bucket.
Bokashi Composting, Pt.2 (1:50)
Burying for soil building after composting is complete.
Bokashi is an anaerobic type of composting that ferments your food waste making it unattractive to pests that can ruin outdoor composting. It’s the ideal complement to vermicomposting since it can take all the waste that can’t go in a worm bin.
Make your own Bokashi Inoculant, Pt.1 (8:39)
Make your own Bokashi Inoculant, Pt.2 (6:12)
Compost tea recipe (11:40)
Bokashi uses microbes similar to those used to make bread, beers & yogurt.
Soil Health & Foliar Fertilizer
The soil food web (2:13:40)
How to grow nutrient dense food.
Charging & super-charging BioChar (15:41)
How to make Fish Amino Acid (7:06)
Making WCA (2:23)
Applying WCA (2:27)
Andrew demonstrates how to make and apply WCA (Water Soluble Calcium), a foliar fertilizer to help address blossom end rot on tomatoes, but also great for all fruiting plants including cannabis.
Pruning Fruit Trees
Espalier apples (12:32)
Jack demonstrates how to prune and train apple trees.
Jack demonstrates how to prune a plum tree.
How to prune a 2nd year apple tree (7:02)
– Which branches you want to prune and why
– How to prune to force branching in a chosen direction
– How to create a tier system of horizontal branches
How to prune a 3rd year apple tree (10:07)
Dan demonstrates how to:
– Promote horizontal branching
– Maximise sunlight into the centre of the tree
– Limit tree height and achieve dense tiers of pickable fruit from the ground level
Living Soil and Growing Ginger
The community of life in the soil (7:06)
Dan reflects upon the symbiotic relationship between plants and soil organisms in a no-till environment, using his greenhouse lemon trees (zone 7) as an example.
Growing ginger in containers in a greenhouse (11:22)
Dan demonstrates how to get a phenomenal yield from ginger by growing in containers and using a greenhouse.
Planting, Pruning & Training Vine Tomatoes and Cucumbers
Planting, pruning and training vine tomatoes (21:42)
Dan demonstrates the ins and outs of planting, pruning & training vine tomatoes, including how to apply vermicompost and bokashi for added fertility.
Pruning & Training Cucumbers (9:12)
Dan demonstrates how to prune and train cucumbers, featuring a parthenocarpic (self pollinating) variety known as Socrates.
Content for Market Gardeners
Market Gardener Video #1:
Growing transplants at scale (4:03)
Market Gardener Video #2:
Vacuum seeding (4:23)
Market Gardener Video #3:
Open beds for transplants (3:48)
Market Gardener Video #4:
Turning beds using a flail mower (11:21)
Dan demonstrates using a flail mower to turn over a bed, using cauliflower as an example.
Market Gardener Video #5:
Growing and harvesting salad greens for market (10:43)
Dan offers money saving tips & tricks to harvesting salad greens for market.
Market Gardener Video #6:
Weeding at scale (9:56)
Dan demonstrates how to use a wheel hoe for dealing with weeds.
Throughout the course we emphasize regenerative permaculture and biomimicry gardening strategies to help you convert your garden and yard into a flourishing, biodiverse space that’ll attract both native species and the neighbours.
Building great soil is a central theme. Here you’ll learn about different composting methods including thermophilic, vermicomposting and bokashi methods. We’ll focus on mulching with different materials and starting a garden on an existing lawn.
We’re not going to make this too scientific, but basic soil biology and understanding the soil food web will help you make wise decisions as you create carbon, microbe and mineral rich soils.
We’ll share our ideas on how to plan for success in your garden dealing with topics such as succession planting, incorporating biodiversity for effective pest control and useful record keeping strategies.
I’ll give you a crop plan with planting dates covering the ten easiest vegetables everyone should grow. Here we’ll also touch on the most important flowers to grow, setting up an irrigation system and fall and winter gardening.
Your membership fee is $247 and includes the following:
After your initial 12 months, you’ll have the option to maintain access to the members’ forum and monthly (March-Oct) Q&A webinars for a small maintenance fee of $7/mo (recurring) or $77/yr (single payment). This will allow you to continue to post questions on the forum for Andrew, Jack or myself to answer.
I have been teaching in-person gardening courses for several years until the social distancing mandates forced me to move to a virtual format for 2021. So this is our first virtual course. We have learned a lot, received feedback and identified improvements which we plan to bring to the table for our 2022 course.
100% Unconditional 8 Week / 56 Day Money Back Guarantee
We believe the value and personal support we are offering here goes well beyond any comparable course on the market. This said, if you are at all unsatisfied or feel that the content doesn’t suit your needs, simply contact us within 8 weeks of your purchase and we’ll gladly refund your membership fee with no questions asked. This guarantee provides peace of mind for both ourselves and you, and removes any risk whatsoever.
All course proceeds are directly used to fund farming operations here at Local Harvest and to build great soil as we work to grow a food secure community where every citizen has access to healthy food.
When you join, you’ll immediately receive an automated confirmation email which includes a link to our registration page where you’ll be able to select your username and password. You’ll then have instant access to the members’ area, all course modules, vignettes and past zoom meeting webinar video links.
I look forward to welcoming you into our community.
We’re in the process of developing the 2022 course outline which we will begin filming shortly. Filming will continue through the spring, summer and fall of 2022.
Our intention is to take gardeners through an entire growing season for us here in the Fraser Valley of BC (Zone 7), also known to our American friends as the Pacific Northwest. For growers in our region, we will walk you through what you need to be doing in real-time as the season progresses. This said, the principles we outline are applicable to all growing zones; only the timing of the steps will differ. The filming we plan to do this fall will focus on composting and the soil food web.
I hope to update this homepage before Christmas with the 2022 course outline. We will also be opening up the members’ discussion forum where you can post your questions and get answers from farmer Dan, Andrew, myself and other experienced gardening members within our community (our 2021 course alumni.)
Our 2022 course offering will be far more comprehensive than 2021’s and we’ll be pricing it at a minimum of USD$247 as we will start promoting the course to gardeners south of the border.
For now, all the 2021 course content remains available until end December 2023. If you join us at the current CAD$125 price, you will also receive all the 2022 content as it is released. So if you’re interested in joining our community, you’ll get a far better deal doing so now, as the CAD price will more than double when we start to release the 2022 content, which I hope will be before Christmas.
I hope you can join us on our mission to build regional food security and to help people achieve year-round access to nutritious food provided by cooperative, local, sustainable farms and home gardens.
LHG Community Facilitator
US$247 – C$125 until December release of initial 2022 content