The Beginnings of Urban Farm School
After watching friends and family struggle with rising food prices, question how and where their food came from, and confounded as to how to change it, the often heard phrase ringing in our ears, “I would love to garden and preserve my own food; I just don’t know where to start” Urban Farm School was born. We were two motivated women with a dream to help people lower their grocery bills, eat healthier, and participate in where their food came from, how it was grown, and how to preserve it for their families’ use throughout the year.
Urban Farm School Today
Our aim is much the same today as it was on opening in May 2008, to inspire confidence in each backyard farmer whether they are cultivating a parking strip, patio, urban backyard, or 5 acres for food and to provide them with the knowledge to obtain that confidence.
We offer consultation and design services, lectures, workshops, in-home/garden GardenforLife Parties as well as on-going assistance throughout the growing season by participating in community outreach events, fairs, and volunteer activities.
Urban Farm School’s Teaching Philosophy
UFS stands behind the theory that there is no one “right way” to garden. Each garden is as different as the gardener themself. UFS employs and teaches a combination of methods including square foot and biointensive gardening, succession planting, crop rotation, companion planting, permaculture, and over-wintering techniques enabling our students to find their niche in the vegetable gardening world. A favourite phrase is:
“Try it! If it works, you learned something, if it doesn’t work, you learned something!”
No matter the technique used it is the quest that matters; UFS’s goal is to assure that you will accomplish a beautiful, creative, productive vegetable garden that you will learn to grow, expand, maintain, harvest, and preserve yourself!
Has vegetable gardenened since a child. Background in professional writing, land use planning, art, CSA Owner, and environmental education. Certified Master Gardener, Master Composter/Recycler, Master Food Preserver, Natural Gardening Education Specialist, Member of Slow Food USA and Clark County Food System Council. Proud to be Mother, Wife, Bread Baker, Harvester, Painter. Vegetable and ornamental gardened for many years. Backyground in elementary education, retail, small business owner, CSA Owner. Certified Master Food Preserver. Member of Slow Food USA. Design guru extraordinaire, a true savant in the world of garden design.