Victory Garden Classes in Long Beach

  • March 3, 2018 at 9:00 am
  • 6509 Gundry Ave
Free Entry

Welcome to the spring session of the University of California Master Gardener Victory Garden Program in North Long Beach.

The first class is Saturday March 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to Noon:
Growing Fruits and Veggies at Home

All classes are located at the District 9 Community Farm / North Long Beach Victory Garden at Vice-Mayor Rex Richardson’s field office – the old firestation at 6509 Gundry Ave.

We’re part of a statewide effort to encourage people to grow fruits and vegetables at home. It’s fulfilling, healthy and fun. Not only will you experience the taste thrill of freshness and flavor that only just-harvested fruits and veggies can provide, but you also will reduce your grocery bill and turn your yard into a conversation topic.

Each class will include a review of the basics of growing fruits and veggies and then the more focused topics below. The goal is to help you become a successful home farmer.

Tuition for the entire class series is $55, or $15 per class.
If student helps tend our teaching farm, tuition is $30 for the series or $10 per class.

Here’s our schedule (All classes are on Saturday mornings, 9 am to 11 am; we then shift to practical learning at the farm from 11 am to noon):

3 March – Soil testing, amending and preparation, gauging soil moisture content, seeding and transplanting (North Long Beach Crop Swap at 10 am)

10 March – Cool/warm season crops, rotating crops, fruit and veggie “friends.” Growing herbs, grapes and berries, and low-chill fruit trees

17 March — Insect pests and plant diseases and how to deal with them; Integrated Pest Management

24 March – Composting the University of California way, creating edible and climate-friendly gardens, pruning fruit trees

Your instructors:
UC Master Gardeners Rod Dodd, Phil Geisen, Hilda Gaytan, Adam Romo, Smith Prasirtpun, and Jeff Rowe

Feel free to contact Jeff at jfrowe@rocketmail.com or 562-343-3834

Class sponsors: LB Fresh, University of California Cooperative Extension