APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 SESSION NOW OPEN

CLOSES JANUARY 19th 2021

Please read everything below thoroughly BEFORE applying:

 

For this exceptional season, we are offering a version of our programming in a “Follow-along-at-home” style.  As we are unable to host the program at the greenhouse this spring, we will do our best to bring the greenhouse to you!  We will provide you with a kit with all the materials we use in the greenhouse so that you can grow your plants at home at the same time as we do in the greenhouse.  Every week, we will sign into a video chat where the instructors will demonstrate the main tasks for the week, and you can then perform these same tasks at home with the instructors there to guide you.  Each session will combine hands-on activities such as mixing soil, watering, potting up and pest control with a theoretical component in the form of a lecture or discussion.

Similar to the Indoor Urban Agriculture course planned for 2020 this program will have a strong focus on how to start and grow your own seedlings for your home herb and vegetable gardens, but will also explore other at home agriculture projects such as vermi-composting, hydroponic growing and fermentation.  

Throughout this 12 week course students will grow 18 different plant species, from 6 different plant families adding up to more than 50 individual plants.  All the materials will be provided in a kit including- seeds, soil, compost, fertilizer, pots and trays.  

This course is ideal for someone who is just starting out gardening and wants to learn the basics, or for someone who has some experience gardening but wants a more solid foundation from which to build their skills.  Focusing on small scale projects and gardening in an urban setting, this course will build confidence in any urban gardener to grow their own seedlings and experiment more at home.

You do not have to be a Concordia Student to apply.  This course is open to everyone!

What you can expect to learn from this program:

  • Fundamental practices of organic vegetable gardening
  • Techniques for success with growing seedlings at home
  • Solid foundation in planning your seedling growing and garden design
  • Basics of home hydroponic growing, vermi-composting and fermentation

How it works:

There are three components to this course:

1) Your at home growing set-up

Much of the success of your seedlings will depend on the environment you create for them.  In this course you will learn of  what these conditions are, and the instructors will be available through video chat to help you troubleshoot your personal set-up.  As part of the course you will receive a kit with the essential materials needed. 

 

Your growing kit will include:

Rubbermaid, Potting Mix, Compost, Pots and trays, Fertilizer, Spray Bottle and  Seeds (Eggplant, Hot Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Ground Cherries, Tomatillos, Basil, Cucumbers, Melons, Zucchini, Parsley, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Green Onions, Kale and Salad Greens).

Apart from the materials provided in the kit, you will need to have grow lights for the seedlings.  Unfortunately, a sunny window does not provide enough direct light to ensure the success of the seedlings.  We decided not to include the grow lights in the kit as each household set-up will be unique and therefore you will be the best judge of what’s needed in your home.  You can find a brief guide for how to choose lights here.  

Required Materials:  Grow lights, Measuring cups and spoons

Finally, we have some recommended materials to suggest for your growing set-up. Recommended Materials: Plant heating pad, Hygrometer, Thermometer (air), Timer for lights.

The trays provided are 54cm x 28cm.  You will be receiving four.  At the peak of growing all four trays will have plants at the same time and they will all need to have artificial light shining on them.  Below are some examples of the space needed.

 

2)  Weekly Video Chat Sessions

Each week you will meet with one of our coordinators who will walk you through what needs to be done with your seedlings for the week.  They will demonstrate the techniques and you will be able to do the same at home with the instructor there to give guidance and answer questions.  Each week will also have a discussion or lecture component, including some interactive break-out groups and student presentations.  Below are the planned lecture topics.

 

Each week you will meet with the other members of your group.  The options for the weekly video sessions are below.  In your application you can choose which of the sessions you would like to join. Once confirmed your weekly session will not change for the duration of the course.  The course runs for 12 weeks.  The first Tuesday shift is March 2nd, first Thursday shift is March 4th. 

 

3) Office Hours: 1-on-1 check-ins  

A week can be a long time in the life of a seedling!  And as new plant caretakers lots of questions and concerns can come up as we watch out little ones grow.  To help you troubleshoot, our instructors will be available for 1-on-1 video chats where you can show us your plants and we’ll help you solve any problems that arise.

 

How to apply:

  1. Fill out the application form and submit by January 19th.
  2. If accepted you will be contacted by January 21st with the details of your schedule for the course (i.e. which weekly session you will be apart of)
  3. Confirm your schedule and make your first payment by the agreed upon deadline.

COST: $230.  The fees can be paid in 2 installments.  What does the cost cover? The tuition covers the cost of the materials in your kit, and your time with the instructors.

BURSARIES: We are offering a bursary program for those who need financial assistance. We don’t want cost to be a limiting issue, so are working to develop a sustainable model to help those who need support financially and will do our best to match your request. To apply please fill out the bursary section in the application form.