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March, 2016
Gillian Scruggs, Home-Grower Programs Coordinator

For Immediate Release

Asheville, NC: Organic Growers School is teaming up with 5th Season Asheville Market and Diana Schmitt McCall, Manager of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain to offer their 5th Annual Organic Gardening Series, entitled Get Growing. The series will take place on four Tuesday evenings in April, the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, from 7-9:00pm and will focus on all aspects of organic gardening: planning, planting, production, and pests. The four-part series is appropriate for first-time gardeners as well as those with some experience. The first 3 classes, to be held on April 5, 12, 19, will take place at Fifth Season Asheville Market, 4 South Tunnel Road, in Asheville, in their brand new location. The fourth class in the series, to take place on April 26th, and will be a hands-on, education tour of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain, which features a variety of garden methods such as french Intensive, square foot, hugelkultur, no-till and more. The cost of the program is $20 per class or $75 for the series.

A Detailed description of what each class covers follows:

Get Growing CLASS 1: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Why you should consider growing organically; important site, size, and design considerations for your garden; growing the soil & nutrient basics; garden seasons; and useful tools will be discussed. Q & A session.

Get Growing CLASS 2: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Techniques for starting seeds and transplants; dealing with common problems; how much to plant; composting & vermicomposting; converting your lawn to garden; an edible yard; and maximizing your garden space. Q & A session.

Get Growing CLASS 3: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The virtues of mulch; water and fertilization considerations; compost tea; cover cropping and n-p-k; organic disease and insect control; and tips for Fall gardening. Q & A session.

Get Growing CLASS 4: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
This week is a FIELD TRIP and hands-on, education tour of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden. This garden-based class will also be an opportunity to review topics from the first three classroom sessions, see these techniques in practice, as well as build your confidence through experiential learning. The garden is located at 99 White Pine Dr. in Black Mountain and the last class will meet there.

Organic Growers School is a 501c3 non-profit based in Asheville, NC and providing practical organic education in the Southern Appalachians since 1993. “Providing gardeners with an introductory series has proven to be a great way to get folks growing. The program lays out the foundational concepts of gardening that helps build confidence, enthusiasm, and a resource list,” says Lee Warren, Executive Director of Organic Growers School.

Fifth Season Garden Center’s new location at Market Asheville on Tunnel Road houses a large classroom space, which will host the series. It also provides participants an opportunity to view and purchase gardening products such as seeds, plant starts, soils, amendments, tools, nursery plants, and more.

Diana Schmitt McCall, who will be teaching the Get Growing: Organic Gardening Series this year is an instructor with Organic Growers School and is also the Garden Manager at Dr. John Wilson Community Garden which is home to nearly 70 gardening families, over 100 fruit and nut trees, mushroom logs, a native species trail and a biodynamic donation garden, and which produces 4000 pounds of produce annually for distribution in Black Mountain. Her work also includes school garden programs, expanding community gardens in the town, and partnering with numerous agencies and institutions to educate her community on how to grow, access and prepare healthy food for themselves and their families.



Author: OGS

Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.

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