OL 304:
FOOD SECURITY, NUTRITION AND HOME GARDENS 2

6 weeks. Courses are offered every two months.
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Prerequisites: OL 303
Prerequisites are absolute: please do not ask us for an exception.
If you have not completed the prerequisite courses please do not sign up for this advanced course.
Why are there Prerequisites for Advanced Courses?

Developing your kitchen garden: trellises.

Food Security, Nutrition and Home Gardens 2. How do you care for and maintain a food garden? How do you control pests? What happens if you have desert soil – or a shortage of water? Learn how to combine garden produce with daily staples to prepare nutritious meals that contain vitamins A, C and D. Learn how to plan a better garden for next season.

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If the goal of OL 303 was to get a nutritious garden planted, in OL 304, the second of this pair of courses, the goals are to learn how to care for the garden, how to increase a families understanding of nutrition – including using delicious nutrition packed recipes,  and how to plan for next season’s garden.

By now, the food gardens that your community members planted in OL 303 are a month old. All of the seeds have sprouted and it is time to begin looking at their care and maintenance. We will address proper watering, weeding – and fertilizing. We will explore options for pest control.

We will have an in depth look at cooking and nutrition: We will learn what children need in their diets, and how we can combine our garden produce with daily staples to prepare nutritious meals and about the importance of vitamins A, C and D. We will cover information on ratios for grains, dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables that children need in a week’s meals.

Another week will detail the importance soil handling and of introducing compost and manure. We will also look at  special challenges that may be specific to your project, challenges such as desert soil, steep rocky soil, depleted soil, a shortage of water or a lack of space for a garden, seek solutions and incorporate them into garden strategy.

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Course syllabus

Care and maintenance of your kitchen garden: weeding

Week 1: Kitchen Gardens: Care & Maintenance. This workshop will address proper watering, weeding – and fertilizing with locally available manures. We will also discuss garden architecture such as fencing, stakes and plant supports.

Kitchen Gardens: Pests.

Week 2: Kitchen Gardens: Pests. Pests can contribute to the early death of plants, and can ruin individual fruits or vegetables. Surrounding tempting food plants like tomatoes with garlic, or mixing a variety of crops together in the same bed can mislead insects about location.

Nutrition, Meal Planning & Cooking.

Week 3: Nutrition, Meal Planning & Cooking. Children need more than grain for growth & vitality. They also need fats, calories, proteins, vitamins & micronutrients. Participants learn how to plan & prepare balanced meals that are appetizing, healthy & utilize produce from their new gardens & about budgeting & group bulk buying.

Kitchen Gardens: Soil and Compost. Gardener digging a bed.

Week 4: Kitchen Gardens: Soil and Compost. Soil is a living, breathing organism of sand, clay, organic matter, earthworms, nutrients, minerals, water and plant roots. It can suffer from being to acid, too wet, too dry and too sandy. This workshop will detail the importance soil handling and of introducing compost and manure.

Special Problems: a shortage of water.

Week 5: Special Problems. Many places in the world have special challenges like desert soil, steep rocky soil, depleted soil, a shortage of water or a lack of space for a garden. We will look at these special challenges that may be specific to your project, seek solutions and incorporate them into garden strategy.

Kitchen garden: Seedlings. Week 6: Seedlings. In the first garden, we planted seeds directly into the garden bed. In preparation for an expanded garden, we will plant some seed in containers and transfer them to the garden bed after 2 months. We will select new crops & discuss planning for an expanded variety of healthy fruits & vegetables.

There are prerequisites for taking this course: OL 303. Please don’t sign up for this course if you haven’t successfully completed the prerequisites.

Choose which price fits your profile.
Course Fees:
1. The 6-week course is $100.00 for citizens of developing nations.
2. The 6-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations.

When you are ready to enroll, click ‘Enroll Now’ at the bottom of the page. Write us for transfer instructions if you would prefer to pay by bank transfer. Online.Learning@csd-i.org .

You will be sent your Login username and password, and instructions for starting the course the Monday, before the course begins. We look forward to meeting you.

The online course will be led by Tim Magee, CSD’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with nonprofits and leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge/Earthscan.

If you have a question don’t hesitate to contact us at: Online.Learning@csd-i.org  .

Space is limited.

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