In this class you will learn the basics of organic vegetable gardening. The class will cover the basic growing requirements of vegetable crops including information about soil fertility, light, water, pest and disease prevention as well as tips for specific crops. We will also discuss growing vegetables in difficult situations such as in small spaces, shady conditions, gardens that get eaten by animals, and growing near walnut trees. Much of this information will also be in handouts. The handouts will also include information on recommended local planting dates.
Erica Kempter has done organic gardening for over 20 years. Since 2002, she has been co-owner of Nature and Nurture, LLC, a local organic gardening service that promotes ecologically sustainable landscapes providing consultation, design, installation, and maintenance. Nature and Nurture also grows and sells shiitake mushrooms. Erica gained a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Sustainable Agriculture from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1997 and completed the world renowned Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture there. She has participated in many urban gardening programs including working with homeless children in California and urban youth in Detroit as Youth Coordinator with the Detroit Agriculture Network. Erica is passionate about local and sustainable food. She developed the Organic Gardener Certificate Program offered by Project Grow and Washtenaw Community College, founded the HomeGrown Festival and is currently on the board of the local chapter of Slow Food USA (Slow Food Huron Valley) which puts on many yearly events including the HomeGrown Festival, the Local Food Summit, Pit Lovers Unite!, farm tours, and many more.