Year-Round Harvest Course

Building skills for food security in hard times


winter salad_NolanCalisch-24For the first time in January I’m eating from my garden thanks to these classes!  My beets, broccoli, arugula and kale have survived the winter and supply me with delicious winter salads topped with fresh eggs from my chickens.  While I can’t eat from my garden every day of the week in the winter, just the fact that I have some food from my garden year round keeps me connected to my role as an urban farmer and the simple reminder to value the food I eat.”

—-Stephanie, Year Round Harvest student

Serious about affordable, vibrant, home-grown food?

Next class: Water Conservation, 6-8:30 pm Weds. June 12,  NE Portland

This 9-month course has been crafted to help you eat from your garden year-round.  We’ll teach you what, when and how to plant, plus how to care for your garden while keeping the time manageable.  Learn to get the freshest food you’ll ever eat onto your family’s plates (and even into your kids’ mouths).  An expert visit to your garden site will help you design for success, and support between classes will help you stay on track.  You’ll even receive plants and seeds, at the right time to plant them, as well as other garden materials.  And our DIY skills help you save money on your garden as well as on your grocery bills, using materials you already have or can find for free.

2024 Class Schedule 

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Feb. 3                 Mapping, Soils, Bed Preparation Sat 1-3:30

Feb. 24 /March 7  Planning for the Year-round Harvest, Sat 1-3:30, Mon. 6-8 ONLINE

March 16              Bed Preparation/Soils/Waking up the Garden, Sat 1-3:30

April 13                   Composting/Better Garden Management, Sat 1-3:30

May 11                 Weeds, Harvest, Planting Sat 1-3:30

June 12                   Water Wise Gardening/Planning for the Winter Harvest, Weds 6:00-8:30

July 17                     Hot Weather Planting/Planning for Winter Eating, Weds 6:00-8:30

Aug. 15                    Food Preservation/Solar cooking, Weds 6:00-8:30 

Sept. 11                   Growing Seeds for your Garden and Community, Thurs 6:00-8:30

Oct. 12                   Winterizing your Garden/Food Security 2024, Saturday 1-3:30

Please note: Class 2B is online.

Core program: 10 classes, class notes, site visit, office hours, 10 plant/seed coupons.  $700/household  – Payment plans, work trade, and scholarships available.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Tell-A-Friend Rewards! Get more plants, seeds, or mentoring – free.

Want to learn, but can’t take the full program? All classes are open to drop-ins if space permits.  To register for individual classes, click on the respective class links. 


10 classes – monthly, two in February.  Plus bonus feedback sessions and work/learn parties.

Each class builds on those before it, and students who attend every class will get the most out of the program.

Tell-A-Friend Rewards! If your friend or neighbor (or anyone) signs up for the course due to your referral, you get a free native or medicinal plant from our nursery.

Household: you may bring your garden partner (same garden) or well-behaved/well-supervised child to any class at no extra cost.  Additional household members are half-price – $350.  Learn with your family! 

Kids: Kids belong in the garden.  Children of any age are welcome with supervision by their adult.  We hope to offer childcare and kids’ programming soon.  Please contact us with interest in kids’ programming.

Coaching/Site visit – we will meet you at your garden site and help you make the most of your space.  We’ll also look at your tools and soil, advise you on care and what you might wish to add.  Value $150 – (additional charge for travel time over 1/2 hr)

Mentoring/office hours: support between classes, online and by phone – up to two calls per month included.  Valued at $75/hr for up to 4 hrs = $300 (but we estimate you’ll need less). 

Additional coaching/mentoring services available at 5% off our regular hourly rates.

Community support: Student listserv helps you to compare notes with your peers and learn from each other.

Total value of package = $450 + 150 + 300 = $900 Your price: only $700.  Joined later in the season?  Yes, we do prorate.

Plants and seeds:

At each class we will provide a list of crops and varieties we are planting this month, as well as some suggestions for others that are appropriate to plant at this time.  We’ll often have our home grown seed and starts to share.

On SNAP/EBT? You can use your benefits to buy plants and seeds for food plants.  Ask us for advice!

COVID-19 protocol

Classes are outdoors or online.  Masks and/or social distancing are required until CDC guidance changes.   Instructors may unmask to be heard and understood. Masks help keep your face warm!

Photo credit: Nolan Calisch