Learn to Grow Organic Gardening Series

By Jeremy DeLisle, UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center Program Coordinator

Successful gardeners know that February and March are prime time for planning, ordering supplies, and learning new tricks that will make their gardening efforts pay this season.  This is why the UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center has organized a series of workshops providing essential gardening knowledge that will take your gardens to a whole new level this year. 

Instructor Ron Christie is passionate about teaching people to grow nutritious food for better health and well-being. After 16 years in the financial services industry, he returned to New Hampshire to create Living Earth Farm, a certified organic micro-farm in Brookline, New Hampshire, where he is an avid four-season grower. Ron loves sharing his experiences as a winter gardener and farmer so he became a Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator in 2009. He currently coaches Master Gardener Volunteers at the UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center and Information Line. 

The series of workshops begins on March 1st in Goffstown at the Hillsborough County Complex; classes run from 7-9 pm. There will be a farm tour at Ron’s place for the last session on May 13th. Topics will include garden planning, seed starting, nurturing healthy soils, container and raised bed gardening, pest and disease control, season extension techniques, and growing requirements for specific vegetables. The farm tour will wrap up the series just as the main gardening season comes underway.

Each workshop in the series builds upon the information shared in previous workshops, so it’s recommended that participants register for the entire series if possible.  However, we understand that schedules fill up quickly, and have included the option for registration on a workshop-by-workshop basis. Please visit our registration website at https://extension.unh.edu/Grow-Organic-Vegetables-Fruits for full class descriptions and registration details.    

Jeremy DeLisle is the program coordinator for the UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center. The center answers questions about gardening and more at answers@unh.edu, or by calling (877) 398-4769 Monday through Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.