(no session July 4)
10 am–1 pm | SFAI Campus Meadow | $275
This class is open to all; new and more experienced gardeners will emerge with fresh ideas and skills. Our work in the garden will always include options that will allow you to participate at whatever level of physical activity feels comfortable for you.
Come dig in the soil in the historic SFAI meadow—a sloping green haven at the northeast corner of campus—frequented by hummingbirds, hawks, and swallowtails, and home to a venerable California Buckeye, and an encompassing redwood. Over six Saturdays we will work together in the garden as we explore such core principles as soil building, composting, water conservation, seed starting, plant care, and pruning. As we take part in the rhythms of the garden, the garden will cultivate our own capacities for observation, empathy, and resilience.
Class meetings will include collaborating on a garden project, as well as working on existing plantings throughout the meadow. Each session will include conversation springing from reading and observations, as well as a period of more solitary time, in which you can write, draw, make notes, meditate, or otherwise follow your own interests. Course readings provide fundamental principles of gardening and permaculture, and extend connections to poetry, art, and science. In addition to the work we’ll do as a group, you’ll also receive individual guidance in starting or further developing your own garden.