Gardening 101 Classes

Upcoming Classes

Upcoming Classes

Container Gardening 101

One Saturday morning in Golden Hill
January 16 | 10am to 1pm

Cost: $25.00 RSVP

Don't have a yard? Not to worry! You might have a window or a balcony you can use instead. This class covers what you need to know to successfully grow food in containers!

You will learn about keeping plants healthy in a container, what you can use as a container, and how to create a plan for the space you have. Come join us and learn how to start a garden on your balcony or small yard space.

Subscribe to our Newsletter and we'll let you know when registration for the next classes open.

Food & Gardening Classes at
Wild Willow Farm

Wild Willow Farm
& Education Center

Every Saturday we have classes on food and urban farming topics at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, a sister program of VGSD.

Classes are open to everyone.
Click here for details.

Farming 102

Growing Seasonal Crops

Seven-week Series
(14 total classes in series)

Details about the Classes

taught by Paul Maschka and
Dorothea Sotiros

Winter Session begins
Friday, January 29

2 Classes per week
(each class is 2 hrs long)

Friday evenings (2 hrs) near downtown, AND
Saturday afternoons (2 hrs) at Wild Willow Farm.

Schedule (offered twice yearly)

Winter Session
7 Fridays: 6:30-8:30pm, Jan. 29-Mar. 11
7 Saturdays: 1-3pm, Jan. 30-Mar. 12

Summer Session
June 3 to July 18


7-Week Course: $300 (including Registration fee)
Registration fee: $50 includes textbook; balance due on the first day of classes.

Mandatory Orientation

Friday, January 29, 6:30pm at city location (TBD).

Details about the Classes

Explore the history, cultural heritage, cultivation, and use of common seasonal crop families. Wild Willow Farm will serve as our living laboratory where we'll learn how to plant, care for, tend, harvest, prepare and sample representatives from each family. These courses are for anyone who grows food or who wants to learn more about what you're eating, and are offered seasonally.

Offered in the winter and summer, returning students are welcome to participate in field labs of subsequent courses to experience crop families in both of San Diego's growing seasons.

Enroll in Farming 102

Growing Seasonal Crops

7-Week Course: $300 (including Registration)
Registration: $50 includes textbook; balance due on the first day of classes.

Payment for Name of enrollee


Learn to Grow Food!

in VGSD's University of Gardening (U. Garden) Classes!

Want to learn how easy it is to grow fresh, tasty and healthy vegetables in your own yard?

VGSD's Vegetable Gardening 101 Classes are offered throughout the year as a series of three class sessions given at different locations throughout the San Diego Urban Region. All classes are hands on, meaning that you will be getting your hands in the dirt.

Class topics include:

Natural ways to eliminate your existing lawn
Soil Amendment
Bed Preparation and Soil Awareness
Plant Selection
Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting your Garden
How to Prepare and Eat your Harvest!

Class Information: Class is limited to 18 participants to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

If you want to be notified about upcoming courses and gardening events Subscribe to the VGSD Newsletter.

Host VGSD Gardening 101 Classes

If you'd like your home, church, business or organizational space to host a three-week VGSD Gardening 101 class series, please apply.

Here's what we need for your site to be considered:

If you wish to be considered, please fill out our application. You will be contacted and ask to send photos or supply further information.

Victory Gardens San Diego

Helping people start growing their own food through collaborative garden builds, hands-on garden education and community outreach.

VGSD is a program of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project and works hand-in-hand with several San Diego food-movement groups to further our mission.

VGSD Values:

Since our inception in March of 2009, VGSD has helped many new gardeners develop almost 100 home, community, school and organizational gardens. These activities have involved hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer service hours to help San Diegans create a healthier, more local food system.

If you want to be notified about upcoming courses and gardening events
Subscribe to the VGSD Newsletter.

RSVP for VGSD Classes via PayPal

Enroll early to ensure your participation. Maximum class size is 15. If PayPal won't take your payment, the class is full. Once we've received your class fees, we'll notify you of acceptance into the class and send you further class details.

Enroll in Container Gardening Class

Select which class:

Name of enrollee

Registration closes one day before the class. Enroll early to ensure your participation. Maximum class size is 18. After you've registered, we'll notify you within a few days of acceptance into the class and send you location and other class details. Please be patient.

Cancelation-Refund policy: Full refund, less $10 administrative fee, if you cancel up to five days before the date of the first class; fee increases to $25 for cancellations between 1 and 5 days before class starts; and no refund if you cancel day of first class or for any missed classes.