Free Workshop – Live Online Gardening Help

Grow Your Own – Start Your Garden Plants Indoors From Seed

Learn how to start seeds indoors in time for planting this spring. Not only does starting your own seed save you money on the cost of buying bedding plants, it gives you access to a far greater variety of plants to grow in your garden. From when to plant, to what kind of potting soil pots to use, to light, heat and water needs, this session will get you started growing veggies, flowers and herbs for your garden. Collecting and saving seed from your garden will also be addressed.

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

Mar 13, 2012, 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Mountain Standard Time), $75+GST

Instructor: Ron Berezan – The Urban Farmer,

Get Growing – Gardening Tips and Strategies for Beginners

This workshop will take you through all of the basic planning and skills you need to be able to produce your own fresh organic food right in your own backyard. We will explore the basics of edible garden design, preparing the soil, easy steps for converting lawn to garden, choosing annual and perennial vegetables, herbs and fruits for Alberta gardens, plant spacing’s, strategies for low-maintenance gardens, companion planting, community gardens and more.

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

Mar 20, 2012, 6:30PM – 9:30PM (Mountain Standard Time), $75+GST

Instructor: Ron Berezan – The Urban Farmer,


The Secret Life of Soil

Soil is the mysterious and wonderful place where earth, air, water and energy combine to create the conditions for life to flourish. Learn some age-old techniques that gardeners and small farmers can use to nurture a healthy, vibrant and resilient soil and plant community. This session will include a combination of theoretical and very practical approaches to understanding and working with soil.

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

Mar 27, 2012, 6:30PM – 9:00PM (Mountain Standard Time), $75+GST

Instructor: Ron Berezan – The Urban Farmer,


Growing More Food in Small Spaces

With careful and creative planning even the smallest urban lot can produce an abundance of fruits, berries, veggies and herbs. This workshop will include an exploration of the “bio-intensive” high yield gardening method, making use of vertical space, polyculture planting, crop rotations, growing in pots, and an examination of the range of edible species that grow well in Alberta.

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

Apr 03, 2012, 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Mountain Standard Time), $75+GST

Instructor: Ron Berezan – The Urban Farmer,


Creating Balance in the Garden – Managing Pests Naturally

Join the growing movement of gardeners and homeowners who are choosing to protect their health and the health of local eco-systems by gardening organically. By working with natural processes, rather than against them, organic gardening offers preventative and safe methods for dealing with potential pest problems. Grow healthier and more resilient plants than you ever thought possible.

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

Apr 10, 2012, 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Mountain Standard Time), $75+GST

Instructor: Ron Berezan – The Urban Farmer,


Mushrooms in the Garden

This workshop will be a combination of theory and practical approaches to using mycorhyzal beneficial mushroom species; propagating mushrooms in mulch beds, garden beds and logs; and identifying some local wild edible mushroom species.

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

Apr 17, 2012, 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Mountain Standard Time), $75+GST

Instructor: Ron Berezan – The Urban Farmer,


The Growing Revolution: Lessons in Food Security from Cuba

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, Cuba quickly lost most of their fossil fuel and agricultural imports resulting in widespread food shortages and the breakdown of their agricultural system. In response to the crisis, Cuba underwent a dramatic shift towards low-input, ecological agriculture encouraging more citizens to grow food in rural and urban areas alike.  Join us to find out what lessons we can draw from Cuba’s experience to increase food security in our own communities.

Available Anywhere – LIVE Online

Apr 24, 2012, 6:30PM – 8:30PM (Mountain Standard Time), $75+GST

Instructor: Ron Berezan – The Urban Farmer,


About the Instructor:  Ron Berezan is the owner and operator of The Urban Farmer. Ron has been gardening organically in Alberta for over 20 years and has taken training in the “Grow Bio-intensive” organic gardening method at Ecology Action in Willits, California, and in Permaculture Design through the Kootenay Permaculture Institute and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Centre. Ron recently completed the Master Gardener Program through the Devonian Botanic Garden of the University of Alberta. Ron has taught many workshops and classes on organic gardening in the Edmonton area over the past five years. He has been featured in articles in The Edmonton Journal, The Edmonton Examiner, Vue Weekly, The Alberta Gardener magazine, and has been a regular gardening commentator on CBC radio.


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