Our expert Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen, is spreading her knowledge on how to garden in an urban environment on KMUZ’s Willamette Wakeup. Colleen talks about succession planting, crop rotating, deep feeder plants vs. shallow feeder ones, how to grow in a shady environment, and more. This is just a sample of all the things you can learn when taking the Urban Farmer classes. This starts up on February 3rd. Call to reserve a spot!

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KMUZ Interview Urban Farming

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Go to SLCSalem.org or call to reserve at: 503-315-1055


We start you off with seeds, a space in our glasshouse and community garden, and a professional instructor. We keep our classes small so that you can learn in a fun and relaxed environment. Most of all, these classes give you the knowledge and ability to apply what you learn to your own garden at home!


Our classes cover everything you need to know about the following topics:

  • Planning a Vegetable Garden
  • Seeds – Selecting Seeds and Starting Them Organically
  • Companion Planting and Beneficial Bugs
  • Plant Propagation & Herbs
  • Healthy Soil
  • Extending Your Growing Season
  • Harvesting & Preserving


  • Classes are generally held on the first and third Saturdays, February through May from 10:00 am to Noon.
  • All prices include all 8 classes, seeds, and space in our greenhouse and community garden
  • Individual Fees: $130
  • Couple Package (with shared materials): $180
  • Parent and Child Special (age 9-17): $140


2018 Schedule

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018:  Class Introduction:  Planning a Vegetable Garden
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018:  Beneficial Bugs for Your Garden & Companion Planting
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018: Seed Swap – We provide seeds for all participants
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018:  Soils:  The Foundation for a Great Garden
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018:  Vegetable Gardening:  Tips and Hands-On Starting Seeds in Glasshouse
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018:  Organic Fertilizers and More Hands-On Planting Tme
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018:  What to do With Your Harvest
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018:  Fall Gardening to Extend Your Growing Season & Cover Crops