Organic Master Gardener Program
Master Gardener Programs
If you want to learn a whole lot about gardening, there are three MG options currently running in Alberta. They provide intensive training on a wide subject matter, individuals learn about and practice the techniques discussed, and then go on to volunteer as Master Gardeners in their communities. Master Gardeners give back by giving lectures, creating gardens, conducting research, and many other projects.
An Organic Approach
How is our program different? The focus is on soil biology – growing soil, not plants.
Organic agriculture is widely regarded as gardening without the use of substances that damage soil, plant, and human health and/or cause environmental concerns, but organic gardening is more than just NOT adding things. Organic gardening embraces a more ecological paradigm in all its practices.
Our program is built upon a strong foundation – the Gaia College OMG Program. We have added Alberta-specific content and the Program has expanded to include recent discoveries in Soil Succession and Regenerative Agriculture.
6.2 Acre Site
The Demonstration Farm offers students opportunities to experience and experiment with conventional, organic, and regenerative growing methods. Our ornamental gardens offer a parallel experience in maintaining public spaces and the unique demands of ornamental landscaping. There is also a Community Garden and Orchard.
Are Organic Gardening and growing healthy food your goals for 2022?
Through lectures, mentorship, and volunteer hours (see Program Requirements for details) you will acquire an immense knowledge base. You’ll earn an Organic Master Gardener Certificate and become part of a unique group across North America who practice a health-centered approach to our environment.