Organic Vegetable Gardening 101

 

Are you committed to starting your own organic garden this fall? Or advancing your knowledge of how you can have more success and fun growing your own food in Florida’s challenging climate? In this comprehensive introduction and overview, FOG staff will lead you on a guided tour of all aspects of successful organic gardening: garden design, seeds & transplants, healthy soil & backyard composting, developing an irrigation and fertilizing plan, pest management tips, and what do about those pesky weeds.  Each participant will be provided with a memory stick packed with resources for the aspiring organic gardener. 

 David Vaina

David Vaina

David, a native Floridian, is the Education & Outreach Program Director at Florida Organic Growers. He also currently teaches organic gardening at Santa Fe in Gainesville.  His interest in food justice, food security, and local, sustainable food systems began in 2008 when he volunteered on two organic farms outside Athens, GA.  While growing his own salad greens for a local farmer’s market in South Florida and working at Treasure Coast Food Bank, he served on the board of his local Slow Food chapter, the Florida Food Policy Council, the St. Lucie County Food Policy Council, and the United Way of Martin County Hunger Task Force.  Based in Gainesville, Florida, he lives with his partner and four cats.