Learn to Farm Sustainably in Your Own Backyard

This popular program offers eight classes that cover everything you need to know about urban farming, from soil prep to harvesting your produce. Classes begin each year starting in February. If you are interested in enrolling or have questions about the program, contact our fabulous Urban Farmer Colleen Owen: colleen@pringlecreek.com or call (503) 315-1055


Why Urban Farming?

The food we choose to consume, and the way that food is grown, directly affects our bodies and the planet. By eating and growing healthful, organic food, we take an important step toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Urban farming uses minimal space to produce delicious, natural produce that you and your family can feel good about growing and eating.

What You Get

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!

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What you learn

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

Dates and Pricing

Classes are generally held on the first and third Saturdays, February through May from 10:00 am to Noon.  


2019 pricing may vary slightly.

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


For a taste of what we’ve offered in the past;
2019 schedule may vary slightly.

Class #1:  Introduction - Planning a Vegetable Garden

Class #2:  Beneficial Bugs for Your Garden & Companion Planting 

Class #3: Seed Swap - We provide seeds for all participants.

Class #4:  Soils - The Foundation for a Great Garden 

Class #5:  Vegetable Gardening - Tips and Hands-on
Seed-Starting in our Glasshouse

Class #6:  Organic Fertilizers and More Hands-on Planting Time

Class #7:  What to Do With Your Harvest

Class #8:  Fall Gardening to Extend Your Growing Season & Cover Crops



Urban Farmer: Colleen Owen

In addition to being the instructor for the Urban Farming classes, Colleen is in charge of maintaining the glasshouses year-round at Pringle Creek Community and caring for the orchards. Colleen has a master gardener certification and 11 years of retail nursery experience. In her spare time, Colleen likes to do photography and read.

Also read Colleen's Tips for a Great Organic Garden.



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