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. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2020 season dates!

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

Fall Planting

Dates and Pricing

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): $200

  • Parent and Child Special (age 9-17): $150


All classes, with the exception of the soils class will be taught by Pringle Creek’s Urban Farmer, Colleen Owen.

Saturday, February 2, 2019:  Class Introduction:  Planning a Vegetable Garden

The basics of what you need to understand organic gardening.Starting a garden journal, identifying site characteristics, discussing organic gardening principles, and crop scheduling

Saturday, February 16, 2019:  Soils: The Foundation for a Great Garden 

Instructor: Shannon Andrews, Soil Health Institute

o  Soil characteristics, amending and composting

Saturday, March 2, 2019:  Starting Seeds Organically/ Navigating Seeds Catalogs 

o  Learning what seeds can do for you and selecting seeds from SLC’s donated seeds. Don’t buy any seeds - we have plenty!

Saturday, March 16, 2019:  Beneficial Bugs for your Garden and Companion Planting

o  Learning about Integrated pest management

Saturday, April 6, 2019: Starting Seeds

o  Hands on instructions to get the best germination and yield from your seeds.

Saturday, April 20, 2019:  Propagation, Organic Fertilizer and Hands-on plant starts

o  Using cuttings to start plants and understanding fertilizer

Saturday, May 4, 2019: What to do with Your Harvest

o  When are my veggies ready to harvest and what is the best way to do it?  Other fun things to do with your harvest.

Saturday, May 18, 2019:  Fall Gardening

o  Fall gardening to extend your growing season and 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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