Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Food Self Sufficiency and Urban Farming Class

There is wonderful security and satisfaction in being able to prepare many of our meals from abundant gardens around our homes. Imagine FRESH omelets and meat from a backyard henhouse, or expensive "exotic" crops such as arugula, Barbados Cherry, cassava, chaya, papaya, many herbs and staple crops for Thai and other ethnic cuisines fresh and all organic from your own yard. But where to start if you have a "normal" yard of high maintenance lawn and ornamental shrubs?
Organic landscape consultant and garden writer John Starnes (St. Pete Times, Fine Gardening, Florida Gardening) shows how to make the transition in stages based on your time, temperament, budget and goals, using his jungly south Tampa "urban farm" as the classroom. Learn the ease of "sheet composting" vs. buying an expensive compost bin, using household graywater to nourish your food crops and cut your water bill, plus a very effective, low-labor method for killing lawn areas in place and turning them into productive gardens. You will receive a detailed class handout, but be sure to bring a notepad and pen, and, if you wish, a camera, as people tell me that my classes are very information dense.
I will be teaching this well-received class again on March 27th, plus on April 11th and April 24th, from 11 AM until 1 PM, from 11 AM until 1 PM followed by a 30 minute Q & A session. The cost is $25 per person, or $20 per person in carloads of four or more to help foster considerate parking for my neighbors. My address is: 3212 West Paxton Avenue Tampa 33611, which about 6 blocks south of Gandy and 1 1/2 blocks west of MacDill Avenue.
I love helping folks eager to transform their yards into sources of sustenance, personal independence, and spiritual satisfaction. Come see how little the freeze affected my food supply as my gardens transition towards the summer crops, and enjoy fresh raw nibbles as we walk amongst the free range chickens. John


  1. will you be selling any summer seeds?

  2. Yes I have a great selection. True summer lovers. I will also be selling live plants beginning in mid May. John

  3. thanks. i wil keep an eye out to see if you list them. starter packs or variety packs would be great for small yards!