Experimental School Of Nutritional Gardening

This will be a serious gardening school

  • foremost, to teach people how to grow their own nutritionally-packed food anywhere

  • secondarily, to learn other disciplines related to growing your own food

    • math (to know how to portion, convert measurements, figure volumes, etc)

    • science (to become familiar with forces of nature that can affect gardens)

    • industrial arts (to learn how to build and fix things related to gardening)

    • food preparation and preservation (to present Taste-N-See classes)

    • civics (to know how to work with the laws of the land)

    • the arts (to learn how to express gardening in the most attractive ways)

    • history (to learn how agriculture has affected individuals and nations in the past)

    • Bible (to learn how the spiritual life intertwines with gardening and character building)

    • public speaking (to learn how to give gardening talks in public… and make them evangelistic, when appropriate)

    • economics (to make ends meet to make a profit)

    • cultures (how to adapt gardening styles to different cultures)

    • health (how to maintain and enhance it through gardening)

    • psychology (how plants and emotions correlate)

    • self-improvement (applying character-building lessons to gardening and vice versa)

Students will learn the many facets of gardening

  • seeds (their needs and potential for improving)

  • soils (how to identify, use, change,and care for them)

  • weather/climates (how to use and prepare for them)

  • weeds & pests (how to profit from, get rid of, or control them to your advantage)

  • equipment (their special characteristics, how to make, use and care for them)

  • shelters (how to construct different kinds to protect plants & enhance growth)

  • will have practical experience in the The 7 Levels of Gardening

The school will also be experimental, with data collected to support their research

  • to enhance growth

  • to increase yield

  • to make more climate hardy and resist spoiling after harvest

  • to improve seed for the next generation (power seeds)

  • to resist disease and infections

  • to hasten harvest

  • to improve nutritional quality

  • to design better growing areas

  • labor-saving devices and systems

the student will learn how to be self-supporting

  • through the growth and sale of produce (CSA, truck gardens, fruit stands, etc.)

  • through specializing (like seasoning herbs, empowered seeds, dried flowers, etc.)

  • through industries related to gardening (constructing greenhouses, tools, supplies)

  • through training others (classes, seminars, DVDs, books, articles)

  • learning how to use social media and other commercial advertising

the student will become an eclectic gardener

  • one who uses the best of many gardening persuasions

  • but avoids anything harmful to plant, environment, gardener, or consumer

  • is Bible based and mission-minded

  • practices methods that are counterparts of character-building principles

  • will be known for quality of produce, sustainability and simplicity of techniques, and breadth of knowledge

  • will know how to heal the land, replace it, or resurrect it if dead

  • will also be practical in their life (outside of gardening)

the mother school will be located in the NW

  • prepared to plant and nurture satellite schools anywhere

  • nonprofit? (to be discussed, possibly have investors share in the profits)

  • self-sustaining (not dependent on donations to keep afloat, once in full operation)

  • 100+ acres with tillable land and abundant year-round water

  • funding will come from various sources

    • investments

    • profits from onsite industries (including internet classes, books, dvds, etc.)

    • tuition from students

    • donations

    • charges for services (consultations, seminars, projects outside of the school)

    • all workers will be paid equally or fairly

  • students will be from high school (junior and senior) to adults

  • facilities for RVs (short or long term), cabins (for small families), dorms (for singles), houses (for larger families)

  • classes will be on site, via internet, DVDs, as well as in satellite locations (future plans)