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Soil Improvement


Garden-Based Learning Short Courses - Spring 2023

  • Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

CCE - Nassau Garden-Based Learning Short Courses

The Garden-Based Learning Short Course is designed to provide gardeners with the skills and resources to improve their home gardening techniques. Maintaining your own landscape is a cost-effective way to improve your home aesthetic, while enjoying time outdoors and exercising. Residents may also find enjoyment in growing their own fresh produce to supplement their trips to the grocery store or even share with neighbors. The Garden-Based Learning Short Course is an excellent opportunity to explore your interests in a supportive, educational environment.

Program Design:

Each Garden-Based Learning Short Course is four-weeks long and provides in-depth training on specific horticultural topics. Weekly hands-on workshops will be provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County staff and trained Master Gardener Volunteers. Weekly workshops will be supplemented with reading assignments and educational videos posted through the Cornell Distance Learning Center platform (Moodle).

Completion of Requirements:

Participants who successfully meet all of the requirements of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County Garden-Based Learning Short Course will receive a Certificate of Completion to add to their personal or professional portfolio. Completion of a Garden-Based Learning Short Course will provide homeowners with the confidence to tackle their own projects and provide them with credibility that can lead to opportunities to provide horticultural guidance throughout the community.

To earn a certificate of completion, participants must complete the entire course and actively participate in workshops. Participants are expected to attend all scheduled workshops to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Spring 2023

Soil Improvement: The condition of your soil affects all aspects of your landscape. All life springs from the soil, so making yours healthier can change everything in your yard for the better. Lush flowers, rich vegetables, green lawns, less watering and reduced runoff are all within reach when soil gets the attention it deserves. Find out practical methods to evaluate and improve your soil in this four-part class.

Thursday, March 9th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Thursday, March 16th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Thursday, March 23rd 6:30 - 8:00pm

Thursday, March 30th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Program Cost: $150
Recommended Age: Adult

Composting and Sustainability Methods for the Homeowner: Composting is a great practice, but it is only one piece of a larger approach to managing gardens and landscapes. In this four-part class, we will dive deeply into the meaning and detailed practices of “sustainability”, including composting, as applied to your home property.

Thursday, April 13th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Thursday, April 20th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Thursday, April 27th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Thursday, May 4th 6:30 - 8:00pm

Program Cost: $150
Recommended Age: Adult

Cost: All program fees listed in description cover the entire length of the session. Some programs may require a materials fee, which is included in the listed cost.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled. If the program is cancelled due to insufficient registrations, all fees will be refunded within one-week.

Location: All programs will be at the East Meadow Farm unless otherwise noted.

The East Meadow Farm is located at 832 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554

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$150 per workshop (includes all 4 dates)



CCE-Nassau Environmental Horticulture Office
832 Merrick Avenue
East Meadow, New York 11554

Last updated February 8, 2023