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Workshops and Classes on Gardening,
Growing Food and Sustainable Agriculture
in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties
Local organizations, businesses, and schools offer many learning opportunities for becoming a part of the sustainable food system - on topics including growing, cooking, processing and preserving food, waste management and composting, small business management, and much more.
Below is a listing of locations that often host workshops, lectures, and classes. We are unable to update each with current offerings, so please contact these locations directly for more information.
Organizations/Businesses Hosting Workshops and Classes
Beneficial Living Center
148 South G Street, Arcata
Workshops/classes on permaculture, gardening, pruning, composting
Food and Democracy workshop, community organizing, food justice advocacy
College of the Redwoods (CR)
7351 Thompkins Hill Rd.
Eureka CA 95501
707-476-4558 (Division office)
Formal classes coupled with practical experience on the CR Community Supported Agriculture Farm.
Flying Blue Dog Nursery
Check their web site for class locations and listings. They may also be willing to answer questions.
Earthly Edibles Canning CSA
Blue Lake Grange
110 Hatchery Road, Blue Lake CA
Offers food preservation, canning and cooking workshops
Humboldt State University Extended Education
Attend classes through Extension offerings or enroll in regular HSU classes without being a matriculated student. Extension offerings have in the past included organic vegetable gardening, sustainable living skills & permaculture.
Recent classes have included Backyard Poultry and Organic Gardening: From the Backyard to the Kitchen Table
Humboldt State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Single-multiple day long classes for community members 50 years & older, in a variety of subjects taught, including but not limited to the Farm to Fork: Locally Delicious class.
Living Earth Landscapes
5307 Boyd Road, Arcata
Workshops on gardening, plus certifications and extended trainings in various aspects of landscaping.
North Coast Co-op
Community Kitchen - Eureka Store
25 4th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
At the corner of 4th & B Streets
Wide variety of cooking classes.
Redwood Roots Farm
Classes are offered on many aspects of farming including soil, compost, propagation and starting seedlings. See specific list and class schedule on the Redwood Roots web page.
Redwood Roots Farm
P.O. Box 793
Arcata CA 95518
Deep Seeded Community Farm
P.O. Box 4380
Arcata CA 95518
The Arcata Educational Farm
Potawot Community Food Garden needs on-going volunteers to tend garden. Call 707-826-8476 for more information.
Humboldt County Cooperative Extension
The Extension office has many resources available to home gardeners. They also run the 13-week Master Gardener training program, offered every other year.
5630 South Broadway
Eureka CA 95503
Deborah Giraud is the contact for plant science.
The North Coast Journal
Weekly posts on class/workshop offerings in the region in all topics. Sustainable living & food system workshops are often included in "Garden" subsection. Use their search button to find classes in gardening, permaculture, food or other related topics.
North Coast Gardening Blog
Blog by local landscaper regularly updated with gardening-related workshops, events, and articles.