Our Get Up! program trains urban agriculture leaders through a three month hands-on certification that covers the basics of organic gardening and compost education.
Do you want to get your hands dirty? Have you been longing to learn how to garden? Are you curious how and where to begin gardening in San Francisco?
Yes? Then we say Get Up!
This three month course is an excellent introduction to organic gardening, backyard composting and urban agriculture. Designed for novice gardeners, we will teach you basic skills which you can use anywhere, anytime, in any garden.
Since 1996, Get Up! transforms 20-25 local community members each year into sustainable gardening and compost educators. Get Up! alumni are the founders, managers, and anchor volunteers at almost every urban agriculture project in the Bay Area, teaching hundreds of people each year the sustainable gardening skills they learned at GFE.
Graduates of this program have gone on to found, manage, or play a pivotal role at nearly every major urban agriculture site in San Francisco.
This course is taught by Garden for the Environment staff and expert guest instructors through hands-on workshops, class discussions and experiential field trips. Get Up! covers many important topics including: composting, basic garden skills, public teaching and sustainable agriculture. We visit local garden projects and meet with leaders in the Bay Area urban agriculture movement.
Our aim is to provide you with the tools you need to return to your neighborhood and share your new skills with others. To that end, we require each student to complete 50 hours of gardening-related community service to receive your ‘Gardening and Composting Educator’ certificate. Projects include: teaching a compost class, building or ongoing work at community gardens, urban farm projects, school gardens and neighborhood parks.
Get Up! graduates are creating solutions to environmental problems while boosting awareness and participation in sustainable urban agriculture.
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Get Up! alumni can be found at the following projects:
18th & Rhode Island Garden
Cathedral School for Boys Garden
Free Farm Stand
The Garden at AT&T Park
Graze the Roof at Glide Memorial
Growing Home Garden
Little City Gardens
Mission High School Green Pathway
Natural Areas Program
Nature in the City
NOPA 'Full Circle Program'
Playland at 43rd Avenue
Presidio Community Gardens
Produce to the People
San Francisco Beekeepers Association
San Francisco Parks Alliance
San Francisco Seed Library
San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance
School gardens across San Francisco
SF Department of Public Health
SF Edible Schoolyard
SF Permaculture Guild
SF Public Works
SF Public Utilities Commission
SFPUC Stormwater Program
Small Spot Gardens
Victory Gardens 2007+
White Crane Springs Community Garden
Bay Area & Beyond
5th Crow Farm Pescadero, CA
Blue House Farm Pescadero, CA
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
Santa Cruz, CA
Chica Bloom Farm Petaluma, CA
Eco-Farm Soquel, CA
Edible Urban Farm Company Santa Clara, CA
Food Craft Institute Oakland, CA
Full Belly Farm Guida, CA
Grass + Grit Farm New Paltz, NY
LILA Oasis Los Angeles, CA
Mala'ai School Garden Waimea, HI
Nueva School Garden Hillsborough, CA
Opa's Garden Santa Rosa, CA
Petaluma Bounty Petaluma, CA
Pie Ranch Pescadero, CA
Seattle Tilth Seattle, WA
Slide Ranch Muir Beach, CA
Slow Food USA Brooklyn, NY
Sonoma Garden Park Sonoma, CA
Steadfast Herbs Pescadero, CA
Urban Adamah Berkeley, CA
Veggielution San Jose, CA
Vibrant Valley Farm Sauvie Island, OR