Monday, March 9, 2009

COM launches Organic Farming class at IVC campus

On Wednesday, March 4th, College of Marin's IVC campus was abuzz as the students of COM's inaugural Organic Farming class met for the first time.  One student summed up the enthusiasm in the room perfectly, "I'm so excited, I can't stop smiling."

That the class was taught by esteemed local gardeners/farmers Wendy Johnson (co founder Green Gulch Farm) and Steve Quirt (Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator for UC Davis Cooperative Extension) was inspiring enough, but our classmates were inspiring too: a 16 year veteran of St. Anthony's garden (which sadly just shut its "doors"), representatives from MALT and Marin Organics, graduates of the Environmental Forum of Marin's Sustainable Earth Training Program, current participants in the Regenerative Design Institute's Permaculture Program, the list goes on...

The highlight of the day was leaving the classroom and heading out to the site of our future garden, turning the soil for the first time and planting a symbolic row of heirloom lettuces propagated by Steve.  We took a photo of that scene, our classmates and the blank canvas behind us, anticipating the photo we would take in the future, the canvas not so blank, and the experience and knowledge we will have gained between now and then.

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