Healthy Soil, Healthy People

July 6+7, 2019

This class will be a delving in to natural and restorative methods of small-scale agriculture. We will discuss and demonstrate different practices such as minimum tillage, “mindful” weed management, cover cropping, making biological inoculants and stimulants, foliar spraying and soil “drenching”, planting, seed saving and harvesting. This class is open to everyone: beginners, more advanced gardeners, and anyone interested in the intersections of food, agriculture and social justice. To build a more just and beautiful world, we must have a diet that supports our evolution; a diet that comes from food grown and harvested in natural ways. Together we will learn to build gardens in ways that can heal and re-connect ourselves to each other and to mother earth.



Healthy Soil, Healthy People200.00 USD
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*One full-tuition scholarship is available for this class. If you are interested in a scholarship or work-study position, please see our scholarship & work-study page and email this class’s facilitator here .


Doug DeCandia lives and works in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York. He is a graduate of the sustainable agriculture program at Warren Wilson College, and for the last seven years has been employed by the Food Bank for Westchester (now known as Feeding Westchester) as the Sustainable Food Growing Coordinator. In this position he acts as the main caretaker/manager of 5 small farms/large gardens throughout Westchester County – Leake & Watts (school and residential treatment program) in Yonkers, NY School for the Deaf in White Plains, Woodfield Secure Detention (youth jail) in Valhalla, Weschester County Jail in Valhalla, and at the Westchester Land Trust. At each of these socially and ecologically unique places, he uses regenerative/natural/organic methods to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs which are distributed, for free, to individuals experiencing hunger throughout the County.