Next week I have two amazing gardeners starting my Garden Teacher Apprenticeship Program.
These ladies have already been in my program for a year, and now they are going to spend the next year stepping into the role of the teacher and building their own business teaching gardeners.
Wait, what? You mean you are training your competition?
And I couldn't be more excited about it!
You see... in the 14 years I've been teaching, I've seen a huge need for garden teachers. This is a skill that most people just don't have.
Most people don't understand soil, how it's made, and how it feeds our plants.
Most people don't know when and how to start seeds, or the best way to plant them in the garden.
And many people who DID learn to garden from their parents or grandparents, are using outdated, inefficient, and backbreaking techniques.
It's no wonder that gardening has a reputation for being tiresome and strenuous.
But it doesn't have to be.
Gardening also has a reputation for being expensive. Building raised beds, buying soil and plants can be, but you don't have to do it that way. In fact, it's better if you don't.
More and more people are realizing that if you want good quality, clean food, you have to grow it yourself.
People want a greater connection with their food and the earth. It is a hunger that is only growing stronger the more chaotic life seems to get.
I know that there is no way I can teach everyone who wants to learn to garden.
People need mentors who can work with them directly to apply the principles to their own yard and situation. In many cases, they need someone who can show them, hands-on what to do and how to do it.
And that is why I'm training more teachers.
Milena is in Palmer, Alaska and has already started the Mat-Su Seed Library. She is excited about working with children at the Kids Cupboard, a non-profit that provides meals for children.
Rachel lives in Illinois outside of Chicago with a big backyard that she is transforming into an abundant oasis. She is excited to share what she's been learning with others!
If you are interested in becoming a garden teacher, please contact me! It is a fantastic, rewarding career. It has allowed me to support my boys as a single, homeschooling mom, and fulfill my passions at the same time!
This is only for people who love to garden and help people. It is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It is not an MLM. It is beautiful, honest work helping people learn how to grow food.