The Dover Public Library is pleased to offer a free, comprehensive 3-part organic gardening course on consecutive Monday nights, March 10, 17 and 24, from 6-8pm in the Library’s Lecture Hall. The course, totaling six hours over the three nights, will included practical tips on how to create a new garden, soil preparation, seed starting, planting techniques, cultural techniques during the growing season (such as watering, fertilizing, and pest and weed control), how plants and soil interact, succession planting, planting multiple crops in the same space at the same time, how to compost, crop rotation, cover cropping, and mycorrhizobials.
The sessions will also include discussions about our existing industrial food production system, including globalization and famine, organic alternatives of urban gardens, small scale farming, and backyard gardening. (The full-course syllabus is available for viewing at the Circulation desk.)
The instructor is Vincent Cirasole, an experienced teacher and commercial vegetable grower from Rochester. He taught physical education and organic gardening in New York before relocating to NH in 2013. He is a Master Gardener and organic growing enthusiast who owned a landscape gardening business for 18 years and a 12,000 square foot commercial organic garden for 11 years. For seven years, he was on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.
Over a period of years, Cirasole devised this popular tri-part course which has garnered great enthusiasm from participants who’ve praised its usefulness. Reference material and sources of additional information will be distributed to all at no charge, but pre-registration is required. Interested gardeners should call the Dover Public Library at 603-516-6050 before March 7 to sign up for Mr. Cirasole’s course.