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Gardening Practices & Techniques

Learn expert techniques & best practices for a thriving garden.

Gardening Practices & Techniques

Learn expert techniques & best practices for a thriving garden.

Event Details

Guided by

Francis River


10:30am - 12:30pm


July 20, 2024

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2 hrs

Ticket Price:



About Francis River

Francis River (@francis_river) is a community organizer, farmer, and educator. His work is rooted in building community and sharing in nature. Over the last decade he has worked on large scale organic market farms, small urban regenerative farms, school and community gardens, greenhouse and hydroponic operations, as well as growing food and teaching gardening classes for organizations supporting the unhoused community. Currently, Francis works with Ave 33 Farm and is a full-time student studying soil science and regenerative ecology.

Ave 33 Farm is an urban farm that grows food for the community and supports the Los Angeles Leadership High School garden, as well as other local mutual aid organizations. Founded by Eric Tomassini in 2018, the farm offers education programs and produce distribution, and accepts EBT. Located in Lincoln Heights, Ave 33 Farm serves 140 families weekly with fresh produce.


Participants will learn the basics of starting and maintaining a organic and regenerative farm/ garden. Students will learn soil preparation, planting, plant nutrients, composting and vermicomposting, irrigation systems, and holistic practices.

*All proceeds will go towards the Los Angeles Leadership High School garden programs*

Workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the farm and setup (I.e orientation of garden beds, irrigation system, trellising techniques and current seasonal plants). Following, participants will learn soil preparation, nutrients, and planting while also learning appropriate tools and techniques.

Participants may also harvest "if" appropriate, identify diseases "if" present, and how to prevent and treat for diseases, and learn about irrigation setup and repair. Students are free to ask any questions they might have about their personal garden or any other related gardening questions.

What's included

  • Introduction to basic gardening techniques
  • Hands-on gardening demonstrations (soil preparation and composting)
  • Understanding plant types (annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, etc.)
  • Take home plants & vegetables

What to bring

  • Appropriate gardening clothing
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)
  • Personal water bottle


Official meet-up location and further event details to be sent out upon ticket confirmation.