Applications for 2020 program available May 2020
Program begins September 2020

September 7, 2019 - December 5, 2019
Saturdays 10am to 3pm
Some Thursday evenings 6:30pm to 9pm

2019 Course Schedule

Do you want to get your hands dirty? Have you been longing to learn how to garden? Are you curious how and where to begin gardening in San Francisco? 

Yes? Then we say Get Up!

The three month Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program (Get Up!) is an excellent introduction to organic gardening, backyard composting and urban agriculture. Designed for novice gardeners, we will teach you basic skills which you can use anywhere, anytime, in any garden.

Since 1996, Get Up! has tranformed 20-25 local community members each year into sustainable gardening and compost educators. Get Up! alumni are the founders, managers, and anchor volunteers at almost every urban agriculture project in the Bay Area, teaching hundreds of people each year the sustainable gardening skills they learned at GFE.

Graduates of this program have gone on to found, manage, or play a pivotal role at nearly every major urban agriculture site in San Francisco.

My participation in the Get Up! program introduced me to a world of people and organizations doing incredible urban agriculture work in San Francisco. Many of the connections I made in the program turned into professional relationships that I trace back to my time at Garden for the Environment.
— Eli Zigas, Food and Agriculture Policy Director, SPUR

This course is taught by Garden for the Environment staff and expert guest instructors through hands-on workshops, class discussions and experiential field trips. Get Up! covers many important topics including: composting, basic garden skills, public teaching and sustainable agriculture. We visit local garden projects and meet with leaders in the Bay Area urban agriculture movement.

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Our aim is to provide you with the tools you need to return to your neighborhood and share your new skills with others. To that end, we require each student to complete 50 hours of gardening-related community service to receive your ‘Gardening and Composting Educator’ certificate. Projects include: teaching a compost class, building or ongoing work at community gardens, urban farm projects, school gardens and neighborhood parks.

Get Up! graduates are creating solutions to environmental problems while boosting awareness and participation in sustainable urban agriculture. 


Get Up! alumni can be found at the following projects:


Bay Area & Beyond

5th Crow Farm Pescadero, CA
Bi-Rite Farm Sonoma, CA
Blue House Farm Pescadero, CA
Brooklyn Grange Brooklyn, NY
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems 
Santa Cruz, CA

Chica Bloom Farm Petaluma, CA
Eco-Farm Soquel, CA
Edible Urban Farm Company Santa Clara, CA
Food Craft Institute Oakland, CA
Fresh Run Farm, Bolinas, CA
Full Belly Farm Guida, CA
Grass + Grit Farm New Paltz, NY
LILA Oasis Los Angeles, CA
Mala'ai School Garden Waimea, HI
Nueva School Garden Hillsborough, CA
Opa's Garden Santa Rosa, CA
Petaluma Bounty Petaluma, CA
Pie Ranch Pescadero, CA
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Providence, RI
Seattle Tilth Seattle, WA
Slide Ranch Muir Beach, CA
Slow Food USA Brooklyn, NY
Sonoma Garden Park Sonoma, CA
Steadfast Herbs Pescadero, CA
SustainableLandscapes.LA, Los Angeles, CA
Urban Adamah Berkeley, CA
Veggielution San Jose, CA
Vibrant Valley Farm Sauvie Island, OR