Available courses are taught by plant breeder and gardener, Joseph Lofthouse, and plant scientist, Dr James White. Additional teachers coming in 2022.
$9.45 / month
All Courses and Group Mentorship for 2022
Includes access to two existing courses, a community page, additional courses and content through the year, and monthly group zoom calls with Joseph Lofthouse. Suggested: Join us! Submit your photos, videos, and testimonials.
Growing Modern Landraces
Joseph Lofthouse teaches how vegetable crops can adapt to thrive in any environment, without inputs or stress.
How Plants Use Endophytes
This course is taught by Dr. James White of Rutgers University. Guaranteed to change the way you save seeds, or consider nutrient deficiencies, nutrient density in crops, and disease resistance.
Coming in 2022--Indigenous Farmers of the Americas
Western cultures have largely adopted input intensive agriculture, but there are farmers around the world who are actively growing their indigenous, genetically diverse varieties. More details coming soon.
“I just want to tell you how impressed I am with the content of the course. When I read the Landrace Gardening book I was a mixture of impressed with the power of the content, and disappointed with a lack of feeling 'connected' with the living voice of the content. Having the videos of you talking to Joseph in your gardens brought the video to life for me in such an engaging way. Personally, I would pay for this course, even after having read the book. And I'm kinda stingy! ;)”Skot Colacicco
“Taking the lessons and I’m very excited. It’s something that I was looking for but couldn’t even put it into words, as I didn’t know about landracing.”Yana Samir
“I finished the course last night and the information is really excellent and a great value for the cost. As someone who loves growing and maintaining specific varieties it truly opened my eyes up to the benefits of more genetic diversity in my garden. I can't wait to start experimenting with a spinach landrace this year. ”Jori Love
The hopeful Gardener scans lots of catalogs in January and buys vegetable seeds for her garden.
Then comes August, and blight, blossom end rot, and insects kill most of her plants.
She blames herself: Was it not enough calcium in the soil, or inconstant moisture?
The following year she buys seeds to try again, but the same things happen.
She hadn't expected her garden to cause so much anxiety.
But the problem isn't actually the Gardener's fault. The farm where the seeds were grown used greenhouses, lots of fertilizer and organic pesticides.
After generations of the seed farmer not selecting for plants that do well outside in Organic gardens, the seeds no longer have what it takes to grow in natural conditions.
So her plants are very high maintenance, and she isn’t able or willing to do what the larger farms do.
She realizes it's time for a change, and learns about growing Landraces.
So the next year she plants many varieties all together, and lets' them cross pollinate. Many plants die, some live, the Gardener doesn’t mind either way the first year, because she doesn’t have to spray, or fertilize, or look up diseases, and she has enough to eat.
She saves the seeds from the plants that survive.
By the third year, her garden has transformed.
She is eating lots of delicious tomatoes, giving seeds to her neighbors who complain of blight, and she doesn’t have to buy things to keep her garden healthy.
Life is much easier and more delicious.