7 Reasons You Should Teach Gardening

| 1/29/2017 12:00:00 AM

Tags: teaching gardening, DIY, Saskia Esslinger, Alaska,

I didn’t really want to teach gardening at first. But I did want to make a difference in the world and I wanted more local food. I could grow food for other people, or I could teach them to grow it themselves. Ultimately, teaching made the biggest difference, and despite my reluctance to put myself out there, I had to just do it.

What began with a poorly attended “lecture” evolved over the years to be a 6-month gardening course. I was teaching 30 people each summer how to grow food and earning a decent part-time income. It was better than I ever thought it could be. And I thought to myself, why aren’t more people doing this?

Well, maybe you should? Here are my top 7 reasons why I think you should teach gardening.

Become a Better Gardener - You don’t have to know everything to teach gardening, (can you ever really know everything?) but it certainly challenges you to learn more. When you are preparing lessons you might look up something that is confusing to you, or people might ask you questions you had never considered. Looking the answers up helps everyone learn together.

 Become a Better Gardener

Your Experience is Valuable – If you’ve been growing 2 seasons or 20, you have learned a thing or two about growing in your area. This hands-on experience is something that can’t be learned in a book or online.

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