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Alvaro Chela

Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening: Resources for Instructors was first produced in 2003 in response to the many requests from those interested in the curriculum offered each year by the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture (see page vi) through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS, the Center) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A second edition with updated information and resources followed in 2005. Since its publication and online posting, the training manual has seen widespread use in classrooms and farm fields from California to Vermont, as well as internationally. College and university educators, apprenticeship teachers, Master Gardener trainers, and other instructors have used the lectures, hands-on exercises, and supporting material to teach basic organic farming and gardening skills, along with the concepts of soil science and social issues as they relate to sustainable agriculture. Tens of thousands have purchased print copies or viewed and downloaded the curriculum for free from the CASFS website, the University of California’s eScholarship Repository, and other online postings such as the USDA’s Start2Farm website. Many have thanked us for making this material available, noting the comprehensive approach it offers