Name: Don  Boekelheide
Department: Personal Enrichment
Title: Instructor-PT
Office Location:
Cato I, 0000
Cato Campus
Phone Number: (704) 330-4223
Fax Number: (704) 330-4266
Email Address:
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Organic and ecological gardening classes
Educational Background:
MS Agriculture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: internship in organic and biodynamic gardening, The Farallone's Institute garden, Occidental, CA; Peace Corps agriculture, language and cultural training, Togo, West Africa; BA, UC Santa Barbara; teaching credential, Cal Poly

Thesis: "Nitrogen Use Efficiency in the Chorro Creek Ranch Agroecosystem"
(Cal Poly, 1993)
Educational Experience:
Trainer and consultant, Mecklenburg County Waste Reduction program (home composting, naturescaping), 1994 to present; teaching assistant for vegetable production, farmers' market production, Cal Poly, 1986-1992; Peace Corps agriculture training coordinator (Togo, Mali, Niger, other countries)1984-1986; school gardening teacher, Peace Corps volunteer service, Woame, Togo, West Africa, 1980-1984. Graduate of NCSU Master Gardener Volunteer training, Mecklenburg County 1998.
"25 Years of Community Gardening"; (editor) (ACGA, 2005); "Cultivating Common Ground - a harvest of stories from the Wilmore Garden"; (editor) (Main Street Press, 2002); many articles for Organic Gardening Magazine, Biocycle, The Charlotte Observer and other publications.
Community gardening; vegetable growing; ecological gardening. Informal, hands-on, community-based, transformative learning and education (Paolo Friere). Also: Ecological andscaping, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, urban food production, local farmers' markets, slow food, edible landscaping, social justice, environmental justice, soil and water conservation, international agriculture development, small scale fruit production, urban forestry, home composting, vermicomposting, green community design (Permaculture/Mollison, Alexander, McHarg), native plants and ecosystems; art and music in the garden; nitrogen dynamics in the soil/plant system.
Other Information:
Community garden director, Charlotte Urban Ministry Center; Southeast correspondent and variety tester, Rodale's Organic Gardening Magazine.

Organic gardening classes at CPCC are fun, hands-on gatherings at Reedy Creek Park's Community Garden, near CPCC's Cato Campus in the University City. Everyone is welcome!

Les classes de jardinage biologique sont trés animées et interresantes. Elles se trouvent dans le jardin communautaire de "Reedy Creek Park", pres du Campus "Cato" de CPCC. Le prof parle français un peu, mais vous allez apprendre beaucoup de plus avec vos yeux et vos mains. Bienvenue à tous le monde!

Las classes de "como hacer su jardin 'organico'" son muy interresantes y agreables. Hay en el jardin communitario de "Reedy Creek Park", muy circa del CPCC "Cato Campus". El prof habla poco español, pero ustedes pueden apprendir mucho con sus ochos y sus manos. ¡Bienvenido a todos!

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My Internet Links

Learn more about CPCC organic gardening classes - GDN 8050, 8051, 8052

Register for Organic Gardening class at CPCC

Charlotte Tailgate local farmer's market

CPCC Center for Sustainability

CPCC Horticulture Department

Garden Rant - the best garden blog

Organic Gardening month-by-month almanac for the Southeast

Slow Food Charlotte - a different way to be what you eat

The American Community Gardening Association

The Urban Ministry Center Community Garden for the homeless