Community Learning Garden


In partnership with the Atlan Center, the Community Learning Garden provides an opportunity for people to learn about small-scale organic agriculture throughout the growing season. As an organic, hand-tilled, diverse demonstration garden, we are able to experiment with techniques and technologies for growing healthy, delicious organic food for CultureSeed participants and the Atlan Community. This is a chance for people to learn and share techniques like permaculture, worm composting, and bokashi and share in the joy of gardening in community.

Besides connecting with others and the land, having fun, and learning and sharing what you know about gardening, you’ll be able to harvest food for yourself and the community throughout the April – October growing season.

We gather at the Community Learning Garden at 9am on Saturday mornings from April to October for a short discussion of the work for the day and introduce educational opportunities. We work until noon and then gather for a brief sharing circle to mindfully connect with ourselves, the earth and each other more fully. After that volunteers are free to enjoy the trails and land of Atlan.

We encourage volunteers to bring comfortable work clothing appropriate for the expected weather, a hat, sunscreen, extra layers, sturdy shoes and a water bottle. Please wear shoes and clothes that you are willing to get dirty and possibly wet; make sure to wear closed-toe shoes or boots to protect your feet. We have a variety of tools and gloves available for volunteer use, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Garden Amenities

Four Season Rolling Greenhouse

We are learning low-energy ways to grow vegetables year round, based on the work of Eliot Coleman. Our 24′ x 48′ greenhouse sits on rails that allow it to roll from a winter position to a summer position, giving us two greenhouse locations for different season’s crops. Come help us move the greenhouse in the spring and fall (it’s really easy!) to fully experience the benefits of this simple and effective technology and learn more about garden planning for a four-season harvest.

Wood-Fired Cob Oven

During a Village Building Convergence at Atlan Center, CultureSeed built a Cob Oven near the community garden. The Pavilion that covers the oven was hand-built with timbers from the forest at Atlan Center. Come visit when we are hosting a Pizza Party to taste the bounty of the Community Garden!

Gardening is a perfect platform for learning; each year, each season, we learn from what we have done before, what the weather and growing season afford, which methods to embrace, which ideas or seeds sprouted, who helped to be the magic fertilizer that encouraged a bountiful garden to grow.
There have been dynamic moments working together to unearth enormous rocks, while enlarging beds…
I have spent some of my favorite gardening time, in CultureSeed’s beautiful garden. I always celebrate the warmth of the sun coming up over the hill shining on the wet greens while sharing conversations with old and new friends over weeding and harvesting.

Want to get involved?

Contact us to learn about opportunities for volunteering, partnership, and other forms of support.

Program Leadership

Our garden is led by a committed group of volunteers known as The Garden Pod. We are currently looking for two volunteers to assume the roles of Garden Educator and Garden Manager for the upcoming 2018 planning, planting and harvesting season. Please reach out to learn more!

We invite you to join us!

Our Community Learning Garden is volunteer-based, volunteer-run effort. We welcome all levels of growing experience. All we ask is that you come with an open and observant mind, a curious spirit, a love of dirty hands, and a willingness to work in rain or sunshine.