MORRISTOWN, NJ—Grow It Green Morristown, a nonprofit focused on making fresh, local food and outdoor spaces accessible for all, is launching its year-long class series aimed at the home gardener for the 2016 season.  The ‘Be Your Own Farmer’ Gardening Class Series is designed to empower area residents to grow their own produce, create a thriving organic vegetable garden and begin elements of homesteading. The series contains nine classes, beginning in March and running through October.

Classes in the series range from beginner topics, such as Starting Your Seeds at Home and Building a Raised Bed, to more in-depth classes on Beneficial Plants and Insects and Fall Planting and Winter Bed Preparations. The final class offered is a Backyard Homesteading class, which provides an overview of keeping bees and chickens.

“We’re bringing back the ‘Be Your Own Farmer’ Gardening Class Series again this year because we’ve had a demand of people wanting more information on how to grow their own food,” said Abby Gallo, Executive Director. “By offering these classes to the community, we’re hoping more people will grow food at home, or in community gardens, to feed their families.”

Those interested can sign up for just one class, a three-class series, or the whole nine-class series. Individual classes are $20, three-class series are $50 and the full nine-class series is $140. Needs-based scholarships are also available. The series is sponsored by Country Mile Gardens and Morristown Lumber. Classes will be held at several locations in Morristown, including the Urban Farm and Early Street Community Garden. A full class schedule and information on each session can be found at www.growitgreenmorristown.org/classes.