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 Natural Awakenings Lancaster-Berks

Ecological Gardener Training Program

Elyse Jurgen

The Horn Farm Center will host a 16-week, immersive Ecological Gardener Training Program (EGTP), facilitated by Elyse Jurgen, of Waxwing EcoWorks, from February 11 through May 3, 2024. It will serve to guide home and community gardeners, landscape practitioners and aspiring land stewards in the craft of designing, building and maintaining biodiverse native habitats that support the well-being of wildlife and humans.

After submitting an application, applicants will receive an email to schedule an informal meeting with the instructor. Participants will learn how to design and nurture healthy and biodiverse ecosystems in human spaces and explore native plants, pollinators, lawn conversion methods, scaled designing and seasonal management techniques that can be applied to commercial, schoolyard and residential spaces.

Held in conjunction with the Land Steward Training Program, this blended curriculum covers essential ecological foundations for regenerative land practices. Students are given an opportunity for seeing and interacting with natural systems. Sessions at the Horn Farm Center and regional ecological gardening destinations cover topics in field observation, planning, design, installation and ongoing stewardship.

Cost is $1,200, with a $200 non-refundable deposit. Payment plans are available. Find the application at For more information, email [email protected].