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Learn to grow your own nutritious food at home from a seasoned organic gardener.
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Thrive for Good is a trailblazing not-for-profit that empowers people with the training and simple tools they need to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods for life, sustainably. We’re making this online organic gardening training widely available for free so that people like you can experience the benefits.
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Take this Free Organic Gardening Course and Discover How to:
- Nourish your body with the most nutrient-packed veggies and herbs.
- Spend less at the grocery store for better quality food.
- Enjoy the incredible flavor of freshly grown and harvested foods — there is nothing quite like it.
- Experience the peace of mind and physical well-being of spending time in the garden.
- Do your part to green our world by using easy, affordable, organic growing techniques.
Organic Gardening is Our Passion
(And when you take this course, it may become yours, too.)
Thrive for Good is on a mission to teach the world to grow nutrition.
From our work around the world, we know that growing organic, nutritious food helps people stay healthier, longer, and regenerates our environment.
Professionally produced, expertly taught, and comprehensive, this course is on par with the top online courses available anywhere.
Nothing is held back, no credit card is required, and there is no catch. We just want you and your family to receive the benefits of growing organic foods and eating a nutrient-rich diet.
“I have been studying the videos and planning my garden for next year according to what I’m learning. I went through your summary course regarding setting up the garden and growing highly nutritious foods. There is so much to learn and I consider myself a fairly seasoned gardener. Little did I know that I’m really a novice. I just love gardening and enjoy your courses so much.” – Myrna
Organic Gardening for Beginners – Here’s What’s Inside the Course
We start by preparing and improving our soil.
We figure out how to position plants.
We sow seeds and plant seedlings.
We fertilize, water, manage pests, and harvest food.
(Comparable courses are valued at $250)
“It has been encouraging so far. I have wanted to get into gardening for a long time, but it’s been an intimidating thing up until now. Finding your resource has been encouraging me that I could actually do this! I have been hoping to have somebody walk me through the basics. I have a long-term dream of self-sustainability, but I’ve got to start somewhere!”
“I binge-watched all of the lessons in both the food growing and healthy eating classes over the weekend. I really like the way you have structured the lessons, especially making it easy to go back and review a specific topic. I plan to go back and watch the lessons again but I thought it provided a great wealth of information for a beginning gardener. Having the healthy eating course as well provided great inspiration to not only eat healthfully but also to grow healthy food!”
“I was able to start the course. I left off at the double digging module and I’m excited to continue on through the rest of the modules. Thanks for checking in and creating this course for those who, like me, want to learn how to grow their own food. This is knowledge that I find extremely important as a young university student who hopes to have their own garden one day. Thanks again!”
“I’m absolutely over-the-moon to have found your site/program/spirit. I intend to watch and learn with all of the programs you offer. I have been doing herbal gardening for a very long time, but there is so much more I have to learn…especially about growing seeds. After watching you, I’m going to add two more 10 x 10’s. My entire back yard will then be filled with beauty, food and inspiration for all of my young nieces and nephews. They will be a part of it all. Thank you for what you do!!!!”
“Yes, I have started watching the lessons. I have never had a garden before but I will be moving into a new space that has room for a garden so I wanted to try it out because of all the benefits you mention in the videos. I am learning so much from the lessons! It is evident that you put a lot of time and passion into creating these lessons. I appreciate you making them and making them so accessible.”
Plus, Learn How to Eat What You Grow for Disease Prevention & Longevity
What To Eat
To prevent disease and live a long, healthy life.
Which foods to include in our daily eating habits.
How to cook to incorporate the most nutritious foods.
“Although I have always considered myself a ‘healthy’ eater, it was only recently that I realized how little I really know about food choices.
Over the course of a year, the more I connected with Thrive, their methodology, and courses, the more I learned and applied to change my diet. It transformed me.
Now, I have a small ‘tire’ garden in my backyard, pots of herbs, focus on eating ‘disease-fighting foods’ and even daily intermittent fast. As a result, my mind is less foggy, my energy levels have increased and I am sick less often.
The connection between what we eat, how we eat and our overall health is far greater than I thought. And, I am better because of it. Thank you, Thrive!”
— James Woller, Vernon, Canada
Meet Your Guide to Organic Growing
My name is Phil Nauta. I grew up working for my parents in their garden center in the ‘90s.
Since then I’ve completed a certificate program in Organic Landscape Management, a Permaculture Design Certificate, and a Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design.
I’m the author of Building Soils Naturally (published by Acres U.S.A.) and The Smiling Gardener website, where I show people around the world how to grow their own organic, nutrient-dense food.
Through my work in organic training, I connected with Thrive for Good and fell in love with their mission.
I felt so inspired, I helped Thrive create the very training you can access today.
So let’s get into it…
(No credit card required. No catch. Enjoy this gift from Thrive for Good.)
“I’m really appreciating your discussion on building the soil. I’ve just finished 3 years of Wwoofing (working on organic farms). I’ve never tasted better veggies or better soil! I could eat the carrots with some soil and enjoy it. I’m excited to work through the Thrive lessons. Such a great resource you’ve put together.”
“I am astounded by the low amount of nutrients in food, fruit bought at the supermarket has become tasteless, apricots and blueberries not to mention the other fruits just taste watered down and most have no taste, contrasting the 4 ripe gooseberries I plucked from my vine/shrub/bush a few days ago and they were delicious! I was amazed! Flavour explosion in my mouth. Thank you so much, I am looking forward to completing the course and putting it into action. I am 66 years young and intend on carrying on being young. Organic gardening is just the beginning!”
“Your videos are great! I am working my way through the gardening series now. Loved the double dig. Inspired by your succession planting, I direct sowed some new seeds this evening in my tiny container garden.… Nothing to lose when the package says the seeds expire in December anyway. Also, I did repost the Facebook advertisement for your free courses because I know other folks who would find this interesting. Thanks again for sharing these comprehensive resources.
“It’s great, thanks! I’m a total beginner with 4 small children, so would like to save money and increase the nutrient level of our food. I’m trying to get started as cheaply as reasonable. Am just trying to gather free stuff right now to get going.”
You Can Become an Organic Gardener with a Bountiful Harvest
Growing organically is different, but it doesn’t have to be daunting.
In this course, you’ll learn exactly what works to grow the most healthy, nutritious food — with fewer headaches, less waste, and at a lower cost.
Most of the people who take our organic training are beginners, so you don’t need any existing knowledge.
Others have tried to grow food before, but because they didn’t have the right training, their results were disappointing.
We teach you to avoid the issues that stop most people from growing their own food organically.
From soil preparation to harvest, you’ll learn step-by-step how to do it right.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in Toronto or Texas, if you’re growing in a tiny, city yard or have your own country acreage, you can use these techniques anywhere.
So, if you’re ready to move beyond growing a few tomato plants from the garden center, or a few herbs…
If you’re inspired to grow a garden that gets more bountiful each year…
And if you want the process of learning and doing to be fun and fulfilling…
“I look at this academy as a great place to begin to start building my foundation for my future organic gardening endeavors. I want to grow the best possible food for my girlfriend and myself. Thank you for making this great tool for somebody like me to learn with. The information is great! I love it. Exactly what I want from this course.””Firstly let me say I am really enjoying this course. You have put so much hard work into it and I’m getting a lot out of it, it’s turning out to be exactly what I hoped it would. As a newbie I have found all the information you give easy to take on board and of an adequate depth. Your passion for what you do easily comes through on the videos and I feel really excited and inspired after watching them to get out and try what you have demonstrated.”
Nicky, Ceres, Australia
“I started a “square foot garden” system a few years back and have not been happy with the “promised results” that I haven’t seen. I actually e-mailed you about that system a couple of months ago and you thought I would be able to incorporate your ideas in with what I already have going. I find your site very user friendly and super interesting. Please continue with what you have going!”
Le Anne, Idaho Falls, ID
“I definitely have seen a difference in my plants. It has been an extremely dry summer here in the northeast. I wasn’t watering as much as I should have in the beginning of the season and my plants did fine; they were a little slow to take off but were blooming like crazy! My Master Gardener group noticed a difference in my plants; they are still green and blooming when most of theirs are shrivelled. Because of the dry weather most gardeners have finished this time of year. My stuff still looks pretty good.”
“I really enjoy all your gardening information. Love to watch your videos. Very informative and refreshing. I am looking forward to using your techniques on my new 1 acre plot. Since I have taken the Organic Master Gardening course it has opened my eyes. I had never thought about the living organisms as providing the health and sustainability to a better system of gardening and just well being of everything around it. Keep up the good work as it is appreciated.”
Mary, Kimberly, B.C.
FAQS on the Thrive Gardening Academy
Q. Do I need to download any software or be tech-savvy to take this online course?
There’s nothing to download and the website is very easy to use. Phil’s 3-year-old daughters can use it–they even know how to skip the parts where daddy’s talking too much 🙂
Q. Who is this training for? (Beginners, intermediate, or advanced gardeners?
This is aimed at beginners who have never gardened before or have only been growing for a year or two.
Q. Will I learn what works in my growing region?
These lessons work in any region. There are some plants that can only be grown in hotter climates and other plants in colder climates, but the process of planning, improving your soil, planting, etc. is the same everywhere.
Q. Will I have to buy a lot of tools or materials?
Basic gardening tools are all you need, like a shovel and a rake.
Q. How much does it cost to get an organic garden started?
That depends on so many factors. I’ve started some gardens for $10 worth of seeds and others for thousands of dollars worth of supplies. Of course, those gardens are a lot bigger and they give me a lot more food, but if you’re starting small, it can cost less than $100.
Q. How long will this training take me?
There are about 4 hours of video in the course. Some people may just watch it all on a rainy day, while others may jump in throughout the whole growing season to learn things as they go.