"What I found in this course is more than what I can explain, understand and see…
First encounters to nature don’t happen to everybody….they happen only to people that are sensitive and in need to connection to nature…
My first experience was when I was away from nature for a couple of years when I was a teenager… "who discover water but fish" kind of thing…
Thank you for your inspiration and devotion to nature…"
Victor - Toronto
Even though I have a Master's Degree in Microbiology, soil microbiology has never been a topic in any of the many courses that I took in a university setting. I was astounded to find out how extremely important soil microbes are to the well being of plants, how it is virtually impossible to grow healthy and productive plants without microbes and how the organic component of soil can not even be made without microbes!
I have also finally understood what organic growing is all about... that it is not just about using fewer pesticides, but about creating a healthy soil, the foundation upon which all plants depend. I see soil differently now, I see it as a living, vibrant and dynamic entity that needs TLC just like any other living thing. I see it as the basis for the well being of all life on this planet.
Joanna – Ottawa
We all have questions about the way things work, why the world is the way it is, and how we can help not only preserve but increase its health. Gaia College's Organic Master Gardener course presented simple yet detailed explanations of biological cycles here on earth. Between my classmates and I, we all agreed that there was one thing we were all doing too much of in our gardens, and that was simply just doing too much. There is no landscape crew that manages the rainforests, yet they seem to be doing alright. I will continue to study with COG and further my knowledge in organic growing because there is a need for humanity to step up and correct our mistakes on this planet.
Micheal - Toronto