There are 2 things to know about food today compared to the 1940s:
#1. Food today has been sprayed with substantially more pesticides.
Fortunately, buying organic partially solves this problem. Organic food may be sprayed, too, even with synthetics pesticides, but they are less toxic.
#2. More importantly, food today is dramatically less nutritious than it used to be.
I'm talking 20-80% less nutritious depending on which nutrient you’re measuring.
Alas, organic food has experienced this decline in nutrition, too.
These 2 issues are a big reason why people are experiencing such poor health.
That's why I teach you not only how to grow your own food but how to grow it so it's far more nutritious than what you can find at any grocery store or even at the farmer’s market.
That's why I built the Academy.
If you're new to my work, my blog is a fine place to start.
But if you want more of a step-by-step process that covers the A-to-Z of growing your own organic food, that’s what the Academy is for.
“Academy” comes from the Greek Akadēmos, the name of Plato's garden where he gave his lectures.
What I've built is a private course where I show you the steps to design and install a productive food garden.
When you join, you get immediate access to a comprehensive course with over 500 videos along with text and 1000s of photos to guide you.
It took me 2 years to create it and I'm continuously updating it. In fact, near the beginning of 2020, I started an especially audacious update that's also going to take at least 2 years.
The process is not region-specific, so it doesn't matter where you live in the world. My goal is to teach you how to improve your soil, control pests and build a thriving ecosystem, and that is the same process everywhere.
I created it with beginner and intermediate home gardeners in mind but I've also seen that professionals are taking it and learning a lot, too (I did landscaping for 10 years before I knew a lot of this stuff, and I wish I had learned it earlier).
You can join as a monthly member or register annually. Either way, you can stay as long as you're getting value and can easily cancel whenever you're ready.
Avoid hours of research - ask me questions directly.
The community forum is where you can ask me questions, either privately or open to other members.
I respond as soon as I see it - usually within a few hours so you can take action right away.
My hope is that, if you find yourself in the garden one sunny morning with a question, you'll have an answer by the afternoon so you can keep going in the garden.
Yes, you can also ask me questions on some of my free blog posts but I often take a week to respond and my responses are much shorter.
In the community forum, which is only for members, I give you as much detail as I can, as soon as I can.
Sometimes, I even film a video just for you.
If you've ever spent time looking for answers online, you'll know how valuable this is.
Online, you never know if the solution you find is right, but in the forum, I'll explain the science behind why it's right and the practical side of how it has worked for me.
Plus, the forum is where you get to spend time with kindred spirits from around the world - cold climates to the tropics.
All of us are passionate about growing our own nutritious, organic food.
The Academy is for people who want to create the garden of their dreams.
More than 800 people have joined the Academy since I started it in 2012.
I've seen that the course and forum will end up saving you not only a lot of time but also a lot of money.
You’ll spend less time searching for answers because you can just ask me directly.
And you’ll get much bigger harvests - of more nutritious food - saving you money at the grocery store.
But this isn’t for everyone.
If you’re just growing a few containers, for example, this membership may be overkill for you. You could probably get by okay just going through my free lessons on this website.
This is more for folks who are ready for a more thorough process for growing organic food and who would benefit from having direct access to me and other like-minded people.
You don’t need to be an experienced gardener - we have beginners and professionals in the group - you just need to be excited to dive deep.
If you don't get what you were looking for, I'll give you a full refund.
I want you to have a chance to go through the course, ask me questions in the forum, and try some things out.
So if the course isn't what you were expecting, or even if you just end up being too busy, let me know and I'll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked.
That means even if you were a member for 12 months and you wanted all 12 months refunded, that's what you would get.
Of course, you can also cancel any time and no further charges will be made to your account.
Either way, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll take care of your refund or cancellation right away.
By the way, if you have any other questions about the course, you can email me right now at email@example.com and I'll respond as soon as I see it. Or you can use the form below:
"The main two things I really like about the Smiling Gardner are 1) your enthusiastic approach to your subject and your genuine wish to share your knowledge with others, and 2) the quality and breadth of the kinds of information you share. (Uh, oh, is that three things?) The video format is super; much easier to grasp than reading, plus I can pull the slider back to hear something again that I may have missed."
Barry, Fredericksburg, TX
"Thanks to you, I tried Crop Services International this year for these two brand new beds. Having the Base and LaMotte is really valuable. I also, thanks to you, began measuring EC and will begin Brix. Last year this time it was a different story so seeing this improvement is really incredible. These pics were taken in the last 48 hours - about 100 fruit on 3 plants. I also attached pics of a container grown habenaro last year that produced more than 300 fruit; had a control plant that produced less than half that amount.... convinced me of the power of mycorrhizae."
Leidy, Austin, TX
"The way the lessons are set up is terrific. It's clean and well organized. I REALLY love that you've broken everything down into manageable segments. It's great that the segments are short and even better that I have the option of watching the video or reading the text. Your set up is nice and clean in that regard, too, because the text is directly below the video. I don't have to download separate transcripts and open them up in another window. Great work with this. Really. It's comprehensive without being overwhelming and it's extremely well organized and segmented."
Beth, Richmand, VA
The course is open for enrollment.
I'm currently in the process of reorganizing and updating the course, and while that's happening, I've decided to reduce the course fee.
Some lessons will be moving around to different sections of the course, so you may have to do a little searching to find them. The fee will go up again when I'm done but not for you if you get in now.
That said, even with the discount, I know there are people for whom the course is still out of reach, whether they're currently between jobs or laid off because of COVID-19 or perhaps they live in a country where the exchange rate makes the cost prohibitive, etc.
I never want finances to be the reason you can't take the course so if that's the case for you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, let me know what you can pay, and I'll get you in there.
You can pay monthly or annually for an even bigger discount. You can easily cancel any time by emailing email@example.com.