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Vertical Gardening

Build growing structures for tight spaces with cheap materials.

Cost: $100.

Description: Participants will learn an innovative vertical gardening method designed by Forested’s own Ben Friton. The growing systems have a number of amazing benefits, including:

  • Maximizing small spaces for urban and suburban growing
  • Effective for seniors and people with physical limitations
  • A great way to keep kids from trampling your garden bed
  • Requires virtually no weeding
  • Can be made to have automated irrigation
  • Learn how to build a growing wall and growing pillar.
  • Learn planting techniques and how to plan out and implement on your own site.

Background: These systems were designed for an international non-profit that Ben founded called Can YA Love ( The focus of Can YA Love is to support orphanages, schools, women and youth groups living in some of the world’s most densely populated and nutritionally deficient communities. Can YA Love has projects in four continents including some of Africa’s largest and most densely populated slums.

Lead Instructor: Benjamin Friton

Location: Forested in Bowie, MD. Be sure to read how to get into the site here. Google Maps by itself will not get you here.

Qualifications: Participants should feel comfortable working outside in any weather. Some heavy lifting might be required. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sturdy footwear is required as well as appropriate outdoor clothing. Please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them.

Food: Snacks and drinks will be provided, but please bring lunch.

Registration: Sign up below or email Lincoln to let us know you're coming.

Work Trade: Cash is prefered to help us continue to develop the forest garden, but we accept 10 hours of volunteer work, or the $100 class fee, or any combination or the two. Email Lincoln to inquire about a work trade.

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Earlier Event: March 19
Bark Grafting
Later Event: April 16
Spring Volunteer Planting Day