Getting Started as a SFG Certified Instructor

Ideas for Getting Started

Once you become a certified SFG instructor and have your diploma you will start your journey of teaching self-sustainability and self-reliance through gardening. There are countless ideas for getting started on making a difference using the Square Foot Gardening “lifestyle.” Whether it’s working with children, helping provide fresh, nutritious produce to help kitchens or homeless shelters or starting your own business, you can reach out to all areas of your community with Square Foot Gardening. Check out some of the ideas below and get started today.

radishesSmall Business

As a SFG Certified Instructor, you can host SFG classes either as a volunteer or paid attendance. Some ideas are:

  • 60 minute introductory talks
  • 3 hour lessons
  • 1 or 2 hour workshops (can be given at your garden or a local display SFG)
  • Set up a local SFG club meeting alternating at each member’s house

You can have a small business by selling SFG products or services relating to SFG. These can consist of:

  • Books and Videos: purchase products at wholesale prices from the SFG Foundation and sell at retail
  • Kits and Supplies: purchase products at wholesale prices from the SFG Foundation or make and sell your own SFG kits (needs to be approved by the SFG Foundation by sending a sample to SFG Foundation) 
  • Garden Installation and Maintenance: install SFG for customers in their yard, plant and take care of it if desired
  • Farmers Market: grow and sell from community gardens or your home garden
  • Seasonal Storefront: setup a storefront operation from either rented space or within existing market locations such as a nursery, farmers’ market, garden supply center and become a dealer and sell in large quantities to local buyers for resale
  • SFG Supplier: become a supplier of SFG products, submit sample to SFG for approval, and then start your business

Display Gardens

Thanksgiving Point Display Garden, UT

Setup, install and care for a 4’x4’ display garden with or without a tomato tower at any of the following locations: A grant may be available for you. Download application.

  • Municipalities’ properties
  • Police and firehouse stations
  • County agricultural agent
  • Master gardener location
  • Town libraries
  • Any denominational churches
  • Fitness centers
  • Nearby botanical gardens
  • Private nurseries
  • Any location dealing with garden supplies: big box stores, hardware stores, mom & pop stores (fruit and vegetable stores)

Community Gardens

St John's Community Garden, SCWe have rules for setting up and running a community garden that could be put in the following locations:

  • City parks
  • Private nurseries
  • Any and all from the above
  • A new idea: indoor winter gardens with special LED grow light at stores and mall-rented space

School Programs

Holmes Elementary School, San DiegoVolunteer or be a paid consultant to show classes, teachers, or PTA organizations how to have a SFG school program

  • Available for public and private schools
  • After school groups, including Future Farmers of America
  • Garden to Cafe programs
  • Any youth group, church, public or private

Soup and Salad Gardens

This especially is suited for teaching the poor, hungry or homeless how to become more self-sufficient by growing their own food. Gardens can be set up and run at the following:

  • Soup kitchens
  • Homeless shelters
  • Low-income housing
  • Battered women homes
  • Youth centers
  • Prisons
  • YMCA, YWCA and other group centers
  • Rehabilitation centers