Garden Master Course

By Helen Atthowe

This isn't your average

master gardener program...

Master gardener programs have long been regarded as the paramount credential among horticulturists. However, they commonly stress the use of pesticides that have warning labels, which may not be ideal for the gardener or the environment. Helen's Garden Master Course goes above and beyond - teaching not only the fundamentals of a master gardener program, but also incorporating Fukuoka-style practices that she has been improving upon over the last few decades.

Most master gardener programs are extensions of the state universities and can focus on ornamentals and design. The goal of the Garden Master Course is to understand ecological functions and interactions within the plant, soil, microorganism, and insect communities.


Grow Beyond-Organic produce at any level.

The Garden Master course is a 35-hour video-based online course taught by Helen Atthowe, who is an expert in "beyond-organic" gardening. It offers comprehensive information on gardening and is considered to provide better insights than in-person university-funded master gardener programs. The advantage of this course is that it is more accessible and cost-effective compared to traditional master gardener programs.

The Garden Master Course teaches organic, veganic, and no-till permaculture gardening techniques. The course focuses on soil and habitat building for beneficial organisms, and emphasizes systems thinking for gardeners and farmers. It covers managing relationships in the garden, rather than just growing crops. The course provides in-depth knowledge and skills in sustainable gardening practices.

"...I no longer work for a university, so I can explore the limits of both organic and ecological thinking that I have explored over the last 40 years in my own farms..." - Helen Atthowe

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The benefits of a comprehensive

online master gardener program

without the commitment!

  • It's not always possible to take a week or two out of life for an immersive education experience. Why should your interest in learning about sustainability suffer?
  • With this exclusive access, you get all the benefits of expert instruction, but with the flexibility of watching the lessons on your own timeframe.
  • With our Garden Master Course, watch only what you’re interested in or rewind each lesson until you have it memorized; the choice is up to you.

Meet your instructors:


Helen Atthowe


Helen Atthowe has spent 35 years working to connect farming, food systems, land stewardship, and conservation. She currently farms and does soil- and natural enemies' habitat- building research on a 211 acre organic farm in Eastern Oregon. She was a Horticulture Extension Agent in Montana for 17 years where she designed, taught, and wrote the manual for an Organic Master Garden course. She also owned/operated a 30 acre certified organic vegetable/fruit farm in Montana and a 26-acre certified organic orchard with her late husband in California. Helen was a board member for the Organic Farming Research Foundation 2000-2005 and advisor for Wild Farm Alliance in 2018 & 2019.

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Alan Booker


Alan is a LEED AP BD+C (LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction), WELL AP, Accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP), holds Living Futures Accreditation (LFA) for working with Living Building Challenge and Living Community Challenge projects, and is the creator of the Integrated Regenerative Design (IRD) framework and the Biocompatible Design standards. In addition to teaching Permaculture and Integrated Regenerative Design, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, watershed management, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, Net Zero buildings and off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.


Paul Wheaton


Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple movies, and written dozens of articles and books. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket mass heaters and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.

Hear what the Garden Master Course students have to say...

 "I loved learning from Helen..."

"... she taught us basics of entomology, how to build healthy soil, gave me the courage to do experiments in my specific environment, and, honestly, so much more!"

A.M. - A Garden Master Course Attendee

" has deeply influenced my connection to the land..."

"I took the Garden Master Course online. It really opened me to new ways of thinking about soil health and the importance of no-till. I'm still in process with putting this into practice (partly due to some current physical limitations) but it has deeply influenced my connection to the land I live on and with. The need for reciprocity, for listening to the land without assuming a sort of colonizing "doing to" the land takes time to fully inhabit -- but I'm on the way!"

M.S. - A Garden Master Course Attendee

Garden Master Course

Garden Master Course 


  • 35 Hours of expert instruction
  • Veganic pest and disease management
  • Soil microscopy
  • HD Streaming
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Garden Master Bundle


  • Best bang for your buck at a $15 savings
  • Join the community and discuss challenges and topics with others who have taken the course
  • Revisit lessons again and again
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Garden Master Guide


  • Downloadable PDF
  • 232 pages
  • Timestamped Highlights from each day
  • In-Depth Biography on Helen Atthowe

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