Ellen Vande Visse, MS, somewhere in her shady past, was an Environmental Education Consultant in West Michigan for 20 school districts, and a developer of a nature center. In Alaska, her Good Earth Gardens have been a teaching lab as well as a market garden for her own CSA and a restaurant. She was the grower for the kitchens of the National Outdoor Leadership School, Alaska Branch, and then created & supervised a community garden for Mat-Su College.
About Good Earth Garden School
Ellen is especially fond of all things decaying, and is known in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley as The Compost Queen. She is known to mysteriously brew compost tea for farmers, stores, and markets. She provides consultations on eco-agriculture growing systems. Since 1987 she has been training folks how to farm and garden using organic methods. Teaching topics include selecting organic fertilizers, managing pests non-toxically, building living soil, composting successfully, growing lush flowers, lawns, and herbs, and raising nutrient-dense vegetables. She instructs through her own Good Earth Garden School, as well as credit courses through University of Alaska Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna College, and Alaska Pacific University.
Ellen offers various workshops in the science of sustainable and organic growing systems. For those interested, she also offers courses that combine the science and the spiritual methods of organic growing. These classes utilize the Findhorn-Perelandra-style of co-creation with nature, and are based on her book, Ask Mother Nature, a Conscious Gardener’s Guide. To learn more about the classes Ellen instructs, or to host a class in your community, please see Need a Speaker page.