Don Boekelheide


BoekelheideArea of instruction at CPCC: Organic Gardening

Career accomplishments:

                • Peace Corps agriculture training coordinator (Togo, Mali, Niger, other countries), 1984-1986
                • School gardening teacher
                • Peace Corps volunteer service, Woame, Togo, West Africa, 1980-1984
                • Graduate of NCSU Master Gardener Volunteer training, Mecklenburg County, 1998


    Related experience:
    • MS Agriculture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: internship in organic and biodynamic gardening
    • BA, UC Santa Barbara; teaching credential, Cal Poly
    • The Farallone's Institute garden, Occidental, C.A.
    • "25 Years of Community Gardening" (editor) (ACGA, 2005)
    • "Cultivating Common Ground - a harvest of stories from the Wilmore Garden" (editor) (Main Street Press, 2002)
    • Many articles for Organic Gardening Magazine, Biocycle, The Charlotte Observer and other publications

    Additional interests:
    • Community gardening, vegetable growing, ecological gardening.
    • Informal, hands-on, community-based, transformative learning and education (Paolo Friere)
    • Ecological landscaping, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture
    • Urban food production, local farmers' markets, slow food, edible landscaping
    • Social justice, environmental justice
    • Soil and water conservation, international agriculture development
    • Small scale fruit production, urban forestry
    • Home composting, vermicomposting
    • Green community design (Permaculture/Mollison, Alexander, McHarg)
    • Native plants and ecosystems
    • Art and music in the garden
    • Nitrogen dynamics in the soil/plant system

    Affiliations and recognitions:
    • Community garden director, Charlotte Urban Ministry Center
    • Southeast correspondent and variety tester, Rodale's Organic Gardening Magazine