Dana Hopper

Gardening & Homesteading

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Dana established Homegrown Veggie in 2018 in Southern California. Her business designs, installs, and maintains residential food gardens and educates clients on growing methods though the seasons. Homegrown Veggie has created gardens all across So Cal’s varying climates from the low-lying LA Basin to the heights of the San Bernadino mountains.

She’s active in Foodscapers International, a group that provides training, networking, and continuing education for professional edible landscapers. She’s participated in classes ranging from Regenerative Landscaping to Small-Scale Permaculture to Mushroom Cultivation and Raised Bed Garden Design.

In 2019, Dana completed a course in Kitchen Garden Design and Coaching through Gardenary.

She’s a member of the Los Angeles Arboretum as well as the Theodore Paine Organization that promotes incorporating California native plants and flowers into local landscapes. 

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Working with Dana was so helpful! She was so knowledgable and patient as she went through the session along with key takeaways. I left feeling more confident to try new garden skills and inspired to learn more. She also was happy to answer all of my questions—especially being that I am a beginner. Thank you Dana for your authentic skilled approach to teaching and gardening! ------Janiel H.

Dana  helped this wanna be green thumb set up a raised bed in difficult terrain and a tricky climate. Can’t wait to pull veggies from my garden for dinner! -----Patti J.

I encourage interaction during both group and individual classes. Group classes cover the basics of organic food gardening while individual classes are tailored  to the student's personal garden space and experience.

It can be a challenge to bring the garden into the virtual world so I'll be supplementing my lessons with pictures or short videos to illustrate the topics we cover.  I'll also try to take you outdoors to visit a couple of my grow sites.

These are a few resources I highly recommend whether you're a beginning gardener or have some experience but need additional info on specific crops or references for growing through the seasons.

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C. Smith - First published in 2009 and it holds up. It's one of my go-to reference books for all things edible.

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour - Both an entertaining read as well as a great resource for growing in all seasons and climates. 

I read a ton of garden books but I return to these two most often. 

savvygardening.com is a website created by Jabbour and her colleagues. They provide information on a wide variety of gardening topics.

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