Survival Gardening Classes or Working Vacation?

            Len Pense didn’t expect to be doing what he’s doing now and be so successful at it.  He wanted to get away from everything and live peacefully in the Missouri Ozarks, only to find his system of raised bed survival gardening has drawn a lot of attention.  In fact, he’s teaching classes and has written a book, showing people how to do it for themselves.


            His raised bed system is low maintenance, intensive and organic.  He says the 4 ft. X 16 ft. area can feed two people for a year in most areas, even in winter, offering a high return on the investment.


            The reasonably priced classes are on gardening, including building the beds, planning and planting, canning, and cooking.  Classes are mostly held on Saturdays.  Space is limited and reservations are required.


            Pense’s farm isn’t far from Branson, MO, so you could make classes part of a vacation.  As a matter of fact, after taking the classes, anyone is welcome to help out with the work throughout the season to enhance your hands-on experience.  You can help with planting, fertilizing, harvesting, canning, etc.


            Pense was featured in an article from “Homestead” magazine, which you can read when you click here.  His Web site has info about the classes offered.  It’s at .  If you contact Len Pense, be sure to mention DestinySurvival.


Click here for info on Mittleider gardening–another simple organic gardening method..


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Survival Gardening Classes or Working Vacation?”

  1. I do this raised bed thing on a smaller scale then his and it is definitely less labor intensive. I also get some pretty nice tasting vegetables from very little space. I’ll definitely check this guys site. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I’m a fan of raised bed gardening, too, though I do a lot in containers and grow bags. I’ve got problems with tree roots that seem to snake their way into raised beds and even my containers, if I’m not careful. Intensive, organic, square foot gardening is the way to go. You might check out Mittleider gardening, too. There are e-books and info about it on the sidebar on this page.


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