About the Instructor

Deb conducting an early spring workshop Deborah Kates is a third-generation gardener and certified "Master Composter" who has been growing organically since the late 1970s. She loves helping people understand how to grow food without synthetic chemicals so they can dig on stress release, good nutrition, exercise, saving money, positive mental health, optimism and feeding the soul. Plus, lower medical bills, a better outlook on life, engagement with the outdoors, and helping keep toxis chemicals out of our water supplies and our bodies - all benefits of getting into the amazing, multi-dimensional, self-educating, earthy, and erotic world that is growing organically! Her goal is to present information in an engaging and fun way that is accessible to all. Interest in organics is exploding because, beyond health benefits, people want to know where their food comes from in these times of unpredictable weather, economy, and food safety. And these survival skills offer a sense of security, control, and satisfaction - as well as enjoyment.

Deborah gives private group and individual talks at her home in Chester County, Pennsylvania (just west of Philadelphia), will come to your location as a private gardening coach, and offers Let's Get Dirty! and Let's Jam! seminars and workshops at venues in the Chester and Montgomery Counties, as well as Center City Philadelphia. Her clients include employee wellness programs/series for Aclaris Therapeutics, the Chester County Government, Chester County and Brandywine Hospitals, The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Resources, Independence Blue Cross, Aqua America, the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center, Valley Forge Historical Park, the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., and Weston Solutions. She has also instructed for Downingtown Area Recreation Consortium, the Chester County Public Library system, Montgomery County Community College, Chester County Night School, Kimberton Whole Foods, the ACAC Fitness Center, and the Twin Valleys and Valley Garden Clubs, as well as various farmer's markets and private groups.

  • Deborah Kates

  • 120 Reservoir Road
  • Coatesville, PA 19320
  • (610)-384-2535
  • debc3a@verizon.net

A basket of organic plenty from Deb's garden.
A basket of organic plenty from Deb's garden.

Participant Feedback


"Great class! A lifetime of knowledge over a short time period. The presenter is experienced from hands-on application and research and knows all the dirty truths about gardening! Well worth it!"
- Barbara St. Germaine, Chester County municipal employee

"Deborah's programs are always very popular with the public. They are entertaining as well as informative. She is knowledgeable and witty, and I'm not sure which people like best – the content or her personality. I think it's close!"
- Pam Marquette, Program Coordinator for the Chester County Library and District Center

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