A program for aspiring urban farmers
In this course, students will gain the knowledge and skills to start an urban farm and expand their capacity to produce food. At the end of the program, participants will be able to write a simple business plan and have the information necessary to move forward with their urban farming goals. We recommend you already have some experience growing food prior to attending this program.
Who should attend?
- Entrepreneurs who want to start an intensive urban produce farm operation.
- Community members in underserved/food insecure communities who want to develop their food production skill set in order to increase food security and/or establish a community food system project in their neighborhood.
- Master Gardeners interested in intensifying their food production skill set.
- Educators who want to bring food production knowledge back to their organization.
- New growers interested in more intensive training programs, but not sure if they want to commit the time or the money.
- Anyone who is interested in urban farming,
Potential topic and demonstration areas
- Introduction to Urban Agriculture
- Site Selection Issues
- Urban soil, compost, and media-based growing systems
- Market Garden Production Systems, Planning, Scheduling, and Recordkeeping
- Transplant Production
- Season Extension and Protected Culture Growing
- IPM (Insects, Diseases, Weed Management) Systems
- Integrated Pest Management
- Tools, Equipment, and Irrigation
- Creating a vision and mission for your urban agriculture project
- Business plan basics
- Financial Recordkeeping and Analysis for beginning farmers
- Small farm marketing
- Introduction to farm law basics
- Grants and other resources for urban farms
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