AGR-302 - Intnsv Intro:Urban Comm Agric

In this very hands-on course you will be taught sustainable strategies for planning and designing an intensive food production system, based on your needs, goals, and resources, and suited to your own individual urban space. Starting with the basic principles of sustainable farming, the course will touch on soil fertility, nutrient and water management, crop plant families and crop rotation, and maximizing the use of urban resources and infrastructure. The course will also explore community composting, including a walk-through of the composting process. We will explore "recipes" for effective composting and compare different approaches to composting, particularly bins versus windrows, and incorporating worms into your compost system for a value-added product (worm castings). In addition, this course will provide practical experience for anyone interested in constructing hoop houses as a means to extend the growing season, grow year-round, or get a head start with seedlings. It will cover specific construction techniques, such as bending metal hoops, cover materials, ventilation and irrigation. This course will examine existing ordinances related to the raising of small farm animals, focusing on chickens, bees, fish and worms, within urban/suburban neighborhoods and the important differences between keeping small livestock and pets. You will be taught what you need to know to select, harvest, process, prepare and present your produce for sale. Strategies for selling to restaurants, retailers and food co-ops, as well as direct-market strategies such as farmers markets, pick-your-own and community supported agriculture will be discussed. 3 sessions, $583* (includes a $453 lab fee)
Academic Level
Continuing Education Level
Subject
Agriculture
Department
Continuing Ed - Open Classes
Credits
Not Available
Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
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