Urban Agriculture and Garden Training

By Jennifer Kongs
Mother Earth News

Financial savings, love of fresh food and vegetables, concerns over future food security, awareness of the unsustainable nature of modern food systems: Whichever the reason, many people are finding themselves interested in urban gardening and agriculture. This means there are also many people asking, “So, where do I begin?” as they survey their grass-covered, inedible lawn.

New programs at universities and community colleges across the country have started to help people interested in learning to garden, and farm, inside the city limits.

Nonprofit and other grassroots organizations have also been developing along this same vein, with the end goal of creating locally focused sustainable food systems, by training new gardeners and farmers.

Urban Agriculture in the College Classroom

Many universities have added sustainable or urban agriculture to their offerings of degrees and certificate programs. There is a recognized need to train and educate leaders to successfully design and implement sustainable urban food systems. The director of such a program at the University of Georgia, Bobby Wilson, says, “The Atlanta Urban Gardening Program is more than just planting a seed and watching it grow. It’s about growing communities, training new leaders, feeding the hungry and homeless, establishing farmers markets and working with youths and adults through gardening.”

Read the full post at Mother Earth News

5 responses to “Urban Agriculture and Garden Training

  1. New farmers in the US and Canada are having success with SPIN-Farming, which is an organic-based small plot farming system that outlines how to make money growing in backyards, front lawns and neighborhood lots. SPIN provides everything you’d expect from a good franchise: a business concept, marketing advice, financial benchmarks and a detailed day-to-day workflow. In standardizing the system and creating a reproducible process it really isn’t any different from McDonalds. By offering a non-technical, easy-to-understand and inexpensive-to-implement farming system, it allows many more people to farm commercially, wherever they live, as long as there are nearby markets to support them. A free calculator that shows how much farm income can be made from backyards and neighborhood lots is available at the SPIN website – http://www.spinfarming.com/free/

  2. please i am interested in your programme.

  3. too many humans cnikohg out other life forms. Monsanto, with the supreme’s blessing, ‘patenting’ foods that are staples worldwide. Farmers are converted to sharecroppers who must toe the Monsanto line. Not allowed to save seeds. It’s the Microsoft of Farming. Industrial food production is poison and, yes, organic/local is more expensive on some level. So is heart disease and diabetes. You decide. Latte drinking liberals have not cornered the market on smugness by any stretch of the imagination.

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