000The Urban Agriculture Certificate is a yearlong experience that combines classroom learning with field trips to prepare urban agriculture leaders for success with their project.

Begins on Wednesday, November 2 at 6 p.m

Urban Agriculture Certificate participants will:

• Receive in-depth instruction for urban organic crop production—from farm design through harvest techniques

• Clarify their project vision and strengthen their community impact

• Learn to think like an enterprise to achieve economic sustainability

This certificate follows a curriculum designed by Purdue Extension and is tailored to the dynamics of urban agriculture which occurs at a very small scale (usually an acre or less), at close proximity to non-agriculture land uses, and often in partnership with other individuals or organizations. The audience for this curriculum includes for-profit and non-profit market farmers and gardeners, community garden organizers, school garden leaders, urban homesteaders, and other urban agriculture project leaders.

Weds., 11/2/16, 6-9 p.m. Welcome and orientation

Mon., 11/7/16, 6-9 p.m. Creating your roadmap, refining your vision

Weds., 11/9/16, 6-9 p.m. People power: Building relationships within your organization

Mon., 11/14/16, 6-9 p.m. People power: Building support for your work in the community

Weds., 11/16/16, 6-9 p.m. Nuts & bolts: Funding and evaluating your community agriculture project

Mon., 11/21/16, 6-9 p.m. Before digging In: Site assessment

Weds., 1/18/17, 6-9 p.m. Design your urban garden or market farm

Mon., 1/23/17, 6-9 p.m. Foundations of growing organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs

Weds., 1/25/17, 6-9 p.m. Crop planning for economic and environmental sustainability

Sat., 1/28/17, 9-3 p.m. Think like an enterprise: business and marketing planning

Mon., 1/30/17, 6-9 p.m. Soil management, cover crops, and bed preparation

Weds., 2/1/17, 6-9 p.m. Risk management and record keeping

Mon., 2/6/17, 6-9 p.m. Raising healthy transplants at any scale

Weds., 2/8/17, 6-9 p.m. Strategies for organic pest control

Mon., 2/13/17, 6-9 p.m. Strategies for weed management

Weds., 2/15/17, 6-9 p.m. Irrigation for the urban garden or field

Mon., 2/20/17, 6-9 p.m. Season extension strategies for every season

Weds., 2/22/17, 6-9 p.m. Compost and vermicompost

Mon., 2/27/17, 6-9 p.m. GAPs in your farm or garden

Weds., 3/1/17, 6-9 p.m. Best harvest practices for quality, efficiency, and food safety

Thurs., 3/2– Sat., 3/4/17 (optional) Indiana Small Farm Conference, Hendricks Co. Fairgrounds

Mon., 3/6/17, 6-9 p.m. Urban agriculture as a component of food security

Weds., 3/8/17, 6-9 p.m. Using your farm or garden as a classroom

Mon., 3/13/17 Using your farm or garden as a classroom

Weds., 3/15 & Mon. , 3/20/17 [Make-up days if necessary]

May—September 2017 One field trip per month, exact dates TBD

October 2017 Program Completion: Celebration Dinner

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