By Arielle Gerstein
The fall 2015 session of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture certificate begins August 31, 2015! First offered in 2014, this program runs twice per year and teaches residents in the DC metro area how to farm using organic methods and how to start their own urban agricultural businesses. This will be the program’s third session and will run from late August to mid-November. Learn how to register!
The certificate offers two tracks: Urban Agriculture Techniques and Business Principles in Urban Agriculture along with a prerequisite course that participants are required to take - Principles of Sustainable Urban Agriculture - so everyone has the same starting point for the two tracks.
The Urban Agriculture Techniques classes are taught by CAUSES’ staff who have expertise in agricultural economics, agronomy and plant biology. Business Principles in Urban Agriculture classes are taught by staff who are experts in business development, non-profit management and site design. Instructor bios can be found here.
Since the program’s inception, community members have participated in the program, learning how to farm in small spaces, how to start an urban agriculture business, how to ‘add value’ to produce grown in an urban environment, how to market their produce and/or products (i.e. salsa, pickles, smoked fish, etc).
For more information or to register for the program, please visit our website.