Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Course Begins March 28!

In 2008, for the first time in recorded history, the world's population became primarily urban. Some urban areas are growing at twice the rate of rural areas. While the District of Columbia is not growing as rapidly, its population continues to increase. This trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) is uniquely positioned as a world-leader in the urban agriculture movement, through its research, academic, and outreach programs. In response, it launched a non-credit bearing certificate program in sustainable urban agriculture in fall 2014. Register here!

Program Length/Structure: Each Certificate Program consists of 4 classes. Classes usually meet twice per week, in the evenings, or once on the weekend. A certificate of completion will be issued at the successful completion of each class.

Cost: To receive a certificate in Sustainable Urban Agriculture, participants will pay a one-time fee of $200. If a participant wishes to take an individual class, the cost is $60 per class. Payment will be made at the time of the first class, by check or money order, made payable to the "University of the District of Columbia."

Prerequisite required to receive certificate of completion:
  • Principles of Sustainable Agriculture 
    • March 28 &30, 2016, 6:00 -9:00 p.m., Van Ness Campus
Option 1:   Urban Agriculture Techniques
  • Urban Bio-intensive Farming 
    • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., Firebird Farm, Beltsville, MD
  • High Efficiency Production Methods  for Urban Growers          
    • April 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Firebird Farm, Beltsville, MD
  • Urban Agriculture: Innovations           
    • April 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Firebird Farm, Beltsville, MD

Option 2:   Business Principles in Urban Agriculture                 
  • Business Principles of Sustainable Agriculture                                               
    • April 4 and 6, 2016, 6:00 -9:00 p.m., Van Ness Campus
  • Non-Profit Management of Community Food Programs                           
    • April 12 and 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.,Van Ness Campus
  • Urban Agriculture Site Planning and Design                                                    
    • April 19 and 21, 2016, 6:00 -9:00 p.m., Van Ness Campus
Special Course:  
  • Aquaponics                      
    • May 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m., Firebird Farm, Beltsville, MD

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