Urban Agriculture Training Programs and Workshops – Fall 2011

Urban Agriculture Trainings and Workshops  - Fall 2011 - Buffalo, NY- Urban Agriculture Training Workshop with Massachusetts Avenue Project, October 14-16. - Brooklyn, NY - Urban Farming course in Brooklyn, NY at Kingsborough Community College - Online - The University of Massachusetts Urban Agriculture: Innovative Farming Systems for the 21st Century

- Buffalo, NY- Urban Agriculture Training Workshop, October 14-16 - Registration for $225 The Massachusetts Avenue Project's Urban Agriculture Training features practical, philosophical, and experiential opportunities to learn from MAP's success with urban, youth centered agriculture. In addition to witnessing the components of a functional urban farm first hand, such as urban fish farming, composting, and value-added food production, participants will be able to engage and observe many of the successful elements in MAP's youth training program, Growing Green.  Attending this training also means being able to hear from regional experts on food system planning and development, and network with other beginning or established urban farmers.  The weekend workshop includes 4 meals, a cocktail reception, and intensive, hands-on training opportunities. Workshops include: * Moving Local Food Policy Forward with Diane Picard, MAP's Executive Director * Introduction to Urban Agriculture with Jesse Meeder, MAP's Farm Manager * Aquaponics with Jesse Meeder Compost and Worms with Jesse Meeder * Urban Chickens with Jesse Meeder * Youth, Social Enterprises and the New Food System with Zoe Hollomon, MAP's Markets Manager * Messaging for Local Food with Erin Sharkey, MAP's Creative Director * and a workshop on Developing Youth-centered Programming with Erin Sharkey, MAP's Creative Director and several youth participants from the Growing Green Program. * With a special presentation from Samina Raja, PhD- Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo entitled - Building Communities as if People Eat * *Introduction to Urban Agriculture and Urban Farm Planing will begin the training on Friday October 14 from 1-5pm Preregistration is required, so visit www.mass-ave.org/falluatreg.htm to register.   Information is available there about traveling to the Buffalo/ Niagara area including local hotels and additional visitor info. Questions? Contact Erin at sharkey@mass-ave.org or 716-882-5327 ext 4 - Urban Farming course in Brooklyn, NY at Kingsborough Community College Continuing Education Urban Farming course at Kingsborough Community College Topics covered included building raised beds, seeding, preparing for fall, cover crops, farm design, season extension, pest management, composting, Farm-to-Table, and lots more. Class will be held on our farm on campus during the daylight and indoors as evening sets in. This is a great way to learn how to farm in Brooklyn, with LOTS of hands-on experience and supplemental indoor workshops/classes to go into depth on many topics. Class runs every Friday, 3-7pm, for 6 weeks. Last day for registration (and first day of class) is October 14. Call 718-368-5051 to register. Feel free to contact Mara with any questions. - The University of Massachusetts will offer a new online course during our January term called: Urban Agriculture: Innovative Farming Systems for the 21st Century. Class runs December 19 - January 20, 2012.

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