Fall Courses Leading to Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture

Date: 
09/06/2011

LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT NEEDS MORE FARMERS

ECO City Farms and Prince George's Community College Announce

Fall Courses Leading to Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture

EDMONSTON, MD – July 27, 2011 – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website, "every family needs a farmer." With about 2.2 million farms for 308 million Americans, we need a lot of new farmers. At the same time that more consumers, restaurants and retailers are demanding locally grown foods, fewer Americans grow up on farms and learn the necessary skills to make farming a career.

ECO City Farms offers a local solution through its Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture training program, presented in partnership with Prince George’s Community College. The program is the first of its kind in the region and provides a comprehensive introduction to starting an urban farm. “The local food movement emphasizes the benefits of growing food close to where people live,” said Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms. “For heavily populated areas like Prince George’s County, we’ll need a mix of urban and rural farms to provide a variety of local food options. We are working to demonstrate the possibilities of fresh food production inside the Beltway and these courses let us share our knowledge with the goal of empowering others to start urban farms as well.”

A total of six courses (28 hours of instruction) make up the Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture. The courses are taught at ECO City Farms, 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, Maryland, 20781 and are taught by ECO City Farms staff. The courses may be taken individually, but the completion of all six is required to receive the Certificate in Commercial Urban Agriculture.

Classes are held on Sep 6, 13, 27; Oct 4, 18, 27; Nov 1, 3;

Course descriptions and registration information are available at http://www.ecoffshoots.org/farmers/pgcc/. Registration is online at www.pgcc.edu, click on Owl Link.

AGR-301 Urban Farming: The New Frontier
Tuesday, September 6 – 6:00-8:00 pm

AGR-311 Starting Your Urban Farm
Tuesday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 20– 6:00-9:00 pm

AGR-320 Composting for Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Landscaping
Tuesday, September 27 and Tuesday, October 4 – 6:00-9:00 pm

AGR-330 High Tunnel Construction & Applications
Tuesday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 18 –6:00-9:00 pm

AGR-321 Introducing Urban Livestock on Your Farm
Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27 –5:30-7:30 pm

AGR-312 Post-Harvest Processing and Marketing
Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3 –5:30-7:30 pm