School for Urban Ag

EVENTS

Building Community and Equity Through Urban Agriculture

Date: June 8, 2019, 8;30-4:30
Location: Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Madison
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From Grain to Plate Field Day

Date: June 30, 2019, 10:30am-3pm
Location: Meadowlark Organic Farm, Ridgeway, WI
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Container Farms: Unique Structures for Growing Vegetables

Date: July 7, 2019, 10-3
Location: Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Madison
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SUCCESS STORIES

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


MARKET FARM MADNESS

Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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School for Urban Agriculture

Summer 2019 Workshops
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Building Community and Equity Through Urban Agriculture
June 8, 8:30-4:30
Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Madison, WI
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Container Farms: Unique Structures for Growing Vegetables
July 7, 10-3
Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Madison, WI
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Growing Food in Urban Areas
July 13, 8:30-4:30
Troy Farm, Madison, WI
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Season Extension: Hoop Houses, Low Tunnels and Cold Frames
July 21, 8:30-4:30
Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Madison, WI
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Each workshop costs $150. Full and partial scholarships are available. These workshops are open to everyone. No prior farming experience is required. Register online

Fall 2019 course:
Urban Agricultural Systems

Cross-listed course:
FISC 075-1 OR Soils 375
October 29-December 17, 2019
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
1 credit

This course is open to students enrolled in Farm and Industry Short Course, UW-Madison students and community members.

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How to Register

Short Course students and community members: Registration for FISC 075-1 is through the Farm and Industry Short Course website. Complete an application to begin your registration process. For assistance with registration or general questions, contact the Short Course office at 608-263-3918.

Tuition: $460.15 (Final course rates for Fall 2019 will be updated. This rate is for Wisconsin residents. Out-of-state students should inquire into course rates by emailing fisc@cals.wisc.edu.)

UW-Madison students: To add this course, contact Julie Garvin in Soils: jgarvin2@wisc.edu, 608-262-2239.

girl with food from the garden
washing lettuce

About the School for Urban Agriculture

The School for Urban Agriculture fills a growing need for specialized training in urban farming and community leadership. Located in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Farm and Industry Short Course, this school accommodates students with a range of experiences and interests, from farmers who seek specialized training in urban agriculture to undergraduates working toward careers in community food systems and passionate gardeners. Students will learn about urban food production, distribution and marketing, post-harvest processing and storage, soil health remediation, food policy and more.

Why Urban Farms?

Urban farms are farms in cities, towns and suburbs that use creative approaches to produce food in small spaces. Urban farms not only provide fresh, local, nutritious food for city-dwelling consumers, they also benefit the community while greening the economy through job skills training and neighborhood revitalization.

Training in urban agriculture prepares students for a wide range of careers and service opportunities including farming, starting a food business, working for nonprofit organizations, nurseries and greenhouses, horticultural therapy, school gardens, environmental education and even Peace Corps.

The School for Urban Agriculture is a collaborative effort of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities, Community GroundWorks and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. For more information, contact Martin Bailkey, bailkey@sbcglobal.net.

This project is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Award 2018-70003-28118: Farming the City: Building a Competent and Diverse Workforce for Urban Agriculture.

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