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School for Urban Agriculture

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Spring 2020 course:

Farming in the City
Cross-listed course:
FISC 075-3 OR Soils 375
January 21-March 10, 2020
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.

Download the course flyer

How to Register

Short Course students and community members: Registration for FISC 075-3 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 Spring 2020 will be updated. This rate is for Wisconsin residents. Out-of-state students should inquire into course rates by emailing

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

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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,

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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