The Urban Farmer Training Program will empower more people to improve their communities through Urban Farming by giving them the knowledge and experience needed to grow their own food, conserve natural resources, and engage their community in a positive way. Cultivate Together uses their Neighborhood Farms and Healing Gardens as classrooms for participants to learn the elements needed to accomplish that goal.
The Training Program is designed to teach participants Urban Agriculture Principles using a system level approach. The topics include Agroecology, Permaculture, and Regenerative Agriculture Principles, The Natural, Social, and Organizational Systems of Urban Agriculture, Farm Management, and how to replicate our model. Finally, inherent in all of our work is the emphasis on community and food system activism. Students will be required to attend community meetings and teach a class to the community to complete the program.List of Course Topics
- Permaculture/Regenerative Design
- Resource Conservation
- Systems of Urban Ag
- Small Scale Farming
- Perennial vs Annual
- Seed Saving
- Drought Tolerant Landscapes and Planting for Wildlife
- Turf Removal/Sheet Mulching
- Raised Bed Construction
- Winter Tree Pruning
- Tool Care
How We Teach
Cultivate Together teaches with the philosophy that we work with Nature at all times, and recognize that everything and everyone we interact with is a co-worker, a part of the team necessary to create abundance and beauty. We teach using a hands-on method, physically reconnecting to the environment around us. Our practices and lessons are based on Agroecology, Permaculture, and Regenerative Agriculture Principles to minimize our impact on the environment.
Participants are expected to commit to 4 months of training on our Neighborhood Farm and Healing Garden sites, attending a minimum of 2 days a week. During that 4 month period it is also expected that participants will attend at least 1 community meeting and teach 1 class. We also expect that the Cultivate Together philosophy and values are upheld at all times.
Wednesday: Class, Nursery, or Planting 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday: Harvest 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Market 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Veteran Farmers of America
For the men and women who have served our county and are interested in continuing serving their community we have partnered with the Veteran Farmers of America. Upon completion of 80 hours of education with Cultivate Together, Veterans will receive a $1000 stipend. The VFA’s hope is to help Veterans heal, reintegrate and become productive members of society. Together we want to help Veterans transition from protecting our country to providing food.