Urban Farming and Conscious Living

Certificate of Excellence in Urban Farming and Conscious Living

In SWIHA’s Urban Farming and Conscious Living Program, students learn how to transform their personal or community green spaces into productive gardens. Embrace S.O.U.L food – Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local.

Students study techniques for growing food for their own use or to share and sell. Urban farmers contribute to their local food economy by helping fresh vegetables and fruits to be available to urban consumers. Households and small communities can utilize vacant land and supplement their household food needs and the food needs of others.

Urban agriculture is a passion and a profession as more people in expanding urban areas love this productive and healthy way of living. Our Urban Farming students learn to use resources wisely as they open a new gateway to better health. The basic requirements necessary for productive growth are sun, containers, soil, plants and water. With these items, plus time and knowledge, you will be a city farmer in no time at all.

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts provides two exciting Certificates of Excellence in Urban Farming. This certificate requires students to participate in a local externship, practice what they have learned and build a small garden of their own.

A Few Benefits of Farming In and Around Urban Areas

  • Uses small plots such as vacant lots, apartment gardens or roof tops
  • Can be small container gardens, “microfarms” or larger operations
  • Includes animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry and horticulture
  • Is for income-earning or family or community food-producing
  • Contributes to food security and food safety
  • Provides for better health and nutrition and community wellness
  • Planting gardens in cities improves air quality close to pollution sources
  • Supports biodiversity for organisms, wild plants, insects, birds and amphibians
  • Can help climate regulation through absorption of greenhouse gases

Explore Urban Farming and Conscious Living

Are you interested in Urban Farming and Conscious Living, but are unsure about signing up for the full 100-hour program? At SWIHA, we are so committed to helping you achieve your dream, we invite you to take a test drive and sit in on the first 4 hours of any introductory class before you decide whether to enroll. Get a first-hand feel for what SWIHA is all about!

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Tuition Assistance

SWIHA is a nationally-accredited college approved by the United States Department of Education. Students enrolled in programs of 600 hours or more may qualify for Federal Student Aid in the form of Pell grants and student loans.

We also offer a 10% concession on tuition* for all programs paid with cash in full at the time of enrollment.**
*Application fees, books, materials, and supplies to be paid for separately and not included in the concession toward the total cost of tuition.
**Not to be combined with any other offer or scholarship.


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