Are you ready to plant the seeds of hope for a healthier planet Earth? Take it step by step in Urban Farming and Conscious Living!
Urban Farming and Conscious Living
Certificate of Excellence – 100 hour On-Campus – Tuition
In SWIHA’s Urban Farming and Conscious Living Program, you will study techniques for growing food for your own use or to share and sell. You will be taught to embrace S.O.U.L food – Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local. You will learn to transform your personal or community green spaces into productive gardens, whether you’re in the city or a rural area. Our 100-hour Certificate of Excellence program invites you to practice what you have learned while building a small garden of your own or helping someone else to do so. Learn, practice, and teach is the goal!
Urban agriculture as a passion and a profession is expanding as more people in urban areas fall in love with this productive and healthy way of living. 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!
All About Urban Farming
- Involves using small plots such as vacant lots, gardens or roof tops in the city for growing crops.
- 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 activities, contributes to food security and food safety
- Provides for better health and nutrition and community wellness
- Improves air quality close to pollution sources
- Gardens act as refuge for wildlife such as soil organisms, wild plants, insects, birds and amphibians thus increasing the biodiversity within the city environment
- Can help climate regulation through absorption of greenhouse gases
Why Become an Urban Farmer
- Improves nutrition, as produce is fresh and less damaged when grown and distributed locally.
- Has the potential to alleviate two of the world’s most crucial problems: poverty and waste.
- Promotes sustainable development by reducing the vulnerability of the world’s urban populations to global ecological change.
- Naturally restores the human connection to nature by instilling a sense of stewardship in the farmer, creating a better appreciation of the land’s natural processes.
- Creates a feeling of community between people, which can facilitate further collective action on issues of local importance.
- Encourages the production of rare varieties of fruits and vegetables, as urban gardeners tend to cultivate a wider variety of crops, conserving unique cultivars and enhancing agricultural diversity.
NOTE: Certificates of Excellence are areas of concentration designed to take as CEU’s or to be taken within a diploma or degree program; they will not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently. Only vocational programs of 600 hours or more are eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
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